6:27 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman
YA series ‘Class,’ billed as a “British ‘Buffy'” by outgoing ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffatt, has now started production.
The register for Class, the Doctor Who spinoff, has been called.
New talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah have been cast in the upcoming YA series, which started production Monday, alongside Katherine Kelly (Happy Valley, The Night Manager) who will play a teacher and “powerful new presence” at Coal Hill School.
According to co-producer BBC America, the four students are set to face their “own worst fears” and will be forced to navigate “a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow — and possibly the end of existence.”
Steven Moffat, executive producer of Class and outgoing Doctor Who showrunner, said there was “nothing more exciting” than meeting a group of stars that “nobody’s heard of yet.”
“We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them,” he added. “Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy — it’s taken the brilliant [writer] Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”
Further casting will be announced in due course.