Maisie Williams to star in Doctor Who Series 9 – as The Doctor’s new assistant?

Maisie Williams, star of Game of Thrones and Channel 4’s one-off drama Cyberbully, will be appearing in series 9 of Doctor Who, broadcaast this autumn, but as who and in what capacity? Hopefully as a new assistant.

Yes, I loved Jenna Coleman when she started, but her star is big and she’ll soon be spreading her wings, no doubt, just as Karen Gillan did when she left to star in Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus, amongst other projects.

Hence, that’s why I’m hoping she’ll be the new assistant.

Maisie Williams said of her first day on set, “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.”

Executive producer/head writer Steven Moffat continued, “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.”

Two period episodes are now being filmed – The Girl Who Died, written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman continue to time travel in episodes directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark).

Rufus Hound (actor in Cucumber and apparently a comedian) also stars in the series, as does Tom Stourton (BBC3’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories), plus Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce and Struan Rodger.