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Line Of Duty’s Keeley Hawes to star in Doctor Who

Keeley Hawes to star in Doctor Who

Line Of Duty’s Keeley Hawes will join the cast of Doctor Who, following rave reviews for her outstanding performance as DI Lindsay Denton in the hit BBC drama. Starring opposite the Doctor, Hawes will guest star for one episode in Peter Capaldi’s first ever series as the Time Lord.

Set to transmit in the autumn this year, Hawes will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Peter 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.

Written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) the episode will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Line Of Duty, Doctor Who).

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.”

Doctor Who is a BBC Wales production for BBC One. Filming is currently underway for the new series, which will introduce Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor for the first time to millions of viewers.



  • the astronaut of death

    April 5th, 2014 - 3:24pm

    If you look closely on the glasses there looks to be like a little computer screen in the eye price

    So those glasses are probably gadgets

  • VespiformsSting

    April 2nd, 2014 - 1:47pm

    At one time I knew who the guests stars were going to be on Doctor Who…all these ‘stars’ they proclaim her and now ‘tom riley’ who are they Ive never heard of them….

    Oh for the days of notable Doctor Who actors like Philip Madoc, Julian Glover and Martin Jarvis….

    • sammyboi101

      April 2nd, 2014 - 2:34pm

      Who is Martin Jarvis?

    • the astronaut of death

      April 2nd, 2014 - 4:43pm

      he is a doctor who actor he has appeared in seven doctor who stories (all classic)

    • Obsie

      April 3rd, 2014 - 9:10am

      VespiformsSting: I know what you mean, I’m afraid that my age renders me unaware of today’s new stars of the heavens. And astronaut of death; you are right too; actors who have a certain gravitas are rare, and ironically only get “discovered” again by younger viewers. Timothy West being one adding some weight to “Eastenders” recently. Oh, to be young again, on second thoughts…

    • Obsie

      April 3rd, 2014 - 9:21am

      Just realised “stars of the heavens” and “astronaut of death”. I made a funny link. Oh, “please yourselves”, as Frankie Howard used to say. Please don’t anyone write and say “who’s Frankie Howard”?

  • Obsie

    March 29th, 2014 - 8:37am

    There is nowhere else to put this but, by mentioning old clips?Doctors, I think it right to pause and mark the passing of Derek Martinus. The director of many of the best Who stories. From The Tenth Planet to Spearhead from Space( the one which scared me witless when I was 8 years old) Thanks to him I knew what every inch of the back of my couch looked like. Thank you Mr Martinus! “You did quite well, quite well”!It was reassuring to know that my future imagination was in safe hands.

    • MaxP

      March 30th, 2014 - 2:10am

      Great tribute, well put and very deserving!

  • doctorsmith12

    March 20th, 2014 - 5:40pm

    i think she played madame karvania in series 6


      March 28th, 2014 - 8:32am

      No, that was Frances Barber.

    • Anonymous

      March 28th, 2014 - 4:57pm

      Don’t worry doctorsmith12 your not the only one who thought that at first

  • Anonymous

    March 18th, 2014 - 6:54pm

    I dread Steven Moffats stories now there always campy with 1 dimensional villains and overarching themes that are never resolved. Plus day of the doctor was so disappointing where were the classic doctors( at least name of the doctor featured classic doctors)

    • DW2014

      March 18th, 2014 - 8:53pm

      Looks like you haven’t watched The 50th or you certainly need to go specsavers because I’m pretty sure I saw all 13 Incarnations of the Doctor saving Gallifrey and saw them at the end of the episode looking at their next destination! So I rate the Day of the Doctor 100/100 Pure Epicness bravo Moffat!

    • 100000BC

      March 19th, 2014 - 3:34pm

      I agree DW2014.

    • Trenzalore siege

      March 22nd, 2014 - 6:18pm

      Shut up moaning


      March 23rd, 2014 - 7:40am

      That’s the problem with most Doctor Who fan’s, their never satisfied.

      ‘Day of the Doctor’ was a fantastic story to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, perhaps it will be viewed in years to come as Moffat’s finest story he had ever done.

      After all, using footage from the classic series and the TV Movie, he did include the past Doctor’s rather then shun them, as well as giving us a very unexpected surprise of a glimpse of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, and made a memorable character out of John Hurt’s War Doctor.

      He saved Gallifrey and the Time Lords, and showed us the previously never before seen Time War rather then just ignore it and do something else.

      And he gave us a truly memorable ending – the sight of all the Doctors [minus Peter Capaldi] together in the Doctor’s dream of one day returning to Gallifrey.

      Now stop dilly dalling, and be HAPPY FOR DOCTOR WHO !! 🙂

    • The Funky Chicken

      March 25th, 2014 - 10:35am

      TDOTD had all classix doctors. it even had capaldi!

    • the astronaut of death

      March 25th, 2014 - 5:52pm

      Yeah funky chickens right

    • Dalek fan12345

      March 26th, 2014 - 6:07pm

      hay to be onest i agree with anonymous as they were all old clips and i loved tom in it but would of loved a bit of sylvester!


