Keeley Hawes to star in ‘Doctor Who’ S8

Keeley Hawes’ star keeps rising with a role in ‘Doctor Who’

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Line Of Duty‘s Keeley Hawes is to guest star in an episode of Doctor Who series 8, alongside Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.

Hawes will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.

Hawes – who’s currently receiving rave reviews for her performance as DI Lindsay Denton in the hit BBC drama, Line of Duty – is also best known for her roles on Spooks and Ashes to Ashes.

Commenting on her role, Keeley Hawes, said: “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.”

While lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, added: “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line Of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.”

The episode is written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Line Of Duty, Doctor Who).

Filming of Doctor Who series 8 is currently underway for transmission in autumn 2014.