Billie Piper says she’d return to Doctor Who under the right circumstances

In a recent interview on the Big Finish podcast, Christopher Eccleston reveals how happy he is about playing the Ninth Doctor again.Courtesy BBC
In a recent interview on the Big Finish podcast, Christopher Eccleston reveals how happy he is about playing the Ninth Doctor again.Courtesy BBC /

It’s starting to feel like Nostalgia Week for fans of Doctor Who. Just last week, it was announced that Russel T. Davies, who kicked off the revived series way back in 2005, will officially be returning as showrunner after Chris Chibnall leaves following the upcoming season 13. And now, the first Doctor Who companion under Davies’ watch, Billie Piper, says she’d be willing to return, too.

Over on Piper’s Cameo account (via the Radio Times), the actress shared a video stating that she wouldn’t mind returning to the show. Piper appeared as companion Rose Tyler in the first few seasons of the revival, and acted alongside both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant respectively.

In the video (which you can see on Twitter from the @WhovianLife account), Piper said:

"Would I ever go back? I think if the circumstances and the story were right. I feel like I’ve had enough time away from it to really, really want back in on it. I feel like my kids are at a good age and may appreciate that too, which is often my incentive to do anything."

After leaving the show in season 2, Piper did return briefly to the series for the “Day of the Doctor” crossover special. Although then-showrunner Steven Moffat made a point not to bring back Rose as she normally was — rather, he chose to use her Bad Wolf persona so that it didn’t interfere with the completed arc that Davies’ had given her. But with Davies coming back, it means he has the capacity to bring Rose Tyler back fully, unless he agrees with Moffat that Rose’s story should be left untouched.

Jodie Whittaker on her Doctor Who departure

Elsewhere in the Doctor Who universe, Jodie Whittaker has opened up about her final run as the Doctor, which will end following the series of specials after season 13’s main arc.

Speaking on The Line-Up podcast, Whittaker said: “Well, it’s strange because, like announcing you’re the Doctor, it always happens at a very strange time. So you announce that you’re going to play the Doctor and it happens before, essentially, you’ve stepped foot on set.”

Whittaker also added that the announcement that she was leaving was very emotional, even though she’s still technically in the middle of shooting. It’s likely that they’re now shooting one of the specials that she’s set to take part in. One of those, of course, will result in her regeneration into the next Doctor. But for now, it seems like it’s still bittersweet for her, considering they’ve still got plenty of filming to do.

So we’re wrapping up one cycle of Doctor Who and are to start another. Between the return of Russel T. Davies, a new Doctor on the horizon, and even the possible return of Billie Piper (if she so chooses), it’s an exciting time. Still, we’ve yet to see Jodie Whittaker close out her role. So let’s see if she and Chris Chibnall can stick the landing in this final run.

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