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Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling will appear in the upcoming Season/Series of DOCTOR WHO.   

Character details remain under wraps, but the episode penned by Mark Gatiss will see Dame Diana and Rachael recreate their off-screen relationship on-screen, as they play a mother and daughter with a dark secret.

...says THIS piece over at BBC.  BBC indicates the duo's episode will be scripted by Mark Gatiss, who previously wrote DW Season/Series 5 and/or 6 episodes like Victory of the Daleks and Night Terrors, and is an Executive Producer/Writer alongside DW overboss Steven Moffat on the amazingly excellent SHERLOCK (on which he also appears as Sherlock's brother Mycroft).  

Rigg is, perhaps, most famous for portraying the ass-kicking Emma Peel in the legendary AVENGERS television series...



...and for playing Teresa di Vicenzo, ill-fated wife to George Lazenby's James Bond, in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE.  

Stirling's extensive acting career has recently escalated to include high-profile fare like SALMON FISHING  IN THE YEMEN and the slightly-dull-but-generally-quite-good SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.  

No word on when DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 7 will debut, but indications...both official and otherwise...suggest it'll be rather soon.  Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode of said new Season/Series, will premiere at BFI on August 14.  




Glen Oliver




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  • July 2, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    First and that?

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 2, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Diana Rigg? Fantastic!

    by buggerbugger

    Mark Gatiss? Anti-fantastic.

  • July 2, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Emma Peel off your clothes!

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I can't get into the new doctor. Am I the only one? Bowties will never be cool, btw. (Dredd 95 fan)

  • July 2, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    They're almost certainly filming later episodes in the Season/Series. TV series premiere w/o the whole Season/Series being "in the can" all the time.

  • July 2, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Emma Peel!

    by adml_shake

    The only reason I watched The Avengers! Fire ass hot. Still fire ass hot.

  • July 2, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    I was surprised that they are still doing big location stuff thats all as they usually get all the location stuff done first then go to studio. My sister works on the show and had to go to wardrobe on the weekend for changes as the script came in late. which they said was unusual. She signs NDA's so will not tell me what they are doing.

  • July 2, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    @ harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    by MrSmeePlusThree

    You've got some bad info there. Doctor Who is shot in blocks; the location shooting for each block is not always shot before the studio sessions. You seem to be thinking of the classic series' methodology. The material being shot now is for broadcast next year. This year's material is in the can. Production has plenty of time - nothing is down to the wire at the moment.

  • July 2, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    mrsmeeplusthree - You're 99% right

    by Mister Vertue

    Except for the part about this year's material being 'in the can'. Editing is still taking place, and as a result of this, pick-ups are still needed (which are taking place as we speak). Scripts are still coming in and read-throughs are still to be completed. Other than that, you're spot-on with your information regarding filming in blocks though!

  • July 2, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    BBC Llandaff/Roath Dock

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    The old studios is a dated rats run of buildings not really designed for the purpose their used for,a mixture of buildings from 60s to 90s certain parts of the complex were almost a no go area for anyone speaking English while i was there especially the pobol y cwm studio/sets, ...ive not been to the Roath dock studios yet but they have to be an improvement on Llandaff they seem to have a lot more space there judging by the video

  • July 2, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Roath docks has bad parking. But other than that very nice.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    The casualty street sets are nice. Bit weird though as you go round the back and there's nothing there ( which has caught a few out who wanted to go in the shops).

  • July 2, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Rachael Stirling - all I'm saying is ...

    by reaper28

    Tipping The Velvet .. mmmmmm

  • July 2, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah, can't say I'm that keen on another Mark Gatiss episode.

    by V'Shael

    He's been very meh on his episodes so far. But there's always hope. His work on League of Gentlemen was always excellent.

  • July 2, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    @ man_of_vertue

    by MrSmeePlusThree

    Scripts for next year are still being delivered. The stuff being shown this fall has been shot - the Ponds are wrapped. Just clarifying for talkback readers, I'm sure you know this!

