Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (opens in new tab) has taken a break from her role in the blood-thirsty epic to make a guest appearance in Doctor Who.
Maisie has won world renown for her role as Arya Stark in Sky Atlantic’s sprawling fantasy series and says she can’t wait to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the TARDIS. The actress, from Bristol, will be in Cardiff to film her part in the new series of the long-running BBC sci-fi show, on TV later this year.
She said: “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 as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones (Helen Sloan/HBO)
Doctor Who’s boss Steven Moffat said he was thrilled to have her on board.
He said: “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 stars of Game Of Thrones were in London last month for the world premiere for the show’s fifth series.
Cast members of the fantasy drama including Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner and Alfie Allen attended the launch of the new season at the Tower of London in the capital, ahead of its debut on Sky Atlantic next month.
“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who,” she explained during her first day on set. “It’s such a big 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!”
Show runner Steven Moffat was one of the first to welcome her aboard, although he refused to give any details about the role she would be playing…
“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who,” he said. “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.”
According to a BBC, 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.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Channel 4 comedy series Cucumber, 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.
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