Back in March, The Geeko brought you news that actress Maisi Williams (Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark) would be making an appearance in the new series of Doctor Who this autumn. Fast forward 5 months and her part has still not been announced, but showrunner Steven Moffat is calling a halt to the rumour mill:
“She is not playing a returning character,” said Moffat on the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “She is a brand new character. She’s not someone from the Doctor’s past.”
This puts to bed two major theories that were circulating among fans. The first being that the character was a regenerated version of the Doctor’s daughter. Fans have always speculated on what happened to Jenny since she blasted away in season four in the aptly named episode “The Doctor’s Daughter”. The second theory had Williams playing the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan Foreman. The Doctor’s granddaughter was a companion on the original series from 1963 to 1964.
Fortunately it does seem like the Doctor Who crew have put a lot of thought into the character. “It’s a significant role.” Said Moffat. “We are not just getting the star value and doing nothing with it. It’s a great part, and she’s terrific in it. But I would say it will develop in unexpected ways.”
Moffat has also said that the character “is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways”. He also suggested that her character might give The Doctor “the right sort of hell”.
Whatever part she has to play in the story of our favorite Time Lord, we’re happy to have her on board. Allons-y Maisi!
Maisi broke into the geek scene in 2011 when Game of Thrones premiered. Her character, Arya Stark, has evolved over the years from a victim of circumstance to what looks to become a deadly foe to whoever may cross her. “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,” Maisie told the BBC.
Maisi and the Doctor will also be joined by Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, who will be a guest cast member.