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Samuel Anderson Joins the Cast of Doctor Who

Rising Star Joins Doctor Who for Peter Capaldi’s First Series

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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!’

Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).



  • carl bird

    June 16th, 2014 - 12:07pm

    do you like the darleks

    • Anonymous

      June 18th, 2014 - 3:21pm

      Everybody likes the Daleks!

    • the astronaut of death

      June 18th, 2014 - 4:38pm

      Well the doctor doesn’t 🙁

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2014 - 3:41pm

      I’m talking about us as fans who like the daleks!

  • the astronaut of death

    May 26th, 2014 - 7:30pm

    Apparantly his sister Courtney is going to be traveling on the tardis aswell

    • Anonymous

      May 27th, 2014 - 7:18am

      Yeah they are making it like the 1963 Tardis Crew

  • dan23uk

    May 26th, 2014 - 7:23pm

    The 50th Episode Sew clara worked at a school.
    I think he works at the same school.
    I never Liked gavin and stacey.

    • dan23uk

      May 26th, 2014 - 7:33pm

      Yeah his is to work at the school

  • Obsie

    April 3rd, 2014 - 9:17am

    No problem with him, but could they have not given him another name, rather than Danny “PINK”. “Danny” is a fine and upstanding name. However, how many of us have been lumbered with a surname which does not compliment our Christian name? The poor boy!

  • RYCBAR123

    March 6th, 2014 - 7:40pm

    Looks cool, but I hope he actually has a vital role aboard the TARDIS and doesn’t just become Clara’s new love interest :3

    • Dalek the Supreme

      March 6th, 2014 - 10:35pm

      I agree.

    • 100000BC

      March 7th, 2014 - 5:57pm

      Guys, no-one mentioned ABOARD THE TARDIS. He’s in more than one episode. That’s pretty much all we know about his companion status. He may not even see the TARDIS for all we know. He may not even meet the Doctor!
      As for Clara’s ‘love interest’, I would like to see a more imaginative way of introducing a recurring character than family or love (They’re OK to have but it’s silly how the only people we meet more than once when the TARDIS returns to the companion’s home is family and boy/girlfriends), like Harriet Jones in Series 1.

  • anon

    March 6th, 2014 - 5:02pm

    Teresa hope your wrong I want a few years with Capaldi as the doctor.


    March 5th, 2014 - 9:22pm

    I keep hearing talk of K9 returning? Has this been confirmed or?

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2014 - 4:02pm

      just romours

    • The Doctor

      March 6th, 2014 - 7:13pm

      Apparently theres some footage somewhere of K-9 and the 12th Doctor in the TARDIS!!!

    • the astronaut of death

      March 6th, 2014 - 8:31pm

      Doupt it

    • sammyboi101

      March 15th, 2014 - 10:48am


    • dan23uk

      May 26th, 2014 - 7:30pm

      There’s are 2 types the k9 last seen in sarah jane adventures & k9 in the k9 spin off I think its the same dog. If k9 does come back wonder how k9 will look.


    March 1st, 2014 - 10:41pm

    Anyone who’s a Gavin and Stacy fan, he’s gavins friend “fingers” 🙂


    March 1st, 2014 - 3:15pm

    who is this guy

    • Anonymous

      March 1st, 2014 - 8:04pm

      i haven’t the fogyist

    • Anonymous

      March 1st, 2014 - 9:04pm

      if you read the text

      it simply says he is a new regular on doctor who his name in Danny pink and he is a teacher at coal hill school and he is played by Samuel Anderson ( an actor)

    • TARDIS Data Bank 1

      March 3rd, 2014 - 7:38am

      He starred in Emmerdale, The History Boys and Gavin & Stacey


      March 3rd, 2014 - 3:58pm

      yeah who is he????????????????????????

    • Anonymous

      March 3rd, 2014 - 6:32pm

      Omg! He’s Danny Pink and he’s a school teacher at Coal Hill School and he works with Clara there and apparently he’s going to date her and he’ll star in EPISODE 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      March 3rd, 2014 - 9:55pm


    • the astronaut of death

      March 6th, 2014 - 6:11pm

      How what

    • Castromazing

      March 7th, 2014 - 6:58pm

      And ep 8

  • Anonymous

    February 28th, 2014 - 3:49pm

    mr pink will see you now

  • james01

    February 28th, 2014 - 11:56am

    Great edition to the the Tardis gang but i don’t like his surname

  • Hector Sandler

    February 27th, 2014 - 7:21am

    That good & great.

