Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams to Guest Star in Doctor Who

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In a surprise announcement this afternoon, the BBC have revealed that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be putting in a guest appearance in the upcoming ninth series of Doctor Who.

In addition to playing GoT fan favourite Arya Stark, Williams has also recently appeared in Carol Morley’s The Falling and Ben Chanan’s docu-drama Cyberbully, and is rumoured to be involved in the upcoming movie adaptation of The Last of Us. Her hectic schedule continues today with her first day of filming for Doctor Who, immediately following her return from a US tour. Said Williams,

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

Details of her character and story are yet to be released, but showrunner Steven Moffat expressed his excitement at her involvement in the show.

“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

What we do know is that the episodes currently being filmed – Jamie Mathieson’s and Steven Moffat’s ‘The Girl Who Died’ and Catherine Tregenna’s ‘The Woman Who Lived’ – feature historical settings, suggesting that Williams may well be donning a period costume for the role. Incidentally, the latter of these will be the first Doctor Who episode to be penned by a woman since 2008, suggesting an acknowledgement of recent criticisms levelled against the show. Tregenna’s previous work includes Torchwood and Law & Order: UK. Both adventures will be directed by Ed Bazalgette, who worked on BBC 1’s hugely popular period drama Poldark.

As well as Williams, the series is also set to guest star comedian Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in Russell T. Davies’s Cucumber on Channel 4. Tom Stourton (Horrible HistoriesSiblings), Ariyon Bakare (Jupiter AscendingDancing on the Edge), Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger will also join the cast.

Source: BBC Blogs

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