Turns 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 DoctorWhoTV.com:
“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.