Samuel Anderson Joins the Cast of 'Doctor Who' For Series 8

Courtesy Doctor Who Official (Twitter)
A new recurring character named Danny Pink will be joining "Doctor Who" for the next series premiering later this year. According to BBC Blogs, Samuel Anderson ("The History Boys," "Gavin & Stacey," "Emmerdale") will take on the role of Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.

Anderson is clearly thrilled about 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 and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"

The blog adds a statement from Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, "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!"

The blog also reveals that filming "...recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman ("Gangs of New York," "Game of Thrones") and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey ("Broadchurch," "Groove High"), and Pippa Bennett-Warner ("The Smoke," "Death in Paradise")."

-Larissa Mrykalo