Doctor Who Spin-off Class Gets Gay Lead

Class, an upcoming spin-off of Doctor Who, will feature a gay male lead, according to show creator and writer Patrick Ness. Class will take place at the Coal Hill School, a recurring setting in Doctor Who since its first episode in 1963. It will air this fall on BBC Three and BBC America.

The cast of Class

On June 13, Ness said on Twitter:

Referring to the June 12 massacre in Orlando, Ness followed up with: “We were keeping that secret, but today that secret doesn’t seem very important.”

Class has five principal characters, two of whom are male. Assuming that by “lead” Ness is referring to one of these, and not a major secondary character, then the actor playing the gay role will presumably be either Fady Elsayed (playing an as-yet unnamed character) or Greg Austin (playing a character named Charlie).

Fady Elsayed

Greg Austin

This will mark the first explicitly queer leading character in a Doctor Who-related series since Torchwood,, which stared John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, and aired its last season in 2011.

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on June 24, 2016

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