Can we order in a special batch of chips, please? Today’s the day we celebrate the birthday of Rose Tyler herself, Billie Piper!
Billie, who turns 35 today, was the first new companion of the 2005 revival. However, this was not her first time in the spotlight. Prior to joining Doctor Who, Billie was best known as a singer. At only 15 she released her first single, “Because We Want To”, which reached number one in the UK charts. She was the youngest artist to ever debut at number one.
Her character in Doctor Who, Rose Tyler, was the companion to both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors. An ordinary working class girl from London, she captured both the Time Lord’s and the nation’s hearts. She stayed for two series, bowing out in 2006’s Series 2 finale Doomsday. Billie described her time on the show as “an amazing adventure” and was gifted “a stunning exit” by showrunner Russell T Davies. Caught in the middle of a battle between the Cybermen and the Daleks, Rose was trapped in a parallel world, cut off from The Doctor for good. The final scene as they say goodbye on Bad Wolf Bay became one of the most memorable in all of new Doctor Who.
“I can see everything. All that is, all that was, all that ever could be…”
However, it wasn’t long until Billie Piper reappeared on our screens in Doctor Who Series 4 (2008). Her triumphant return was an important part of the season’s ongoing story arc. Initially, she made some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos throughout the course of the series. Her official return was for the final three episodes – Turn Left, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. But being left stranded on a beach for the second time still didn’t keep Billie away. She came back yet again for the end of David Tennant’s last episode: The End of Time, Part Two. She also played the role of The Moment in the 50th anniversary special The Day of The Doctor.
After leaving Doctor Who in 2006, Billie continued her acting career in a number of high-profile television productions. These include a BBC adaptation of Ruby in the Smoke, a starring role in ITV2’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and as Lily in Penny Dreadful. More recently, fans could see Billie treading the boards on stage in Yerma at the Young Vic theatre.
Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to Billie today by sharing with us your favourite Rose Tyler moments! Hip hip, Who-rray!