Gillian Anderson is reportedly being lined up to play an enemy of the Time Lord in Doctor Who.

Well known to science fiction fans, the actress who played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in The X Files is likely to take on the part of the renegade Time Lady The Rani opposite the new Doctor Matt Smith, according to the Daily Express.

A source told the newspaper: “The team behind the show are keen for the next Doctor to have lots of new enemies and Gillian would be a glamorous and impressive addition to the list.”

Gillian, 40, will follow in the footsteps of Kate O’Mara who played the role of The Rani, an alluring scientific mastermind the 80s.

The insider said: “Gillian obviously has a massive sci-fi following and it’s felt that it would be a major coup to have her appear in Doctor Who.

“The Rani would be a perfect role for her as the character used to be regarded as one of the Doctor’s most deadly opponents.”

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