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March 30, 2015

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

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Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)

Maisie Williams will guest star on “Doctor Who.” (BBC)

“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS.

The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery.

“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,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “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.”

Maisie Williams in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Maisie Williams in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (HBO)

The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as the Doctor, currently portrayed by Peter Capaldi, and his traveling companions.

“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 hometown,” said Williams, who hails from Bristol.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” — based on the bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy books by George R.R. Martin — returns April 12 for its fifth season. The sprawling HBO series sees Williams’ sword-wielding character Arya forging a new identity in the isles of Braavos.

Williams isn’t the first “Thrones” actor to appear on “Doctor Who” — in fact, more than 20 actors have appeared on both shows, among them Mark Gatiss (who plays Tycho Nestoris in “Thrones”), Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr), Ron Donachie (Rodrick Cassel), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).

David Bradley, who plays the Walder Frey in “Thrones,” played a ruthless villain in an episode of “Doctor Who” and portrayed William Hartnell (the first actor to play the Doctor) in the 2013 docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time,” about the inception of “Doctor Who.”

And Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald, is dating “Thrones” alum Richard Madden, who played King in the North Robb Stark.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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