Doctor Who Meets Game Of Thrones This Saturday With Maisie Williams’ First Who Appearance

The ultimate sci-fi/fantasy mashup is going down this Saturday night at 9e on Space when Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark (aka Maisie Williams) makes her much anticipated debut opposite Peter Capaldi in the first half of a two-part episode called “The Girl Who Died.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly an encouraging title if you’re rooting for Williams to stick around for awhile, but take heart: the second half of the story is called “The Girl Who Lived.”

Doctor Who S9 Ep5 The Girl Who Died

It’s long been known that Westeros’ bravest warrior-in-training was slated to guest on this season of Who but now that we’re just days away from her appearance, more details have surfaced about the role she’ll play. Williams’ character is called Ashildr (that’s “Battle God” in Old Norse) and she’s a viking fighting to save her people from an invading alien army with superior skills and fire power. It’s a role that the actor was eager to land:

“I didn’t know much about it, but I knew they were introducing a new character to work closely with the Doctor. I’d got through [reading] the second episode and absolutely loved it! I was going to do a tape but ran out of time because I was in America shooting another film, so my agent worked really hard and sent over lots of clips and videos—they liked them and gave me the role.”

Doctor Who S9 Ep5 The Girl Who Died

Through her time on Game of Thrones and this new part on Doctor Who, Williams has come to appreciate the fact that for women, awesome roles like these aren’t the norm. “I didn’t realize when I was younger that women were written so badly,” she said in a recent interview with Radio Times, “But going further into this career I realized there are a lot of really bad characters, that it’s not common to come across females who aren’t just ‘the girlfriend’. You can’t pick and choose everything, but I hope to never have to play a character that is only there to benefit a male lead.”

For a sneak peek at Saturday’s upcoming episode, go here.