‘Class’, New ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff, Sets Spring 2017 Premiere

Class, the Doctor Who spinoff that has been among the year’s most anticipated new series, has finally received a premiere date! Well, sort of. It’s more of a timetable for release. And, unfortunately, it’s probably not as soon as some Whovians would like.

Class will premiere on BBC America in Spring 2017, which is around the time Doctor Who will be returning for Season 10. On the one hand, it makes sense to have the shows premiere side-by-side, since Peter Capaldi will be making an appearance as The Doctor in the Class series premiere, titled “For Tonight We Might Die”. On the other hand, I know I was hoping to get Class sooner, if only to help get me through the Doctor Who withdrawal I’m experiencing. But I suppose we’ll have the Christmas special for that.

As for the specifics about the show, Entertainment Weekly has the details:

'Class', New 'Doctor Who' Spinoff, Sets Spring 2017 Premiere

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The show, which is set at the Coal Hill School in London, follows the lives of four high school students (played by Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah) as they try to balance their teenage troubles with less regular ones – like the end of the world.

That sounds like a show that could either be a delightful genre surprise, or a glorified soap opera, with very little room for middle ground. But I’m optimistic about Class, and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype this spring. Having more shows in the Doctor Who universe wouldn’t hurt, and I enjoyed what little I saw of The Sarah Jane Adventures, so a spinoff without The Doctor can definitely work. Here’s hoping Class delivers.

But what do you think? Are you hyped for Class or skeptical of its potential? Sound off in the comments!

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