Maisie Williams Isn't Returning To 'Doctor Who,' But It's For A Fantastic Reason

Sad news, Doctor Who fans. Unfortunately for viewers of the beloved BBC series, it looks like Maisie Williams will not be returning to Doctor Who in the role of Ashildr, NME reported over the weekend. There was talk that maybe Ashildr would become the Doctor's new companion in series 10, but a recent interview Williams did with Bang Showbiz, in which she announces that she won't be returning to the show, pretty much squashes those dreams for Whovians the world over.

In the interview, the 18-year-old Williams, when asked if she would be coming back to Doctor Who in future seasons, said this:

""I'm not going to be working on Doctor Who again. 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."

At first glimpse, this seems to be pretty disappointing news, considering how well-loved Williams and her character of Ashildr are by fans of Doctor Who. And it definitely upset plenty of the show's loyal viewers, many of whom took to social media to express their grief about Williams' final-sounding statement. Wrote these fans,

Yet perhaps fans should try to look at the bright side here and see Williams' absence from the show as an exciting new step for the young actor. As Williams said in the interview, she'll be busy working on "other really exciting projects," which is great to hear for those who've seen her talent on Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. Fans can soon see Williams in the dystopian thriller The Forest of Hands and Teeth , in which she plays Mary, a girl living in a zombie-filled world, or in the dramatic The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, in which she plays a homeless teen who enlists the help of an architect to build a raft that will go across the Atlantic. And of course, there's always the new season of GoT, which will definitely prove to be interesting for the newly blinded Arya Stark.

Williams is young, and she has plenty of time to figure out her career. It's sad to think that she won't be on Doctor Who, but wherever she goes next, it'll be exciting to see how she uses her impressive talents.