Doctor Who won’t officially debut any new episodes until Christmas, but the Doctor himself will be back a few months earlier. Young-adult spinoff Class has officially set an October premiere, Peter Capaldi included, while New York Comic-Con will also host both Doctor Who and its new series.

Per the BBC, Class will debut its first two episodes on Saturday, October 22, airing on BBC Three. Peter Capaldi will appear in the first installment, “For Tonight We Might Die,” followed by the series’ second episode, “The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo.”

We’ll get to sneak a peek at Class even earlier than that, however as, Friday, October 7 at 10:30 A.M. will see BBC America taking over Madison Square Garden for New York Comic-Con 2016. Not only will the presentation include a first-ever NYCC Doctor Who panel with Peter Capaldi, new companion Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas and executive producers, we’ll also have a screening and Q&A with Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and the cast and creators of Class.

So reads the new synopsis:

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning.

Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Capaldi) to guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

Patrick Ness has aimed to create intriguing and complex characters that have to navigate their way through more than just teenage hormones, exams and detention. Joining them as series regulars are Jordan Renzo (Chosen, Troubled), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word, Accused), Nigel Betts (Boy Meets Girl, Doctor Who). The first two episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff also feature Ben Peel (The Fall, Vampire Academy), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, Hollyoaks), Paul Marc Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood), and Shannon Murray (The Totally Senseless Gameshow).

We’ll learn plenty more of Doctor Who’s spinoff from NYCC, but what should we expect from the series proper?

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