Who will Maisie Williams play on ‘Doctor Who’?

Will the 'Game of Thrones' actress play 'the girl who died,' 'the woman who lived'—or both?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Published Mar 30, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 5:04 am CDT

Game of ThronesMaisie Williams is set to guest star in Doctor Who next season.

The show is currently filming its ninth season, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion, Clara Oswald. Before you get too excited about the possibility of Maisie Williams taking over after Coleman’s eventual departure, remember that Williams already has her hands full with Game of Thrones. This is a guest role for one or two episodes, and likely nothing more.

Showrunner Steven Moffat was cagey about the details of Williams’ role, saying, “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.”

The BBC also revealed the titles of two upcoming episodes: “The Girl Who Died,” written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and “The Woman Who Lived,” written by Doctor Who newcomer Catherine Tregenna.

Moffat has a penchant for this kind of title, having written “The Girl in the Fireplace” during Russell T. Davies’ time as showrunner, as well as nicknaming Amy Pond “the girl who waited” and Clara Oswald “the impossible girl.” Mostly, we’re glad that he’s finally graduated to using the word “woman” in one of those titles, since his habit of describing 20-something heroines as “girls” was wearing a little thin.

Given Williams’ profile as an actress, she is almost certainly the girl and/or woman mentioned for these new episodes. We doubt that Doctor Who would relegate her to a tertiary role. 

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*First Published: Mar 30, 2015, 9:08 am CDT