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Say Hello To Danny Pink, Doctor Who‘s New Companion


All the way back in December, before we said goodbye to Matt Smith in the Christmas special, we reported the rumor that Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor might be getting a secondary companion in the form of Tom, a Coal Hill School coworker of Clara’s who showed up in the anniversary episode.

Turns out the rumor was kind of true. Ladies and gents, here’s Danny Pink: Coal Hill School teacher and new Doctor Who companion.

Pink is being played by Samuel Anderson, who was the calm ‘n’ steady Crowther in The History Boys and has done a bunch of British TV since then. “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!,” he said in a statement. “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!’

Coal Hill School, for those not in the know, is one of the settings of the premiere episode of Doctor Who, “An Unearthly Child.” Susan—the Doctor’s granddaughter, and his first companion in the show–went to school there. “For the fourth time in Doctor Who history,” explained Steven Moffat, “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!”

So, let me get this straight. Season (ugh, fine, series) eight will star Peter Capaldi. And now it’s added an actor from the wonderful The History Boys, and that actor is someone who gives the show some much-needed diversity, besides. I’m trying really hard not to get my expectations up. Because it’s still Moffat, after all.

Here’s the official photo of Samuel-Anderson-as-Danny-Pink in all his uncropped glory. No red lining on the coat? Ah well, probably best to keep that to one character.

(via: Doctor Who TV)

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  • Rick Bman

    And because this is Moffat, this new character will have some secret that The Doctor will spend all season uncovering.

  • Teamugs

    I like how confident and almost smarmy he looks in the photo so I’m pleased Moffat sees to have resisted falling into his favorite “bumbling, awkward guy” trope. That said and a thumbs up for not casting another white dude, I’m not really interested in seeing another companion. I love Clara to death but she needs development and focus so her character can really come to her own. I feel like another companion will be a distraction and an unneeded love story for her (hoping I’m wrong here about the love story between Danny and Clara but let’s be real, I’m probably not).

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    I really hope not. Gah. Between Doctor Who and SHIELD, I am so sick of that trope.

  • Rick Bman

    Yeah, Don’t get me started on SHIELD. Every freakin’ character has a mysterious back story. It is beyond annoying.

    I would be nice if this new DW character was just a normal guy that ends up in the TARDIS. So sick of The Doctor trying to solve the mysteries of his companions, especially after the Clara reveal was so underwhelming.

  • Ray Burns

    Let us hope this companion will be more in the style of Captain Jack than Mickey Smith. That being said, I am also hopeful that this isn’t a ‘let’s create the tension of a romantic triangle to show just how freaky the Doctor is’ and that Danny Pink is just a regular guy who wants to join the Doctor for some adventure. (and in all honesty, if I was invited into the TARDIS to join the Doctor, I probably wouldn’t even notice another companion, much less whether he/she was cute or not)

  • Teamugs

    Well, to be fair, Clara is/was a completely ordinary person. It was just that the Doctor falsely assumed she wasn’t and treated her as such and thus created that red-herring.

  • Rick Bman

    Also, I really like his jacket. I want one.
    Actually, I think I just want to start a collection of Doctor Who Jackets.

  • Lady Commentariat

    1. I’m excited there’s going to be another guy on the TARDIS. 2. Like others are saying, I hope to hell he’s not just there to be a mystery and/or love interest. I am so ready for another completely platonic TARDIS crew.

  • Troy Lenze

    I have a jacket eerily close to that. I feel like it might be a gateway drug to cosplay. :)

  • Laura Truxillo

    Hel-LO.

    Glad to see another guy on the TARDIS. Also glad to see another teacher on the TARDIS. Ever since Evelyn Smythe, I’ve kind of had a soft spot for teachers getting to go see all of time and space.

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually all for adding the new companion for the same reason you’re against it. ;) I think that if Moffat manages to restrain himself and doesn’t make Mr Pink Clara’s love interest, seeing her interact with someone other than the Doctor on a regular basis would be a very good way to develop her character a bit more. Though I was really hoping for a companion who’s not from modern-day UK…

  • Anonymous

    As a teacher, I approve of this comment.

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    I just hope he doesn’t go all Mickey on us… that was REALLY sad… can they just not have romance AT ALL… that would be maybe something refreshing for a change

  • Teamugs

    I agree that it could be good development if a love interest is avoided. However, I think part of the problem is that Clara has only begun to allowed to be [I]established[/I] let alone developed. I think for it to work, that has to be done first and hopefully will be done in the first four or so episodes before Pink appears. As much as I didn’t like how she was treated in the Xmas special, I think it did wonders to start establishing her character.

