For the last few years, we’ve been watching Maisie Williams go through one hardship after another as Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and she’ll soon be embarking on a trip across time and space to take on one of TV’s most iconic personalities: the Doctor. Yes, Williams has landed a guest spot on BBC America’s Doctor Who for its upcoming Season 9. Whatever will the 17-year-old actress get into; operating the TARDIS without a driver’s permit?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be finding out what specific role Maisie Williams will be playing just yet, as creator Steven Moffat is currently keeping that under wraps. Here’s what he said.
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’s interesting is that Williams doesn’t even have to be playing an antagonist in order to make the Doctor’s life more frustrating, especially in the Peter Capaldi era of the long-running fantasy drama. He doesn’t even get along with his own companion sometimes. Still, we’re hoping that Williams will be playing a larger-than-life villain, particularly if her identity is meant to be kept secret for now.
Considering this is a series that isn’t locked into any particular time period, Williams could technically be playing an evil cyborg version of Queen Victoria. Moffat did say “who or what,” she’d be playing, which opens up the possibilities even more. Egyptian Style Dalek #2?
Doctor Who is currently filming two period adventures, “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived.” Other guest stars that have been named are comedian Rufus Hound, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Cunningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce and Struan Rodger.
Maisie Williams recently starred in the British TV movie Cyberbully, and she’ll soon be seen in Carol Morley’s mystery drama The Falling. Next year will see her starring opposite Jason Sudeikis in Bill Purple’s drama The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. And we’re all still waiting to see what happens with that big screen adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us. She recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told a hilarious story about how she gets her grandmother to watch Game of Thrones. Check it out below.
With Season 8 serving as the highest-rated season of Doctor Who yet here in the States, not even the sky is the limit for Season 9, which will kick off at some point this fall.