SPOILER ALERT! Peter Capaldi To Appear In Class?

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The Mirror are reporting today that Peter Capaldi is set to appear as The Doctor in the first episode of the new Doctor Who spinoff Class. A BBC insider told the newspaper “What sort of trouble must these kids get themselves in if they need the Doctor to come and bail them out?”

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time the current incarnation of the Doctor (at the time of broadcast) has appeared in a Doctor Who spinoff. Both David Tennant and Matt Smith made guest appearances in The Sarah Jane Adventures, in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith and Death of the Doctor respectively. Torchwood (a spinoff aimed at an adult audience), on the other hand, wasn’t allowed to feature the character amid concerns that it would encourage young kids to watch. The Mirror are claiming that BBC Chiefs had similar concerns about the Doctor appearing in Class (which is aimed at Young Adults) but decided in favour of it in the end.

The TARDIS was spotted at outdoor filming for the show back in April, so it looks considerably likely that The Mirror’s reports are true:

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In other news, three new books based on Class were announced for release in October:

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Joyride, What She Does Next Will Astound You and The Stone House are to be written by Guy Adams, James Goss and A.K. Benedict respectively and offer us our first glimpse at the Class logo:

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Personally, I think the logo for Class is extremely effective in giving off that distinctive  ‘Who’ vibe. It is very close to the style of the Moffat Era‘s Doctor Who logos in the same way that the Torchwood logo strongly evoked the Russell T Davies Era.

Class will be in session on BBC Three Online this October, with episodes due to air a week behind on BBC1. The new spinoff is based in Coal Hill School (where the Doctor is currently caretaker), a location which first appeared in the very first Doctor Who serial An Unearthly Child as the school where the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman was a pupil. Whether former science teacher and current chairman of the school governors Ian Chesterton (played by William Russell) will appear remains to be seen.

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