Mother and daughter team Rachael Stirling and Diana Rigg have been announced as new additions to the upcoming series of Doctor Who.
The news was confirmed on Twitter this morning, after the official Doctor Who account tweeted fans writing:
‘Mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling will star in the new series of #DoctorWho! More news follows shortly!’
Details of the ladies’ roles have not yet been revealed but insiders have said we can expect plenty of teaser over the next few months. What we do know is that the family members will replicate their relationship to some extent on screen, as they will play a mother and daughter with a dark secret they want to keep hidden.
Steven Moffat spoke about the casting and how he feels about his latest additions, saying:
‘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!’
Rachael added: ‘Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious.’
Dame Diana is considered a bit of a sex symbol of her generation and is best known for her portrayals of Emma Peel in The Avengers and Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She also appeared in the second season of Ricky Gervais’ hit comedy, Extras, alongside Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, and in the 2006 film, The Painted Veil.
35 year old Rachael is a two-time Olivier nominee for her stage work, but is best known for her performance as Nancy Astley in the BBC drama Tipping the Velvet. In 2011, she starred in the BBC Four adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, as Ursula Brangwen
The pair will join the cast in Wales for filming later this week. What do you think of this most recent piece of casting news? Leave your comments below.