Meet the man who will probably be our next Doctor Who companion.
When Peter Capaldi gave his first interview as the 12th Doctor, he talked about how the show was looking back. And this latest news is probably a big part of what he meant.
There will be a new actor taking on what's been referred to as a recurring role. Samuel Anderson will be taking on the part of Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School. Yes, the school where Clara also teaches. Yes, the same Coal Hill School where the first ever Who companions, Ian and Barbara, also taught. Says showrunner, Steven Moffat:
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!
"Coming to the aid" does lend itself to the idea that Danny Pink will be a companion rather than a recurring villain. And if that's true, then we'll have two teachers in the TARDIS again for the first time since the end of the 1965 serial, The Chase.
Sam Anderson is thrilled to be coming on board, 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 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!"
So there you are. Capaldi is the age William Hartnell was when he took the part of the very first Doctor, and now we've got Ian and Barbara 2.0. Looks like the show really is looking back.