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News round-up: casting news, interviews, Karen, Billie, David, Matt, Colin, Sylvester, Steven, TNotD

New recurring character in Series 8 cast (and other casting announcements):
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Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time.  Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. 

On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: ‘I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!’

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!’

Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).

Also, Steven Moffat talks about the Twelfth Doctor. For more on his comments on the sexualisation of the Doctor and also Sherlock, see here. Warning for douchebaggery about asexuality.  And speaking to Assignment X, Moffat is reported as saying: "Eventually, I'll stop doing Doctor Who because it stops me doing anything else. But Sherlock doesn't swamp my schedule." He continued: "I could imagine we'll come back and do Sherlock fairly often for many years, rather than very often for a few years."

Some 8x01 filming photos (spoilers: episode ending, possibly)

Billie Piper
Billie Piper panel quotes and pics at Gallifrey One convention. This user also posted a round-up of what they learnt from the interview. Some pictures of Billie and Arthur Darvill at the panel.
And you can see her in this preview for TV series 'Penny Dreadful'.

Karen Gillan
Karen shares the first picture ever taken of her and Matt in costume, for a camera test:

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Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy (brilliantly given a Five Doctors twist here)
On Time of the Doctor at Sci Fi Expo.
Cute pictures of her at Dallas Comic Con.
Video of the cute panel with Sylvester McCoy
Going to star in new ABC comedy pilot 'Selfie'.
Clips of her movie 'Not Another Happy Ending': Clip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

David Tennant interview on Broadchurch and Gracepoint.
Matt Smith shares his opinion on the 'numbering issue'.
Colin Baker to star in new film 'Finding Richard'.
Interview with Emma Cambell-Jones (Cas) about The Night of the Doctor.

Tags: arthur darvill, billie piper, casting, colin baker, david tennant, guest actors, interviews, jenna coleman, karen gillan, matt smith, news, peter capaldi, picspam, spoilers & shenanigans, steven moffat, sylvester mccoy
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