‘Doctor Who’ exec Moffat: ‘Danny is a competitor to the Doctor’

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Steven Moffat has discussed how Danny Pink is different from Doctor Who‘s previous boyfriend characters.

Samuel Anderson made his debut as Danny in Season 8’s second episode, ‘Into the Dalek’, last month.

Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine: “I like the idea of Clara starting a romance – not one that’s already underway, but one that’s just beginning, that you can invest in – and to play it a bit more for real than we’ve perhaps been inclined to, where the fella in question isn’t too happy to play second fiddle to the exotic, alien man.”

Hinting at how Danny will react to the Doctor when the pair finally meet in ‘The Caretaker’ next weekend, he revealed: “He’s just, ‘Nope’. He plain doesn’t like him. Never does.”

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Moffat added: “What Sam’s got is leading-man presence and gravitas. He feel like he could have his own show and Danny feels like a proper competitor to the Doctor.”

He explained: “I loved Rory and Mickey, but I always felt that the deck had been stacked in the Doctor’s favour, whereas here is a boyfriend figure who the Doctor can look petty next to.”

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