  • July 2, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    You're doing it again MOV

    by catlettuce4

  • July 2, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Rachael Stirling disappointing

    by jbs9200

    Compared to Emma Peel, Rachael Stirling is so disappointing. She isn't ugly just so damn British looking. Nor does she have any of that gleem in her eyes that made her mother so amazing.

  • July 2, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Love me some Peel!

    by MaxHeadroom

    Used to love that show. Campy and fun.

  • July 2, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Diana Rigg? One of my first crushes!!!!!! Oh that black catsuit!!

    by sam jacksons wig

  • July 2, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    oh dear... are we STILL going on about MOV and all of that nonsense?...

    by sam jacksons wig

    ....harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm, maybe MOV is actually your sister so the posts are accurate! :)) The MOV thing is really rather old. Time to MOVe on don't you think?

  • ...and he will truly deliver something completely exceptional! I enjoyed Night terrors for what it was (and am clearly in a minority, I know that!) but couldn't abide VOTD. No more of that, please!

  • July 2, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    My sister has an education. And is gracious when proved wrong. Trust me she ain't MOV.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 2, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Gatiss seems like he's being groomed a bit.

    by gotilk

    I would not be surprised to see him take over when the time comes.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Lovely video at the top.

    by gotilk

    That is one gorgeous facility.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    The Unquiet Dead was awesome, VoTD just needed a less magical ending

    by sunspot_mike

    Idiot's Lantern and Night Terrors weren't awesome, but they weren't embarrassing. They just were a little smaller stories and Earth-bound instead of space epics. I like Gatiss' work a lot (we can't blame him for The Lazarus Experiment, he just acted in that one.) I'd like to see him unleashed on a proper epic story.

  • ...mine just sulks or decides to throw very heavy objects. Or both.... :))

  • July 2, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Gatiss as frontrunner?

    by Angus Gore

    Only if you believe in cronyism. The next frontrunner has got to be as independent of Moffat as possible. Fresh blood, and all that.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah she seems to be the exception that proves the rule. Unlike my wife .....

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • .. there are some fucking ZINGERS over there!! I am having an unhealthy time with them I have to say....

  • July 2, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Alien Catsuit Karate Connie - The Original!

    by Perigee

    Wheeeeeeee!!! They MUST have The Doctor tap her on the shoulder and say... "Umm... Excuse me - You're needed..." ~Le Sigh~ Ah well. Probably not Alien. Probably not Catsuit. And probably not Karate either. But Spectacular to have her in the Whoniverse! I forgive all for not having the new girl a Mrs. Peel, since we get the real one.

  • a brit treasure and pure genius putting her with the doctor

  • July 2, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    "Gatiss as the new frontrunner"

    by buggerbugger

    ...resulting in Wilderness Years pt.2.

  • July 2, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Still puzzled

    by Mr Lucas

    as to what "so damn British looking" means.

  • July 2, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Good casting.

    by BloodiedFox

    I'll confess to being slightly more excited by the news David Warner is appearing as well though. Jon Irenicus = best villain ever!

  • July 2, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Not too thrilled about Gatiss-scripted episodes

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    Not to sound the hypercritical geek-bell for the 3512th time, but Gatiss. . .hasn't really thrilled me. Out of the four Who episodes that he's written, none of them have really hit the spot. Idiot's Lantern was meh, and the only redeeming quality about that one was seeing how easy it would be to make a TV version of Ditko's The Question. Night Terrors was creepy but ultimately boring, The Unquiet Dead was pretty by-the-numbers, and Victory of the Daleks was great, except for a magical deus ex machina ending that is probably one of the contenders for most arbitrary resolution of a story ever. Except for that time when the power of positive thinking gave Tennant superpowers against the Master. That was pretty bad. I mean, even his record with Sherlock is spotty. Hounds of the Baskervilles was awful, and yet The Great Game was completely fantastic. I suppose that means we can expect his work on Who to be similarly mediocre, with a small chance of greatness, as per his other works. I like his acting as Mycroft though. That was pretty good.

