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Diana Rigg and daughter Rachael Stirling to unite in Doctor Who

Diana Rigg

Story by Jack Foley

MOTHER and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are to star together in a Doctor Who adventure, it has been confirmed.

The episode, to be broadcast next year (2013), will mark the first time the pair have appeared together on screen and both have expressed their delight at the opportunity.

According to the BBC, the actresses will play “a mother and daughter with a dark secret” alongside Matt Smith, as the Doctor, and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Dame Diana, who is best known for playing Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s, will play “a Yorkshire local”, with Stirling – whose TV work includes Tipping The Velvet – appearing as her daughter.

Dame Diana commented: “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?”

Stirling added: “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.”

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in November 1963, and the series creators have lined up a host of special guests to mark the occasion, including the previously announced likes of Liam Cunningham and David Warner.

Commenting on Dame Diana and Rachael Stirling’s involvement, however, executive producer Steven Moffat said: “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!”

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