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Class

Doctor Who's latest spin-off drama begins this month on BBC Three, so DWM asked writer Patrick Ness to reveal what he's got in store for us...
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Patrick Ness didn’t expect to be writing Class. “But you take a good idea when it comes,” he says, “and embrace it.”

In 2013, the London-based, Virginia-born, award-winning Young Adult (YA) novelist penned a Doctor Who short story, Tip of the Tongue, published by Puffin – and starring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa – to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. ‘An arresting tale,’ DWM said of it at the time. ‘It’s taut, bringing themes of being an outsider, of desperation to fit in and belong in a community, wrapped up in the inherent awkwardness of teenage life.’ Soon afterwards, Who’s executive producer Brian Minchin invited Patrick to write a TV episode. “It was fantastic to be asked,” says Patrick, but he’d only recently done “a bunch of work for other people” and was keener to do something “really, really new”.

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Contents include: An exclusive interview with Captain Jack actor John Barrowman; a preview of the first episodes of the new Doctor Who spin-off Class, featuring an interview with Patrick Ness; a preview of the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; exclusive chats with Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara, Ed Bazalgette and Daniel Nettheim on the art of being a director; The Fact of Fiction looks at 1966's The Savages; brand-new comic strip action for the Twelfth Doctor and Jess in Bloodsport by Mark Wright, illustrated by Staz Johnson; the Time Team watch 2010's The Lodger; the Watcher considers monster voices in Wotcha!; the latest merchandise previewed and reviewed; prize-winning competitions and more.
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