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Jun 15, 2006

So long, Farewell...

I know this is exactly new news but the Beeb have officially announced the departure of everybody's favourite mock cockernee.

BBC News

If you can't be bothered to click the link it basically says -

"Billie Piper to leave Doctor Who

Actress Billie Piper is to leave Doctor Who at the end of the current series, the BBC has confirmed.

But the corporation refused to comment on reports that her character, Rose Tyler, would die in the final episode.   

Rose_4_1"It has been an amazing adventure and I can confirm it comes to an end, for now at least, as series two climaxes," the former pop star said.

Writer Russell T Davies said the Doctor Who team had created "a stunning exit" for Piper's character.

"The Doctor Who team have had a whole year to plan this final scene," he said.

"We will miss Billie and wish her all the success in the world for her future."

Piper, 23, is currently filming a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's Victorian thriller The Ruby in the Smoke.

"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."

Speculation has been mounting over Rose's future on the programme, although the BBC had previously scotched reports predicting her departure.

The series two finale, entitled Doomsday, sees Rose and the Doctor, played by David Tennant, caught up in an invasion that threatens to destroy modern-day Earth.

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."

Do you think they might make an exception in her case?


Is it bad that my first reaction to this was 'Thank God!'?

I think her character has run its course, really. She was the perfect foil to Eccleston, but she didn't have the same kind of connection with Tennant, and it shows. Not sure how it'll end, but I hope they do give her a decent send-off - she wasn't a bad character at all.

I hope they don't kill her off, personally, because now that we've finally got a Doctor who's happy with himself, it would be UNBEARABLE to watch Tennant go through two more seasons of neurotic, post-Adric funk.

Good news for Who, bad news for Sally Lockhart.

I hope they don't kill her off, because then she'd join the "companions who died" club, and I'd rather she didn't get remembered for that. Then again, compared with Rose, Adric isn't so bad any more. I'd choose Matthew Waterhouse over Billie Piper any day.

I think we could all see this coming: the character has run its course and Billie's moved on. We'll probably be welcoming her back in a one-episode special for Season 52.

I'm just sorry such a wonderful character as last year's Rose will end up as being compared to Adric.

Oh, and any thoughts on what the new companion will be like? Can we expect a clone or a real departure?


If I had to pick a new companion from anyone we've seen so far in the new series it would have to be Lynda with a Y. Just no hanky panky in the console room.

How can you compare Rose to Adric??? Oh please!!!

I reckon we'll get to see the new companion in a couple of weeks time. Given RTDs predilection for casting people he has worked with before ... I think you can take your pick ... Is Sigourney Weaver currently available and seeking employment do you know??? ;-)

That, unfortunately, is more of a comment on the nature of modern media than anything else. Everything has to be so immediate and up-to-the-minute, that (a) demand for results means that program-makers have much less patience for serials in particular, which carries over to the audience, (b) programs have corespondingly less freedom to develop at their own pace, and thus 'evolve' and wither at an accelerated rate, and (c) information and news competition means that everybody has to be told *now* what's going to happen before some other media c**t beats you to the punchline. Which F**KING SUCKS ASS.

With all these factors, Rose's time on the TARDIS is pretty good going and almost on a par with the companions of the 70s and 80s. During that time though we've seen no less than *three* tag-along male companions, none of which had time to really make their own sort of indelible mark (the Doctor brushed away Jack in the space of about five post-regeneration minutes). But *we* remember Jack partly due to the anticipation of his second-chance return. Torchwood had better NOT be a resounding dud.

"No-one ever stays dead in science-fiction."

What total comic-book bullshit! No-one ever stays dead in badly-written, audience-pampering fiction where 'consequence' and 'responsibility' are dirty words. No finality means no sense of danger and thus no reason to keep watching. You got away with it once last season; don't you DARE do it again or we'll strap you to a chair in front of an endless-loop tape of Mawdryn Undead episode 4.

"Sometimes you have to live with the consequences of your actions."
"Sometimes you have to live with the consequences of your actions."

When they said "No-one ever stays dead in science-fiction" I think they meant "No-one POPULAR ever stays dead in science-fiction."

That goes double for comic books.

A shame, but not really surprising. She's been excellent, but companions come and go. Good luck in her future career.

what a chance to expand on the "Gay Agenda"........

It's a shame -- I still think there was some mileage to the character although as Paul says they come and go -- that's one of the reasons the show stays fresh. Also it means that one of the big narrative issues for the Christmas episode will be The Doctor meeting a new companion. A few hopes:

-- It's not just a Rose-clone. That would be weak. Like The Doctor, the new companion needs to be substantially different to the old one.

-- Not from contemporary Earth again -- I understand the issues related to offering the viewers a way in to the story but again it would be too much like Rose 2.0. Which doesn't mean it needn't be someone from the last century some time. One of the great wasted Who companions was Polly, so someone from the 60s would be good a mix of the wise yet innocent.

-- An alien would be mistake -- and costly in terms of prosthetics -- plus theres the possibility of the week ending in which everyone is save because the companion is 'super'. Oh sorry, that's been done.

-- Some who's assigned to the Doctor and has another agenda - not in a Turlough sense -- more Romana I -- tricky without Gallifrey although perhaps it's a forgotten child of Gallifrey and the story of the season is trying to bring their home planet back. I'm pipedreaming.

-- No companion. A different dynamic each week. See 'The Idiots Lantern' as template -- or make the appearance natural -- so he travels alone for a few episodes then meets someone who fits the bill...

-- Sarah Jane Smith

-- I'm out.

After the way the two eventually hit it off, I don't think the Doctor could even face Sarah Jane again if Rose does bite the big one.

She won't be killed. They'll be another reason why she'll go. Think Tegan.

I just hope this move is related to the smug agenda. I'd love to see a 10th Doctor with the wind taken out of his sails...

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