Upcoming BBC Book Confirms Maisie Williams’ Character

October 1, 2015

It’s been rumoured for ages that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) would play the Rani or Susan or Jenny or River or Clara or someone close to the Doctor. Despite Steven Moffat saying that she’s not a returning character, that hasn’t stopped speculation.

But a book to be released this December has revealed exactly who Williams will play in The Girl Who Died/ The Woman Who Lived, as well as far too many spoilery details – and while we’ll confirm the character’s name here, we won’t include the spoilerific blurb.

So if you don’t want to know anything at all, here is your complimentary spoiler warning.


If you read Moffat’s Series 9 guide, you might’ve already gathered that Williams will play Ashildr, a girl who stands up against alien invaders.

Legends of Ashildr will tell the story of what happens to the character between the two episodes, told through journal entries. The blurb is surprisingly revealing, so we won’t even link to it here, but it’s nonetheless not hard to find it on, for instance, Booktopia if you’re really interested…

Personally, I’m pleased she’s a new person, not a retreading of old themes, but some will no doubt be annoyed her appearance has been hyped up as something special akin to a returning character.

The 224-page book is released on 10th December, priced £9.99 – just in time for Christmas! What an extraordinary coincidence!

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