Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling cast in Series 7
The actresses will be recreating their real life relationship for the episode, by Mark Gatiss, which begins filming today (2nd July) at the new Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay. The first time they have ever worked together on screen, the pair will appear as “a mother and daughter with a dark secret” in the story, set in Yorkshire.
Rigg is best known for her roles as Emma Peel in The Avengers, and Tracy Bond in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Stirling, meanwhile, has been in Hotel Babylon and Another Life. Her most recent role’s in Snow White and the Hunstman.
Stirling has described her role in the new series as a “joy”. “I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously,” she said. “Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script, an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We’ve never worked together but when a funny and original script comes you know the time’s come.”
Her mother, Rigg, meanwhile, commented: “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is an episode of Doctor Who, written for us by Mark Gatiss – how lucky is that?”
Steven Moffat added: “Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script – a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m terrified already!”