Doctor Who Talks To The Television Critics Association

…Of Maisie Williams and music

During an interview, via Entertainment Weekly, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, Doctor Who’s show runner and star touched on several topics…

On the mysterious role played by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams next season: “Once you see what she’s up to you’ll appreciate what a clever idea [the role] was,” said showrunner Steven Moffat. “It’s a significant role, we’re not just throwing her away. It’s a great part and she’s terrific in it. One thing I think is worth saying, because it keeps coming up as an issue, is that she is not playing a returning character. She’s a new character, she’s not a character from the Doctor’s past.”

— On the Doctor playing guitar in the new season’s trailer: “The Doctor, he previously has played the recorder,” star Peter Capaldi noted. “I thought 11 regenerations after that, he might develop his musical skills a little. I just mentioned [the idea] to Steven, I was surprised he went with it. I also wanted him to plug it into the TARDIS console, I thought that would be great…”

On how long Capaldi will stay in the role: “Certainly until the end of September,” Capaldi said. Added Moffat: “It’s the only job in television where everybody asks when you’re leaving! The first question David Tennant got was, ‘How long are you planning to stay?’ He’s like, ‘I just got here!’”


The new season of Doctor Who premieres on September 19th.

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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