New Companion Confirmed for DOCTOR WHO

dannypinkTurns out that rumor about the 12th Doctor taking on another companion — a teacher from Coal Hill School, no less — was true! Danny Pink, a teacher and colleague of Clara Oswald, will be played by Samuel Anderson as a recurring character in season eight of DOCTOR WHO.

Like Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara, Anderson is a veteran of the venerable British soap EMMERDALE, on which he played policeman Ross Kirk. His tenure overlapped with Coleman’s time as Jasmine Thomas, so the pair have worked together before.

Anderson is thrilled to join the 50-year-old series that now stars Peter Capaldi, telling

“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 honor 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!”

Executive producer 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 eight is filming now for broadcast most likely around August/September.

3 thoughts on “New Companion Confirmed for DOCTOR WHO

  1. I like the dynamic of having male and female companions and was sad that New Who got away from that a bit at times.
    Have to wonder if 12 will see River Song again. That might be quite the pairing!


    • I prefer the times when the Doctor has only one companion, because I think the “crowded TARDIS” is a real storytelling problem that leads to filler material merely to give everyone something to do.

      Having said that, however, there were some male-female combos that I really did enjoy: Amy & Rory were my faves, but I also fondly recall that all-too-brief period when the Fourth Doctor was teamed with Sarah Jane & Harry! Poor clumsy Harry. Jamie and Zoe worked well because the chemistry between the performers was so great.

      But it wasn’t always so. Turlough suffered when the producers ran out of things for him to do besides quarrel with Nyssa and Tegan. I believe the original intention was to kill him off but they kept him on after the Black Guardian storyline with no clear purpose. And Adric, well… he… he was a math prodigy.

      I suppose it’s all down to the performers involved.


    • About River: Moffat recently said he was tempted to bring her back because he wanted to see Peter play off Alex. But will it happen? Who knows. I for one would like River to remain an artifact of the 10/11 era. She was so closely interwoven with 11 that it would feel “wrong” to mix it up with another incarnation of the Time Lord.

      There is no real storyline-related reason to bring River back; all her bases have been covered — except for the post-Library version of River saying she would see the Doctor again. Perhaps she meant in some other world.


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