BBC Three announces 'Doctor Who' young adult spin-off series

The eight-part series is being written by award-winning young adult author Patrick Ness

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BBC Three has announced a Doctor Who spin-off series aimed at young adult viewers.

Titled Class, the eight-part series is being written by Patrick Ness, the award-winning author of young adult novels including A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy.

Ness will also serve as an executive producer on the series, which is set in contemporary London in around Doctor Who's fictional Coal Hill School, alongside Doctor Who's showrunner Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin.

Shooting will start in Wales next spring and the series will debut later that year. "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," Moffat said in a press release. "This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!"

"I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself," Ness added. "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 A-Levels."

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