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Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper says her friend Jenna Coleman is “brilliant” as current companion Clara Oswald.
The actress formerly known as Rose Tyler should know – she’s regularly voted the best companion of all time. And she’s not alone in praising Coleman’s performance.
Since the return of Doctor Who in August, Clara’s popularity among both fans and critics has soared as her character has become more independent and well-rounded.
Her resurgence has coincided with her pairing with new Doctor Peter Capaldi, and Piper thinks the two work perfectly together.
“Everything I’ve seen [of the new series] I’ve thought is brilliant,” Piper told RadioTimes.com. “I think Jenna Coleman is brilliant and I really like her as well – we know each other socially and she’s lovely – and I think her and Peter together is kind of perfect.”
Good grief, she’s only just turned 32, but Piper has already packed in a lot, parlaying her teenage pop stardom into an acting career that hit twin early heights with Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Doctor Who. This year she was seen in Penny Dreadful, and onstage in the National Theatre’s hacking drama Great Britain. She also has two children with husband Laurence Fox.
“I love Rose, she’s just a good girl isn’t she,” says Billie Piper. And she’s right. There’s a reason her warm, witty, street-smart, adventurous Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler is regularly voted the best of all time.
It’s probably the same reason that has seen Billie make three comebacks as Rose – and a fourth, in last year’s 50th anniversary special, as an enigmatic character that looked liked her but wasn’t.
But now she could finally be ready to call time on the girl who helped bring a new generation to Doctor Who when it returned in 2005.
“I think at some point I have to put the lid on it,” Billie tells me. “I’ve been back, like, four times…”
But if we have indeed seen the last of her on Doctor Who, is she disappointed that her final appearance wasn’t as Rose Tyler herself?
“I think it was good to come back as something a bit different because otherwise it gets a bit repetitive and we all get bored,” she says.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how tightly she’s really putting that lid on the character that launched her acting career.
She tells me she would love to have starred alongside new Doctor Peter Capaldi, who she says is “perfect” in the role.
And she admits of Doctor Who “It’s always great going back there…”
As Rose Tyler, she was the first Doctor Who companion of the new era, and got to travel with not one but two incarnations of the Time Lord. Yet Billie Piper says she would have loved a chance to share the Tardis with Peter Capaldi’s new 12th Doctor too.
“I love Peter Capaldi [in Doctor Who], I think he’s perfect,” Piper told RadioTimes.com.
“If he’d been my Doctor that would have been brilliant.”
Not that she’s complaining about the actors she did get paired with…
“I’m also happy with my lot. I’m really happy with David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston,” she was quick to add, “I mean they were really good.”
Piper kicked off the return of Doctor Who in 2005 alongside ninth Doctor Eccleston before Tennant took over the role a year later.
Rose and the tenth Doctor enjoyed a flirtatious, even romantic, relationship which ended with a passionate kiss. In a RadioTimes.com poll last November they were voted the best ever Doctor and companion.
Barring another guest appearance from Piper – who made her most recent cameo in last year’s 50th anniversary special – exactly how Rose and the 12th Doctor would have got on will be have to left to fans’ imaginations.
One thing’s for sure, though – there would be no hanky panky in the Tardis this time…
When I talk to Billie Piper on the phone, filming on Penny Dreadful has just resumed and she hasn’t been fully briefed on what she can and can’t say about the new second series of Sky Atlantic’s Gothic horror mash-up, so we tentatively manoeuvre our way around each of my questions until we arrive at something that both parties agree is acceptable.
Her character Brona, an Irish immigrant to Victorian London, shouldn’t be coming back at all – she died at the end of season one. But it wasn’t tuberculosis, as expected, that claimed her, she was smothered by one Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), with the reluctant intention of turning her into a bride for his original dark creation.
Given that Billie has been asked to turn up for season two, a return from the dead seems the only route her character can take (unless she is being asked to play the particularly untaxing role of a corpse). Nevertheless, we’re both very aware of what she calls the “spoiler minefield”.
“I haven’t seen the last [episode of series one] but very few people have come to me and said ‘you’re dead and it’s over’, everyone seems to be looking at some kind of resurrection, so if I say that, I think that’s not totally putting my foot in it,” she ventures.
Billie is set to attend Belfast Film and Comic Con on Saturday 25th October 2014 at the Odyssey Arena! Autographs and photos are £25, you can buy your tickets here!
Badwolf Convention of 4 to 5 October 2014
Attention participants badwolf convention
It is with great regret that we have decided to announce the cancellation of the agreement badwolf . Indeed, we have encountered many difficulties all throughout the organization of this event .
We thought we could overcome these problems but due to several factors, some external elements , unfortunately we can not keep our event.
As stated in our terms and conditions , we will make the repayments Pass participants . Repayment terms will be announced later in a personal email.
We did our best to provide you the best possible event and we are aware of the inconvenience.
We ourselves are extremely pained to have to announce this decision we had to take to heart but against this choice was made so that you can repay each of you .
We want to thank the fans who have supported us from the beginning and hope to see you at one of our upcoming events .
kind regards ,
Team – Scifi convention.
A massive Happy 32nd Birthday to Billie, hope you have an amazing day, full of love and fun! <3
Billie attended the Bright Young Things Gala at the National Theatre last night, wearing a stunning vintage beaded dress from Peekaboo Vintage. I’ve added 12 photos from the event to the gallery!