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article imageKeeley Hawes joins Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 14, 2014 in Entertainment
Keeley Hawes is set to appear in this year’s new season of “Doctor Who”, the BBC has announced, as a new character, the villainous Ms Delphox.
Hawes — who is currently starring in the second season of the BBC crime drama Line of Duty — will play Ms Delphox, a woman described as “a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret.”
“Travelling across space and time, [the Doctor and Clara] will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox, when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.”
In 2002, having starred in Andrew Davies’s TV adaptation of Sarah Waters’s Tipping the Velvet, Keeley Hawes went on to achieve TV prominence as Zoe Reynolds, one of the original MI5 team in Spooks. She is married to her one-time Spooks co-star, Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street).
Since then, the 38-year-old has appeared in a wide range of dramas, including three series of the Life on Mars spin-off, Ashes to Ashes, which also starred Philip Glenister, Jean Marsh’s revived Upstairs, Downstairs and The 2013 version of The Lady Vanishes.
For the past few weeks, Hawes has played Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in Line of Duty, which reaches its season finale next week.
Her Doctor Who character will make her debut in an episode written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock), which is being filmed in Wales under the directorship of Douglas Mackinnon.
Speaking to BBC News, Hawes said, “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character.”
Best-remembered Doctor Who villains
Meanwhile, as reported by Doctor Who News, series’ showrunner Steven Moffat, revealed a little about her Doctor Who character. “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of a year,” he said, adding, “And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.”
Ms Delphox follows in the footsteps of some of Doctor Who ’s best-remembered female villains; most notably, the Rani (as played by Kate O’Mara (Dynasty) in the 1980s) and Madam Kovarian — who appeared with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor throughout the 2011 series, played by Frances Barber (Silk).
Doctor Who returns to television screens later this year, with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara and Samuel Anderson as Danny.
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