Former The History Boys and Emmerdale actor Samuel Anderson is to join BBC One’s Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8 alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).
Anderson’s character is Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where Clara also teaches and which appeared in the very first episode of the series in 1963.
The actor says he was “so excited” to land the part, adding: “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!’
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, commented: ‘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!’
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).