Sci-fi/fantasy worlds collide! The BBC announced today that Game of Thrones spitfire Maisie Williams will be squaring off against Peter Capaldi’s time-traveling Gallifreyan in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. The network kept the news under wraps until they could get Williams posed inside the show’s most iconic set piece: the TARDIS.
By most accounts, Capaldi’s era of Doctor Who has been off to a shaky start, so adding popular talent like Williams or, as previously rumored, writer and frequent Capaldi collaborator Armando Iannucci to the mix can’t possibly hurt. Who’s current show-runner, Steven Moffat, has been characteristically vague on the details of the part Williams will play, saying via press release:
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.
Doctor Who has always made good use of young guest stars. (Many viewers forget that it’s actually a children’s program.) In fact, Capaldi’s best episode last season, “In the Forest of the Night,” had the Doctor interacting primarily with a group of school children. All the same, while a spunky presence like Williams will likely be a good match for Capaldi’s gruff interpretation of the Doctor, it’s hard not to imagine what it would have been like to see her interact with Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor whose genius with children cannot be denied.
Then again, maybe it’s foolish, at this point, to consider Williams a child actor at all. The ninth season of (new) Doctor Who will premiere some time in the fall of 2015.