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Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

clara-and-danny-series-8With romance off limits for Capaldi’s Doctor, Jenna Coleman has spoken about Clara’s relationship with new recurring character Danny (Samuel Anderson) in Series 8.

Coleman told the BBC: “Clara meets a man called Danny Pink – a teacher – who’s charming and lovely. He’s that perfect boyfriend really and is very supportive, but he doesn’t know anything about this double life she lives. She tries to hide it from him whilst at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more. Basically she’s trying to manage the two, and have these two men in her life. It becomes quite a hurtful thing and quite a hard thing for her because she’s totally torn between the two, and trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully.

On working with Samuel Anderson she said: “It’s been great. He’s a dream. I think he’s going to be really popular in the show. He’s very laid back, very cool and collected, and he plays the trumpet in-between takes as well on set! He’s lovely. I do feel sorry for his character though, as he’s got this girlfriend who is completely stressed every time she appears after coming back from being with the Doctor.”

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LucasW
LucasW

This sounds an awful lot like Gwen and Rhys in Torchwood, pre-Meat. (Pre-Meat? That sounds rather peculiar, but y'know what I mean)

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Sounds a lot like Amy and Rory before Rory started to travel as well.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

May I introduce to you Doctor Who..... The Soap Opera!

Cue East Ender Music....

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

I was kind of worried that Danny would become Clara's boyfriend, but I kind of like this concept. I can just imagine him becoming fixed on the idea that she's having an affair and following her one day to the TARDIS...what an awkwardly hilarious situation xD


donjuannebulon
donjuannebulon

I would like to see a companion that embraces the opportunity to see as much as time and space as possible with maybe the motivation to enrich humanity with the gifts of knowledge The Doctor provides. As much as relationship troubles sustain television shows, this one wouldn't have lasted 50 years if for the majority of that time, it relied upon boy + girl = maybe as it's central drama like every other television show does. Maybe focusing on what makes Doctor Who different from every other show on the planet would be a better plan than more focus on how to make it the same. I really just wish that one character would ask some of the questions of The Doctor that I would. Romance is great. Relationships are great, but the secrets of The Cosmos would take all my attention if I were introduced to an alien possessed of god-like technology that could show me all of time and space. 






Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I know this might sound like a random question, but is Clara bisexual? I mean, Oswin Oswald dated a girl, but said that she was "going through a phase". Then in "Clara and the TARDIS" she seemed to fancy herself, but whether that counts as bi or just creepy, I don't know. Either way she's clearly into guys. I don't really care either way, but I'm curious about what other people think.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Keeping the Doctor a secret from her boyfriend, Hmmm What could possibly go wrong :)

Oodkind
Oodkind

Interesting. I know Moffat can't resist an awkward relationship, but I hope the romance part isn't a huge highlight in the season. Not every female companion needs a lover. I would rather that Danny was just another teacher, instead of Clara's boyfriend.

Cyruay
Cyruay

if they can get away with this while establishing Capaldi as the Doctor that's great.

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

I only hope it doesn't get too soapy. We've had all kinds of romances lately, I would have hoped to tone it down a bit, more like an Ian/Barbara type relationship...oh well, we shall see, maybe I'll end up loving Danny and Clara :)

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

Then it turns out he's the Master and all hell breaks loose...

Liana21
Liana21

I think it could be like a light version of Doctor-Amy-Rory in mid Series 5. Clara feels something special for Danny and wants have her relationship with him separated from her friendship with The Doctor because she thinks they're not going to accept each other or because she fears Danny's reation to the "the Wednesdays when I come out job I travel in Time and Space with a Malcolm Tucker alien look alike on a bigger on the inside 1963 police box" story.

I'm still curious about how The Doctor and Danny are going to meet up, a part of me still thinking in a scene with Clara and Danny flirting on the teacher's room and the TARDIS materialising suddenly in the room, or even better, around them.

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

I thought this would happen, honestly I think a casual love story could be quite nice. Maybe something devistating eventually happens to Danny which pushes Clara to leave her time travelling life for good.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

BTW - is anyone else looking forward to seeing a Tarantino / Reservoir Dogs reference when Danny Pink is introduced?

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

This does sound interesting. Because what if the Doctor takes a "mentor-apprentice/sidekick" relationship with Mr. Pink, as he did with Jamie or Harry Sullivan? Does Clara become jealous of that?

ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

Sounds like Gwen in Torchwood, which is good, because that gave her a moral complexity that was great to watch, and provided some amazing emotional moments!


The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I've hoped he won't be his boyfriend when Danny's character was first announced but now I really like the idea of a proper romantic story between the two. One that is "hurtful" that feels more real and is not just a comic relief thing. More Rory and less Mickey. And I'd like to see how the Doctor gets to know Danny because I expect he'll be a bit protective of Clara after everything they've been through together.

MeghanMLaughlin
MeghanMLaughlin

I was hoping for them to just be friends, if its a subtle relationship like I think Barbara and Ian had I wouldn't mind as much that way it wouldn't take away from the episodes. Although I am glad Capaldi isnt the love interest. I am looking forward to seeing what Danny Pink brings to the show either way. Its easy to say one is conflicted. :) this news however wont stop me from watching :)

Ivegotkidneys is in a Dalek
Ivegotkidneys is in a Dalek

At least its not Capaldi getting a love interest I'm actually glad Moffat did this as it gives the fan girls and boys a reason to keep watching 

DrWhoBoy123
DrWhoBoy123

Aw, this sounds kinda cute. Mabye this is how clara will leave. choosing danny over the doctor...