  • jedi_penguin

    How much would I love to see a Evelyn-type Companion on television!!! An older character with absolutely no sexual tension with the Doctor and able to keep his ego in check. I doubt it would ever happen, but oh, how I wish that it would.

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    I have a theory for Clara, but I totally admit that it is just fansplaining. http://fansplain.tumblr.com/post/62425723107/theory-of-clara

  • Lucine

    Mickey is the worst.

  • locuas

    Mickey lead the fight against cybus cybermen in a parallel universe. He is awesome.

  • locuas

    I’m calling it now. he is Jenny and Madame Vastra’s adopted son who ended in present time for reasons explained in the series finale…also, he is a Sleeping Time Lord who lost his pocket watch in the past! (i was originally going to joke that he was Amy and Rory’s adopted grandson, but that sounded more contrived than silly)

  • locuas

    That means the doctor is going to be able to control the Tardis and go back to Clara’s timeline?

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    Like many of you in the comments, I’m hoping for no love triangle and instead a delightful friendship between Clara and this newcomer who occasionally tease the Doctor behind his back and who work as a team to come up with clever human-y ideas to save the day.

  • http://www.angelahighland.com/ Angela Korra’ti (Highland)

    Yeah, mixed reaction on my part, too. One part “oh cool”, one part “they’re TOTALLY going to set him up with Clara, aren’t they?” (although like other commenters on the thread, I’m kinda hoping NOT, sign me up for Team Platonic TARDIS), and one part “well, my track record for liking the show has been random lately so I have no real idea if I’ll like this or not”. But I hope I will!

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    Mickey started out as the worst. He turned out to be very-much-NOT-the-worst by the end.

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    Please — nothing mysterious about this guy. No immediate romance. (If it grows organically, that’s fine.) Make him confident, smart, and likable. By the end, I really liked Rory but this guy needs to be the anti-Rory. Most importantly, have this create a way for Captain Jack to pop in and say hello for an episode or two!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    He’s dressed like a doctor. I PREDICT HE A FUTURE INCARNATION OF THE DOCTOR. Because reasons.

  • Lady Commentariat

    He’s a teacher. All teachers have something a little bit Doctor about them–it goes with being the authority in the room so often, I think.

  • Anonymous

    Wep they’ve got my attention.

  • Anonymous

    Alternatively, the Doctor was involved with his childhood and/or babyhood and/or conception, and Danny’s been obsessed with him ever since. We always need more characters with the defining trait “creepily devoted to the Doctor”, after all.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the shared love of tweed.

  • RichardWhittaker

    “That actor is someone who gives the show some much-needed diversity,” Hm. If we’re going to talk about diversity in a British-based series, why is no-one mentioning that the Doctor has yet to have an Asian companion, when that demographic accounts for 6% of the UK population – more than double the Afro-Caribbean population.

  • JamesJournal

    What? “Companion with a mystery attached” has seriously only happened once in the past 8 years.

    I remember thinking Clara potentially being as special as the Doctor a radical change from “everyday British people”

  • JamesJournal

    That’s literally only happened once.

  • JamesJournal

    Hey everyone let’s pointlessly speculate what the new companion will be like based off one picture.

  • kbroxmysox

    Nah, he’s a man. He’ll just save the day and Clara will spend most of her time deciding who she’s loyal too, him or The Doctor.

  • kbroxmysox

    In some ways, yay, new companion in other ways BLAH, ANOTHER MODERN HUMAN! With Clara already on board, now is the perfect time to bring in a companion who ISN’T modern day. Clara provides us that “modern day” PoV, so why include ANOTHER one. For Rory and Mickey it made sense, but we’ve already had the “I choose the Doctor” with Rose and “I choose the human” with Amy. So give us something new. Someone from the future or the past, someone from an alien planet, an alternate universe…SOMETHING. This seems like such a wasted opportunity.

  • kbroxmysox

    I doubt it. Why else give him a connection Clara but to be “jealous” of the Doctor like Mickey/Rory…As I said above, I wish they would have done something different; made him not another modern day companion.

  • kbroxmysox

    He was pretty terrible, even in the end. That might have just been because of the acting…Man was he bad.

  • JamesJournal

    Who says the new companion will be anything like Mickey or Rory or be romantically involved with Clara? All we know is that it is another teacher from Clara’s school

  • JamesJournal

    It wouldn’t be Doctor Who without ridiculous fan conspiracy theories and speculation

  • JamesJournal

    It is a crime Jack never showed up during the 11th Doctor/Ponds era. But they can make up for that now!

