Schools Out for Class Creator Patrick Ness

first_img BBC Officially Cancels ‘Class,’ And I’m SadNo One Else Will Die in ‘Class’ Finale Stay on target After only one season, Class creator Patrick Ness announced his departure from the Doctor Who spin-out show.In a storm of tweets (not uncommon for the YA author), Ness over the weekend confirmed that he will no longer write for the BBC program (assuming it even gets a second series).Following Saturday’s BBC America finale, the writer hit Twitter to praise his cast (Katherine Kelly, Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Jordan Renzo) and “say a quick thing re: the future of Class.”“This kind of stuff matters very little in the face of the London Bridge attack,” Ness prefaced, citing the recent deadly terror attack in England.“So thank you to everyone who watched and loved it and argued about it and watched it again,” he continued. “You made my heart swell.”It remains unclear whether the show will continue without Ness (who wrote and exec produced all eight episodes); the BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (I wouldn’t hold my breath for another season of alien antics at the Coal Hill Academy, though.)“I fought and fought and fought for the show,” he wrote. “I’d love to be filming right now. But onwards, onwards.”That’s not to say Ness didn’t have a second series planned in his head: “Weeping Angel civil war and PLANET, Quill has a dangerous son, Charlie and Matteusz shirtless wood chopping,” he teased yesterday.“So, yeah, I’m really sad, saddest in my whole career, but it’s the right choice. Much, much, much love.”Aimed at the young adult market, Class premiered last fall in the UK, via online platform BBC Three; it was later syndicated on BBC One. The show made its US debut in April, alongside the tenth series of Doctor Who.Eight episodes may be all we ever see of Class. Which, frankly, wouldn’t be a travesty. But in its honor, I’d like to see someone like Titan Comics pick up the late characters for a stint on the page.April & Co. have already made the leap to paperback in three novels that follow Ness’s vision for the series.All eight chapters, meanwhile, will be available on DVD ($19.49) and Blu-ray ($24.99) on July 11, so you can relive your own school days—with added aliens.Check out our recap of Class finale “The Lost,” as well as our review of the latest Doctor Who episode, “The Lie of the Land.”last_img read more