Former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper

Billie Denies Rose Return

Today, we discover that Billie Piper has not yet been asked to return as Rose Tyler (that is, unless she’s under a strict “don’t tell” clause. Again.) for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

Former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper

The actress was of course the first companion of the nuWho era, joining Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor and David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor on the trip of a lifetime across universes before settling down with a half human meta-crisis version of the Tenth Doctor in the Pete’s World reality.

The blonde actress – who appears on this week’s Graham Norton Show (Friday, 10.40pm, BBC One) – revealed that no one has asked her to join in the celebrations.

No. I’ve not been asked. I think Matt Smith said something in passing or in jest like, ‘That would be nice,’ and it became something, but no.

Piper is of course renowned for having “returned” to Doctor Who not once, not twice, not three, but four times after her character was first cut-off from the Doctor, so we can probably take her denials with a pinch of salt at this stage.

Yesterday we learned that John Barrowman has an agreement to hot foot it back to the UK from his current regular TV role in order to appear in the celebratory episode, if asked.

What do you think? Is this general theme of “I haven’t been asked” genuine, or are Billie and John playing games with us? Shooting for the episode is believed to be taking place around April – should casting have been finalised and agreed by now?

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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