The BBC has this morning confirmed that actress Billie Piper – Rose Tyler in Doctor Who – is to leave the series at the end of the current run.
The announcement was made – following months of speculation – on the BBC News website this morning. As suggested here last month, the actress’ roles in other shows would undoubtedly clash with recording of the third series of Doctor Who.
“It has been an amazing adventure and I can confirm it comes to an end, for now at least, as series two climaxes. “Rose and I have gone on the most incredible journey over the past two years,” she said.
“I am truly indebted to Russell and to all the Doctor Who fans old and new who have been so supportive.”
The rumours surrounding Piper’s departure first began late last year, when it was front page news in The Mirror.
According to another tabloid, The Sun:
She was expected to return for a few episodes of the third series. But Rose will die in an episode aptly named Doomsday, featuring a huge invasion set to destroy Earth.
Show writer Russell T Davies said: “Itâ€™s been a wonderful experience working with Billie. Weâ€™ll miss her.”
Sci-fi website SFX reckon that Billie’s departure will be pretty dramatic – you can visit the website for their take on it should you be spoiler-proof – and meanwhile SFX editor has spoken to BBC News:
Dave Bradley, editor of SFX Magazine, told the BBC News website there had been “a lot of rumours” regarding Piper’s exit.
But he said that even if Rose did meet a sticky end, the door would still be open for her to return.
“No-one ever stays dead in science-fiction,” he said.
So a new companion for the Doctor – and one which so far has been kept under-wraps. The Torchwood question still remains unanswered, so could Eve Myles be the new companion? Whoever he or she is they will have a hard job making the same impact as Billie Piper made last March.
Christian Cawley paid tribute to Billie Piper in the March 2005 article New Rose