BBC One has announced that actress Maisie Williams is to appear in cult science fiction serial Doctor Who.
Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring America, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS set to take up a guest role in the beeb’s long running time and space travel show that returns to our screens this autumn. Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game Of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.” – Maisie Williams
The beeb say that Doctor Who, which originally hit the air in 1963, is still bursting with drama, wit and heart, as the show continues filming with two period adventures – The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, the duo continue to time travel through epic adventures directed by Ed Bazalgette.
“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, 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.” – Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Channel 4 series Cucumber – penned by former Doctor Who boss Russell T. Davies, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.
Doctor Who has had a decade of success since its re-launch, following the demise of the original series in 1989 and a one-off TV movie of the show in 1996. Since its reboot in 2005, chucking out with it the old jokes of wobby sets and terrible alien costumes, the series has now become one of the corporation’s highly regarded dramas. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.