Fans of Billie Piper’s former ‘Doctor Who’ companion Rose Tyler thought they had seen the last of her back in 2010 as David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor regenerated, and we were left with that heartbreaking scene on Bad Wolf Bay. Then, in 2013, Piper returned briefly in the multi-Doctor story ‘The Day of the Doctor’ as the human embodiment of The Moment, the most powerful and most dangerous weapon in all of creation, which the War Doctor intended to use to end the Last Great Time War.
Now, five years later, could Piper be planning to reprise her role again for the Jodie Whittaker era?
A cryptic message on Piper’s Snapchat suggested that a big announcement was forthcoming, and given that she used a rose emoji in her teaser, people were quick to speculate that the news has something to do with her character Rose. Her return to the show would be, in the words of Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, fantastic!
Check out some fan reactions on Twitter:
— Keeley Owen (@Keeley_Jayne) February 5, 2018
Wonder what @billiepiper big announcement is? looks to hint to something regarding Rose? not sure.
— Thomas Chapman (@Tom_Chappy_man) February 5, 2018
— Maddie (@doctor10nant418) February 5, 2018
While we may not see a return of Rose on the show, was Piper hinting that she will once again lend her voice to a ‘Doctor Who’ audio book story like has done in the past, or something similar?
Whether fans will be gifted with a return of Rose, we are thrilled to see Whittaker take her turn as the new Doctor. Whittaker, the Thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor, recently called her exciting new role the “defining moment of [her] life”, and said that she hopes it will open more doors for actresses in the future. She has said:
“It’s amazing to be a milestone, but how wonderful if it wasn’t, if it was just accepted, embraced. I’m not dissing the moment – it’s f**king brilliant – but hopefully when other people grow up, it’s not so much of a surprise.”
Well after all the excitement and speculation, it turns out Piper was really teasing a raffle to raise money for an acting school, with the grand prize being a trip to meet her and see her new show on Broadway. You can watch the related video below:
So… who fancies hanging out with me on Broadway? 😁🎭 pic.twitter.com/rMXBdrDFBV
— Billie Piper (@billiepiper) February 8, 2018
‘Doctor Who’ returns for its 11th series later in the year on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.