There’s another regular player coming to the new series of Doctor Who with Samule Anderson cast as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School.
The timing of the BBC’s announcement suggests that Anderson is about to start filming in public imminently and they wanted to cut off the rumours and gossip.
Steven Moffat’s statement on the casting goes like this:
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!
Whereas Anderson himself says:
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!
Both of them seem to be teasing the circumstances of how Pink becomes involved with The Doctor. I don’t think it’s likely to top the surprise of Clara’s first appearance, but if they going to dangle it like a carrot like that I can’t help but be curious.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror are running a heavily qualified rumour that Peter Capaldi may only be playing The Doctor for one series. I don’t buy it, at all, but I thought you might at least appreciate the link. Perhaps they heard the Samuel Anderson casting announcement was imminent and got the wrong end of the stick?