On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
Well, it’s official — the Doctor Who spinoff Class has been cancelled. The news comes to us from BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (via Doctor Who News), who said at a Broadcasting Press Guild:
No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.
In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.
There are always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.
Honestly, this is too bad — if not unsurprising. Series creator and showrunner Patrick Ness announced that he wouldn’t return earlier this year… and honestly very few people watched the show in the UK. It’s too bad though, as I think it was a fundamentally positive addition to the Who-mythos.
We’ve been excited about the new Doctor Who spinoff Class since it was announced, and as its premiere (which includes an appearance of Peter Capaldi) is creeping up on us. Because of that, the BBC has released an official teaser trailer for the series.
On this episode, recorded live at the first Nerd & Tie Expo, we mourn the loss of C. Martin Crocker, celebrate Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy win, stare blankly at the live action Ghost in the Shell teasers, discuss Peter Capaldi appearing on the upcoming Doctor Who spin off Class, consider the Black Lightning pilot ordered by Fox, and lament the delay of Star Trek: Discovery to next May.
We also do mailbag, respond to the audience, and Nick says something really weird in front of Voice Actress Tiffany Grant.
We first heard about the upcoming young adult spinoff of Doctor Who (titled Class) back in October of last year. We didn’t know much about the series beyond the title and writer Patrick Ness’s involvement.
Well, a bit more has come out now.
Earlier today the BBC announced the cast of the series (pictured above). Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah have been cast as a group of students, with Katherine Kelly playing their teacher at Coal Hill School.
The series, as previously mentioned, is set at Coal Hill School — which has featured in Doctor Who multiple times. The idea is that all of the temporal shenanigans around the building have weakened the walls of space and time around it… and something dark is trying to break through.
Class is expected to come to BBC Three and BBC America later this year.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we briefly discuss the live action Attack on Titan movie, the forthcoming Back to the Future Doc Brown short film, a new Doctor Who spinoff called Class, Prometheus 2 getting a new name, a possible Men in Black reboot sans Will Smith, we let Nick talk about Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans), and the video game voice actors may end up striking.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Doctor Who spin-off series on the air. The adult focused Torchwood disappeared a while ago, and the kid-friendly Sarah Jane Adventures ended when series star Elisabeth Sladen sadly passed away. Both of those shows were also created by former show runner Russel T. Davies. Under Steven Moffat, we haven’t seen any new attempts to spinoff the Doctor Who brand.
Well, until now.
The BBC have announced that a new, teen focused series set in the Doctor Who universe is currently in development. The show, entitled just Class, is set in currently day London. Steven Moffat is executive producing, and the show will mark the television debut of writer Patrick Ness.
It’s expected to air on BBC Three in 2016, although whether or not this will come to the states any time soon after is still up in the air.