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Doctor Who thing: new sort-of companion(?) announced


The BBC has announced that a new face is hopping aboard the TARDIS:

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.

On joining the show Samuel Anderson 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!’

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, 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!’

Well, I say he’s hopping aboard the TARDIS, but is he really? Will he be another companion-who’s-not-really-a-companion, someone who tags along once in a while but never really leaves home? Will he get away from 21st-century Earth and have some real adventures in space and time? Or will he be like Clara has been, a companion booty call for when the otherwise solitary Doctor gets lonely?

Via Den of Geek.

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  • RogerBW

    Certainly looks like New Mickey, on the face of it. And however good an actor he is, Moffat’s still going to be running the show.

  • Paul

    Looks like New Mickey in the sense that…?

  • RogerBW

    In the sense that a recurring character isn’t the same thing as a series regular. I don’t think there’s much point in speculating beyond that, really.

  • Paul

    Rory might have been a better example to choose, then. He’s from the Moffat period of the show, after all.

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