Diana Rigg plays 'old bat' in Doctor Who

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 April 2013
Dame Diana Rigg in Doctor Who

Dame Diana Rigg in Doctor Who

Dame Diana Rigg was delighted to play an "old bat" in 'Doctor Who'. particularly as she got to work alongside her daughter Rachel Stirling for the first time

Dame Diana Rigg was delighted to play an "old bat" in 'Doctor Who'.

The 74-year-old actress teams up with her real-life offspring Rachel Stirling, 35, to play a scheming mother and daughter who run a mysterious place called Sweetville in this weekend's episode and the former 'Avengers' star loved the role, which was written especially for her by Mark Gatiss.

She said: "We had great difficulty keeping a straight face in some scenes. I play a horrendous old bag who wants to take over the world. I love playing old bats."

And it seems Diana had an easier time with filming than her daughter did.

She explained to Radio Times magazine: "Rachie's character is blind, which was pretty painful for her because she had to wear opaque contact lenses. Horrid."

Diana and Rachel loved working together for the first time - and have refused to rule out a return to 'Doctor Who' in the future.

Diana said: "We'd never worked together before and this was the first offer we'd had. It's such fun, really lovely.

"We're only doing one - so far. Of course, there could be more."

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