By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated January 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM EST
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BBC America has found its lead for the upcoming paranormal drama The Intruders.

John Simm, best known for playing the latest incarnation of the iconic Master on Doctor Who and his starring role on BBC’s Life on Mars, will play Jack Whelan, a Los Angeles cop turned writer who is plunged back into a life he thought he left behind after his wife goes missing. The character is based on the one seen in Michael Marshall Smith’s novel of the same name.

“After reading Glen Morgan’s brilliant script, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to play this complex character,” Simms said in a statement. “It is also a great opportunity to reunite with [executive producers] Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, and with BBC America.”

During a Television Critics Association panel, BBC also announced a six-part Cold War spy thriller from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse called The Game, set in the world of 1970s espionage. The Game tells the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 as it battles to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War. It is set to premiere fall 2014.