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A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink

Patrick Kavanagh-Sproull shares some early views on the recent casting of Samuel Anderson.

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Well, I’m pretty chuffed. Samuel Anderson, another runaway from Emmerdale, is joining the TARDIS duo and making it a trio in the show’s forthcoming eighth series. Anderson is playing Danny Pink, a colleague of Clara’s at Coal Hill School, and, one can but presume he’ll be filling in the male companion role that has been left vacant since Arthur Darvill’s Rory got zapped back in time.

I’m pleased with Pink’s part in Peter Capaldi’s first series but there are a lot of things to be considered as, hopefully, this article will look over. Call it a sequel to my piece at the back-end of last year regarding a potential new assistant.

A guy to Clara’s gal.

Not a day goes by without another selection of ageism comments regarding the rather marvellous Capaldi (basing that on his track record). It seems that a knot of people out there still think that the Twelfth Doctor couldn’t have a romantic interest in Clara – because of his age. It’s ludicrous, of course, as it would be perfectly possible for the pair to work as a couple but, if we’re honest, it’s most likely not going to happen. Now that the chiselled cheekbones (who wasn’t jealous of Matt Smith’s?) and quiffs are behind us and we’ve got an “old beast to snarl at you for a bit” it seems the coquettish Clara is without someone to fawn over. Enter Danny. Judging by the online reaction Anderson’s physique has been well accepted so now we’ve got an attractive guy to Jenna Coleman’s attractive gal.

I do have qualms, though. The last couple to step over the TARDIS threshold – and, undoubtedly, the most popular but that’s if we don’t consider the silent, steamy chemistry between Adric and Nyssa (it was there, we all know it) – were Amy and Rory: the redhead and the nurse. When they left the streets of the world flowed salty with the tears of weeping fans; they were universally adored. This was down to the banter shared by Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan but, most importantly, their evolution. By The Angels Take Manhattan they’d moved on from The Vampires of Venice (no ill feelings to that underrated gem) considerably all thanks to Steven Moffat’s development. If Danny and Clara (could their portmanteau name be ‘Clanny’… an eerie resemblance to Clyde and Rani of The Sarah Jane Adventures’ ‘Clani’ relationship) are just a couple for the sake of being a couple I’ll be disappointed. But who knows, they could have similar development as Amy and Rory? Only time will tell.

The impossible boy.

Clara Oswin Oswald (or you could scratch that middle bit): the Impossible Girl. It sounds good, it looks good, it wasn’t executed as… good. The latter half of series seven had a story arc centred around a neophyte companion, Clara and how she ended up splintered throughout time. The answer was not witchcraft (my own sneaky suspicion) but rather she hopped into the Doctor’s time stream and saved him ‘all at once’. Everything was tied up hence and the Eleventh Doctor and Clara travelled on. The lovely Jenna Coleman’s companion wasn’t as well received as Steven Moffat and his chums down at the BBC hoped so the impossible girl arc wasn’t too well received either. When Danny Pink steps into the fray (I’ve ran his name through an anagram checker umpteen times and it’s not come out with ‘Davros’, ‘Master’ or ‘Paradise Towers swimming pool crab’ so we can erase those three possible story arcs off our collective lists) hopefully he will actually step into it and not get introduced as a story arc or a plot device. Occasionally I watch Rose or Smith and Jones and smile at the simplicity of Martha and Rose’s introductions; they’re one of the things I love about the Russell T Davies era.

A premature introduction or perfect timing?

As I said before, Clara hasn’t been welcomed with as open arms as past companions and, in my view, audiences need a bit more time to warm to her (although if The Time of the Doctor showed us anything, she’s definitely improving). It took Amy a full series before we were comfortable with Rory travelling alongside her (I’m discounting Rory’s odd appearance in series five) and the series split has muddled things up. I’m not too sure if Clara has had enough time on her own to now be forced to share the TARDIS but it hasn’t been confirmed that Danny will appear from Capaldi’s opener to the series finale (although going by filming pictures he won’t) – or, as a matter of fact, be a companion and not a Madam Vastra/Kate Stewart returner.

Welcome aboard, Danny Pink. I hope you’re good. Good in that you’re resourceful and funny and likeable and heroic (I’d rather like an instant hero; Rory could be macho, it just took him a while to really find his feet with Amy and around the Doctor) and everything that has made previous companions so fantastic. And yes, it is bigger-on-the-inside.

Step back in time...

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JFrance
JFrance

The Twelfth Doctor could have a romantic interest in Clara but I don't think there will be, he is probably going to be a father figure to Clara more. As for the new guy I can't really see him acting like Mickey or Rory he seems stronger then those two somehow.           

Sipodge
Sipodge

He won't be Clara's boyfriend or anything. Moffat couldn't possibly be stupid enough to basically make a replacement Rory. 