  • July 2, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Gatiss next showrunner......

    by Kenny8

    Yeah, they'll try and keep it in the family. I think the line of succession is: RTD Moff Gatiss Nick Briggs

  • I hope they replace Smith soon. I miss watching and enjoying the series. Now all I do is watch it to keep up on the story. Not enjoying Smith as the Dr. at all.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    That's my art in the vid, at the 0:59 mark.

    by sabalomglitz

    Sorry- but I somehow never get tired of pointing that out to people. ;)

  • July 3, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    "Nick Briggs"

    by buggerbugger

    Hahahahahahaa. "...and then the Kraals team up with, uh, the Drahvins so that they can wage a secret war against the Krotons, who have allied themselves with the Chumblies to invade Gallifrey because they want to be the new Lords of Time before the Nimon ally themselves with the Ice Warriors..." Gatiss. Chibnall. Russell. Briggs. The majority of these people Whoed themselves out long before there was a new TV series. No, the next showrunner needs to be none of these people. Get rid of the Who fans' old boys network.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I agree with you, actually. But I fear our hopes will not be enough for that not to be the case.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    And fantastic art it is. I was surprised to see it there, but it was a nice surprise. Out of all of the "all the doctors in one shot" art I have seen, that stands as my absolute favorite.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I tend to agree with the majority here...

    by V'Shael

    Gatiss wouldn't be my choice for show runner either. But it does seem like he's the natural candidate.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm - what's the problem?

    by Mister Vertue

    Your sister has an education and is gracious when proven wrong? So she can't be me? Implying that I have no education and I'm not gracious when proven wrong. Where did you pluck those facts from? Or did you just make them up to try and start a slanging match? I don't care how long you've been visiting AICN, or if you've written articles for the site, or how many 'secret' usernames you have on this site, you're making yourself look unbelievably childish in trying to provoke me into having an online 'fight' with you. Nice try though.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    catlettuce4 - I'm doing it again?

    by Mister Vertue

    Doing *what* again? Please clarify.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    mrsmeeplusthree - a bit of further clarification

    by Mister Vertue

    Not *all* of the footage you'll see this autumn has been shot, but *most* of it has. In editing, if an scene doesn't 'work', or has some kind of technical issue, it may be necessary to go back and re-shoot certain bits of dialogue. That's an ongoing process as editing takes place and is fitted in around current blocks of filming. Pick-ups have been taking place with all of the principle cast of the early series 7 episodes, including Matt, Karen and Arthur. And yes, Karen and Arthur did have their official 'last day on set' celebrations and announcements, but unfortunately they did have to go back and do a little more work on set to plug the odd gap here and there.

  • July 3, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Indeed you are. Having criticised others for hiding behind a username (harryknowsnothing...), here you are again dispensing "insider" knowledge about Dr Who from behind your username. I know you aren't Stephen Moffatt, but you persist in employing a username that contains his wife's name (Vertue - note the precise spelling you chose, not Virtue, Vertue.) Presumably it's in order to encourage the unwary to think your little tidbits are gospel from the very core of the production team. Look at your recent post here, telling people they are "99% right" - but of course, you know "more" from your privileged position. Why, surely it was only yesterday you were in the edit suite... It mystifies me why you do this, though I suppose as a superior form of trolling it deserves some credit for persistence.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Mister Vertue

    'Having criticised others for hiding behind a username (harryknowsnothing...)' Please copy and paste this particular criticism from Harry's article. I do recall having a problem with 'harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm' posting on Harry's article using *that* username and then I asked to read one of the 'articles' he claims to have written for AICN. I don't see a problem for mentioning either of these things, just like I don't have a problem with anything you've just typed. Fair play. But to say that I've criticised harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm for hiding behind a username, that part I have to take umbrage with.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Here's a quote then MOV

    by catlettuce4

    From the thread about Harry's video in reply to HarryKnowlesKnowsnothing... you said: "Are you a secret agent or something? It's a website about movies. Unless one of those names happens to be your real name (in which case I'd perfectly understand - I sure as hell wouldn't give my real name out on here) then I guess I'm just not 'smart' enough to understand." OK, don't use your real name, but don't then choose a name that has encouraged others to suspect a pedigree which you don't actually possess. I repeat my earlier point about your comment earlier in this thread when you complimented someone for being "99% right." The clear and continuing - because you've done this for over a year - implication is that you are 100% right because you have some "insider knowledge." In the year you've slid very well from people's presumptions that you are Moffatt to their views that you are nevertheless "in the know." But you aren't, that special knowledge is something you don't actually possess. It's all bluff mate.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Weeellll it our old pal Mrs Moffitt

