Touted as the BBC’s version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Class is shaping up to be an exciting show. It is a young adult series based at the Coal Hill School, which has been a regular destination in the Doctor Who universe since its creation. Our favorite time lord did a few stints as school’s caretaker, Clara Oswald worked there as a teacher, and even the Doctor’s granddaughter attended Coal Hill.
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With the TARDIS popping in and out of Coal Hill’s timeline, the walls of space and time are wearing down and dark things are beginning to slip into our world. The only thing standing between us and the other side are the students of the infamous high school.
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Recently the BBC announced the cast for Class. Katherine Kelly is set to star as a teacher at Coal Hill. Will she be the next Giles or is her presence something more sinister? I’m hoping Giles! The students of Class will include relatively new actors: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah in her debut role. The students will, or course, have to deal with all of the normal aspects of being a teenager; homework, friends, parties, sex, and a few monsters from beyond the pale.
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Patrick Ness, the creator of Class and acclaimed YA author, is really excited about the series. He said, “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”
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Steven Moffat also has his hands in the show as the Executive Producer. He said, “There’s nothing more exciting than meeting 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. 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 Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”
The show looks like it is going to be an exciting new take on the Doctor Who universe. We can’t wait to see what sort of evils are descending upon the school.
So who do you think will become the equivalent of a BBC Buffy? Will we get a British Willow or Xander? What shenanigans do you think the Class of Coal Hill will get into? Let us know in the comments below!