Maisie Williams’ Doctor Who character isn’t who you think she is: “She’s a brand new character”

Steven Moffat has just ruined all of your theories about who the Game of Thrones star is playing in the upcoming series of Doctor Who

Since Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was announced as a Doctor Who series nine guest star, we’ve been wondering who or what she’ll be playing.


The first trailer, released at Comic-Con last month, intrigued us further. Was she a new companion? The Doctor’s daughter? River Song? A young Clara? Romana? Susan? Sarah Jane? The Tardis? 

Well, it would seem she’s none of those things. Speaking at the TCA summer press tour last night, showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that Williams “is not playing a returning character. She’s a brand new character.”

“It’s a significant role. We’re not throwing her away,” he said. “We’re not 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.

“I think once you see what she’s up to in the show you’ll appreciate what a clever idea of [writer] Brian Minchin’s that was,” he added.

Clarifying, Moffat said: “She’s not someone from the Doctor’s past.” Although he did add a mischievous caveat – “unless I’m lying”. 

Either way, it’s time to come up with some new theories.  

Doctor Who series nine will be on BBC1 later this year 


Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin will talk Time Lords, Daleks and Cybermen on Friday 25th September at the Radio Times Festival at The Green at Hampton Court. You can buy tickets here.

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