Most of us already figured this when he was announced back in February, but it’s official now that Danny Pink, the character played by The History Boys star Samuel Anderson who will be introduced on this week’s episode “Into the Dalek”, will be a proper companion on Doctor Who this series. Pink will be a new teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara teaches and where the show’s very first companions also worked/went to school. A new report and interview by TV Guide tells us, though, that he’ll not only join the cast but also the TARDIS crew at some point.
Pink is evidently a good guy with a dark and troubling background (join the club) and he will clash with the Doctor because of this past. For a little bit, he’ll just be Clara’s friend (and I’m betting love interest) but eventually he’ll figure out Clara’s extracurriculars and board the time and space machine himself. Here’s what the stars have to say about the character of Danny Pink becoming a fixture:
He wants to make sure Clara is always taken care of,” star Peter Capaldi says. “And he’s not really sure that Danny’s the right person to be doing that because of his past.”
Danny’s so lovable,” says Jenna Coleman. “He’s so laid-back. He’s a good counterpart to her uptight, control-freak nature. He brings her back to earth, literally and theoretically.”
“I thought, ‘That’s great; that’s easy money for me,'” [Samuel Anderson] says. “I’m the specialist at one-off roles. I texted Jenna when I got the job, and she texted back, ‘A-A-A-A-A-ugh, this is big,'” the actor says. “And I didn’t really know what she meant. Then she wrote, ‘I’ll call you in five minutes.’ And when she called, I heard just a big scream and ‘You’re in the whole story!'”
Coleman and Anderson co-starred together on the U.K. soap Emmerdale, so they’re pretty much BFF.
So, now we know it’ll eventually not be just one companion in the TARDIS. How does this strike everyone? A little too close to Mickey and Rory? I’m a little concerned about that. Need all of our female companions have romantic interests, be they the Doctor or another companion? Having not yet seen the character in action, I’ll reserve judgment but I thought maybe we didn’t need to go down this road again.
At any rate, we can see the first episode featuring Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, “Into the Dalek,” this Saturday at 9/8c on BBC America.