When Class was first announced, the potential was obvious: a young adult sci-fi series set in the Doctor Who world, positioning itself as a British Buffy the Vampire Slayer with aliens. Even starting from such a fantastic premise, there was something else to set this show apart – Patrick Ness. Class comes not only from the world of Doctor Who, but from the mind of acclaimed YA writer Patrick Ness, who is genuinely one of the most talented novelists working today.
This talent is obvious throughout the duration of Class, as Ness is able to imbue the show with the best of the YA genre. YA Television is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, and Ness is able to keep up with the best of it and then some – Class consistently putting a new spin on what we’ve seen before, finding a fresh take and creating fresh potential. Young Adult, after all, doesn’t mean trite or small – in many respects, this genre is on the bleeding edge of drama, consistently going further and finding ways to be new and interesting in ways the rest of television could only dream of.
While we’re all excited about Doctor Who – wasn’t it wonderful? – let’s not forget about Class!
It was an imperfect show that often frustrated me greatly, but it never failed to make me think, and I’m so glad it exists. It’s absolutely worth your while, so check it out!
I wrote this mainly because the American broadcast of the show was coming up, and I wanted to do pretty much whatever I could to make sure the show continued. I even bought the DVD, and I basically never do that these days. Unfortunately, it didn’t work – there was never any new Class after the TV show ended – but some of the cast shared this article, which was nice.