You'll never be late for English literature class again when you commute via the Tardis.
At least, that's what many of us "Doctor Who" fans were thinking when news broke Thursday that a new young-adult spinoff series, "Class," is coming our way from BBC Three and author Patrick Ness.
"No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant story-telling into 'Doctor Who,'" showrunner Steven Moffat said in a BBC statement. "This is growing up in modern Britain -- but with monsters!"
The series takes place in the same school where the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) teaches. Coal Hill School will be host to "all-new heroes, villains and aliens," according to Ness.
"The horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels," Ness added.
BBC Three promises "Class" will have the same kind of "action, heart and adrenaline of the best young-adult fiction" such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Hunger Games."
Granted, this isn't the only time we've seen a new spinoff series spring from "Doctor Who." "The Sarah Jane Adventures" launched in 2007 and ended in 2011. For five seasons, the late great Elisabeth Sladen reprised her classic "Doctor Who" companion role as Sarah Jane Smith. She fought aliens and pending doom with teenage sidekicks.
Also in 2009, the British-Australian comedy adventure "K-9" debuted, and was written for the YA audience. The newly rebooted and redesigned K-9 Mark helps fight intergalactic bad guys alongside young companions. The show only ran one season.
And way back in 1981, both Sladen as a younger Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 teamed up for the spinoff "K-9 and Company," which only had a pilot episode "A Girl's Best Friend" to show for itself. Though the "K-9 and Company" opening credits sound like the best '80s New Wave music video ever made. Devo, eat your heart out.
While the cast of this new BBC series has yet to be announced, "Class" will be executive-produced by Moffatt, Ness and Brian Minchin. The series will be shot this spring in Wales, and will air worldwide for eight 45-minute episodes sometime next year.