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Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah have entered the Whoniverse as BBC America introduces the cast of Doctor Who’s spin-off series, Class, a YA series set in contemporary London. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

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Award-winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: “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.”

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Patrick Ness

These four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. 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 will be familiar to Doctor Who fans most recently as Clara’s place of employment, but it has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning. All 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 us all into Shadow.

Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who executive producer, says: “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. 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.”

Filming started today and further casting is yet to be announced.

Meet the cast:

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Katherine Kelly
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Greg Austin
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Fady Elsayed
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Sophie Hopkins
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Vivian Oparah
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Filed Under: Class, Doctor Who, The Scoop
By BBC America