A Stark In The TARDIS


Production on the next (ninth) series of Doctor Who (which, incidentally, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of it's return to TV) is chugging along nicely, and so does the slow trickle of news released to the public. And excitingly, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be joining the series in some capacity! Better known as Arya Stark, fan favourite Williams becomes just the latest GoT star to turn up on Who (though that has less to do with purposeful intent and more to do with a smaller pool of actors for the producers of both shows to choose from). As to who she'll be playing, Steven Moffat said this:
"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."
So... much to be excited about, then. The photo above is obviously a press photo, and one shouldn't misconstrue that Maisie will be playing anyone looking remotely as normal as she does there, nor that she'll actually be in the TARDIS. Or maybe she will. We'll find out this fall, which is when the series is expected to air. The BBC has yet to confirm a transmission date, though if I were a betting man, I'd guess somewhere around the last weekend of August for the premiere, as that has been the case in the past. this series, like the last, will air all in one block (thankfully), and see the return of both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as series regulars (whether this will prove to be Coleman's "honest, for reals this time" last series is something else we'll be kept in suspense about). As for where the Dozenth Doctor will be headed, in terms of tone, Moffat has said:
"Peter magnifies anything that is dark. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way. He’s also got a Scottish gloom about him. If you gave him a Matt Smith script, it would come out very, very differently. I think it was great fun to do for a year. But no, that’s not how we’re going to play the rest of him."
I'm all for that, so long as Moffat can avoid what was arguably the biggest problem in the Matt Smith era, which was the sharp drop off in quality between Smith's first and second years. Capaldi had a spectacular first series, filled with top notch scripts, and fans now pensively await to see if that can be replicated, or if we're in for another year of cobbled together nonsense and iffy Space Pumpkins.

Returning for series 9 will be UNIT's Kate Lethbridge-Stewart as played by Jemma Redgrave, and Who is always better when a Stewert is around. Also returning will be The Master, as brought back to life by the deliciously mad Michelle Gomez. Said Moffat, "Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect." Not confirmed for a return is the fan favourite Paternoster Gang, with Moffat claiming, "The moment you start relying on something, you should probably throw it away." As sad as it may be that we'll never see Vastra, Jenny and Strax again, perhaps Moffat learned his lesson from River Song.

What we know about the shape of the series is little, but we've got the whole summer to learn more. Thus far, we know that the premiere will be a two parter, written by Moffat and direceted by Blink helmer  Hettie Macdonald. Those episodes will be called The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar. It is believed that UNIT will feature in these episodes, based on images released by the Beeb, and that some filming was done in Tenerife. The only other episodes with confirmed titles are a matched pair called The Girl Who Died, a period by Jamie Mathieson; and The Woman Who Lived, from former Torchwood writer Catherine Treganna.

Additionally, we know that as per usual, Mark Gatiss will be contributing an episode, describing it as "a tough nut to crack, but I’m delighted with how scary it is. I can’t say any more than that." Along side Gatiss, a two parter has been written by regular contributor and (in my opinion) heir apparent to the series, Toby Whithouse, which will guest star Game of Thrones actor Paul Kaye. Whithouse is responsible for some of my favourite episodes since the return, so I'm muchly looking forward to these. All in all, it's shaping up to be a good looking series. Let's see if they can stick the landing, shall we?

Via Den of Geek, twice.
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