Doctor Who News Keeley Hawes to guest in Doctor Who Series 8

Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Ashes to Ashes & Line of Duty Star Keeley Hawes in Doctor Who Series 8!

Actress Keeley Hawes – known to genre TV fans as Ashes to Ashes’ DI Alex Drake – is joining the cast of Doctor Who Series 8!

Currently starring as DI Lindsay Denton in the hit BBC drama Line of Duty, Hawes is to guest star opposite new Doctor Peter Capaldi in a single episode.

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.

Keeley Hawes in Doctor Who

Keeley Hawes as Ms Delphox in Doctor Who Series 8. Gulp. Type Phwoarty to infinity!

Says the stunning actress:

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:

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.

(We suspect Moffat might be doing The Sun Makers‘ Collector a disservice there…)

Hawes guests in the episode by Steve Thompson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, who has directed the actress in the acclaimed Line Of Duty on BBC Two.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

9 Responses to Ashes to Ashes & Line of Duty Star Keeley Hawes in Doctor Who Series 8!

  1. avatar Spider-pope says:

    She’s a great actress so i look forward to seeing her alongside Coleman and Capaldi.

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    Nice to see another quality guest star; and that the Moffat sense of humour is intact.

    Possibly not the greatest villainy in the show’s history, but it’s a neat topical point!

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Aaaaand the ‘Ms Delphox is secretly Romana/The Rani/River Song’ rumours shall begin in 3–2–1–…..

    • But wouldn’t Keeley Hawes make an awesome Romana?

  4. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    The Rani, definitely!

  5. avatar Neu 75 says:


  6. avatar vortexter says:

    She reminds me of a young Madame Kovarian.

  7. avatar Victor says:

    On the one hand, great, she’s a very good actress, on the other, she is the baddie in a Stephen Thompson scripted episode. Poor woman. Let’s hope it’s third time not sucky for Thomps.

    • avatar vortexter says:

      I really like his scripts. They’re different and they’ve got heart. I love the pose she gives. You can tell she’s really in character and giving it her all.

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