  • Anonymous

    February 26th, 2014 - 4:37pm

    I knew he were the companion as soon as I seen him

    • 100000BC

      February 26th, 2014 - 5:31pm

      I wish people would stop jumping to conclusions about his companion credentials. No one has said he IS!

    • Anonymous

      February 26th, 2014 - 6:57pm

      Yeah but it sounds like he IS!

    • Teresa

      March 6th, 2014 - 4:46pm

      is is true that Peter has only signed and ones year contract??? I have a friend who has this crazy theory that this knew guy will actually be the doctor the whole time ( hiding as a teacher like he always does)) and Peter is a roundabout way to introduce a black doctor. I think the theory is crazy but I’m excited for another male companion

    • 100000BC

      March 6th, 2014 - 6:56pm

      Stupid theory based on no real evidence, although Peter may only have signed for one year; then he can sign up for the next few years separately.


    February 25th, 2014 - 9:51am

    A new male companion will be a great addition to the TARDIS crew. The new Doctor played by Peter is going to be a lot older than David and Matt and there may not be able to all the stunts as a younger person. T IS GOING TO BE OLDER ANDIS GOING TO BE will be older and not new Doctor w ill Samuel Anderson will be a great addition as a

    • WORON

      February 25th, 2014 - 10:58am

      A new male companion will be a great addition to the TARDIS crew. The new Doctor played by Peter is going to be a lot older than David and Matt.Therefore may not be able to do all the stunts as a younger person.

      Samuel Anderson will be a great addition as he was in ”History Boys” which a good British film with Dominic Copper and Kames Cordon.
      Samuel also was in Emmerdale

  • Fiona Ting

    February 24th, 2014 - 10:35pm

    I think he wonderful companion for

    12 doctor and cara for series 8 this year

  • the astronaut of death

    February 24th, 2014 - 7:30pm

    So is he like vastra strax and jenny

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2014 - 8:06pm

      No I think he be like a Ian/Mickey Type

    • TheBritishCupOfTea

      February 24th, 2014 - 8:40pm

      No, the rumours are suggesting he will join in Episode 4 and then stay for the rest of the series

    • Castromazing

      March 7th, 2014 - 7:00pm

      Well he is in ep8

  • TheSupremeOne1

    February 24th, 2014 - 6:56pm

    He was the one at Gavin and Stacey’s wedding ‘having fun’ with stacey’s friend wasnt he??


      February 24th, 2014 - 8:46pm


  • 100000BC

    February 24th, 2014 - 5:27pm

    I think if he was going to become a companion during S8 then we would be told so if he does I think it will be in S9 or after. For the moment he is like the Brig in seasons 5 and 6, Borusa, Mickey in S1, Jackie, and Rory in the 1st half of S5.

  • Still not ginger

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:30pm

    Are the clothes he is wearing, the ones he will have on in series 8?

    • The Funky Chicken

      February 25th, 2014 - 8:49am

      Maybe. probalay not

    • the astronaut of death

      February 25th, 2014 - 6:02pm


    • Anonymous

      February 25th, 2014 - 9:02pm

      Yeah but we don’t know for sure

    • the astronaut of death

      February 26th, 2014 - 7:29am

      That pic
      was released by the BBC and he has been seen filming in there’s clothes

  • Lea

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:21pm

    no no no no no no no no no no no no no

    • Captain Jack 2000

      February 24th, 2014 - 5:19pm

      What is he bad I have never seen or heard of him before

    • Lea

      February 24th, 2014 - 7:56pm

      to be honest i don’t know ive never seen him before, i just dont want another companion yet.
      he may be great i dont know

  • matt9982

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:19pm

    Samuel Anderson- Welcome to the Whoniverse! 🙂

    • Samuel Anderson

      February 24th, 2014 - 5:48pm

      Thanks mate!! 🙂 🙂

    • matt9982

      February 24th, 2014 - 7:11pm

      Are you the REAL Sam? 🙂 Thanks anyway though 🙂

    • t

      February 24th, 2014 - 7:29pm

      I duopt it

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2014 - 8:07pm

      He’s jut joking around

  • CyberGuy500

    February 24th, 2014 - 3:43pm

    My opinion is that he has been introduced as a romantic interest for Clara as series 8 progresses so then she has a reason to leave at the end of series 8.
    I really hope I’m wrong as Clara is one of my faviourite companions and I really want her to say for series 9.

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    February 24th, 2014 - 3:23pm

    For a second then, i thought it was mickey!

    • #longlivethedoctor

      May 5th, 2014 - 10:39pm


  • The Funky Chicken

    February 24th, 2014 - 2:51pm

    So is he a new compainon?


