Doctor Who spinoff Class is one of several attempts to capitalize on the popularity of the famous and long-running British time travel series. And now that the series' first season is coming to an end, what's left to be determined is whether Class will return for Season 2. As of right now, the future of the high school-set show is up in the air.
Unfortunately, according to TV Series Finale, the series' ratings were a disappointment. In fact, Class' Season 1 ratings averaged only 0.3 million total viewers per episode. The show aired in the UK before premiering on BBCAmerica, and in neither market has had the same impact as its sister show. But the show hasn't been officially cancelled either.
Now, if you ask Steven Moffat, who is currently the showrunner of Doctor Who, the situation is a lot less clear cut. In late April, Moffat promised to Digital Spy that hope for Class Season 2 wasn't dead yet, suggesting that he still sees a path forward for the spinoff series. "We don't know about that right now, [but] we would love to get more Class made," Moffat says. "We're in a different world now of how television works [...] Wait and see what's going to happen." Class creator Steven Ness also isn't giving up on the show. He told Inverse, "There has been no decision made on Season 2, despite tabloid reports to the contrary."
Unfortunately, whether or nor its connection can rescue Class, it seems that the show — about a group of high school students, plus an alien prince and his bodyguard battling aliens on Earth — hasn't been able to establish the same nerd cred as Who. While Class may not have found a huge audience, being a science fiction fan has possibly never been better. When Doctor Who premiered in the '60s, it was a low-budget series that rested on charm and imagination, and the genre was considered to be fairly low-brow.
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