Doctor Who Spinoff

The BBC has announced a Doctor Who spinoff.  I’m not sure how I fill about it.  Here’s the article:

BBC Three today announces Class – a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who spin off from the acclaimed YA author, Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.

Steven Moffat says, “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says, “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. 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.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three adds, “We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent.”

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, adds, “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin off for our BBC Three audience.”

Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

An 8 x 45 minute series produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three.

The series will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and be on air next year.

Now, if this is like Torchwood started off we can talk, but otherwise I’m a little leery…

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Piper Up For Spin-Off

Another from Doctor Who TV.:

Billie Piper has said she would be up for a spin-off featuring Rose Tyler and the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor.

“That would be interesting… I’d be game!” she said at the recent Awesome Con panel when a fan posed the question to her.

Piper then addressed an issue some fans had with The Day of the Doctor – the fact she played the Moment rather than the real Rose meaning she didn’t get to reunite with the Tenth Doctor.

She said: “I’ve heard a lot of that, [fans saying] ‘Why couldn’t you just be Rose and actually see [the Tenth Doctor] and be with him?’”

“I think to come back and do something slightly different was welcome for me because I’d come back so many times that even though I loved Rose I thought it probably needed a bit of a shift. And that’s what Steven Moffat wanted, he brought something very different.”

She adds: “It’s good to watch it and wish that they could somehow connect in the way they used to instead of being totally satisfied. I really enjoyed playing it because I could be a bit mad and a bit strange.’

However, Piper admits she found playing the Moment hard to get her head around: “It was quite a confusing episode I thought. When I read the script I was like ‘what?!’ I got it in the end with the help of David though.”

Opinions?  I’m not so sure about it, but at the same time it might be interesting if done right.  If it was less for the kids and more adult it could be good.  However, for those die hard fans of the Ten/Rose relationship, I don’t think they’d get what they bargained for.

Spinoff For Strax?

According to CultBox, Don Starkey (Strax) would be open to the idea of a spinoff for his character:

Dan Starkey has revealed that he is “certainly” interested in a Doctor Who spin-off featuring Commander Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny.

Starkey has now appeared as Strax in four episodes: ‘A Good Man Goes to War’, ‘The Snowmen’, ‘The Crimson Horror’ and ‘The Name of the Doctor’.

Speaking to Doctor Who TV about the possibility of a spin-off, the actor commented: “Certainly, I’d love to do a Paternoster gang spin-off show. That said, I’m sure that in the odd episode Strax could develop a perception filter so perhaps Neve and I didn’t have to spend so quite much time in make-up…

Discussing Strax’s future, Starkey added: “Strax has a glorious future of domestic servitude and violence ahead of him!”

Personally, I love Strax.  He makes me giggle.  I don’t know if a show with just those three would take off, but it would definitely be interesting to see.

Just don’t let the Stars network get ahold of it like Torchwood…

Barrowman And Kingston Want Spinoff

I’m sure it’s just “we’re-bored-and-killing-time” talk, but CultBox is claiming that John Barrowman and Alex Kingston are talking about wanting a Doctor Who spinoff together.  If you read it, it’s in the “oooo that would be fun” way as opposed to the “real plans” kind of way.

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