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'Doctor Who' spinoff 'Class' gives school a funny, sexy sci-fi twist

The upcoming BBC series about teens attending Clara Oswald's Coal Hill School promises to be full of mystery and adventure.

Never underestimate a teacher who can handle a space weapon.

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"Doctor Who" spinoff TV series "Class" is almost in session.

Creator and writer Patrick Ness revealed in a new video more details about what makes "Class," which centers on teens attending Clara Oswald's Coal Hill School, different from other "Doctor Who" spinoffs like "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures."

"'Class' is funny and moving and exciting and scary and sexy, and it's true, I hope, to what teenagers feel like their lives are," Ness said in the video, which was released on September 23.

"I'd love to do something really, really new," Ness added. "Being able to look at the Doctor Who universe from a different perspective... I would find that interesting."

The main characters in "Class" include students Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), as well as their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), who has been described as a "powerful new presence."

In another video, also released last week, Ness and Kelly talk more about her character.


"She is a teacher you never, ever want to have," Ness explained in the video. "She is smarter than you, and she'll let you know it, and she's harsh in her rules... and may have an evil streak."

The cast and producer Derek Ritchie also answered fan questions in a live-streamed interview and confirmed the current Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will be making an appearance on the new series.

Steven Moffat will serve as the executive producer of both "Doctor Who" and "Class," at least until 2017. "Class" was announced late in 2015 and will debut on BBC Three and BBC America on October 22.