      February 24th, 2014 - 3:15pm

      He might become a new companion, but from what’s been said, it seems more like his just gonna be like Jackie Tyler and Wilfred Mott, characters who are not strictly companions but who appear in the series from time to time.

    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      February 24th, 2014 - 3:24pm

      There were rumors that there was going to be another, male, companion, so it is likely he is.

    • TC200

      February 24th, 2014 - 3:25pm

      he is a teacher at caol hill school

    • Gallifrey Falls No More

      February 24th, 2014 - 4:18pm

      yes, TC200, but Ian and Barbara were teachers at Coalhill School and they travelled with him. Besides, it was 50th Anniversary a few months ago, so…….

    • The Funky Chicken

      February 25th, 2014 - 8:48am

      Thanks everyone

  • Dalek the Supreme

    February 24th, 2014 - 1:46pm

    A new companion? Can’t wait to see the character in action! 😀 Wait a minute… the Doctor’s companions are two teachers from Coal Hill School… maybe he’ll be joined by a Time Lord companion by the end of the season, too! 😆


      February 24th, 2014 - 2:27pm

      They haven’t actually said his a new companion. He could be more like Jackie Tyler or Wilfred Mott, characters who are not strictly companions but who appear from time to time during the series.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      February 27th, 2014 - 11:20pm

      That is true, but it would be nice to have another person in the TARDIS, especially someone with more character development than it’s current resident human.


    February 24th, 2014 - 1:20pm

    Never heard of the actor, but it will be great to see Coal Hill School again so soon after last years 50th Anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’.

    Thinking about it, it would be fun if during series 8 they make references to Coal Hill Schools past with the fact that Ian, Barbra and Susan where Teachers and Student in that School [An Unearthly Child] and that the Doctor had actually been to his Granddaughter’s School back in his 7th incarnation fighting Imperial and Renegade Daleks with Ace [Remembrance of the Daleks].

    • Jammy2305

      February 24th, 2014 - 4:32pm

      I’m sure he was the one who gave Clara the message at the beginning of the 50th?


      February 25th, 2014 - 8:12am

      No he wasn’t, totally different guy who was white skinned not black.

    • Teresa

      March 6th, 2014 - 4:47pm

      anyone have any clue where the doctors Granddaughter is ??? I wish they would have her come back. Different actress of course new regeneration ^.^

  • doyouhearthem

    February 24th, 2014 - 10:29am

    cool – it’s good that we have a recurring character for out new doctor. But I’d rather we didn’t end up with the same scenario we had with Matt Smith and the wonderful Ponds: history may repeat itself but the Doctor doesn’t…

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2014 - 11:46am

      If anything, it sounds more similar to Ian and Barabra than the Ponds. That said, Ian and Barbara were crucial to the show – right back in the day, the producers were emphsising the importance of the companion’s role…infact they helped shape the Doctor into the person we know today.

    • doyouhearthem

      February 24th, 2014 - 1:18pm

      Yes,and I recogognise that. Ian and Barbara remain two of the four most important characters in the shows history. What I meant about the similarities was that I don’t think we can really have another couple in the TARDIS, as we only lost the Ponds recently and I find the Doctor’s relationship with Clara very special. I wish Samuel Anderson all the best and I think he will make a fantastic addition to the programe that we love so much. I hope that he works well with Capaldi to bring an exciting new revolution to the series as well.

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2014 - 2:05pm

      Well I think you’ll be ok, there is no mention that he is a love interest…just a colleague.

  • Anonymous

    February 24th, 2014 - 9:59am

    Two school teachers from Coal Hill School travvelling with the Doctor….full circle 🙂


    February 24th, 2014 - 9:56am

    Micky smith.2….

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2014 - 9:58am

      What’s his connection to Micky Smith?

    • dalek eternal

      February 24th, 2014 - 12:31pm

      I think people are saying mickey smith 2 because of his skin colour if im honest

    • booboo

      February 24th, 2014 - 12:33pm

      don’t think so, more Rose Mick relationship i think

    • doyouhearthem

      February 24th, 2014 - 1:20pm

      I think he looks similar because he appears to play a more gooseberry character and, more trivially, a samish jacket and posture…


      February 24th, 2014 - 6:11pm

      I only said it because I think he looks abit like Micky smith haha could be a love boy for Clara, seeing how we have a older doctor now and so their might be less kissing with his assistants so I’m guessing he is Clara’s smoocher

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    February 24th, 2014 - 9:23am

    Welcome aboard Samuel AKA Danny Pink!


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