Following news of their surprise casting, Dame Diana Rigg and daughter Rachael Stirling have been snapped on location for Doctor Who Series 7.
Rigg is a British legend and iconic feminist who played the stylish and deadly Emma Peel in the 1960’s television spy show The Avengers and was also Tracy Di Vicenzo in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She broke the world’s heart by marrying James Bond and then managing to get herself killed.
For Doctor Who, she has had a part specially written for her as a “Yorkshire local” in a script by Mark Gatiss. Rigg told the BBC:
“The first time Rachie [Stirling, her daughter] and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?”
So that’s Diana Rigg, lady of legend, exclaiming how happy she is to be involved with Doctor Who, it’s the kind of quote that makes you grin from ear to ear!
Dame Diana’s daughter went on to add:
“Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious… We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.”
Also seen filming on set with Rigg and Stirling were Matt Smith, looking very dapper in a brown tweed suit which included a new bowler hat (a nod to John Steed from The Avengers perhaps?) and Jenna Louise-Coleman as his newest companion so we can place this as an episode to be shown in 2013.
All were dressed in period costumes that looked reminiscent of Gattis’s 2005 story The Unquiet Dead. Could this be a follow up story, perhaps the return of the Gelth? Most likely not, but it’s an exciting day anyway!
Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year.