There has been much noise lately about whether Doctor Who is in danger, due to dipping ratings, but it seems that those irrational fears can now be put to rest.

Why can they be put to rest? Because the BBC have just announced that they will be making a new Doctor Who spinoff series, titled Class, coming out it 2016.

It will follow the youths and teens at Coal Hill High School (where Clara works when she’s not helping the Doctor save the universe). Therefore it is no surprise that it’ll air on youth-oriented channel BBC Three.

It marks the TV-writing debut for acclaimed author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here). For those that are unfamiliar with Ness, I can assure you that this show is in very safe hands indeed. He is without doubt one of my favourite authors, and I believe he can capture the voice of teenagers better than anybody else.

Here’s what Ness said about his new series earlier this evening;

“I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-levels”

And as someone currently undertaking his A-Levels, I can tell you, I’d much rather go one-on-one with an alien than take my Economics exam come June!

There will be 8 episodes of 45 minutes, and the show will mostly be filmed in Cardiff, where most Doctor Who episodes are filmed.

As an optimistic Whovian, I think this can be a great show, hopefully like a mixture of early Torchwood with a dash of Sarah Jane Adventures.