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Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”

clara-and-danny-series-8Samuel Anderson has said that fans can expect a bit of “friction” between the Doctor and Danny.

Anderson told Hero Complex: “There’s a bit of friction that arises between Danny and the Doctor midway through the season. And [Danny's knowledge of math] is a tool for that friction.”

He adds that the pair will also disagree about Clara, and who has her best interests at heart.

“Danny is an ex-soldier and he’s an ex-soldier for a reason. The Doctor isn’t sure about that when they first meet… He’s a bit of an opposite to the Doctor. The military training is there when it’s needed.”

In another recent interview Anderson said: “Before joining the school, he was a soldier in the British army. But he left, for reasons that will be revealed throughout the season. He’s an everyday sort of man, which I think is neat, especially pitched against such a massive hero as the Doctor. He’s sort of a straight man.”

“I would say I become a companion for the companion.”

Step back in time...

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WiLfreduk
WiLfreduk

I'm sure that the fact the Doctor isn't fit and sexy anymore and he is has nothing to do with Mr Pink's appearance in the script...

But seriously I'm looking forward to seeing how The Doctor deals with having a soldier on board, a man taking so many sides in so many wars that have caused so many deaths, Danny I hope will remind him of the hypocrisy of his anti soldier stance.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

he seems to be a very nice guy and it is good that the doctor doesant have it easy

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

The other thing I find slightly unusual, is that they've picked an actor who's pretty cool and confident (he apparently played the trumpet during filming shoots and has made quite an impression during the publicity events) and looks sharp too, and got him to play someone who's a bit of a dork with women. I would have expected a former soldier to be a lot more confident in that area...


Liana21
Liana21

I can see them not getting along in the beginning, but smoothing their relationship with the time, if Danny is able to survive, of course. I have willings of a Jamie-esque type of Companion, but I'm not sure if Danny has what he should have.

YouveBeenDuplicated
YouveBeenDuplicated

“I would say I become a companion for the companion.”

Ah, good. I've always felt that the male-companion-who's-basically-an-accessory-for-the-main-female-companion dynamic is really underused in New Who.

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Friction I feel will come in multiple directions.  Obviously the Doctors reaction to him being a solider and then the fact the Doctor will loose somewhat his connection to Clara.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Danny has got the potential of being the most interesting and complex male companion in a while, so I can't wait to discover his story.

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

I'm just going to say- if Moffat makes Danny the Doctor's equal in mathematics, he doesn't even deserve to run this snow. Humans are simply not as intelligent as Time Lords, that has been a fact for 50 years.

Mr 11
Mr 11

I like that Danny's starting our quiet confident and not put upon as Rory and Mickey started! He could be a very different take on the male companion! :D

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

Must be weird playing a teacher/professor as an actor if you are not familiar with the subject the character you play teaches.

trzyan230
trzyan230

Dannys way better than rory already, barely seen him but hes been set up with what could be an interesting back story

alwaysrunning
alwaysrunning

I'm very much looking forward to the meeting between Danny and the Doctor! There are so many interesting ways that can go - especially with the Doctor's increased dislike of solders and Danny's past. Should be fun!

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Just wandering. The Doctor doesn't like soldiers apparently.......but the Brigadier was a soldier, right? And he has worked with UNIT many times. What's the difference? 

JackArtaganMackenna
JackArtaganMackenna

i think it's pretty obvious already that he's not just an ''accessory'', given that he's, you know, important to the story arc.

but by all means keep whining without having seen it, this wouldn't be a Dr Who discussion without your type would it.

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@Night at the Whovies I don't get that vibe from Danny at all. He is already coming across as warm, friendly, deep, not childlike, petutalnt and pedantic.

andyot7777
andyot7777

@Ottoman14 Adric was a humanoid and was at times WAY smarter than the Doctor at maths.

Mr 11
Mr 11

@Ottoman14 Not gonna lie that's a tad harsh but yeah I've started GCSE year so I'm a little bit sick of teachers at the moment.

JackArtaganMackenna
JackArtaganMackenna

He's been running the show for a while now and he might do for a while yet, so thank goodness your opinions on whether he ''deserves'' to or not are irrelevant

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

@Ottoman14 Well he won't  In terms of intelligence I agree the Time Lords are more book smart it has been shown constantly over 50 years the Doctor draws on the emotional intelligence of humans.  This is best show in the form of the Doctor Donna.

alwaysrunning
alwaysrunning

@Ottoman14 Danny doesn't actually need to be the Doctor's equal in mathematics to point out an obvious error in a formula or something along those lines. He could still notice that something is wrong without knowing what the formula is for. The point would be that while the Doctor may be brilliant he still makes simple errors sometimes. 

