Rumours and UNIT

Rumours at the moment are swimming across the sea of cyberspace with no home and are still awaiting confirmation… In situations such as this, it is difficult to extract the truth from the hype and circumstance, but apparently:

Billie Piper is rumoured to be NOT staying for a full second season as Rose Tyler.

No information about a replacement is given but we suspect that if this is true, casting for a new companion would be underway very soon. But who could replace Billie Piper, supposedly on her way to LA? coming so soon after the announcement of Eccleston’s departure and the casting of David Tennant, this could indeed be nothing but rumour – time will tell…

David Walliams and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) are rumoured to be appearing in the second season.

Bearing in mind both claiming to be fans in the past, plus their previous forays into fantasy television (Reeves & Mortimer’s version of “Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)”), we suspect there is a certain amount of truth in this rumour – but there is every chance that as shooting schedules alter, availability can alter.

And while we’re on the subject of rumours, unconfirmed reports and the like, what better way to mention the BBCs new UNIT website? contains some lovely references to the past and present of Doctor Who, and a “Secure Pass” which we suspect will be revealed in this weeks episode…

Look out too for the report entitled “Computer Virus File Sharing Alert” about the proliferation by file sharing of an internet virus known as “RUFFCUT”… I wonder what they mean?

But it is good to see the BBC making as good use of the Web in the promotion of Doctor Who as they can, so well done to all involved at BBCi.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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