Two Teachers, A Doctor, And A Tardis: New Doctor Who Casting Leads To Familiar Scenario

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The Doctor’s going to need more room in his TARDIS! Why? A new companion was just chosen for Peter Capaldi’s first season on Doctor Who.

The newest recurring character will be portrayed by  Samuel Anderson, who has been seen in The History Boys and Emmerdale at the same time as his new traveling buddy Jenna Coleman.

The character who will be alongside the Doctor and Clara is named Danny Pink. In the series, Danny will be a teacher at Coal Hill School where other companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) teaches.

“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!” Anderson told the official Doctor Who blog.

“It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it,” he added. “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!”

Show-runner Steven Moffat commented on the significance of Coal Hill School in the Who universe since the creation of the series stating: “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.”

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Aside from Anderson, a few more newbies have been announced for season eight, but they will appear as guests. On episode four of the upcoming season, Robert Goodman (Game of Thrones) will make an appearance. The following episode will have guest stars Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (Death in Paradise).

How will Danny go from school life to traveling through 900 years of time and space? Moffat says you’ll just have to wait until later this year to find out. Unfortunately for Whovians, no official air date  has been announced for season eight yet. It is speculated that it will air late 2014.