YgorVale
YgorVale

It's going to be funny watching him in the show, as I've seen him in Gavin and Stacy, yeah...

YgorVale
YgorVale

Is it just me or is Moffat trying to recreate the first season of Doctor Who (1963) with two teachers traveling with the Doctor, plus 12 is the first incarnation of the new cycle (hopefully the teachers will travel by choice, this time), all we need now is Moffat to bring back Jenny, and we will have, Teachers and a member of the the Doctor's family. Also, in Time of the Doctor Clara should have said "I'm an IT teacher from the Planet Earth" instead of an English teacher, it would make given her some development (also a nod to Bells of St John)

OldMaidWhovian
OldMaidWhovian

Since I'm presently writing a story w/ Daleks, I'll jump into the whole Daleks conversation here. I didn't hate the new Daleks. They made me laugh. I called them "Skittles" Daleks. Not sure that was a good thing or not. If they did indeed improve the design to make them more menacing and less odd looking, then I certainly would enjoy seeing that. Daleks should change their style periodically, like Cyberman and sports cars. 

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

given that he works at coal hill, its possible that the doctor already knows Danny. I mean, he got Clara the job presumably. why not Danny to? this is total speculation, but what if he's a past companion that weve never seen? this could allow him to be normal (without a major arc like Clara had) but still have an air of mystery about him. also there could be a scene where neither danny or clara know that the other knows about the doctor and they both try to hide it from each other. could be funny Imo

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

I agree about Clara not being as accepted as much, although I think she has the potential and is a lovely girl, she doesn't fully feel like a companion where when I think of past companions, the most dominant to me that come straight to mind are Rose and Amy because they were the most beloved and accepted by the international fans of Doctor Who around the world and probably the most remembered by me, although not to be prejudiced, Martha and Donna were great as well. I just hope Clara can become a more loved companion by others in the next series and that introducing this new male companion will make her a more popular companion worldwide.

shane spangler
shane spangler

A great article, as usual, Mr. P K-S.  I'm of the opinion that Danny Pink is as improbable a name as, oh, Leon Ny Taiy.  Or James Stoker.  Or Neil Toynay.  

doctorwhofan82
doctorwhofan82

I really don't want Steven to get lazy to give him the same story progression as Rory. I'd much rather he act as a friend of Clara's who comes on the odd adventure with The Doctor and Clara. We have to remember Clara doesn't always stay on the TARDIS as Matt's Doctor would pick her up on a wednesday (The Crimson Horror). So maybe he's a colleague who Clara is trying to hide The Doctor from but he soon discovers what is really going on. Clara is unlike many other companions in that she has a homelife and that comes first whereas life in the TARDIS is something she does every so often. I would love to see a couple of modern day london set stories this series as that is something I have really missed from the RTD eras. And we have more of a reason to see these times with Clara than any other companion.



doctorwhofan82
doctorwhofan82

3 things I don't want from Danny Pink: 1. To be a romantic interest. 2. To become a full time companion. 3. To become Rory 2.0




No More
No More

Danny's probably a retired companion from the future! 

or from the past, always confusing these two. 

MJJ
MJJ

Or smaller on the outside. :D

WhoLocked
WhoLocked

Just throwing this out there - Why can't Danny be a love interest for the Doctor?  Now that would be an interesting story arc.  I'm a bit tired of the lame arguments that Peter's Doctor can't be a love interest for Clara, why they heck not?  Just please don't make 'Danny' as the new Mickey Smith - Mickey was terribly under used as a character and little more than Rose's lap puppy. Let's have an intelligent character, a match for both the Doctor and Clara, and not the token 'black guy' in a British Sci Fi drama.



ilyootha is back in home Universe
ilyootha is back in home Universe

"I’ve ran his name through an anagram checker umpteen times and it’s not come out with ‘Davros’, ‘Master’ or ‘Paradise Towers swimming pool crab’ so we can erase those three possible story arcs off our collective lists."

But... 'Danny Pink' contains an anagram of 'Kandy'... And his surname does sound quite The Happiness Patrol-ish... Surely it's not a coincidence! XD

Jokes aside, I wouldn't mind Danny becoming a new companion, although I'm not that much excited about that because I was hoping that the next companion wouldn't be a yet another contemporary Earth human! It will certainly be interesting to see what dynamic will there be between the three characters, but I'd like Twelve and Clara to travel alone for a while first and get used to each other before they are joined by someone else. I bet Danny will be like Rory, a returning character at first but a full companion later.

I doubt there will be some arc going on with Danny, although I have no problems with Moffat's arcs and I loved "The Impossible Girl" one, so I'll disagree with it being badly executed, and I wouldn't mind if there was some mystery about Samuel's character (as long as it doesn't involve swimming pool crabs, of course).

