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February 24th, 2014 88 comments

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).


  • 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 - 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

  • Samuel Anderson

    February 24th, 2014 - 5:48pm

    Thanks mate!! 🙂 🙂

  • 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.

  • Captain Jack 2000

    February 24th, 2014 - 5:19pm

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

  • Jammy2305

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:32pm

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

  • Still not ginger

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:30pm

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

  • Lea

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:21pm

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

  • matt9982

    February 24th, 2014 - 4:19pm

    Samuel Anderson- Welcome to the Whoniverse! 🙂

  • 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…….

  • 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.

  • TC200

    February 24th, 2014 - 3:25pm

    he is a teacher at caol hill school

  • 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.

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    February 24th, 2014 - 3:23pm

    For a second then, i thought it was mickey!


    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.

  • The Funky Chicken

    February 24th, 2014 - 2:51pm

    So is he a new compainon?


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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! 😆

  • 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 - 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].

  • 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.

  • booboo

    February 24th, 2014 - 12:33pm

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

  • dalek eternal

    February 24th, 2014 - 12:31pm

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

  • 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 - 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 - 9:59am

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

  • Anonymous

    February 24th, 2014 - 9:58am

    What’s his connection to Micky Smith?


    February 24th, 2014 - 9:56am

    Micky smith.2….

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    February 24th, 2014 - 9:23am

    Welcome aboard Samuel AKA Danny Pink!

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