There are so few male gay characters in sci-fi. In fact there are hardly any. However, are you a Doctor fan? I admit I only became a fan after the revival of the 9th/10th Doctor – Christopher Eccleston taking the role in 2005. But I never looked back after that. Doctor has had several spin offs, a couple of the more popular series include Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Now there is another series in the works simply called, Class. Details on this show and how it will fit into the Whoverse have been very limited. Class takes place at Coal Hill school. This is the same school that Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) was a teacher. Clara was one of the latest companions to the Doctor (Peter Capaldi). One other thing is clear. Show writer Patrick Ness has made it clear that an LGBT cast member will be represented as the lead role. Ness tweeted the following:
Been asked if Class will have LGBT representation in it. Will a lead character with a boyfriend who he kisses & sleeps with & loves do?
This is incredible news. The Whoverse has represented the LGBT community fairly well in the past decade and even had a pansexual character lead the show Torchwood. Openly gay actor John Barrowman played Captain Jack Harkness and was a total whore on the show. It was awesome. So I am happy that this new show will come to pass. There are so few gay male sci-fi characters playing lead roles today. Some fans may be upset, but many true Whovians will know that this is to be expected in a universe that has multiple realities and multiple possible timelines. Everything is timey whimey, wibbly wobbly. Class so far includes: Fady Elsayed (pictured above), Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah and is set to air later in 2016.