We may have another companion on our hands, as 'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that Samuel Anderson has joined the 'Doctor Who' cast in a recurring role.
Anderson, best know for his roles in U.K. TV series 'Emmerdale, and 'Gavin and Stacey,' and the successful play-turned-film 'The History Boys,' will play the role of Danny Pink, who teaches alongside companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) at Coal Hill School.
We first learned in the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary special, 'The Day of the Doctor,' that Clara has been teaching at Coal Hill School. This is not the school's first appearance in the show's 50-year history.
As Moffat explains, "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.'"
This is not the first time Coleman and Anderson have appeared on-screen together, as they both worked together on 'Emmerdale.' We don't yet know what subjects Clara and Danny teach at Coal Hill, or what their working relationship is, but it will be a great nod to the past by having two Coal Hill instructors aboard the TARDIS once again.
Anderson has commented on joining the cast of the iconic British series, saying, "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 starts! It's a quintissential 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!"
Some newer 'Doctor Who' fans were disappointed with Capaldi's casting as the 12th Doctor, as the 55-year-old follows two younger Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, who became quite the heartthrobs during their respective runs. Perhaps Anderson's casting, in addition to 'Broadchurch's Jonathan Bailey, might be Moffat's attempt to keep a hold on some of the younger fans the series has gained since its return in 2005.