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.