      March 27th, 2014 - 8:32am

      Dalek Fan 12345 – They did use clips of the 7th Doctor in ‘The Day of the Doctor’, a clip from the classic series of him not wearing his coat in the Tardis which I think is from the last classic series story ‘Survival’ and a clip or 2 from the 1996 TV Movie.

    • the astronaut of death

      March 28th, 2014 - 12:10pm

      Yes DOCTOR WHO ONE is right


      March 28th, 2014 - 3:15pm

      The Astronaut of Death – Cheers bud 😉

    • the astronaut of death

      March 28th, 2014 - 3:47pm

      But I never understood why they used 7th Dr clips from the movie and the season.

      Because that would mean there was two 7th dr,s present and that’s just complicated


      March 28th, 2014 - 4:16pm

      The Astronaut of Death – Just an error really made by whoever was put in charge of finding clips of the past Doctor’s in the Tardis.

    • MaxP

      March 30th, 2014 - 2:13am

      While Anonymous is wrong about Day, he is totally right regarding the writing. A friend of mine said it best when he said ‘when Moffatt nails it, he really does, but most of the time his writing is very mediocre.’

    • the astronaut of death

      March 30th, 2014 - 11:22am

      Anonymous did you see time of the doctor everything from matts series was resolved

  • Who?

    March 15th, 2014 - 8:11am

    She reminds me of miss foster cause of her style,miss kizlet was more like mrs wormwood,but there all businesswomen villians,not so much kovarian since she was not a businesswoman but a nun of the papal mainframe

    • Lea

      March 15th, 2014 - 2:51pm

      i agree

  • Fiona Ting

    March 14th, 2014 - 10:42pm

    I cannot wait for new villain on this year series eight

    • Anonymous

      March 18th, 2014 - 6:47pm

      I lost all hope for the new series when I heard that her character was a evil banker

  • Dynamite Doctor

    March 14th, 2014 - 3:33pm

    She looks live madame kovarian.


    March 14th, 2014 - 3:06pm

    That’s 4 actors now from the ‘Life On Mars’ universe, in her case, it’s spin-off ‘Ashes to Ashes’, to appear in Doctor Who.

    John Smimm [Sam Tyler] as the Master.
    Marshal Lancaster [Chris Skelton] as Buzzer back in series 6’s ‘The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People’.
    Liz White [Annie Cartwright] as Alice in ‘The Snowmen’.
    Keeley Hawes [Alex Drake] Miss Delphox.

    Who next ? the guv himself, Philip ‘Gene Hunt’ Glenister ? 😀


      March 14th, 2014 - 3:07pm

      ‘Simm’ not ‘Smimm’, typo sorry guys 🙂

    • Ben Roberts

      March 16th, 2014 - 2:02pm

      Daniel Mays (Jim Keats) as Alex in ‘Night Terors’

      and Camile Coduri was in one episode, too! Rupert Graves as well.


      March 16th, 2014 - 3:40pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot about them . . . . D’oh !! 😛

      Ahh well, I least I remembered those who played main characters in ‘Life On Mars’ and Keeley in ‘Ashes to Ashes’ 🙂

  • Anonymous

    March 14th, 2014 - 2:37pm

    Brilliant – top class actress. Line of Duty Series 2 is simply the best drama that has been aired on TV.

  • the ergon

    March 14th, 2014 - 12:36pm

    She was fantastic in spooks and is excellent in the curremt series of line of duty,which is even better than the first. I,m not sure what kind of baddie she,ll play, unless like mentioned above she plays it like ms.kislet or miss foster. I,d like someone like katherine kelly to play the rani.

  • The Big Friendly Button

    March 14th, 2014 - 12:35pm

    I see alot of madame Kovarian in her.

    • matt9982

      March 14th, 2014 - 5:16pm


  • Dalek the Supreme

    March 14th, 2014 - 11:14am

    Not much to say, just that I expect her to be a boss-lady type villain like Ms. Kizlet. Although, it would be quite an interesting turn of events if she turned out to be the Rani or some other renegade Time Lady… 😀

  • The Funky Chicken

    March 14th, 2014 - 10:18am

    Can’t wait for Series 8! Hey! That rhymes!

    • Dynamite Doctor

      March 15th, 2014 - 12:49pm

      Eleven died in series Seven.

  • sammyboi101

    March 14th, 2014 - 8:28am

    She could be another evil Time Lord like The Master!

    • Lewis Marshall

      March 14th, 2014 - 9:55am

      The Rani perhaps.

    • matt9982

      March 14th, 2014 - 5:16pm

      That would be awesome. 🙂

    • sammyboi101

      March 14th, 2014 - 5:37pm

      I can see that actually!

    • the astronaut of death

      March 15th, 2014 - 11:47pm

      I have doupt as if the story was going to include a magor returning character like the rani or the master it would be written by the lead writer Steven moffat

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