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Maise Williams to guest star (and two writers confirmed) for Doctor Who series 9

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Maisie Williams, known to millions as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones, has been announced as the latest guest star for series nine of Doctor Who. She will be joined by fellow actor and presenter Rufus Hound. Both are rumoured to feature in episodes five and six.

Williams had this to say about the announcement. “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.

Steven Moffat added: “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.

In addition, the writer of the fifth episode, The Girl Who Died was confirmed by the BBC today as Jamie Mathieson, writer of two of series eight's most popular episodes Flatline and Mummy on the Orient Express.

Torchwood writer Catherine Tregenna will also make her debut on the show, writing the sixth episode The Woman Who Lived, with Ed Bazalgette stepping in to direct. Given the similarity to Mathieson's episode title, these two might form a third two-parter for series eight, with Moffat writing the first two and Mathieson's fellow Being Human writer - and creator - Toby Whitehouse. Three two-parters would mark a significant change in tone from the previous series, something Moffat has alluded to recently.

This news suggests a Moffat won't be resting on the laurels of a strong eighth series, with this year's run looking to be Peter Capaldi's best yet.

Last updated: 04/05/2018 16:48:05

Doctor Who

The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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