Doctor Who: Billie Piper to Return As Rose in Audio Spinoff


During the early days of the BBC's modern revival of Doctor Who, Rose Tyler was the first companion to travel across time and space alongside the Doctor. Although actress Billie Piper was aboard to project for only two seasons, her character was the main companion of two incarnations of the Doctor, a passionate love interest and a popular fan-favorite addition to long running sci-fi series.

So popular was the character that Piper made a few guest appearances throughout the fourth season of the series as she tried to establish contact with the Doctor, as well as in the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor." Now, Rose Tyler will once again swing back into action in a leading capacity -- in an audio spinoff series.

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Big Finish News confirms that Piper will reprise the role of Rose Tyler for a four-episode audio series titled Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon. What's more, Piper will not be coming back to the franchise alone. In fact, Camille Coduri and Shaun Dingwall will return as Rose's parents, Jackie and Pete Tyler. Also joining the series will be Mark Benton and Elli Garnett as husband-and-wife duo Clive and Caroline Finch, who both appeared in the first episode of Doctor Who's modern revival, "Rose." Benton's Clive didn't survive the fateful episode, but the audio series will bring back an alternate version of the character from a parallel universe.

Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon

According to the report, these audio episodes will avoid the usual extraterrestrial threats that usually come with Doctor Who territory and instead focus on dark, human stories that will chronicle Rose's journey through a dying multiverse to find the Doctor, as briefly seen in Season 4 of the series.

"I approached [original showrunner] Russell T. Davies with the idea of Big Finish making a Rose Tyler spin-off," producer David Richardson revealed. "He was very enthusiastic - as always - and suggested we followed Rose’s journey that ultimately leads to her finding the Doctor in [the Season 4 episode] "The Stolen Earth." I found the proposal irresistible, and instantly script editor Matt Fitton and I were throwing around ideas. There is a whole multiverse of possibilities.

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The current season of Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8 pm EST on BBC America in the United States and stars Jodie Whittaker as the latest iteration of the titular Time Lord. Whittaker is joined by co-stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill in a season spearheaded by new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

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