‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ to Air on BBC Three

Patrick Ness is behind new YA contemporary series set in London

BBC Three will air a spinoff of “Doctor Who” called “Class,” the company announced Thursday.

The young-adult contemporary series is set in London and hails from YA author Patrick Ness, the writer of such novels as the “Chaos Walking” trilogy and “A Monster Calls.”

The eight-episode series will film in the spring in Wales and air in 2016.

“Class” is described as “Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.”

“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who,” said “Doctor Who” creator Steven Moffat in a statement. “This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

“Class” is executive produced by Moffatt, Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.