  • Melynda

    I’m just glad there will be a companion who isn’t Clara. I have been trying to like her since she was introduced and I’m finding it difficult. I know they opted for zero personality while she was ~~Oooh mysterious~~ and they tried to make up for it in the 50th and Christmas episodes, but they have a lot of ground to cover with her. So hopefully this guy will be more interesting than just a romantic interest jealous of the Doctor. Rory ended up as more and I still miss Rory, dammit. They could really do us a favor and have Mr Pink be married or gay or both.

  • Mark Matson

    Yet the first two times we met her she was among my favorite non-companion characters. The first time we met her I thought she would be an awesome companion — too bad she died.

    The problem is neither the character nor the actress, it is the writing.

  • Laura Truxillo

    And y’know, if any doctor needed his ego constantly checked, it was Six. They’re still my favorite Doctor/Companion duo, partially because of how she was willing to put up with about exactly zero percent of his attitude, but also because I just love the idea of a history professor who gets to go with him on several adventures, not just one quick little jaunt.

  • Anonymous

    Two teachers from Coal Hill School travelling with an old Doctor, eh? I guess we only need to get Carole Ann Ford back to regenerate into a teenager and you’ve got the original set up back in place.

  • Anonymous

    We’re here for you, Troy. In support.

    And I have a stunning red tie you may borrow…

    :D

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what he’ll be a teacher of…for that matter, what is Clara a teacher of? I always assumed literature or something along those lines, but they never said…it’d be nice if they did, though.

    Another reason to like teacher companions – I just imagine them telling kids about their adventures, and that’s just great :D

  • Anonymous

    Doctor who has always been afraid of having another intelligent and grown up male in the tardis who might challenge the doctor. Almost all the male companions have either been dumb or immature, except for the first Ian Chesterton.and perhaps Steven Tyler ,

  • Anonymous

    I suppose it is too much to ask for the next series not to have some gimmicky story arch leading to a big finale with lots of thing blowing up and the the “Will the doctor or a companion die, or the universe end” cliffhanger (which is pointless because we know every will work out it end|

  • Revolution of Eva

    Why does he get stuck with a last name like “Pink”? Can he swap for a better last name, like “Black”?

  • Robert Vary

    Okay!

  • Anonymous

    No way, no way. Tried it once, doesn’t work. You got four guys all fighting over who’s gonna be Mr. Black, but they don’t know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. He’s Mr. Pink. Be thankful he’s not Mr. Yellow.

  • Benny Bass

    Ha… well spoken!

  • Benny Bass

    I’m with ya. It was difficult, but I managed it in the end, mostly because I give points for earnestness. Good thing we had Mme. Vastra, Jenny and Strax. And yes, Rory was a great surprise arc.

    And for the record, I have no problem with the name Mr Pink. In fact I think it’s a tad on the ballsy side.

  • Benny Bass

    Great idea! Oh wait…

  • Charlie

    Seems cool, I hope he sticks around for a good while and he’s not lumped with a Mickey/ early Rory type role.

  • Anonymous

    Clara- The Impossible Girl
    Amy- The Girl Who Waited (Crack in the Universe/ And “Pregnant-NotPregnant)
    River- Spoilers

    All three Moffat created ladies have/had some sort of mystery surrounding them that the Doctor needs to solve, created in such a way that we as the audience were asked to go “What the hell is their deal?”. For all three, the Doctor has been an influence since childhood.

    One of the joys of the Doctor Who companions is that they ARE normal folk who just happen to end up on adventures with the doctor. The companions are meant to be a surrogate for the audience, and when they begin as normal people, we in turn get to dream a little bit that we could run away with a Time Lord. Once you start making mysteries out of them (like with Clara) they stop being that surrogate. If the only people who get to ride with the Doctor are super extra special, where does that leave the rest of us?

    And sure, it sounds a little silly to be talking like this, but that’s why we watch this, right? Because for an hour or so, we get to be in a world where there is a magical Time Lord who could take us on grand adventures.

  • Lucine

    It just felt like a random twist at the end. I liked it when he went to be with his Grandma, but after that… I’d kind of have liked it if it had ended there.

  • Anonymous

    “Season (ugh, fine, series) eight”
    I’m right there with you.

  • JamesJournal

    That’s a super reductive way to look at Amy. Her backs story is there to make her metaphorical of DW fans and relevant to the plot. But she isn’t a super hero or anything. And you don’t even know why the Doctor took her on board (beyond the normal lonely god reasons) until the very end of the season. And it never matters again

  • JamesJournal

    Take that back! Rory was awesome!

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    Agree with that. No need for a final twist with Martha.

  • Anonymous

    I never understand why people make that argument, that companions are supposed to be super ordinary in order to act as an audience surrogate. What, normal people can’t identify with someone who happens to have an element of the plot revolve around them?

