Maisie Williams’ ‘Doctor Who’ character isn’t who you think she is

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

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.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. 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.

Here are five moments from the panel: — On the mysterious role played by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams next season: “Once you see what she’s up to you’ll appreciate what a clever idea [the role] was,” said showrunner Steven Moffat. “It’s a significant role, we’re not just throwing her away. 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. She will be different from Arya Stark for sure. “I would say she’s very different but I can’t really say much about it,” Moffat said. “I’m really excited about what Maisie gets to do in the show but it’ll take you a moment or two as you watch it to realize what we’re up to.” On the panel, Moffat spoke about casting Michelle Gomez as Missy, who is the first female incarnation of The Master.

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!”. 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. It’s a great part and she’s terrific in it.” “I think it’s a gift,” he reflected. “There was a time in television where people worried about things like that and that’s when they were mad. The finale is paired with The Doctor’s Meditation, a special prequel scene to the first episode of Season 9, and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton. That’s just a thing that happens.” This became part of a larger discussion on the possibility of having a female Doctor, not that we want to see Peter Capaldi leave any time soon. “We always say ‘a woman playing the Doctor’ [but] no one ever says ‘a man playing the Doctor,’” Moffat said.

If there’s a movie, you can’t have a different doctor in the movie — that would be incredibly damning to the franchise.” In November 2013, BBC America released the 50th anniversary 3D episode of Doctor Who, “The Day Of The Doctor” making $10.2M over three days in 15 countries with $4.7M in the U.S. alone at 650 sites. When it will work is when somebody says, ‘that person would be amazing.’ The most conservative, most traditional member of the audience says, ‘Oh God yes. What qualities would that woman need to have to garner that reaction? “Carved out of solid star and someone who you can’t take your eyes off, not because they’re beautiful,” Moffat said. “Just somebody who’s face is so fascinating.” The return of Coleman means that Clara has embraced life on the TARDIS, as Coleman said via satellite. She has a vague awareness that there was other stuff but not very clear at all.” Moffat also said that there is less of a serialized mystery this season. “This is, I would say, one of the lighter [mysteries],” he said. “I’d say the story this time, because I thought it worked last year rather well, the main story is the emotional. Clara has now decided that the TARDIS is her real life and that’s what she loves and loves running around in the TARDIS with the Doctor and getting into scrapes.

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