Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi will be appearing in the first episode of spin-off series ‘Class’ it has been confirmed. The series begins on Saturday 22 October, which, coincidently, is exactly ten years since fellow spin-off ‘Torchwood’ began.

The first episode will be called ‘For Tonight We Might Die’ and it will be immediately be followed by second episode ‘The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo’. Speaking about the show, Capaldi said: “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of ‘Class’ in to the Whoniverse.”

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Series creator Patrick Ness added: “At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of course the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can’t wait for everyone to see the show; we’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud of it.”

According to the series synopsis, the show will follow four ‘alienated’ students at the fictional Coal Hill School in Shoreditch, which has featured regularly in ‘Doctor Who’ since the series’ beginning.

The series will see the group "charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor: guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own."

The new show’s cast includes Coal Hill Academy classmates Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), along with physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly).

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Damian Kavanagh, the controller of BBC 3 previously said of the show: “We know lots of BBC3 fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC3 is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family.”