‘Doctor Who’ spin-off ‘Class’ had particularly interest origins for Patrick Ness

Doctor Who -While we have new episodes of “Doctor Who” coming in the new year, there is something else rather exciting to keep in the back of your mind for a while, as well: “Class.” We are specifically talking about the upcoming BBC Three spin-off series set at the Coal Hill School, the famous locale from the original series.

What is especially interesting about this spin-off, based on the latest information that we’ve heard, is that it almost never came to fruition at all. Speaking (per the Radio Times) while at the Young Adult Literature Con, showrunner and author Patrick Ness made it clear that he had originally turned down a chance to write for the original series before the idea if the spin-off came about:

“At first they asked me to write an episode of Doctor Who, and I said it’s a brilliant show, but I’ve just spent so much time doing work for other people, and I really want to do something of my own … [But then] they said, well we have this idea for setting a spin-off in a school. And it was like, ‘ding’!”

There are still several weeks of filming still to go for the series, and we can only hope that by the time it ends, we do have a little bit more of an opportunity to learn precisely what sort of show this really is. Other than giving us a name and making it clear that this is a little more of an ensemble series, nobody has been altogether kind to shell out some further details.

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