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Class, the ‘Dark, Sexy’ Doctor Who Spinoff, Starts Filming Today

The cast of 'Class'

Class, the BBC’s young adult spinoff of Doctor Who, begins filming today with the executive producer praising it as a ‘British Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’

The BBC has lined up a group of new talents who will star alongside Katherine Kelly. Kelly will portray a powerful teacher at Coal Hill School, the central location of the sci-fi drama. Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah will portray Coal Hill students.

The series is set in contemporary London and begins filming on Monday, April 4.

Katherine Kelly on the set of 'Class'
Katherine Kelly on the set of ‘Class’

Steven Moffat, Class’ executive producer, commented: “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.”

Moffat praised Class as “dark and sexy and right now.” He said, “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.”

BBC America described each of the characters as having “hidden secrets and desires.” The network said, “They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow — and possibly the end of existence.”

Class is set to debut later this year.SuperFable