HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster It’s official: School’s out for Doctor Who spin-out Class.BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh last week confirmed long-held suspicions about the show’s fate.Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event, he announced that “It just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three.”“Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view,” Kavanagh said, as reported by Digital Spy. “There’s always times when you do something, and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.”Created and written by author Patrick Ness, Class follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy, the London-based secondary school featured across 50 years of Doctor Who. Stay on target What a great experience to make it. And SUCH a great cast. And thank you for all the love for it, too! Would that things were different…— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) September 7, 2017Under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor, who makes a cameo in the first episode.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, the show (produced by Who showrunner Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin) pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.Aimed at the young adult market, Class premiered last fall in the UK, via online platform BBC Three, and was later syndicated on BBC One. The show made its US debut in April, alongside the tenth season of Doctor Who.But it never quite caught on, and in June, after only one season, Ness announced he would no longer write for the BBC program.“I fought and fought and fought for the show,” he wrote at the time in a storm of tweets. “I’d love to be filming right now. But onwards, onwards.”Tanya (Vivian Oparah), April (Sophie Hopkins), and Charlie (Greg Austin) (via BBC)Eight episodes are all we’ll ever see of Class. Which, frankly, is not a travesty. Why, then, do I feel so gutted about its formal end?By no means a perfect television drama, Class fairly consistently delivered thrills, chills, and teen angst at its most angsty. The Breakfast Club-meets-Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation, it reminded me of how it felt to be a teenager—pent up secrets, passion, anger, vision, but no seemingly suitable outlet.My school days, of course, were fraught with far fewer alien princes and fire-and-brimstone monsters. But the feelings skillfully detailed in this show—love, loneliness, fear, anxiety—were the same (nearly 20 years ago and on a different continent) as they are today.First-rate young-adult author Patrick Ness (who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting during last month’s Edinburgh International Book Festival) is a champion of adolescent angst, never writing down to readers of any age. He treats fiction as a smorgasbord for the imagination.And while Class may not have raked in the ratings its parent program typically earns, the short season proved that Ness and an unknown cast of actors absolutely can make thrilling television with compelling characters we actually care about.The class gets detention (via BBC)Don’t believe me? Just watch “Detained.”Unfortunately, we’ll never know if that level of tight, stripped-down storytelling might have emerged in later seasons.I know there are logistical (i.e. financial) hoops every show much jump through. And I know there is more that goes into a broadcasting decision than fan feedback. But it’s a real shame that, given the success of Doctor Who, the BBC didn’t put a little more faith in this little engine that I think could.So, forget ever learning the fate of the Governors and their army of Weeping Angels. Or following an awkward Year 13 at Coal Hill School for April Shadow Kin King Corakinus.Still, I’m holding out hope for someone like Titan Comics to pick up the late characters for a turn on the page. April & Co. have already made the leap to paperback in three novels, which follow Ness’s vision for the series. So why not continue their young adventures alongside the Doctors’? (Huh, Titan? Why not?)Alas, we’ll always have DVD/Blu-ray, so I can relive all eight alien-infested episodes anytime.