Doctor Who spin-off Class will have LGBT representation in a lead character

The show's creator Patrick Ness decided to share the surprise with fans a little earlier than scheduled

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Doctor Who spin-off class will have LGBT representation in a lead character, showrunner Patrick Ness has revealed.

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The author and screenwriter behind the new BBC3 series, set at Coal Hill School, shared the news via Twitter – a little earlier than scheduled.

The show follows in the footsteps of Torchwood, which also featured an LGBT lead – John Barrowman’s Jack Harkness and Gareth David-Lloyd’s Ianto Jones went on to become one of Doctor Who’s most beloved pairings.

It’s not clear if the new character will be played by Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed or another lead cast member.

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Ness had previously been tweeting from a vigil held outside the Welsh Assembly in memory of the 50 people who lost their lives and those who were injured in an horrific mass shooting at an LGBT bar in Orlando over the weekend.