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Has the Piper Played?

Bless poor Billie! The former Doctor Who hottie has apparently struggled to find work since the end of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, citing the financial crisis as a reason.

According to a popular red-top, she believes that the industry has become unpredictable.

“I’m just trying to find a job. We’re back to the drawing board. It’s frustrating, it’s tiring. It’s desperate. You slightly lose your mind.

“You have no confidence, then you have too much confidence. It’s an endless frustration. That’s the nature of the beast. You have to suck it up and get on with it.”

Poor David Tennant, too. He’s busy signing on, isn’t he? Oh no, that’s right – he’s not!

It’s a shame that Rose Tyler has rarely been seen since her numerous comebacks in Doctor Who, but given Piper’s success in other roles such as Secret Diary, the Sally Lockhart adventures and a couple of costume dramas there is surely a major question that needs to be asked:

Is it time to sack your agent, Billie?

Apparently whoever advises Billie tells her that there is no work in the UK (something else attributable to the age of austerity we are now said to be in) and Billie is considering heading to the USA. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen any TV stations closing. In fact we’re in the middle of a period of some of the best televised drama in years.

“Things are getting made a lot faster for less money and there are a lot fewer opportunities for actors,” she added. “There’s not a lot of work in the UK – that’s why everyone’s moving to America.

“It’s where the work seems to be. But it definitely feels like a lot more of a slog to get a gig these days. I suppose that’s a lot to do with our current climate and financial messes. People seem to have to work harder with a lot less time.”

It seems to us that former Kasterborous favourite Billie has two choices:

  1. Head to the USA
  2. Call Big Finish

What do you think? Have you got a job for Billie? Let us know!



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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