Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams entered the realm of Doctor Who as the immortal Ashildr, who was introduced in the ninth series episode “The Girl Who Died.” In the series finale episode “Hell Bent,” she flees with the Doctor’s companion Clara for adventures of their own. There has been much speculation surrounding Maisie’s future on the hit science fiction series, but now the actress is setting it straight by confirming that she won’t be returning for series 10, Digital Spy reports.
“I’m not going to be working on Doctor Who again,” she told BANG Showbiz. Instead, she’s going to focus on other projects. “Everyone’s hyping about it, which is very exciting, but I guess that’s more of a publicity thing. But no, I’m not going to return, I have a lot of other really exciting projects lined up instead.”
When her guest-starring role was initially announced, head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said Williams was going to “challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways.” And that she certainly did!
Maisie Williams has ruled out returning to Doctor Who like, EVER https://t.co/jj2nEwHkNW pic.twitter.com/doqTeKGuqa
— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) February 26, 2016
The Inquisitr previously reported on Moffat departing his longtime gig as showrunner of the series. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will takeover the role in 2018. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, promises that Steven’s finale series next year will “bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel.”
“2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!,” he added.
Meanwhile, Maisie Williams will return to Game of Thrones as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy drama’s sixth season in April. She has confirmed that Arya will appear in fewer episodes next season because many of the scenes were “split up,” but she feels that her story still “totally flows.” When we last saw her character, she had been struck blind by the Faceless Men for disobeying their orders.
Speaking at a London press conference, she revealed that Game of Thrones had opened “so many doors” for her as an actress, and despite never receiving formal training, the series has also taught her “everything” she now knows about acting.
“I always felt like I was missing out on something and everyone knew something that I didn’t know because I had never trained and had never sat in classes,” she explained. “I’ve slowly (realized) that I’ve learnt all of the same lessons but on a film set and although that’s now documented forever – I can see all of my mistakes – it is a different way of doing it and it’s a different route of getting into this industry.”
Williams’ recurring role of Ashildr prompted many to debate whether she could replace Jenna Coleman as The Doctor’s next companion. When Jenna bowed out during series 9, many considered her death scene disturbing and gruesome, rather than the overwhelming tearful farewell that viewers have come to expect.
In related news, a fan-made video of all the companion exits has gone viral. From Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Clara Oswald, the video will certainly make any true Whovian cry. Check it out below.
American fans were left with a bit of TARDIS blues when the Doctor departed Netflix on Feb. 1, that was until Amazon Prime stepped in to save the day. The streaming service has inked a deal with the BBC to stream the 2005 reboot adventures across the U.S. beginning in March. U.K. fans can still watch Doctor Who via Netflix, but as Den of Geek notes, that could change in May when the current agreement between the BBC and British Netflix expires. It’s also unknown if the Amazon deal will transition to other countries.
Doctor Who series 10 will begin airing in spring 2017. There will be no full series in 2016.
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