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'Doctor Who' season 8 casting news: Keeley Hawes to guest star

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"Doctor Who" fans, season 8 may not be airing until later this year, but on Thursday, March 13, BBC America announced that Keeley Hawes will be guest starring in one of the new episodes.

According to the press release, Hawes will be playing Ms. Delphox in a "Doctor Who" episode written by Steve Thompson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Ms. Delphox is a powerful, out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) come face-to-face with her when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet. Check out a photo from BBC America of Hawes as Ms. Delphox to the left.

Hawes has said about the role, "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." Meanwhile, lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat has commented, "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."

This news comes a couple of weeks after it was announced that Samuel Anderson is recurring as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School. Filming is currently underway for season 8, which will also formally introduce fans to Capaldi as the Doctor after the brief glimpses of him in the 50th anniversary and Christmas specials.

"Doctor Who" will be back for its eighth season on BBC America.

© Meredith Jacobs 2014

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