Keeley Hawes cast in new series of ‘Doctor Who’

Actress will join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in BBC show

Keeley Hawes has been cast in the new series of Doctor Who, it has been revealed.

Hawes, who is currently starring in the BBC drama Line Of Duty and has also previously had critically acclaimed turns in Ashes To Ashes and Tipping The Velvet, will play the new villain Ms Delphox in the show.

The character, who is described as a “powerful out of this world character with a dark secret”, will go head-to-head with new Time Lord Peter Capaldi and companion Clara (played by Jenna Coleman). 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.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat added: “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line Of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of a 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 new series of Doctor Who will see Capaldi, who is best-known for playing the ferocious and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It, make his proper debut as the Time Lord after taking over from previous incumbent Matt Smith.