Doctor Who spinoff
BBC3 and YA writer Patrick Ness announced a new "Doctor Who" spinoff show called "Class," set to debut in 2016. Pictured: actor Peter Capaldi in a promo for "Doctor Who" Season 9. BBC

"Doctor Who" fans will soon be able to feast their eyes on a new spinoff geared towards a young-adult audience. BBC Three and English writer Patrick Ness announced Thursday a spinoff called "Class."

The eight-episode series will be 45-minutes each and will be set in the halls of Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) teaches. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ness will serve as executive producer of "Class" along with Doctor Who" executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. The show is expected to begin filming in Wales this spring with a 2016 premiere.

"I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the 'Doctor Who' universe, which is as vast as time and space itself," Ness said (via the Hollywood Reporter). "There's so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories. I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of 'Class,' to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels."

While details about the show's plot and cast have not been revealed, Ness took to Twitter Thursday to talk about the new series. He told fans that Clara will not be on "Class."

During an interview with the Guardian, Ness explained his reasoning for writing novels for a younger audience, saying that he likes to let each story he works on naturally unfold. "I put the same everything into my YA books that I do into my adult books," he said. "The same emotional investment, the same time, the same ambitions, the same darknesses [sic]. That’s how I responded to the stories I want to tell in ‘Class’. I could feel them roiling and twisting and turning, and just thought, ‘Great, let’s see where it goes.’”

"Doctor Who" debuted Season 9 on Sept. 26.“Class” will air on BBC3 as well as in America.