I’m not sure what it says about Doctor Who Series 9 that the thing we’re most excited over is Maisie Williams’ guest appearance. For the most part, it seems like people were disappointed by Series 8, not necessarily because of the actors, but because of poor writing and stories just not coming together. But Who fans aren’t the sort to give up on something we’ve loved so long, and with each new series, our hopes renew. As with the Doctor himself, regeneration is always possible (yes, even with Moffat at the helm). This season brings back director Hettie MacDonald (�Blink�), and Catherine Tregenna — the first female writer in seven years — co-penned the two episodes Maisie Williams guests in, but nobody knows who she’ll play. Are the episode titles a hint? (“The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived”) Does Williams have something to do with young Clara (Jenna Coleman), who we first met under strange circumstances, and whose incarnations have perished several times. Could she be playing a young Missy (Michelle Gomez) aka The Master? The two actresses do bear a certain resemblance:
In the latest promo, Williams’ character’s first words to the Doctor are: “What took you so long, old man?”
Which sounds like — and has the cockiness of — something Missy might say, but she could just as easily be Clara, or even…
(Personally, I think it’s highly unlikely Williams is playing River.)
And what does the Doctor himself have to say about Maisie’s character? You’ll note Peter Capaldi chooses his word very carefully:
Williams’ character is “cosmic.” (“She’s not quite what she seems.”) Well, that’s not very helpful, Doctor.
As for Moffat, all he’ll say is that “There’s a very unique, interesting young/old quality there that just fitted in beautifully with what we were looking for…”
Doctor Who returns September 18th.