Doctor Who: new series 8 regular announced

News Louisa Mellor 24 Feb 2014 - 08:38

Samuel Anderson has joined the cast of Doctor Who's eighth series as new character, teacher Danny Pink...

The BBC has announced a new recurring character for Doctor Who's eighth series: Clara's Coal Hill School colleague, Danny Pink. 

The History Boys and Gavin & Stacey actor Samuel Anderson is to play the role of teacher Mr Pink (which, context considered, is probably not a Steve Buscemi reference). Here's what Anderson had to say about joining the series:

"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!"

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!"

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Not sure if it's character clue or a simply a style choice, but he's wearing an RAF/army issue watch...

Join the 12th Doctor, Clara and the fabulous new character; Highpants for all the adventures series 8 has to offer.

Torchwood! He works for Torchwood!
But that most definitly will not be the case. Sigh.

Two teachers from coal hill school, I think Moffat is trying to do a reboot of sorts of the firsts season, from the 60s, Mabye his mind temporarily attached himself to past memories or places were he feels safe. Do u. Know what would be even more. Awsome, IAN CHESTERTON. AS PRINCIPAL or guest lecturer.

Good stuff! I like it when there are at least two companions, some of the stories have better scope when characters can be split up or paired off.
Would love to see Vastra, Strax and Jenny go for trips, too, now and again - take them out of the Victorian Era for a few stories.
Anyway, I had my problems with Smith's Era (nowt to do with the brilliant Matt) but I'm stoked to see where the show will go with Capaldi. Here's hoping for darker, leaner, meaner stories.
Come on, team - all killer, no filler!

Clara's character is so underdeveloped it annoyed me that in the 50th anniversary she instantly became a teacher despite her never mentioning it before (purely for a reference to an unearthly child) It's was pure Moffat lazy writing

There is no Torchwood as such ... or is there?

The new master?

Uh, Clara was a governess in her Victorian incarnation. I'm assuming whenever she crops up, she is in a teaching role of some sort. So no, not lazy writing, lazy viewer :P


I. Chesterton was established as the Chairman of the Governors for Coal Hill School in The Day of The Doctor (on the sign in the opening shot).

Please no more Scooby gang antics!!!!

Would love to see a cameo from William Russell. It was great seeing him at the start of An Adventure in Space and Time

As long as he isn't the new love interest for Clara now the Doctor looks older again. That'd just be a bit too boring, tbh.

Good move. The trouble with having a single companion and minimal supporting cast is that it's too easy for different writers to have no shared concept of who the character is, as they have no existence outside the doctor. Clara, in particular, deterioriated rapidly into 'generic companion', to the point where she doesn't really have a character - hell, one week she's 'generic scream queen' and the next she's 'generic uber-competent military commander', and I can't even tell which depiction is the inconsistent one, as there's just nothing there apart from 'spunky generic companion.'

Not the actresses fault either - the only way you could add 'character' to the way she's been written would be to add hammy and irritating acting tics.

Having a 3rd character in the TARDIS forces the writers to think about how each character reacts to someone other than the Doctor. which goes a long way to avoiding the 'generic companion' problem. Here's hoping the addition will give the show the same boost as the arrival of Jack did halfway through series 1 and Rory halfway through season 5.

UNIT, perhaps?

It is a step in the right direction but I think it's about time they dropped the female companions altogether and went with a male companion ONLY. I have hated all of them (the females) with the occasional exception of Amy Pond.

Yeah, she was a teacher in Asylum of the Daleks the other time we saw her. Oh no wait, she totally wasn't.

Im sorry but I have to disagree. In a show like Doctor Who, its good to have a female companion as she is able to bring a greater balance to the Doctor and give a female perspective on things. The problem has been the way the female companion has been written and then portrayed.
Since the show returned, the female character has either become the lead character (Rose) or fawned, all lovey dovey over the Doctor. Infact, Clara (actually my favourite companion after the late great Sarah Jane - Liz Sladen, Leela and Jo) has been the least fawning although that has been teetering in the past couple of specials.
I dread to think what SM would do with a male only companion.

