Doctor Who star Matt Smith hints at return of Billie Piper as Rose for 50th anniversary?

Matt Smith, who of course plays the role of the Doctor in the BBC’s long running sci-fi romp, Doctor Who, has hinted that Billie Piper may reprise her role as the Time Lord’s companion, Rose Tyler, for the show’s 50th anniversary special.

Billie featured as Rose during the somewhat brief tenure of Christopher Eccleston in the role of the Doctor, and continued to play sidekick to David Tennant when he took over the all important role.

Speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, Matt – who starred in drama Ruby in the Smoke alongside Billie – said, “If I wanted a companion from the past, I would say Rose because I am good friends with Billie.”

The paper adds, “Rose was last seen heading off to build a life with a part-clone part-human version of the Doctor…”

The 90-minute anniversary special will reportedly feature “throwback homages” to characters past and present as the show’s journey from its inception to global success is chronicled.

But also, as we reported recently, Doctor Who fans are set to enjoy an online miniseries about the Time Lord’s most recent companions, Amy and Rory, in a show entitled, Pond Life.

Of it, writer Chris Chibnall said, “Pond Life provides us with a lovely opportunity to catch up with Amy and Rory since we saw them at the end of the last series.

“It opens with them at home and gives us an insight into just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives…

“Travelling with the Doctor is one of the greatest things you can do, but it’s fun to spend a few moments looking at the chaos he can also bring.”

Pond Life will be shown exclusively online on the official Doctor Who website over five days as of Monday 27 August. The show will also be available on BBC1’s YouTube channel before it’s repeated in an omnibus – available via the red button – on Saturday 1 September.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.


  1. Desariella of Aresia on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I’d love to see 11 with Rose. But they would have to find a way to make it happen as she is trapped in a parallel world with no way back.
    Check out my DW story “The Aresian Saga” (just google the title)

  2. Sarah Kay on September 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Rose is my favourite companion because I was about 3-4-5 years old and I had never seen or heard of doctor who ever before and I loved the character rose and I always will. When she left I cryed my eyes out for days and days and I didn’t think I coul live with out her. Ever sinse she left there hasn’t been any companion like her apart from Amy but it isn’t the same with Amy because I havnt grown up with Amy really but with rose I growed up watching her and it may sound strange but doctor who and the character rose I think had allot of influence on my child hood. When I was at primary school I would walk around the playground alone and some of my friends used to come up to me and say are u ok I would say yh and some of them used to sy that I acted like the doctor, I wasn’t offended surprisingly considering I had wen compared to a man lol. Sorry for the life story but I would rlly rlly love it just to see rose for one last time I mean they can do so much with her she could have had kids, got married, jobs it would be so awesome to see her all grown up i guess even if it is the last time I will or would ever see her again. X

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