The Doctor won’t make a habit of popping by The BBC’s forthcoming Doctor Who spinoff Class, but our beloved Time Lord certainly looms large over its first trailer. Time has seen your face, and Time never forgets in the spooky first look at our young-adult companion series, Class!

Straight from New York Comic-Con, The BBC has debuted formal footage of the new spinoff series set to air on BBC-3. Unfortunately for those of us stateside, the series will debut in 2017 on BBC-A alongside Doctor Who proper.

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 soon, but what do we make of the first Class sneak peek?

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