She was a junior entertainment manager so either the title means she was inexperinced in the job or she worked with kids

Personally, I'm hoping he's a baddie. Between Mickey, Jack and Rory, the supporting male role is getting a bit meh. Time to mix it up a bit.

Clara was nanny to two kids for an entire series. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that she was training to be a teacher.

Agree with that, and a crying shame it is too, given how wonderful she was in her first Christmas special.

No, Torchwood! We haven't heard about them for ages, and I refuse to believe that the whole organisation went up in smoke just because most of them are dead. Queen Elizabeth II paid them personally and should have recruited new people.
But it surely won't be because Torchwood is Davies thingy and Moffat has it's own thingy and Davies doesn't want to do anything because he's busy with Aliens and Wizards.

There never was any such organisation as Torchwood! It's a hoax! A myth! Hallucinations! Swamp gas!

Capaldi is the same age as the first doctor when he filmed the first series and the doctor has progressively got younger with each regeneration. Which is further aluded to by River Song getting older each time she regenerated.

OMG OMG OMG! I just knew Clara would fall for someone her age now The Doctor looks all old and stuff, quids in he's Clara's new boyfriend at some point in the new series. Two more things, with this character there are echoes to Mickey Smith (tho I'm sure the actor will make enough of an impact as himself not taking into consideration characters of the past), and Two - He's wearing a black coat and a red shirt...The Doctor's new outfit is a black coat with red lining...will The Doctor not like this or will he see a kindred fashion aficionado!

Red tie, grey or blue shirt. How are there echoes of Mickey? I'm not saying there won't be but the character description doesn't shout it at me.

Surprised he didnt appear in the 50th with susan, aw well, ian may pop up quite soon

''Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!'', So hopefully more than the rumoured one series then?

Even Rose fawned over him for most of her run and especially in her last few appearances. Clara's slip due to the truth field (ugh) in Christmas (ugh) was just bloody pitiful. I was really hoping they would stay away from the love thing this time and then Moffat went and did that.

He's a young black dude. If he does become a love interest for Clara people will make the comparison despite the two having little to nothing else in common (that we know of at this point).

What do you expect of Moffat, of course it comes from nowhere! Like solving any problem you can name with the sonic screwdriver, as if it were Harry Potter's wand. I remember when the Doctor used to describe himself as a scientist. Now you never have any real drama because it's all magic and in one bound they're free deus ex machina ad nauseum.

Do we have a release date for the new series of the doc? March, May or September 2014 ?

Where did that information come from ?

If she was a nanny to two kids it is entirely beyond the realms of possibility she was training to be a teacher. Have you seen how much work you have to do on a one year PGCE course? However, she could have been using it as work experience to get on a course. We never really seem to know how long the Doctor's been away...

You can do a PCCE part time.

Moffat made fun of viewers like you, when War Doctor said the same thing to the new doctors. Your commentary is so cliche. Besides, RDT also increased the importance of the sonic. Just relax and enjoy the series. Prolly Capaldi wont use as much. Enjoy the series for what it is.

I think just a change from 'Earth girl from Britain who fancies the Doctor a bit' would be nice. Why not an alien companion, or someone from a different country?

Not strictly true:

reprog.wordpress. com/2010/04/05/ages- of-doctor-who-actors-on-their-debuts/

Rose was a love interest, which was fine as it was different, Martha could have been useful as a doctor herself but they never did anything with her,poor lass, Donna was a fully fledged character (yay), Clara was only good as a dalek, or when she went maternal - they need to play up that strength in her. Hopefully the new chap will be long term and nobody's love interest. I'd like to see someone generally question the doctor's actions a bit more, hopefully he'll be a history teacher.

My first impression? Mickey Smith stand in.

I prefer to think of it has Moff was stealing ideas from the public and making fun of himself.

Mickey had the best character arc of the rebooted era.

I think your monitor is up the spout. Katie Price is blacker than this guy!

You believe my monitor to be pregnant because you think a heavily fake tanned (among other things) glamour model is "blacker" than an actual black actor?

Something's not quite right here. I'm pretty sure it's not my monitor, though.

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