BBC America’s ‘Doctor Who’ visits TCA

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‘Game of Thrones” Maisie Williams is not playing who you think she is on ‘Doctor Who’.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Actor Peter Capaldi is only in his second season playing the title character on “Doctor Who” – due back with new episodes on BBC America at 9 p.m. Doctor Who came to Beverly Hills (sort of) on Friday as the team behind the BBC America’s cult sensation took questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour.

While Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat wasn’t ready to divulge Maisie Williams’ enigmatic role in the new season, he did go so far as to reveal that “she isn’t playing a returning character or someone in the Doctor’s past.One of the biggest questions surrounding Season 9 of Doctor Who is not necessarily whether we’ll be subjected to the same poorly crafted stories of Season 8, but rather who Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams will be playing when the show returns in September. First glimpsed in the trailer that debuted earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con, Williams’ character will challenge the Doctor in unexpected ways when she appears in at least one episode of Season 9. There are a few popular theories about who Williams — who most will know as relentless survivor (we hope) Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones” — would be playing in the upcoming season of the popular BBC series. After Matt Smith left the show and before Peter Capaldi took up The Doctor’s mantle, fans were speculating the character could be something other — a different gender, a different race, or somehow different than what came before.

One movie instead of a whole series?” Although Moffat admitted it would be up to the BBC and not him, he voiced his strong resistance to the idea of a potential movie starring an actor other than Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Perhaps the most frequently postulated is that she will appear as The Doctor’s granddaughter, who was abandoned on earth in a storyline that was established in classic “Doctor Who” series. Though Capaldi does bring a new element to the show as a more serious, angry Doctor, it’s the re-introduction of The Master as the delightful villainess Missy that proved to be Season 8’s biggest surprise.

Support for this theory came in the form of Peter Capaldi’s interactions with Williams’ character in the recently released “Doctor Who” Season 9 trailer. “What took you so long, old man?” she says in response to The Doctor’s surprised, “You!”. Showrunner Steven Moffat spoke openly about how bringing in the character River Song was a test to see how audiences would respond to a Doctor-like female character, and he’s found people have responded “very, very positively” to a female Master.

Capaldi said of his Doctor’s reaction post-regeneration. “That’s what we’re trying to do and continuing to try to do.” “He’s mysterious,” Mr. Although he’s still relatively new to the job, he and Moffat yielded a question about how long he will stay in the role – a question that elicited a chuckle from Moffat. “Once you see what she’s up to in the show, you’ll appreciate what a clever [idea that was],” said Moffat. “It’s a significant role. At the 2015 summer TV press tour, Zap2it asked Moffat if the reception to these female spins on previously-established male characters has affected his thoughts on making a “lady Doctor.” He says there is an explanation for a female regeneration of the character that makes sense to him, but also knows what he’s waiting for to make the change a necessity. “I think it’s necessary to expand what the show can do all the time, because that’s why it’s alive. For example, this year on September 15-16, fans can watch the two-part eighth-season finale Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death In Heaven in RealD 3D and Dolby Atmos. I’m not making it inevitable and I’m not preventing it; I’m just saying ‘it’s possible,’” he explains to a small group of reporters. “The key thing about changing The Master to Missy is that The Doctor doesn’t react to it at all.

I also wanted him to plug it into the TARDIS console, I thought that would be great.” — On the inevitable movie question: “What are we going to do, shut down for a year and make a movie?” Moffat said. “Does everybody want that? That’s just a thing that happens. “In my head, rationally, it seems to me — you know how human beings are never completely male or female; you’re mostly a woman, I’m mostly a man? — that maybe a male Time Lord is someone most of whose regenerations are male,” Moffat continues. “Maybe he’ll have a couple of female ones.

There is no guarantee,” he says. “I wish sometimes that the politics of that would take a backseat and we’d just talk about the art, because it’s not really about that. It’s just about ‘would it work?’ The day it will work is when somebody says, ‘That person would be amazing,’ and the most conservative, most traditional member of the audience says, ‘Oh god, yes. Someone who you can’t take your eyes off, not because they’re beautiful — usually they’re not quite beautiful — somebody whose face is so fascinating.”

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