Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Young Adult
Written by Patrick Ness
  • Greg Austin
  • Fady Elsayed
  • Sophie Hopkins
  • Vivian Oparah
  • Katherine Kelly
Executive producer(s)
  • Patrick Ness
  • Steven Moffat
  • Brian Minchin
Production company(s)
  • BBC Wales
  • BBC Worldwide
Original network BBC Three 
Start Date 22nd October 2016
End Date 3rd December 2016
Series No. 1
Episode No.  8

Class is a British science fiction spin-off series from Doctor Who. Consisting of eight episodes and premiered on the online BBC Three channel in October 2016.

The sixth formers of Coal Hill Academy all have their own secrets and wants. They have to deal with the stresses of everyday life, including friends, parents, school work, sex, and sorrow, and also the horrors that come from time travel. The Doctor and his time-travelling have made the walls of space and time stretch thin, and monsters beyond imagining are planning to break through and wreak havoc upon the Earth.

The series explores several young adult themes including death and grief, abandonment and the difference between good and evil.

The first series of Class will run for eight 45 minute episodes, all be written by Patrick Ness. Filming began on 4 April 2016 in Cardiff. A second series is in development although not offically annouced.

Main CastEdit

  • Greg Austin - Charlie
  • Fady Elsayed - Ram
  • Sophie Hopkins - April
  • Vivian Oparah - Tanya
  • Katherine Kelly - Miss Quill

Recurring CastEdit

  • Jordan Renzo - Matteusz
  • Nigel Betts - Mr. Armitage (Series 1)
  • Anna Shaffer - Rachel (Series 1)
  • Pooky Quesnel - Dorothea
  • Cyril Nri - Chair
  • Peter Capaldi - The Doctor

Series One (2016)Edit

Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.

The first series of Class deals with the aftermath of the Shadow Kin's annihilation of Charlie and Quill's home world and there new lives on Earth. The Shadow Kin follow them to Coal Hill School using a tear in space time, several students get caught up in the fight. These are Tanya, April, Ram and Matteusz. While the Shadow Kin serve as the big bad of the series, each episode features a different threat that has come through the tear. Major arcs of the series include the battle for April's heart, the mysterious 'Governers' and the fight against the Shadow Kin.

Episode No. Episode Title Centric Character(s) Director Writer Broadcast Date
1.01 'For Tonight We Might Die' Everyone

Ed Bazalgette

Patrick Ness 22 October 2016
Coal Hill Academy comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.
1.02 'The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo' Ram Ed Bazalgette Patrick Ness 22 October 2016
Following prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up. But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.
1.03 'Nightvisiting' Tanya Ed Bazalgette Patrick Ness 29 October 2016

London is infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones. Tanya has an unexpected visitor come to her window in the dead of night – and she’s not the only one, as Ram and Miss Quill face their own startling visitors. 

Confronted with these emotional encounters, the team must overcome the persuasion of this strange new threat, and battle through the streets to stop Tanya from being lost forever.

1.04 'Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart' April Philippa Langdale Patrick Ness 5 November 2016
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April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger. When April’s estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader. Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own. 

Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

1.05 'Brave-ish Heart' April Philippa Langdale Patrick Ness 12 November 2016
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Battling through the Shadow Kin realm light years away from home, April knows that there is no going back: she has to defeat Corakinus. 

Back on Earth, the invasion of the petals is rapidly snowballing. Confronted with the threat of the planet’s extinction, new headmistress Dorothea attempts to force Charlie into making a transformational decision. But Miss Quill has other ideas for him.

1.06 'Detained' Everyone Wayne Yip Patrick Ness 19 November 2016
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The whole gang is thrown into detention by Miss Quill. Locked in her classroom, an explosion propels them out of space and time: trapped, claustrophobic and floating in blackness with no way of escape.

Although a mysterious asteroid fragment may be their key to freedom, it forces the gang to confess their deepest, darkest secrets to one another. As ugly truths come out, fractures start to appear in the friendship group.

And then they make a chilling discovery. They’re not alone. There’s somebody in there with them.

1.07 'The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did' Quill Wayne Yip Patrick Ness 26 November 2016

With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

Alongside Ballon, an imprisoned shape-shifter, Miss Quill travels in a metaphysical engine and is taken to impossible, extraordinary and dangerous worlds, collecting materials in preparation for her life-changing procedure.

After an emotional encounter with her surgeon and a nearly-fatal operation, Miss Quill must find a way to return to Earth: transformed and ready for war.

1.08 'The Lost' Everyone Julian Holmes Patrick Ness 3 November 2016

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge. But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April’s heart and Charlie’s weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires – and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

Episode No. IPlayer Chart Peak Position (/40) Viewing Figure (millions)
1 8
2 24
3 14