Doctor Who's Steven Moffat Talks Maisie Williams's 'Very Different' Role

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 4:28PM
Doctor Who
Friday, 31 July 2015 - 4:28PM
Doctor Who's Steven Moffat Talks Maisie Williams's 'Very Different' Role
Fandoms will collide this fall when Game of Thrones's Maisie Williams will appear in a substantial guest role on Doctor Who. But for those of you who were hoping to literally see Arya Stark on Doctor Who, showrunner Steven Moffat insisted at the Doctor Who TCA panel (via Slash Film) that the character is "very different" from the GOT fan favorite:

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"I would say she's very different but I can't really say much about it," Moffat said. "I'm really excited about what Maisie gets to do in the show but it'll take you a moment or two as you watch it to realize what we're up to."
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So we still don't know too much about Williams's role, except that she's duplicitous in some way. The first set photos and videos showed Williams in period garb, and seemed to indicate that she may be some kind of highway robber. But apparently her appearances will be deceiving, so who knows.



Back when the set photos came out, Steven Moffat teased that she's some sort of villain:

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"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."
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Moffat also waffled yet again on the idea of a female Doctor succeeding Peter Capaldi, saying, "We always say 'a woman playing the Doctor' [but] no one ever says 'a man playing the Doctor.'"
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"Most men would be rubbish as the Doctor. There are very, very few people who can do that part. I think it is necessary to expand what the show can do all the time, because that's why it's alive. I'm not making it inevitable and I'm not preventing it. I'm just saying it's possible. In my head, rationally it seems to me, you know how human beings are never completely male or female. You're mostly a woman, I'm mostly a man. Maybe a male Time Lord is someone who most of his regenerations are male. Maybe he'll have a couple of female. The science fiction of that would make sense to me. Otherwise life might be a little complicated. I wish sometimes that the politics of that would take a backseat and talk about the art, because it's not really about that. It's just about would it work. When it will work is when somebody says, 'that person would be amazing.' The most conservative, most traditional member of the audience says, 'Oh God yes. I hate the idea of a lady Doctor but that one would be great.' That's what you want."
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It's encouraging, at least, that he doesn't eliminate the possibility of a female Doctor, because it's been established many times that there's nothing in the Doctor Who universe that precludes it. But otherwise, Moffat's logic is lacking. First, it's true that no one ever talks about "a man playing the Doctor," but only because a man always plays the Doctor, so there's that.

And secondly, there are so many women who would be amazing in the role, and there have been for as long as the show has been running. If politics were really "taking a backseat," then we would have seen one of them by now instead of waiting for a woman who would satisfy "the most conservative member of the audience."

Moffat also revealed that we'll see a less serialized mystery this season:

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"This is, I would say, one of the lighter [mysteries]," he said. "I'd say the story this time, because I thought it worked last year rather well, the main story is the emotional. Clara has now decided that the TARDIS is her real life and that's what she loves and loves running around in the TARDIS with the Doctor and getting into scrapes. The more dangerous the better. She's becoming like him."
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