DoctorWhoTV reports that newcomer Ellis George will be joining Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson for a trip in the TARDIS in the upcoming series Eight. Speculation began last month when Samuel Anderson tweeted “There’s a new member in the Who Crew, my little sis.” and posted this picture on Instagram.

Samuel Anderson will be playing Danny Pink, who teaches at Coal Hill High School along with Clara. That will make the Doctor, two teachers and a pupil from Coal Hill, a bow to the original TARDIS crew?

George will be guest starring alongside Hermione Norris, Tony Osoba and Phil Nice, and the Doctor Who crew is heading to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for the shoot. The episode is written by Peter Harness (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Wallander), and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Da Vinci’s Demons)

Steven Moffat said, ‘It’s a testament to the quality of Peter Harness’s intense and emotional script, that we’ve been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris. And for the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.’

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

6 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. He is a fine actor. He was very good as the Angel Islington in Neverwhere and he will bring a quite different ‘feel’ to the Doctor.

    Not sure what to think about all the companions, though. I guess, with an older Doctor, the semi-romantic tension of the last two Doctors will not play again. Perhaps he is going to be a ‘father figure’?

    • Olga Hughes

      I think Moffat has said “no more flirting”. Should be a welcome change really!

      • Jasmine

        Yes, as a long-standing fan of the series, it felt to me to be ‘wrong’ in some way for there to be ‘flirting’ between the Doctor and his companion. It only really worked with Rose.

      • Neil Kemp

        The flirting seems to have been (in the main) a part of the new updated Doctor Who and was made possible by younger actors playing the part as opposed to previous doctors who fitted into the role of father figure rather well.
        Peter Davison was of course young enough to have flirted but never did, something which he himself later said was a drawback to the character of the doctor. He has praised the increased sexual tensions of the more recent Doctor Who episodes and believes the scriptwriters of the past should have done more in this regard.
        Having seen Doctor Who from the first episode (yes, I am old) I’m not sure I agree with that, I believe it was better back then being rather innocent, although I do think it was probably right to introduce an element of flirting into the modern Doctor Who episodes.
        After all it never seemed to do Captain Kirk any harm, did it?

      • Olga Hughes

        Jasmine I was never a big fan of Rose, it may have worked better with the Ninth Doctor, but they were writing her character rather badly I think. Too much damsel in distress stuff there.
        Neil I think a lot of fans agree they preferred when the Doctor and his companions left out the sexual tension. It is why Catherine Tate was so popular – although I find her really, really annoying.
        I think the flirting can work when it is mild and when the companion is portrayed more as the Doctor’s equal, as the Eleventh Doctor and Clara’s relationship seemed to me. They had a few moments, but otherwise they got on with the job, and there were times when Clara saved the Doctor, and not always the other way around.

  2. Jasmine

    I think that the revival of Dr Who has been very successful. It is not always easy to take a ‘treasure’ which had been off-screen for a number of years and bring it back to life, while at the same time updating the character to give it more of a contemporary feel.

    However, there were an increasing number of critical reviews her in the UK, particularly during the last couple of series. People accused the writers of creating deliberately confusing plot lines and including a lot of stuff which had nothing constructive to add to the story.

    It will be interesting to see how the new Doctor character and story lines develop.