Diana Rigg and daughter Rachael Stirling to star in Doctor Who.

If you haven’t seen it or heard it already then I have news of a new Doctor Who casting for you!

Today it has been announced on the official BBC news page and official Doctor Who twitter that mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are to star side by side in a Doctor Who episode to be broadcast in 2012.

It will be the first time the pair have worked together on screen. Diana Rigg became famous in the Sixties for roles on screen such as Emma Peel in The Avengers and in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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(Diana Rigg and daughter Rachael Sterling)

The actresses will play “a mother and daughter with a dark secret” alongside The Doctor (Matt Smith), and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Filming began this week at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff. Dame Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s, will play “a Yorkshire local”.

Dame Diana has been quoted as saying “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?” Her daughter Rachael has said “I’m looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously, 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.”

Her past work has included Tipping the Velvet and Women in Love.

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!”

Sounds very promising and exciting.

I will update this as and when any more detailed information is released by the BBC.

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