More casting news from the Doctor Who world! Less than a month after the announcement of Samuel Anderson’s casting as the mysterious Danny Pink comes the news of another character. Actress Keeley Hawes, of MI-5, Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty, and the 2010-12 remake of Upstairs Downstairs, has been cast as a one-off character in the fifth episode of Season 8. Hawes will play the mysterious Ms. Delphox, “a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret” whom the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald will come across when they arrive on a “strange and puzzling planet.”
The episode’s title hasn’t been released yet, but it’s been written by Steve Thompson (also of Sherlock) and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Of her role on the show, 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.”
And Steven Moffat, of head writer fame, 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.”
A banker? She does look like a banker, I suppose. She also kind of looks like Madame Kovarian from Series 6. A little bit. I truly have no idea what the episode will be about with a character description like that, but I’m very intrigued. Hawes has been excellent in everything I’ve seen her in, especially 2008’s Ashes to Ashes.
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