Doctor Who News Samuel Anderson is Danny Pink in Doctor Who Series 8

Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

New Recurring Character for Doctor Who Series 8

The BBC has today announced that Samuel Anderson is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in Series 8.

Not described as a companion, you’ll notice, Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches, and a location that has played a significant role in Doctor Who‘s 50 years.

Anderson – who has also appeared in The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey and Emmerdale - said:

I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!

Andrerson’s character Danny Pink has of course been created by showrunner Steven Moffat.

For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!

This is an interesting turn of events you weren’t expecting, isn’t it? We don’t yet know if Danny will set foot in the TARDIS and join the Doctor and Clara on their travels – but let’s hope he gets the chance.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

13 Responses to New Recurring Character for Doctor Who Series 8

  1. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Huh. I thought it would be the dude from the beginning of the 50th.

    • avatar TonyS says:

      rick, I’m very glad it isn’t that dude. But, yes, I thought that too.

      • avatar rickjlundeen says:

        I think I’m with you, there. The guy in the 50th wasn’t that impressive. This new guy will also probably take on the same kind of part Ian did as well–kind of the action man, if necessary.

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    No surprise there’s a new regular male character coming along, and to be honest I’m glad it’s not “Tom” from the 50th; something about the way he delivered his couple of lines grated with me.

    I just hope he’s not going to be either the gooseberry or the love interest!

    • avatar Gruff says:

      For Whom?

      • avatar DonnaM says:

        To be honest – for anybody!

        • avatar TonyS says:

          Well said, Donna. The voice of reason as always :)

  3. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    Interesting that year 51 will begin back where it all started, two teachers from Coal Hill school and a Doctor aged 55. All we need now is Susan back and a bunch of cavemen.

  4. avatar vortexter says:

    He looks a little like Noel Clarke. But why does he have to be ‘special’? I long for the day someone ordinary gets involved with the Tardis and crew.

  5. avatar drewboynton says:

    Yay, Fingers!
    We’re just a couple actors short of the whole cast of “Gavin & Stacey” making DW appearances! (James Corden, Jo Page, Russell Tovey…) Maybe Clara has an Uncle Bryn?

  6. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Well at least this knocks out the early rumors that they would stay in the Victorian setting for awhile.

  7. avatar krumstets says:

    Maybe he is or will become the Masters companion?
    Or maybe even his love interest?

  8. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Here’s a thought: What if he’s a descendant of Ian and Barbara? Like a grandson.

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