Billie Piper is confirmed to play Rose Tyler, companion
to Doctor Who, it was announced today by Julie Gardner, Head of Drama,
The former singer who made her acting debut last year in the critically-acclaimed
BBC ONE drama serial Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale, will star
alongside Christopher Eccleston in the forthcoming 13-part drama series
which returns to BBC ONE early next year.
Julie Gardner says: "Billie is beautiful, funny and intelligent.
We needed to find a unique, dynamic partner for Christopher Eccleston,
and Billie fits the bill perfectly.
"She will make an extraordinary Rose Tyler. Doctor Who has his
Piper, who also received critical-acclaim for her role in Bella and
the Boys, a one-off drama for BBC TWO, is currently starring opposite
Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom in The Calcium Kid.
"Doctor Who is an iconic show and I am absolutely thrilled to be playing
the part of Rose Tyler," says Billie Piper.
"I am also looking forward to working with Christopher Eccleston and
writer Russell T Davies."
Executive producer/writer, Russell T Davies, adds: "The Doctor's companion
is one of the most important and cherished roles in the history of TV
"I'm delighted that someone of Billie's talent is coming on board
the Tardis, to travel through time and space."
Filming in Cardiff later this year for transmission on BBC ONE, Doctor
Who is written by Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul
Cornell and Robert Shearman.
The producer is Phil Collinson and executive producers are BBC Controller
of Continuing Drama Series, Mal Young; Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie
Gardner and Russell T Davies.
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