While we cannot say that the following bit of news is necessarily that big of a surprise, it is nonetheless very nice to here: The proposed “Doctor Who” spin-off titled “Class” will be coming to the United States.
This week at TCA, it was announced that the BBC Three series from young-adult writer Patrick Ness, which could feature a very familiar school and cater to a younger audience, will air on BBC America at some point in 2016. Per Variety, Ness had the following to say:
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself … I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of ‘Class,’ to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams.”
The reason we say that the BBC America pickup was almost a no-brainer is simply because this is a network still looking for some huge ratings draws. “Orphan Black” is brilliant, but we’re not going to pretend that it gets millions upon millions of viewers. “Doctor Who” is the network’s most-successful series, so with that in mind it only makes some sense that they would continue to want to get some more ratings from that in any shape or form. Now, the only question that remains is whether or not “Class” is going to live up to the hype and be about as good as what was a very excellent tenth season of “Doctor Who” over on BBC One.
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