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'Doctor Who' casting news: Samuel Anderson to recur as Danny Pink

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"Doctor Who" has cast a new character for season 8, as BBC America announced Monday, Feb. 24, and this news also reveals that Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) will continue to teach at Coal Hill School.

In the new season of "Doctor Who," which will also properly introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for more than just his eyes in the 50th anniversary special or the few moments following the regeneration in the Christmas special, there will be another new face on the show. Samuel Anderson will be recurring as Danny Pink, who also teaches at Coal Hill School. Check him out in the photo to the left. The press release also reveals that filming has begun on episodes four, co-starring Robert Goodman, and five, co-starring Jonathan Bailey and Pippa Bennett-Warner.

In a statement, Samuel Anderson has said of joining the series, "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 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!"

Meanwhile, lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat's statement also serves as a reminder of what makes Coal Hill School so special: "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"!"

How will Danny Pink be introduced in season 8? Could he come across Clara and the Doctor in the TARDIS when they maybe crash in the aftermath of the Doctor's regeneration? Is Coal Hill School going to be the site of one of their adventures? Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait and see.

"Doctor Who" will return to BBC America later this year for its eighth season. Are you looking forward to meeting Danny Pink?

© Meredith Jacobs 2014

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