    (Also, might I point out that both Rose and Donna are “fated” to travel with/have a huge influence on the Doctor? This isn’t just Moffat who gives the companions worldshaking significance.)

    Also also, there are plenty of really popular companions who were never completely ordinary people. What about Nyssa, alien genius and child of privilege, or Leela, jungle warrior from the far future, or Romana (just…Romana!)?

    I don’t know. I’m not saying it’s necessarily wrong to want companions who are JUST normal people who you can identify with from the beginning, but I think it’s wrong to say that that desire is necessarily universal, or ever has been. (I like the Amy and River plots though, and I thought the Clara one wasn’t dreadful, so I’m probably an outlier.)

  • Anonymous

    I think the paticular way in which Moffatt will make his part in the show tedious (because that’s an inevitability) is with a nostalgiagasm about the fact that him and Clara teach at Coal Hill together just like Barbara and Ian and how many references can we cram in if we make space by expunging any sense of plot, coherence, originality or character? Lots, I suspect. I’m feeling sleepy already.

  • Melynda

    How can the problem be with the writing and not the character? I have no problem with the actress but the writing is the character. They chose to write her as she is and I sincerely hope they work on putting some more personality into her if they’re going to keep her around much longer.

  • Anonymous

    He wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box, always saying “what?”, and he was often just following Amy, the companion of a companion. Yes he improved , going form bumbling to to slightly stroppy.

  • Anonymous

    That’s an interesting way to look at Amy’s backstory, as a metaphor for the DW fans. I hadn’t thought of that, actually, and that certainly makes her more interesting.

    I will say, it doesn’t seem reductive to me to look at Amy they way I’ve presented her, because from what I watched, that was how the show presented her to me. Now, when they first brought on her and Rory, I loved them, I thought the actors were very good and brought a lot of beautiful things to their roles. However, I feel that the writing, more and more kept trying to put them in little boxes, and didn’t allow them to grow as characters, as much as they could’ve have/ should have. Granted, I haven’t gone back and rewatched Amy’s episodes, so I can’t give very specific examples to that, but I know from a personal feeling that Amy, and Rory became LESS interesting as characters as the show went on, not more. They became more and more permissive of what that Doctor was doing, and less independent. Dinosaurs in Space might’ve been one of my favorite Amy episodes in a while because they allowed her to work away from the Doctor.

    And who knows, perhaps if I were to go back and rewatch her episodes, I may feel differently about her. Lord knows, it took a rewatch of Martha’s season for me to truly appreciate her.

  • Anonymous

    I’d argue that Rose and Donna BECAME special as a result of traveling with the Doctor, and certainly, we as an audience didn’t have any indication that they were anything other than who they said they were until it became very important.

    I’ll give you the classic Who ladies, I’m slowly going through classic Who, and haven’t hit them yet. That said, I think my problem is more that the way it’s presented, the Doctor took on Amy, River and Clara as puzzles to be solved, not necessarily because they are interesting in their own right. They’re special not because of who they are, but what they are. That to me, is a different kind of special than super smart/ weird alien companions, and one that is harder to relate to.

    I loved Amy and River’s stories initially, and I adore River Song more than anything, but I still much preferred the River who was a time traveling archeologist who has an interesting relationship with the Doctor, before she became someone who’s entire life revolved his.

  • JamesJournal

    I don’t understand why you’d want the second billed character be completely useless and inessential?

    After befriending a supernatural hero how long would you keep this up? Back in the day Cordelia eventually gained psychic powers and Willow learned magic.

    Can you not root for Princess Leia because she’s a princess? She has to be someone important or there is no story

    Even with these plot elements etc, every companion save Jack and River function as “normal” counter points to the Doctor reconciling household chores with fighting dinosaurs in space.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the 8th Doctor had an Asian companion. … In the TV movie. … That was a joint venture with Fox, of all people.

    … So… yeah, not really helping their case. But technically the Doctor did have one. … For about five minutes.

  • JamesJournal

    Clara is closer to Donna. She was “special” for a single moment basically due to her proximity with the Doctor. She didn’t have some innate super power, we just saw the effects of her jumping into that timeline thing “early.”

    And beyond that save fake-out introductions she’s functions completely as a “normal” person along for the ride with the Doctor.

    It is weird to interpret her otherwise

  • JamesJournal

    Clara is closer to Donna. She was “special” for a single moment basically due to her proximity with the Doctor. She didn’t have some innate super power, we just saw the effects of her jumping into that timeline thing “early.”

    And beyond that save fake-out introductions she’s functions completely as a “normal” person along for the ride with the Doctor.

    It is weird to interpret her otherwise

  • JamesJournal

    Rory was always awesome!

  • JamesJournal

    Rory was always awesome!