At the end of Game of Thrones series four, Arya Stark was seen boarding a boat from Westeros on her way to Braavos and season five. She must have taken a quick detour via the Tardis along the way though, as we’ve just heard that actress Maisie Williams is to guest-star in Doctor Who when it returns this autumn.
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“It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing,” says showrunner Steven Moffat, “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.”
However, RadioTimes.com has confirmed that she will appear in both episodes of what will be a two-parter: The Girl Who Died, written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. There’s no word yet on whether Williams is the girl/woman in question.
“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who,” said Williams, as you might expect. “It’s such a big and important part of British culture.”
We’ll trust her to pull it off, whatever it is. As well as her arse-kicking, heart-stabbing role in GoT, Williams also recently impressed in Channel 4’s grim docudrama Cyberbully.
Comedian Rufus Hound, known for shows like Celebrity Juice and Cucumber, is also lined up for the adventure but, we understand, may not turn up until a little way into the story.
Forget about winter. Autumn can’t come soon enough.
Doctor Who series nine comes to BBC1 this autumn