WhoLocked
WhoLocked

Well, 10 'stole' Rose from Mickey, could this be a companion stealing the Doctor's best friend? As they say, what goes around ... It would be another interesting twist to the dynamic.

pyroclasticflow
pyroclasticflow

I don't really have an issue with Clara having a romantic life outside of the Doctor. I think this is a good thing. I just honestly wish she and Danny would both be his companions from the beginning - no lies, no choosing the Doctor over a lover. The lies leave a bad taste in my mouth. At least we know Danny won't be cuckolded though since the 12th Doctor and Clara aren't going to have a romantic relationship. That makes me feel a lot better. I hope this doesn't end up to be a similar situation as Donna was put in though - with her fiance turning out to be working for alien who is only using her. That scene in The Runaway Bride broke my heart. Poor Donna.

TheDaleksDaughter
TheDaleksDaughter

I like this idea. I hope Samuel Anderson is a good actor, but they usually are in Doctor Who.

MetamorphmagusWho
MetamorphmagusWho

So he is a love interest. I honestly don't mind at all, though I can understand why others may dislike the idea.

MaddyKika
MaddyKika

I didn't see that coming, but since we still know very little of his character, who knows, maybe we'll have a nice surprise.

Antee991166
Antee991166

Slightly disappointed that he's another love interest character, but hopefully he will prove to be more than that

King Joffery
King Joffery

Why is it that in TV and film, you can`t have a man and woman just being friends instead of falling in love. Thats why I love Donna, because she was the companion and there wasn`t any romance

GreggyPoo
GreggyPoo

Great. Now I'm having Mickey flash backs. Not the character but the sometimes-bad writing of the time.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@donjuannebulon I see what you're saying, but Doctor who has always contained romance, right from the very beginning - just a lot more subtly. Lots of people ship Ian x Barbara, Jamie x Victoria, Doctor x Romana...just to name a few. And then there's the companions who fell in love with a supporting over the course of the story to the point where they decide to leave the "alien with God-like technology" so they can be with their man. I mean, there's Susan for a start, and then you have the likes of Vicki, Jo, Leela....

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@Deus_Ex_Machina Suuuuuuure she did. Married a woman named Harry Watson. Gave her a mobile phone. Harry drank. It didn't work out. ;)

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@Liana21 I imagined Danny wondering where Clara was disappearing to all the time and becoming fixed on the idea she's having an affair, to the point where he follows her one day...all the way in to the TARDIS. That would be so hilariously awkward.

Liana21
Liana21

Actually, that is one of my reasons I think Clara should eventually leave, because something bad happens to someone beloved to her that makes impossible for her continue with The Doctor.

pyroclasticflow
pyroclasticflow

@WhoLocked I sure hope this is the case. It's time for the Doctor to get a taste of his own medicine. :P

Oodkind
Oodkind

@TheDaleksDaughter I haven't seen him, but I'm guessing they wouldn't have hired him for a major role unless he was really good. Really the only actor, besides children, I've had an issue with is the lady who played Madge in TDTWATW.

Unibot
Unibot

I'm getting very tired that Donna keeps being held up by some as the greatest companion because there "was no romance". Donna was great because she was a funny and bold personality played by a wildly talented comedian, not because she wasn't romantically interested in The Doctor or seemingly interested in any reoccurring character. 

Personally, I think we should just want to avoid characters being defined by their relationships with men, not try to "de-sexualize" the entire program (which almost always drags any story back to a silently male-dominated status quo). 

Clara is a 20-something person, it's perfectly natural for her to want to have a relationship with someone and not simply gallivant across the universe with someone who looks twice her age - in fact I'd argue it would be out of character for her to just suddenly *not* want to be in a relationship... she was pretty uncomfortable with the idea of attending Christmas dinner without a boyfriend (which is a common feeling for many young women and men out there for that matter).

If Moffat were to rewrite and sanitize her character like that to keep viewers who dislike "relationships" on Daytime Telly happy, the accusations that Clara's character is paper-thin would most certainly hold true.


Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@King Joffery But Donna was introduced at her wedding (oops) and finished at her wedding! She had no romance with the Doctor, so what's the difference?

Xisco Lozdob
Xisco Lozdob

@King Joffery You remember that other teacher from TDOTD? He probably is her friend, but in the series they focus on the love interest because it's a more important part in her life, and, since we'll be able to see how she behaves in the presence of a true friend in her relationship with the new Doctor, we probably don't need to see that kind of dynamic repeated (albeit with some obvious differences, of course) with another character.




mczolly
mczolly

On the other hand The Doctor - Clara relation will be something you wish to see.

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

I'd never heard of the guy until he was cast in Doctor Who. From what I recall (I researched him out of curiosity), he was a regular on Emmerdale a few years back and he was in a supernatural drama called "Hex" quite a while ago. Other than that, I don't think he's done much of note. Just walk-ons and small parts in Casualty, Doctors and the like. Assuming he performs well, Doctor Who will probably be the role that really launches him. 

LucasW
LucasW

I made that precise joke to my Mum a few days ago. She didn't get it.

Oodkind
Oodkind

@Unibot I agree; I think what people see is that she didn't have a thing about the Doctor. People who didn't like that aspect of Rose and Martha love Donna for that reason. However, removing all romance from the show doesn't work. I agree: what matters is that the character is not defined by her relationship with a someone else. I really hope Danny isn't treated as "Clara's boyfriend" but rather as another respectable person and teacher. I had that problem early on with Rory, though I think he earned his place by the middle of Series 6.