Class, a companion for hit series Doctor Who, will air in the U.S. on BBC America in 2016, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Announced in October in the UK, the eight-part series is set in a school in contemporary London and marks the TV screenwriting debut of YA author Patrick Ness, best known for his book A Monster Calls.

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams,” he joked.

Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the team behind Doctor Who, are executive producing. The series is produced by BBC Cymru Wales and filmed in Cardiff.