Steven Moffat calls newly cast DOCTOR WHO spinoff a “British Buffy”!
The main cast will consist of four brave students portrayed by Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as one intrepid teacher to be played by Katherine Kelly. None of the character names have been revealed yet.
Patrick Ness, Class showrunner and popular YA author had this to say about the casting choices: “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”
Get acquainted with the cast in a new 360 video fro BBC! Drag and spin the screen to see it all!
The casting announcement from BBC also has a foreboding preliminary description for the series:
Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time-travelling 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 us all into Shadow.
Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.
Former Doctor Who showrunner and Class executive producer Steven Moffat calls the show “dark and sexy and right now” and a “British Buffy”.