Last night on the second Peter Capaldi episode of Doctor Who, we got to meet Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). A former soldier with an obvious case of guilt working at the Coal Hill School with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)… so two school teachers from Coal Hill and an older Doctor. I wonder if that makes Missy the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman? Nah… that’s a stretch.
Anyways… Anderson was interviewed by EW about his new role and asked what he could say about the character:
He’s experienced a lot. He used to work for the British army as a young man —which, as you’ll find out through the series, questioned his morals, and questioned him as a man, and he decided that he would become a math teacher. He’s quite an everyday man, into the simple things.
What the audition process was like:
A lot shorter than I thought, and they were very secretive about what was happening. I was told it was a role which may be recurring. It was only two auditions, which kept the pressure off really. The second one was a chemistry read with Jenna. I didn’t think that would be the final read.
And what it’s like working with Peter Capaldi:
Incredible. I mean, the guy’s one of the best that we have over here. He’s one of the best, period. He’s such a nice, humble dude to work with, and very supportive. I remember a couple of weeks in, he asked me how I was doing. I was like, “I’m finally finding my feet. You know how it is — you kind of test the waters when you’re the newbie in the environment.” It was so nice of him to remind me like, “I’m the newbie too.” It’s like, “Oh yeah, you’re a newbie with a hell of a lot more pressure on his shoulders than me.” He’s second to none.