Actor Samuel Anderson, best know for his roles in The History Boys and Emmerdale as well as a few guest appearances on Gavin & Stacey, will join the cast of Doctor Who in a recurring role in the upcoming 8th revival series of the show, with new Doctor Peter Capaldi.
Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at the Coal Hill School where current companion Clara Oswald also teaches.
If you’ve heard of the Coal Hill School before, it has appeared a few times in Doctor Who already – including the very first episode, as the school from which Ian Xhesterton and Barbara Wright taught and followed home Susan into the junkyard and then into the TARDIS. It then appeared some 25 years later in Remembrance of the Daleks when the Seventh Doctor returned to the area to take care of some unfinished business. And then it appeared at the beginning of the 50th Anniversary episode Day of the Doctor, mimicking the very first scene of the very first episode, where we learn that Clara is employed as a teacher, and Ian Chesterton is listed as Chairman of Governors.