Antee991166
Antee991166

@Ottoman14  I'm pretty sure that Zoe Heriot was pretty close to The Doctor in intelligence.

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supermoff is alone. Listen...

@Ottoman14 Well, that's a bit harsh. Besides, the Doctor did make some simple calculus mistakes on his blackboard, so he's not exactly perfect. Danny should hopefully correct him on that :)

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

He doesn't look that confident to me, he looks quite crushed by his history, with Clara in control...

Ivegotkidneys is listening
Ivegotkidneys is listening

@Mr 11 I'll be honest I still would've preferred it if he was abit more confident at talking with the ladies I mean not as much as Captain Jack but some confidence

helenagardner9
helenagardner9

@Mr 11 I think he will also be a great companion .But I think he could be hidding something that the doctor will not like.

Kathrin Lily Franke
Kathrin Lily Franke

@MeglosProductions Now, I can't say too much about UNIT (in its original set up) for the simple reason that I haven't got to that point in the time line yet. But others have done that, below. I think the aversion to soldiers and/ or UNIT might have something to do with the Time War and UNIT's shift in operational mode (the Osterhagen Key, for one). Even Jack, who isn't averse to using weapons - and is a military man of sorts himself -  has been concerned about UNIT in Journey's End. 

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

@MeglosProductions lThe Doctor and the Brigs relationship was born out of a need for each other and was often tempestuous.  However for both of them it grew into trust and respect.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@MeglosProductions The Doctor goes back and forth on the issue, but my guess is that his current incarnation's antipathy for the military has to do with him wanting to turn a new leaf and correct old mistakes. One of his bigger regrets seems to be how good he himself is as a tactician and combat leader, with a knack for turning his companions and other acquaintances into loyal soldiers.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@MeglosProductions The difference: the Doctor didn't have a functioning TARDIS during most of his time with UNIT. After Three Doctors, the writers began to doing more off-planet adventures and phased out UNIT by Tom Baker's second year.

Think of it this way: the TARDIS is a ship, and the Doctor its chief pilot. The Doctor may work for UNIT, but the TARDIS isn't UNIT property, and so if the Brig (or a less knowledgeable subordinate) got it into his head that he could order the Doctor to take his TARDIS to Sontar-Prime and bomb the place, they'd have to argue it out.

Antee991166
Antee991166

@MeglosProductions The Doctor's relationship with the Brigadier was a rocky one and only really lasted during the Third Doctor's era. They eventually became friends, but they still had regular arguments. Plus The Doctor didn't really have a choice working for UNIT, it was either that or get really bored.

Kathrin Lily Franke
Kathrin Lily Franke

@alwaysrunning @Ottoman14 But how can you know the formula is wrong if you don't know what it's for? Maybe from Danny's human perspective it's wrong, whereas from the Doctor's it makes perfect sense...

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

@Antee991166 @Ottoman14 Yeah, because that's cool isn't it. Getting the ordinary human being to be as intelligent as the 2000 year old Time Lord. That totally doesn't take away from the main character or the magic of the storyline, does it...

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

@Antee991166 @Ottoman14 She understood a lot of the concepts of time science, had a photographic memory and was a basic walking calculator but as intelligent as the Doctor? no just more what you would expect from a human of that time.  Adric if you exclude people with a connection to the Doctors own race was probably the closet companion to having the Doctors intelligence level.  He could somewhat fly the TARDIS and worked on sums to re enter E Space through the CVE.      

ilyootha
ilyootha

@Antee991166 To be fair, Zoe was not a 2010s math teacher, but rather a 2090s scientist. Still, the fact that the Doctor only got to the Academy with 51% on second attempt is quite telling!

Mr 11
Mr 11

@helenagardner9 @Mr 11 Yeah that's tear a big clue but the Doctor's one to talk as he has solider-like qualities which Jenny pointed out and let's not forget the Time War even if the Doctor tried to.

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@Ottoman14 @Ivegotkidneys is in Sherwood forest Just because there is friction over math, it doesn't mean Danny is better at it than the Doctor. He just may have a different perspective and the fact he is human and knows a LOT about math, would be enough to cause friction in this Doctor.