When Peter Capaldi’s escapades as the Twelfth Doctor (also known as the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord currently known as the Doctor… so confusing) kick off this fall, it won’t only be Jenna Coleman’s plucky Clara Oswald that he will deal with on a regular basis; a new character has been announced who will play a recurring role in the Doctor’s adventures.
BBC America revealed this morning that actor Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin and Stacey) will join the cast as the character of Danny Pink, a recurring character who also teaches at the Coal Hill School along with Clara. The Coal Hill School, you may well remember, is the place the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan, was a student when her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright became unwilling companions back in 1963.
In the press release, Anderson (no relation) 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 honor 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!”
Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat had his own traditionally-cryptic explanation for the character of Danny Pink: “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 season of Doctor Who!”
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how Danny Pink fits in to everything. Will he be friend or foe? As long as he’s not a put-upon boyfriend, I think I’ll be okay. What are your theories about this, if you indeed have any? Will he be the heir to the Pink’s Hot Dogs fortune, or the British version of Steve Buscemi’s character from Reservoir Dogs? No to both ideas.