‘Doctor Who’s’ Steven Moffat shuts down a big Maisie Williams rumor

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‘Game of Thrones’ future and other TV news.

Here’s a roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on current and upcoming programs: HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said “Game of Thrones” producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded Season 5. “I’m always hoping they’re going to change their minds, but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now,” Lombardo said. After the trailer for the ninth season of the cult sci-fi show debuted during Comic-Con and ended with a glorious exchange between Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and the Doctor — who seemed to know each other pretty well — fans immediately had theories about what character she could be playing that the Doctor would recognize.It’s a debate that’s been raging for years, and now the man who is in charge of Doctor Who has chimed in again on exactly how a female Doctor could fit into the canon.Ever since BBC made the coup of landing Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams for an appearance in Doctor Who season 8, speculation has run rampant about who she might play. Williams is playing a regenerated version of the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, left behind on 22nd century Earth back at the beginning of “classic” Who, and who showed up again in the 20th Anniversary special, “The Five Doctors.” Williams is playing a regenerated version of the Doctor’s daughter Jenny, who he thinks died back in season four but who actually lived and set off to have adventures in her own spaceship.

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. We’ve already seen The Master regenerate into a woman (Michelle Gomez), and Moffat said that obviously sets the stage for The Doctor to potentially make the same change in the future.

She’s a new character, she’s not a character from the Doctor’s past.” — On the Doctor playing guitar in the new season’s trailer: “The Doctor, he previously has played the recorder,” star Peter Capaldi noted. “I thought 11 regenerations after that, he might develop his musical skills a little. 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.

Be it male or female, Moffat said there are very few actors/actresses with the presence, versatility and edge to encompass the character of The Doctor. It’s a great part, and she’s terrific in it.” Robert Rodriguez had been waiting for a chance to work with Demi Lovato since she auditioned for his 2003 movie “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.” The El Rey Network creator and executive producer of its TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” said the show was a nice fit, so a character was written specifically for the 22-year-old. Aside from her personal connection to the series, which is her relationship with cast member Wilmer Valderrama, Rodriguez said, “I’ve always been a big fan of hers and she’s on tour a lot, so when she’d come to set to visit I threw out that we’d love to put her in somewhere.” Barbara Walters is taking a walk down memory lane with a TV series revisiting big news stories she covered in her career. The hour-long episodes focus on events ranging from political misbehavior to crime, and will include previous interviews conducted by Walters along with new material.

Walters will look back at televangelist Jim Bakker’s sex scandal, the murder of celebrity diet doctor Herman Tarnower, the Menendez family killings and a switched-at-birth mystery. 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. 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. We’ll be curious to see which direction they take the series when Peter Capaldi’s version eventually heads off into the Big Blue Box in the sky. (And don’t miss Moffat’s Comic-Con statement to us about the gender switch) Not on the big screen: Moffat once again touched on why he’s not a huge fan of making a Doctor Who movie at this point in the game, because he feels like it’d dilute the product of the TV series. If they did it with a different actor, it’d screw up the canon, and if they tried to use the same creative team, you’d basically be spending the time you’d use to make a season to make a movie.

Clara has a new outlook on life: Clara’s evolution has been fascinating to follow the past few years, and it sounds like she has finally embraced her place in the TARDIS. Jenna Coleman said Clara is “no longer divided between Earth life and TARDIS life,” adding there’s a “fearlessness and reckless abandon” as she becomes a true partner in The Doctor’s adventures.

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