Doctor Who's Steven Moffat Just Crapped on All Your Maisie Williams Theories

One of the biggest questions surrounding Season 9 of Doctor Who is not necessarily whether we'll be subjected to the same poorly crafted stories of Season 8, but rather who Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams will be playing when the show returns in September. 

First glimpsed in the trailer that debuted earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con, Williams' character will challenge the Doctor in unexpected ways when she appears in at least one episode of Season 9. When pressed for more details by reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday, executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that all of our theories about her character—like whether or not she knew a previous incarnation of the Doctor or whether she's his daughter—were useless, because Williams is playing a new character.

"She is not playing a returning character, she's a brand new character," he said. "She's not someone from the Doctor's past... unless I'm lying." 

Possible Doctor-level lying aside, Moffat did say that her role wouldn't be small(er on the outside). "It's a significant role. We're not throwing her away," he said. "We're not getting the star value and doing nothing with it. It's a great part and she's terrific in it. But I would say it will develop in unexpected ways."

"I think once you see what she's up to in the show you'll appreciate what a clever idea of Brian Minchin's that was," he added.

Additionally, fans should expect to see a different Clara when the show returns. Her perspective on life has changed after Danny's death at the end of Season 8. "She's no longer divided between Earth life and TARDIS life," said star Jenna Coleman. "There's a sense of fearlessness, of reckless abandon. She can throw herself into adventures head first."

Doctor Who returns Saturday, September 19 at 9pm on BBC America.

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Aug 23, 2015
"She's no longer divided between Earth life and TARDIS life," said star Jenna Coleman. "There's a sense of fearlessness, of reckless abandon. She can throw herself into adventures head first."

Good, because revisiting Clara's torn-in-two angst would mean that Moffat and Gatiss hired some of the Arrow S3 writers. "Reckless" could be just random word choice, a red herring, or imply that this companion will leave this season--well before midway through Capaldi's third (and traditionally final) season. Which, you know, makes more sense than what they did with Clara's intro, since it never really felt like she and Smith's Doctor had time to gel, as evidenced by them needing to bring back Amelia/Amy for Smith's final pre-regeneration moments to score big emotional impact.

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Aug 10, 2015
Moffet lies.
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Aug 01, 2015
Just hoping she is not a returning character... just want Capaldi and Coleman
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Sep 13, 2015
Duh she's Coleman's daughter from the future, the alternate timeline where Danny never died and they had a daughter. Like come on, how do you people not see these things?
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Sep 13, 2015
I'm completely lying. Obviously there is no such thing as "alternate timelines", but I was right about the other thing cause... you know... stuff and umm other stuff. Yea that's right. Stuff makes me right.
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Aug 01, 2015
I'm looking forward to the episode with Maisie.
But after last season being a train wreck, and their decision to keep the worst companion ever (Clara), i'm not very optimistic about this season, and fear the Maisie hype might end up in a huge dissapointment.
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Aug 01, 2015
So are they going to get Clara right at last? Never has there been a companion with so much back story and so little was done with it. Rather than worrying about the role of a co-star we should be worry about the stars and the writing.
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Aug 01, 2015
I am just hoping for a better writing.. that's all... please...!

Season 8 was terrible and am not even talking about the "master" stupid return and "dead" here...
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Aug 01, 2015
I could see her as a young Clara, although since she's playing a new character that's unlikely.
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Jul 31, 2015
No, she's the Doctor.
A female Doctor.
Not someone from his past.
A future incarnation.
If someone **** (not wanting to infringe some anti-terrorism laws here) Moffat would it be too late to stop this now?

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Jul 31, 2015
She's young Clara, right?
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Jul 31, 2015
Rule #1: The Doctor lies.
Rule #2: Moffat lies, especially about The Doctor.
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Sep 13, 2015
Doctors can't tell lies. My doctor specifically told me I definitely do NOT have herpes, then he gave me a series of strange winks...
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Jul 31, 2015
I take what Moffat says with a grain of salt because he loves the misdirect. It is possible that she is still the Doctor's daughter, just not Jennie. The Doctor did have at least one child in his first life who would eventually produce his granddaughter Susan. Maybe she is playing Susan's mother who, since we have never seen her before, would be a new character.
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Aug 01, 2015
Or Susan's daughter.
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Aug 01, 2015
I was thinking about that too, whether this is the child of Susan and that freedom fighter David. The only thing is that there are conflicting accounts as to whether or not a Timelord/Gallifreyan and a human can reproduce at all because of the differences in physiology.

If she is the half human daughter of Susan then she might be like the meta crisis Doctor with only one heart, a normal lifespan, and no ability to regenerate. Of course this could be rectified with some manipulation like what they did to River who was basically a human child turned into a timelord.

In some of the spin-off media, which might or might not be canon, Susan did have a son named Alex who was mostly human.
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Aug 01, 2015
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Jul 31, 2015
At this point, I've learnt to not believe anything Moffat says, because he does in on purpose!
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Jul 31, 2015
She cannot be the Master at least lol if we believe the 'unexpected part of it!
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Jul 31, 2015
She could make a fun River. Somehow she gets out of the Library computer or one of her previous incarnations before "Let's Kill Hitler".
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Jul 31, 2015
she should stay all season 9, but wait, clara is hot so bye bye maisie...
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Aug 01, 2015
Clara is hot, but she is such a dreadfully boring character whose potential has just been wasted for far too long. There are bound to be thousands of talented, hot, UK woman who would more than love to play a new companion to wipe the slate of Clara.
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Sep 13, 2015
Very true, the world is full of beautiful women. Hopefully some of them can act as well.
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Jul 31, 2015
How about just better writing, no matter the guest stars? More interesting and less obvious plots? No, absolutely no, seriously do it and I will stop watching no, no love interests for Clara. Seriously. That was without a doubt the worst plot of last season.
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Aug 01, 2015
Thank you!!
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Jul 31, 2015
"But I would say it will develop in unexpected ways."

Hopefully this means he actually has it planned out, I think that's the biggest difference between him and Davies. Davies seemed to have it worked from the end backward so it all made sense, Moffat's storylines seem more to just go on and hope it all ties together. I also hope Clara can finally serve a purpose in the new season, so far she's just felt more of a weight than anything since her 'Impossible Girl' stuff to save the Doctor in s7. Either way, I'm excited for a new season.
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Aug 03, 2015
Have you been watching the same show as me? Davis never planned out his arcs. He would get the doctor into a trap that Davis couldn't write his way out of and deux ex machina his way out them.

Donna becoming a time lord and finding a magic button in the Dalek's basement that blewup all their ships? Tennant turning from dobby the house elf into an angel, because lots of peopls wished very hard.

Do I have to bring up Love and Monsters? The farting aliens? Martha a companion so wooden you could make a nice dining set out of her?

Moffat's getouts actually make sense, and he plans his arcs far better than Davis did. Plus I would have the Doctor's wife, Flatline, the impossible astronaut/day of the moon over any davis era story anyday.

Well apart from blink, silence in the library and the empty child/doctor dances, but we know who wrote those.

However Clara does stink and needs replacing.

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