'Doctor Who' spinoff unveils cast

'Doctor Who' YA Spin-off Series 'Class' Materializing at BBC Three

BBC America unveiled the stars of the "Doctor Who" spin-off series "Class" on Monday.

Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah will all star in the new show. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

"These four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires," the description from the network reads. "They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence."

Coal Hill School has been a part of the "Doctor Who" universe since the very beginning, with the first episode of the original series taking place there.

"Doctor Who" doctors throughout the years:

Doctor Who Doctors throughout the years
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'Doctor Who' spinoff unveils cast
22nd May 1965: William Hartnell (1908 - 1975, centre) stars as the doctor alongside Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in 'The Chase', an episode of the long-running television series 'Dr Who'. (Photo by Clive Limpkin/Express/Getty Images)
Actor Patrick Troughton, who played the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who.
20th January 1973: English actor Jon Pertwee (1916 - 1996) poses with two daleks, his nemesis in the long-running TV series 'Dr Who'. (Photo by Monty Fresco/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Actress Mary Tamm, the latest to team up with Dr Who (Tom Baker), in the long running BBC TV series. Mary plays Romana, a Time Lady. Baker carries evidence of an encounter with a friend's dog, hence the plaster in his lip.
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Davison starred as the time-travelling �Doctor� on BBC TV from 1981 to 1984. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
British Actor Colin Baker Who Plays The Doctor In The Bbc Television Series Dr Who. Pictured Here With His Assistant Peri Played By Nicola Bryant And Extras From The Show, 10.04.1986. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester McCoy as Doctor Who, on location at Cloford Quarry near Frome in Somerset.
English actor Paul McGann, August 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Christopher Eccleston backstage at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal, London (Mandatory Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)
David Tennant stands infront of the Tardis after arriving for the Doctor Who Series 4 screening at the Apollo West End in central London.

But all of the time traveling 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 everyone all into Shadow.

"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," Steven Moffat, the "Class" and "Doctor Who" executive producer, said. "Coal Hill School has been part of 'Doctor Who' since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. 'Class' is dark and sexy and right now. 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."

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Patrick Ness serves as writer, with Ed Bazalgette directing. Derek Ritchie is producing, with Ness, Moffat and Brian Minchin executive producing. "Class" is a BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide. The series will air on BBC Three in the UK.

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