Diana Rigg, the hands down winner of a recent BBC America poll that set out to identify the Sexiest Female British Celebrity of Yesteryear has been cast in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who. Rigg became well-known to a worldwide television viewing audience of 1960′s teenagers as Emma Peel, one of the first ‘feminist heroines on television from the British adventure series,The Avengers.
Dame Rigg will join her daughter, Rachel Stirling, in an upcoming episode that will be written by Mark Gatiss. Cloaked in the usual Doctor Who secrecy, sketchy details so far have Rigg and daughter playing, you guessed it, a mother and daughter with a ‘dark secret’.
While the episode will not transmit until 2013, it begins filming in Cardiff this week and, obviously, feature Matt Smith as The Doctor and new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Doctor Who show runner, 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!”
Here, as host of the PBS series, Mystery!, Diana Rigg ‘remembers’ one of the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all-time, Jeremy Brett.
RIgg sounded ecstatic about the upcoming episode when she 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?”
The statement/question should be how lucky are we…