The BBC have announced that there’ll be a new face aboard the TARDIS for the currently-filming eighth season of Doctor Who. Samuel Anderson has been cast as Danny Pink, a fellow teacher working alongside Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald at Coal Hill School which, as long-time fans will remember, was where the TV adventures of Doctor Who began way back in 1963.
Anderson, who has previously appeared in UK TV hits such as Emmerdale and Gavin and Stacey says of his new role: "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 (whose first TV break was also in ITV soap Emmerdale) and I can't wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"
Anderson’s character is believed to a regular presence throughout the new series but current showrunner Steven Moffat is typically enigmatic about how Danny becomes involved with the Doctor and Clara and their travels in the TARDIS. “Very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor.” says Moffat. “But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi's first series of Doctor Who!"
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 in the UK and BBC America in the United States in the autumn.
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