Good news for Doctor Who fans: Keeley Hawes, who is currently wowing audiences in the acclaimed Line of Duty part two – is to appear alongside Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord in the forthcoming series.
She will play Ms Delphox, described as “a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret” in one episode of series eight.
The BBC confirmed that she will appear in an episode later on in the series and that Capaldi’s Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) “come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet”.
The episode is written by Sherlock writer Steve Thompson and was directed by Line of Duty director Douglas Mackinnon.
Hawes, who is currently playing the chief suspect DI Lindsay Denton in BBC2’s Line of Duty, 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.”
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."
Filming is currently underway for the series which will air this autumn, with an expected twelve episodes leading up to the Christmas special.