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article imageDoctor Who: Introducing Danny Pink (VIDEOS)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 30, 2014 in Entertainment
A new “Doctor Who” companion, Danny Pink, makes his debut this weekend, as the current season of the long-running science-fiction series continues.
Danny Pink — played by Samuel Anderson — is a maths teacher and former soldier and, now that the Doctor has aged, a new love interest for his travelling companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).
Ahead of Danny’s first Doctor Who appearance — in Into the Dalek — a new teaser clip, You’ve not met Danny Pink..., has been uploaded to the BBC YouTube channel.
Following his training at London’s Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Anderson originated the role of Crowther in the 2004 National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys — a role he returned to for the 2006 film of the same name.
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From 2007 to 2009, he played Ross Kirk in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, which is where his Doctor Who co-star Jenna Coleman (then known as Jenna-Louise Coleman) made her television name.
Anderson’s other work television-wise has included parts in Hex, Gavin & Stacey and Casualty.
Earlier this year, the 31-year-old described how “excited” he was to learn he’d been chosen to join the Doctor Who cast. “I wanted to jump and click my heels,” he said, “but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.”
Into the Dalek, which has been written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, is the second Doctor Who adventure to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and also the second to be directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List); their first being last week’s Season 8 feature-length premiere, Deep Breath.
Of the writers, Moffat — who has acted as Doctor Who showrunner and executive producer since 2009 —is the co-creator with Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones) of the multi-Emmy Award-winning Sherlock.
Ford, meanwhile, is also well known to Doctor Who fans for his work on two Russell T Davies-created shows: the much-missed Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which starred the late Elisabeth Sladen, and the magical sci-fi adventure series Wizard vs Aliens, which stars Scott Haran and Percelle Ascott.
Danny and the Doctor
Although Anderson’s character appears in Into the Dalek, according to [SPOILERS!] in the Radio Times, the two men in Clara’s life — Danny and the Doctor — won’t actually meet till later in the current season: in four weeks’ time, in The Cartetaker, by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat.
Roberts’s previous Doctor Who credits have included The Lodger, Closing Time — both of which starred James Corden (The Wrong Mans) as Clive — and Planet of the Dead (2009), which he co-rote with Russell T Davies (Cucumber), as well as a number of Doctor Who audio dramas and Doctor Who novels.
Later in the season, a third companion is rumoured to be joining the regular cast. Danny’s younger sister, Courtney,
Coal Hill School  Shoreditch  London (screenshot)
Coal Hill School, Shoreditch, London (screenshot)
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played by Ellis George is thought to be a pupil at Coal Hill School, where both Clara and Danny work as teachers.
Into the Dalek airs this evening — Saturday, August 30 — in the UK, at 7.30 p.m. (BST), on BBC One, and in other territories around the world. It is followed immediately afterwards, on BBC iPlayer, by the second instalment of Doctor Who Extra, the behind-the scenes series previously called Doctor Who Confidential.
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