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Danny Pink – Master of Disguise?

Guest contributor Daniel Whitaker speculates on the theory that Samuel Anderson’s character hides a secret.

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I am overjoyed that in Series 8 the Doctor will have a younger male companion, whizzing around with him through time and space; I was even more overjoyed when I discovered we shared a forename. However, the second I saw the promotional picture and heard his backstory, I thought he could be a Master in/ of disguise (There’ll be plenty more puns). But what about his backstory and the image made me think that the character, played by the brilliant Samuel Anderson, will be a renegade character?

The Time Lords

rassilon-doctor-who-end-of-timeDuring the events of The Day and The Time of The Doctor, I think it’s more or less confirmed that at some point in the near future, Gallifrey and the Time Lords will return. And, I don’t know about you, but after the events of the Time War, I’d be pretty cautious when returning a whole civilisation to the universe which tried to destroy it. So it would make perfect sense for Rassilon (or whoever’s in charge now (Please be Romana to make the Gallifrey series from Big Finish canon)) to send out a few Time Lords into the universe, to test the metaphorical water before diving in.

Now this doesn’t mean that it has to be The Master, but I think it would be more interesting to have the Time Lords send out their maddest creation to ensure the universe can handle the full force of the Time Lords returning.

The Watch

danny-pink-watchNow this is probably myself going all Sherlock and overanalysing the promotional image we were given of Mr. Pink, but the first thing I noticed was his watch. We all know that on shows like Doctor Who, everything is in it for a reason; just think back to the RTD era of Bad Wolf, Torchwood, Vote Saxon, YANA and “He will knock four times”. As the mysterious woman said in The End of Time, “There is no such thing as coincidence” and I feel that the watch is so out there on an otherwise rather closed picture for a reason.

The two theories I have surrounding the watch is that either:

  1. The watch is just a symbol of time, and therefore Time Lords
  2. The watch could be a fob-watch type device and Danny has no idea that he has a Time Lord on his wrist.
  3. Alternatively, it’s just a watch and I could be looking for things that don’t exist.

Full Circle

doctor-who-an-unearthly-child-aThe Doctor is played by an older actor, let’s call him William Hartnell. He travels with his granddaughter, Susan and two teachers from Coal Hill School, let’s call them Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Skip forward a little over 50 years, The Doctor is played by an older actor, let’s call him Peter Capaldi. He travels with two teachers from Coal Hill School, let’s call them Clara Oswald and Danny Pink. Sound familiar? Moffat is recreating the start, but modernising it and probably giving it a bit more of a story.

What if Danny Pink is a teacher of science, much like Mr Chesterton before him, but this time his true passion is psychology? Mr Pink could have the knowledge on how to hypnotise, much like The Master. And if Danny can hypnotise people, what’s to stop him from hypnotising Clara into fighting for the wrong cause, especially if they spend so much time in the TARDIS…

Final Thoughts

Although Danny Pink being the Master may be too far-fetched, rumours are currently swirling and I think it would be an interesting move, especially if it is only very lightly hinted midway through the series and is the big revelation during the finale. It would enable fans to go back and re-watch the entire series, clueing for looks to see how subtle and calculated Samuel Anderson’s performance is. (As long as he’s not lowering the IQ of the entire street).

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on this theory below.

(And apologies to anyone who’s not seen Sherlock for the majority of these jokes.)

Step back in time...

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105 comments
DigitalShadow
DigitalShadow

The Doctor's daughter, Jenny, would be the finishing touch to recreating the old series! Think about it - older doctor, two teachers and his granddaughter, exactly the same group, but his daughter instead! Danny, Clara, Jenny and the Doctor would be the perfect repeat for the first series.

A Friend of the Ood
A Friend of the Ood

I really don't want this to happen. It's too obvious and I just want a normal companion with no mystery and no secret identity.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Interesting theory but personally I think you're looking into it too much. We'll have to wait and see :)


ConnorWhite
ConnorWhite

I hope he finally get to know who the woman was on The End of time

IOWFestivalFans
IOWFestivalFans

I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.


WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

I think that would make for a unique twist on a male companion. I also like the idea I read somewhere else that Danny Pink is actually the Doctor and the 12th Doctor is actually the Master.

TARDIS75
TARDIS75

No, no... Let's just have a NORMAL, non-mysterious young male companion to balance out Clara. No love interests, nothing of him being the Master.... And nothing like Rory! Or Adam or Adric or Turlough. Just a REGULAR guy!

(((((Or make him a young Captain Jack! Before all the immortal stuff happened, and he was a time agent, and a young one at that! Period; this is the only thing I would hope since at this point in Jack's timeline, he's not immortal yet!)))))

DavidBlyth
DavidBlyth

I eventually do see this prevailant fan theory coming true...just not with Mr. Pink, I don't think it's time is just yet, we'll see, but I'd rather Pink be a unique character all his own and would be someone to root for as his journey evolves over the course of the series.

ChristineGrit
ChristineGrit

It would be great if the Master would return, whatever theory underlies this come-back. It doesn't have to be Danny Pink, there are a lot of other rumours circulating around the web. Although I do enjoy this type of speculation! However, I am pleased it probably won't be John Simm. We've seen his take on the character, and he did an excellent job, but it is time for something different.

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

I would absolutely LOVE for this theory to be true! I'm a big fan of John Simm's Master, but I could totally go for Samual Anderson being a 'hidden' Master!

Starfishmama
Starfishmama

I never felt like the whisper men and the great consciencness was ever totally gone. Yes their form was ripped apart in the doctor's time stream and Clara saved the day and much more but maybe Danny Pink is a reincarnation of the great consciencness and there to make sure the doctor dies once and for all and to keep Clara out of the way.

TheOncomingHurricane
TheOncomingHurricane

Honestly, the best one of these was when Wilf was the Master for seemingly no reason other than his name being an anagram of 'Time Lord WTF'

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

Well there has been a lot of running speculation that Danny Pink is actually The Master. People have whined about "Eh, how is that possible when Time Lords can tell when other Time Lords are near?" Everyone is forgetting Utopia, The Doctor didn't even find out that The Master was actually Professor YANA until Martha told him he had the same watch as what The Doctor had. 



It could work, yes it would be reusing the concept that was used as The Master before, but sometimes reusing ideas is good for business and imagine the casual viewer, he or she doesn't read theories online and to find out Danny Pink, a companion to The Doctor is The Master, minds would be blown. You also have to remember that Steven always makes his companions mean something. We had Amy, the girl who waited, River's mother, Rory, the Last Centurion, the person to die a million times and yet lived, River  Song, married to The Doctor, kills The Doctor, child of Amy and Rory, part Time-Lord, Clara, the Impossible Girl, the person who decided the fate of the Time War...So I wonder what special trait Danny Pink has if he is NOT The Master

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

Excellent article - My very first thought about him was that he sounds like the Master!




Also, having a rather camp surname like "Pink" is similar to what Moffat did with the very camp Jim in Sherlock!



Silurian53
Silurian53

In my personal opinion Danny Pink is not the Master nor will he be hypnotised by the master etc etc; my guess is he wil simply be manipulated with words, The Master will lie and promise him things and twist Danny's thoughts and emotions with clever ways of words.

doctorblue
doctorblue

I would like to see a companion who is just a companion.  No great mystery's no secrets no big connection to the doctor . just someone who has the spirit of adventure !


christopherbrooke1
christopherbrooke1

Maybe he could be someone who's worked on breaking down the Tardis defences FOR The Master, but I think making Danny Pink The Master or The Master's henchmen would downgrade his Companion Identity so much within a couple of finale episodes.

The Finn
The Finn

An interesting thought, but I think you're looking into it too much. Why can't he be a regular normal character? (Well...Moffat.)