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    You did take umbridge (glad you picked up on that word. Your welcome) at me hiding behind my username as you are desperate to read some articles I have written but wouldn't let me some anonymity in my forum posts. Also I guess it worked in provoking you buy mentioning you in another post. Well done for taking the higher ground and not replying. ..... Guess you must get back to adjusting Karen's mini skirts or something.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    MOV - I am not joining in the above ribbing

    by catlettuce4

    I simply find your masquerade peculiar

  • Granted, I don't want Moffat to quit for at least another 5 years. We need an awesome showrunner to outbalance the dreck that was JN-T's long ass "reign", not to mention RTD's. Paul Cornell would be a good choice. I'd still like to see an episode written by Charlie Kaufman (sic) though... Maybe even one by Harlan Ellison too. Just keep him away from Nicola Bryant, Daphne Ashbrook, or any other attractive former Who actresses at the follow-up conventions. Hmm..throw Sophie Aldred his way. Maybe he could write a better catch phrase for her than "ice hot, Professor!"

  • July 4, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Gatiss outshines RTD?

    by V'Shael

    I don't think so. RTD was an excellent show-runner, if a bit of a lousy sci-fi guy. Gatiss though, is encumbered by being a fan-boy. If he was running, I'd be far more worried about things like having the Krotons back (for no reason) and the return of the Rani (for no reason) and stuff like that.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I just come to the Docbacks for the free food.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • July 5, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Can`t fault Matt Smith, Actors can only work with what they`re given.

    by higgledyhiggles

    I`m going to miss Karen Gillan but to be honest she`s not much more than eye candy now. Nice eye candy but still I really need a little more writing quality for the female companions. To be fair, there`s always been this problem, the writers are men and don`t necessarily have a proper perspective for women and soon fall back on `girl power` or running about action hero. Give them some depth. i`ve heard good things about the dynamics of the new Spiderman movie, watch it and take notes.?

  • Weird, I remember it being the other way around in that other thread (wherever it is). That **was** you prodding harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm with a big online stick, wasn't it? You even made a point of continuing to prod him with it even after he'd said "Glad we got that sorted out" or words to that effect and was clearly wanting to end the to-and-fro. And all of this because he asked why Americans pronounce "Robin Hood" as "Robinhood"? That's not childish? Pots and kettles.

  • July 5, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Unscariness of recent vampires?

    by menacingphantom

    Between Edward "the shining but not in a scary way" Cullen and these guys, it seems like vamps are getting less scary and more campy. I mean these True Blood guys and their "grr, I'm a vampire, look at my teeth, rawr" schtick is just not doing it for me.

  • July 5, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by veteran_of_mu

    I confess I enjoy a good dust up from time to time. I think we all do, a bit. Also it's just as much fun for me to think MOV is who he pretends he's not as it would be if he really were who it is he's not actually unless he isn't not so much. Apart from that I quite understand young cattlettuce's gripe too. I mean, who likes a pretender? Much less a pretender to be someone other than the person you're pretending not to be - that's just asking for trouble. Or it would be if you reversed it. So, fool that I am, I go on doggedly enjoying all your posts in the same way that my cat enjoys being scratched behind the ears. She doesn't actually mind where I've been or what I've been doing so long as her ears get scratched. Admirable creatures, cats. Now that's what the Doctor needs - a moggie! I mean, good enough for you-know-who ... On second thought ...

  • July 6, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Some of you are 33⅓ correct in this thread.

    by lantern48

    *I* am sure of that much. I can't *really* tell you how I am certain of *that* but rest assured I *know* these things. Also, it is true there *is* more filming on Who still taking place. The cameras *using* film still have film left so that will get used up before filing is completed. I shouldn't say this, but Matt Smith *might* be in 14% more of Who this season compared to last... but you *didn't hear that from me. *wink*