‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff Unveils Cast

“Class” to center on students at Coal Hill School

BBC America unveiled the stars of the “Doctor Who” spin-off series “Class” on Monday.

Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah will all star in the new show. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

“These four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires,” the description from the network reads. “They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.”

Coal Hill School has been a part of the “Doctor Who” universe since the very beginning, with the first episode of the original series taking place there.

But all of the time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring everyone all into Shadow.

“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,” Steven Moffat, the “Class” and “Doctor Who” executive producer, said. “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.”

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Patrick Ness serves as writer, with Ed Bazalgette directing. Derek Ritchie is producing, with Ness, Moffat and Brian Minchin executive producing. “Class” is a BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide. The series will air on BBC Three in the UK.