Detective Sergeant Dawn "Spike" Milligan (Katy Cavanagh) (A Game of Soldiers - Soft Touch): Dawn "Spike" Milligan doesn't have the naivety of her predecessors. She's experienced, prepared and knows exactly what is expected of her as one of the longest serving female detective sergeants on the Wetherton force. She's not fazed by Dalziel's archetypal methods, and is the perfect accompaniment to calm Pascoe's brash side. Although she recently kicked out her husband, she isn't ready to accept anybody else's advances, and is prepared to be an independent woman for a little while. She takes a dislike to Dalziel's temporary replacement, DCI Derek Hores in 'The Price of Fame'.