By Christopher Miller (@IRISH_WHISKEY)
To start, I have to confess that I am choosing to going into series 8 relatively blind. Unlike Tyler, I have done only some cursory research into what to expect. Not only have I avoided the leaked scripts, but I haven’t even studied the episode titles and descriptions. The one place I have done a little more research has been a tantalizing new character…
Danny Pink. Is he a lighter-shade-of-red herring sent by the diabolical Steven Moffat to distract us or can he become a true male companion? An equal partner rather than another companion’s plus one. Now don’t get me wrong. I love me some Rory, but he will always be Amy’s Rory. Sure Mickey went from sad comic relief to hero, but he was never the Doctor’s companion. And Captain Jack is no man’s companion…at least not the Doctor’s.
Peter Capaldi is clearly an older, darker Doctor than his two predecessors. By all appearances, he is beyond romantic dalliances with a female companion.
This seems like the perfect situation to introduce a strong male companion. Cue Danny Pink’s entrance music.
Moffat all but confirmed that Danny Pink will be a companion in a statement, ""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!"
Ian Chesterton seems like an obvious parallel for Danny. Ian was the fighter for the first Doctor, another older and more serious Doctor. Danny, like Ian, is a teacher at Coal Hill. He also embodies a physicality that is not represented by our new Doctor.
This is not meant to disparage Peter Capaldi. He looks to be much more of a scrapper and, dare I say, more fun than Ian’s Doctor, William Hartnell. And let’s be honest, the fan girls (and some fan boys) need something new to lust after now that Doctors McDreamy and McSteamy are gone. Samuel Anderson could be just the prescription for what ails them.
I could see Danny Pink playing the more traditional hero role as a foil to the new Doctor’s potential anti-hero status. Or maybe he’ll dive all in to the dark side, while Clara tries to play the role of a sexy Jiminy Cricket.
Regardless, a darker Doctor needs a partner to fight alongside rather than a damsel needing to be rescued or an annoying voice of reason reminding him what a good man he is.
This meandering post finally leads to my big prediction…Clara dies at the end of Series 8 and Danny Pink joins the Doctor as his solo companion for Series 9.
Whatever happens I will enjoy the ride, ever hoping for the day when the TARDIS lands at 221B Baker Street for Sherlock vs. Who: Dawn of Nerdgasms.