Peter Capaldi will be joining the cast of BBC3 Doctor Who spin-off Class, the BBC have officially confirmed.

The Scottish actor, known for playing The Doctor himself, will appear in the opening episode of the new series, which will air on 22nd October.

Class will be set at Coal Hill Academy, a location which will be familiar to devoted fans of Doctor Who.

Series creator Patrick Ness confirmed the news yesterday. “At last, we can tell you a little more about Class!” he said. “Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of course the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can’t wait for everyone to see the show; we’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud of it.”

Capaldi also expressed his excitement, saying “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class into the Whoniverse”

The cast of new characters includes Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed), and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), along with physics teacher Miss Quill, played by former Coronation Street and Happy Valley actress Katherine Kelly.

Episode 1 of the new series, entitled For Tonight We Might Die, will premiere on Saturday 22nd October, with the second episode The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo being released on the same date.


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