Doctor Who Gets New Recurring Character for Series 8
Doctor Who is getting a new recurring character played by Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) for Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also works.
Anderson said of being cast:
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!
Showrunner Steven Moffat added:
‘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!
Series 8 will begin airing later this year, with filming currently underway on episode 4, guest starring Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5 which will co-star Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).