Samuel Anderson has been cast as a recurring character for Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Doctor. Anderson is well known for portraying the role of Ross Kirk in Emmerdale and Fingers in Gavin and Stacey.
The BBC have revealed that Samuel Anderson will play a school teacher at Coal Hill School alongside Clara who we saw teaching at the school in the 50th Anniversary. It was rumoured a new companion would be cast as a love interest for Clara in the Tardis. As of yet we are un-certain if he will be joining the Doctor and Clara in the Tardis as a companion or if he would be like Rory at the start of series 5 and only appearing occaisionally before being a full-time time traveller.
He spoke on him joining the show:
‘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, executive producer and lead writer of the show contributed on his involvement:
‘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 has already begun on the episode in Cardiff Bay. It is rumoured that he will make his debut in episode 4 of series 8 .