DoctorWanderer12
DoctorWanderer12

Mabey McCoy will play the Master? He said he wanted to return as a bad guy. Also the Curator said the Doctor would be visiting old faces. Doctor Who is 50 until November 23 2014. Moffat and the gang might jave more in store for us next season.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

Here's another theory, what if Pink is just an ordinary human being who is hypnotised by a Time Lord who has returned to earth and doing their bidding.

Gustaff
Gustaff

Good article with some fine details picked up Dan. I didn't even see the watch (to busy making fun of the name). However, I think in this case, you're being a little apophenic.

parrot999
parrot999

I have a theory... Last time we saw The Master he was dying, right? My theory goes back to the classic series... Particularly the Tom Baker Era... Imagine this:

The Master has reverted to a corpse (Like Roger Delgado's Master), and now needs a new body...

It could be anyone, but having a companion the viewers have gotten to know taken over by The Master would not only be creepy, but would add much needed tension between The Doctor and The Master... The Master could even have good intensions this time, trying to prevent The Doctor from making a huge mistake by bringing back the Timelords... Having it be his tactics and immorality that push him back into villain territory.

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

I'd quite like a companion to be secretly evil or something like that. To have Danny Pink be evil and turn Clara to that side would be most interesting, especially if it leads to her leaving the Doctor (or perhaps the Doctor leaving her).

needcomicmoney
needcomicmoney

Interesting theory but ultimately he's probably just there so Clara has someone to flirt with now that the Doctor is like her dad. I'm still hoping that the rumour of Charles Dance as the Master comes true.

Calufrax11
Calufrax11

So, remind me..... When was he actually confirmed as a companion?

DC815
DC815

He's definitely not The Master. However it would be cool if he was a time lord in disguise, perhaps playing that timelord who informed The Third Doctor that The Master was on Earth ? This one has been sent through the crack to observe and report. After he finds The Doctor he decides to keep tabs on him, and report his findings to the high council or something ? Would be quite interesting in my opinion. But I don't want a new big arc about another companion for a while, I know that much!

TriviaMaster
TriviaMaster

"...clueing for looks to see how subtle and calculated Samuel Anderson’s performance is. (As long as he’s not lowering the IQ of the entire street)."


...he. Hehehe.


Sherlock puns....I hand it to you, Mr. Whittaker.

DavidHardy1
DavidHardy1

Going by his watch, it is a standard military watch, so something to do with UNIT?!!! ;0)


Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I still don't like his surname, why not if needing a colour they picked grey or something….

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

I could totally go for that as well. Although I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like to see Danny turn out to be the Master. But yes, a normal companion (and a male one at that!) would be awesome as well. ^^


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

@The Finn  Moffat has written plenty of normal characters. I suspect that there will be something important about Danny, but I couldn't even begin to speculate on what the nature of that thing may be.

At any rate, I don't think that he will be the Master, or any returning character. Every time we get a new character incoming, people always give it the usual run of "it's the Master/the Rani/Davros/Jenny/Susan/etc.," and it never is.



Polyphase
Polyphase

@Gustaff I think there's a lot of apophenia on this forum but that's what makes it fun :)

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@Calufrax11  He wasn't. Just a 'recurring character'. River was that, was she ever a companion? If so, 'Alex Kingston' would have appeared on the opening titles. To my record, it never did. Rory is a different matter, he became a companion, as might Pink will do. Who knows...?

The Finn
The Finn

I wasn't being entirely serious about Moffat, but then again he's also written some characters with quirks: the girl who waited, the Doctor's wife who wants to Kill him, the Lonely centurion, the woman twice dead...

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Polyphase @GustaffI agree. Most speculative features are apophenic - mine included, which is why I try to stay away as much as I can but it doesn't always work.


I must admit I'm surprised you know the term I used. It's a very obscure term that very few people know off. I'm impressed by your vocabulary.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Polyphase @GustaffThe closest word I know to describe that is a verbomaniac: A person who is obsessed with verbomania (obsession of words)

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Gustaff @PolyphaseI've always loved obscure words used in the English language. There's probably even a word for that :)