And no "Clanny" please! I'd be very disappointed if after Eleven's regeneration into an older-looking Doctor Clara would just jump on to another young guy, and we already had a couple traveling with the Doctor recently anyway!


Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

He seems like the new Fitz, I hope this is the case...

Oodkind
Oodkind

When Rassilon (Or the Master, the Rani or some time lord) kills Clara, I hope Danny stays around a little while. Looks interesting!

OldMaidWhovian
OldMaidWhovian

I don't know the actor, but I'm certainly going to give him and his character a decent chance before I'll say yes, aye or no about it. That said, when I first heard of another boy-girl team in the TARDIS, my initial reaction was, "Oh no. Not again!" Call me a cranky old maid, but I've sometimes been left to wonder if I'm watching Doctor Who or Coronation Street (or maybe with Daleks, Eastenders.) It's not just how I feel under Mr. Moffat's tenure. I felt that way with Russell T. Davies, at times. Did it stop me watching it? Or enjoying Doctor Who? No, of course not. OK, so maybe I'm not a  hopeless romantic, and find the whole boy-girl smoochiness in the TARDIS stuff a tad boring. But, I'm sure the fangirls will be drooling over their keyboards as they write Clara-Danny shipper fanfiction. And if that keeps the best TV show in the world on the air, I'll put up with it. 









OldMaidWhovian
OldMaidWhovian

Another brilliant article, I should add. So glad i found this site! Keep calm and write on. :-)

NeutronFlow
NeutronFlow

I'd hoped the crap Dalek upgrade had gone. 


Guess it hasn't :(


The Daleks were original and iconic as they were. 


They must have been good, otherwise they would not have remained consistently popular for almost 50 years! 


We really don't need the cynical marketing upgrade (changing the design to sell more toys) , which is in so,so many ways, inferior to the original.

blawesomejeff
blawesomejeff

ha ha, i love all your classic-who joke/references.

PrerogativeOfATimeLord
PrerogativeOfATimeLord

We just assume he's a companion?


Can't he just be a guy who shows up? I mean, why does there have to be anything more? I'd prefer a recurring character over a new companion.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

You know what I kinda want 12 to be romantic doctor just to see how people will react to it. But I really like the name Danny Pink, Curious to see where they take this.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Never heard of the actor, but I love TARDIS trios and the picture made me smile.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

You want to make a bet? It's almost obvious. Depends on their chemistry.

Moxx
Moxx

I was hoping the same thing! It's unusual for the Doctor to go on adventures with solely a male companion... It would only be a few episodes, but it would work as a brilliant dynamic with Capaldi's Doctor.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@NeutronFlow Totall agreement there and it's not just the candy apple colours but whole shape is inferior :(

Antee991166
Antee991166

@Notsosmartguy But we've already had romantic Doctors, both 8 and 10 were very romantic and it would feel repetitive to have another one so soon.

YgorVale
YgorVale

@Moxx ".... Adric?" - Fifth Doctor's last words, Four traveled with just Adric briefly.

Lord of Time
Lord of Time

Yeah you can tell because it's got a 'Sherlock' poster in the background.

KelvTwelve
KelvTwelve

@PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Amy the Consulting Commentator  Yea. The Paradigm models were really bad at first, but it was mainly just a really bad choice of paint. When the Dalek was first created they wanted a retro/modern look but it was waaaay too retro. Luckily the metallic look balances it out. I was really sad that these Daleks didn't appear in Time of the Doctor. While I like the look of the Time War Daleks, I feel like these Daleks should be given a real chance to shine.

PrerogativeOfATimeLord
PrerogativeOfATimeLord

@Liana21 Well, if that's how you qualify a companion - but I think my meaning was conveyed.

He doesn't have to be in the TARDIS; or be in the TARDIS for long. The Brigadier only traveled with the Doctor (maybe) twice. 

Moxx
Moxx

Unless that's Danny Pink's bedroom, and he's a fan of Sherlock. And also a big fan of BBC Wales and defibrillators...

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

@NeutronFlow @KelvTwelve @PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Amy the Consulting Commentator  I recall it being said that they were redesigned to match Karen Gillan's height, since the old ones had been made to match Rose's, and that the bright colors were chosen as a nod to the Cushing movies. Not saying that toy-selling wasn't a factor, but surely it wasn't the only one.

Besides, I like them. I didn't love them at first because they had a terrible paint job and ridiculously large spines, but both of those things have been fixed (plus, they have those cool organic eyes). I think they deserve at least one more chance. They could finally make use of the cool armament-switching idea where the back compartment opens up and lets them rotate out their egg whisks and plungers for other weapons, as they were originally designed to do.






Polyphase
Polyphase

@Lady Jayne 1 @Liana21You do not have to travel in the Tardis to be a companion, Liz is an example of this.

Their are plenty of companions that were only in 1 story for example

Jago & Lightfoot, Astrid etc :)