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Piper and Tennant were only on the screen together for one year between 2005 and 2006, but theirs is one of the most fondly remembered partnerships.
More than ten years after they played a crucial part in bringing ‘Doctor Who’ back to the small screen and mainstream popularity, David Tennant and Billie Piper are set to reunite in a series of audio episodes.
Tennant and Piper portrayed the Timelord and his companion Rose Tyler in ‘Doctor Who’ between 2005 and 2006, and were one of the most fondly remembered combinations as the sci-fi series made its comeback in the noughties. Now, they’ll be getting back together for three audio-only episodes of ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2’, which will be released in November this year.
David Tennant played the Doctor for four years
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Piper played the Doctor's assistant, Rose Tyler, from 2005 to 2006.
With the news that Peter Capaldi will be ending his role as the Time Lord at the end of the upcoming series of ‘Doctor Who’, one of the show’s former stars Billie Piper has called on the BBC to cast a woman in the lead role for the first time.
58 year old Capaldi has held down the role of the Twelfth Doctor since 2013, but he announced on Monday night (January 30th) that he would be making way for another star by the end of the year. He will appear in the forthcoming series in the spring, playing the Doctor for the final time in the 2017 Christmas special.
Billie Piper believes the vacant 'Doctor Who' role should go to a woman
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Billie and Laurence had announced their split in late March, and were granted the decree nisi formally ending their marriage in a very brief hearing on Thursday.
At the Central Family Court in London on Thursday morning (May 12th), District Judge Yvonne Gibson granted Piper a decree nisi from actor Laurence Fox on the grounds that their marriage had “irretrievably broken down” and that she found it “intolerable” to live with him any longer. Neither party was present for the brief hearing.
Billie Piper and Laurence Fox in 2014
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She had previously described the DJ as her "soulmate"
In the wake of her divorce to actor Laurence Fox, Billie Piper is reportedly turning to her first husband, Chris Evans, as a shoulder to cry on. Billie and Chris have been separated for over a decade; however, they’ve remained close friends since their split.
Billie Piper and Laurence Fox have split after eight years of marriage
The Metro has reported that Billie, who married new Top Gear host Evans after a whirlwind romance when she was just 18, is seeking comfort with her "soulmate" after a series of heated arguments between her and Fox, with whom she has two children.
Billie and Laurence have been married for nearly nine years, and have two children together.
A short statement on the British actor’s official Facebook page on Wednesday (March 23rd) read: “Laurence Fox and Billie Piper have separated. No third parties are involved. For the sake of our family we request and appeal for space and privacy at this time.”
They married on New Year’s Eve in 2007 in Easebourne, West Sussex, where they have lived ever since. They have two sons together – Winston, 7, and Eugene, 3.
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The actress was forced to cancel her West End stage show appearance
Ex- Doctor Who actress Billie Piper was forced to pull out of a performance of her most recent stage show after a traffic accident that left a teenager hospitalised.
Billie Piper is being investigated by police having been involved in a traffic accident last week
The 31 year old former pop chart star was driving her Volkswagen Golf on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th July near King’s Cross when eye-witnesses report that she attempted a U-turn on a steep bit of road behind the railway station on York Way. At the same time a 16 year old male cyclist, who was reported to be travelling at speed downhill, collided with the back of Billie’s vehicle and sustained serious injuries having been thrown off the bicycle.
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The special 50th anniversary episode will feature all of the Doctors.
The countdown to the 23rd November has officially begun as the air date for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, 'The Day of The Doctor,' has been announced. It has also been announced that the first official trailer will air this Saturday night (9th Nov.) to really whip up some fan anticipation before the big day.
Doctors from past and present unite
We've already been teased with a minute long trailer that takes us through the five decades worth of Doctors and their assistants who are shown frozen in time whilst Matt Smith narrates. However, the new trailer will give a closer look at what to expect in the upcoming one-off special and will be shown on BBC1 from 8pm in the UK this coming Saturday.
The 12th Time Lord in the show's 50+ year run will be unveiled live on BBC1 at the end of the week
With Matt Smith's time as the Universe's most famous time altering, Tardis-flying hero, Doctor Who, coming to an end, we've all been scratching our heads over the prospect of his potential successor. Could it be a man, a woman, a lime-green half-man-half-woman? The possibilities are limitless, however the reality will be made apparent sooner than some might expect, as the BBC intends on revealing the 12th Doctor during a live show being aired this Sunday (4 August) on BBC1.
Current Doctor Matt Smith with his sidekick Jenna Coleman and the show's head, Steven Moffat
The show, which will be presented by Zoe Ball, will feature some in-depth Doctor Who discussion, as well as interviews with current Time Lord Matt Smith and executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat, with the new Doctor's unveiling serving as the main attraction for the Who-filled evening. According to reports from the BBC, the mystery person has already been chosen following a series of rigorous screentests, organised incognito by the Beeb under the codename 'Houdini.’
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Doctor Who fans at the San Diego Comic-Con said goodbye to Matt Smith as The Doctor. Further information on the 50th anniversary special of show (due to air in November) was also released.
Doctor Who fans bade Matt Smith farewell at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. This reincarnation of The Doctor announced in June he would be leaving the show. He will continue in the role until the Christmas special, whilst his assistant, Jenna Coleman, will continue in her role as Clara Oswald.
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Stephen Moffat at 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, New York.
When Smith took to the stage a number of fans shouted in unison "thank you Matt!" In response to his fan's Smith, on his role as The Doctor, said "it changed my life and my family's life, and I'm proud and grateful to be part of it."
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The race for the new Doctor really is wide open
Matt Smith announced last week that he is to step down from the role that made him a household name, leaving the door open for the 12th Doctor in the show's 50 year run to step into Smith's shoes. As the 11th white actor to play the Time Lord moves on to bigger things, there is a strong demand from the public for the next Doctor to break the mould a little a bring in the first female or ethnic actor to take on the role.
The man behind the momentous return of the show, Steven Moffat, has already green-lit a change from the norm and the mounting pressure to introduce a bit of diversity on the show may prove too much for the people in charge of casting at the BBC. Still, a quick look at the odds for the next Doctor seems to indicate that things won't change too much at all, with the top odd all being designated to various white, male actors.
The top three tips for the next Time Lord are Cutting It star Ben Daniels, Irish actor Damien Molony (of Being Human fame) and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, with former Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper and Kinky Boots star Chiwetel Ejiofor the favourite non-white males to take up the mantle. Neither of these two make much sense though, as having a former sidekick regenerate as a Doctor would be too weird even for the Doctor, whilst Ejiofor is frankly too good and too established an actor to make the move to television when he should really be one of the main names to take up Daniel Craig's place as James Bond or being offered Oscar-worthy roles instead.
Odds are in for the successor to Matt Smith's Doctor Who - who will become the next Doctor?
Matt Smith hasn't even given up his role as the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who yet but speculation is already rife over who will take over command of the TARDIS as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor is set to step down this Christmas, having debuted in January 2010.
William Hill have drawn up a list of odds; the most favourable, surprisingly, is for the next Doctor to be played by a female actor.
The bookies current favourite, at 10/1, is 31 year-old Russell Tovey, best known for his roles as werewolf, George Sands, in BBC drama Being Human and the character, Rudge, in both the stage and screen adaptations of The History Boys. Tovey took to Twitter to lament the stepping down of Smith in a statement that has fuelled speculation he might be in talk to be the next Doctor: "Sad to hear of Matt Smith's doctor departure, he truly is a superb actor and made the Doc proper.. Who's next tho eh? Who's next.. Hmmm x" Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, jointly ranks alongside Tovey with 10/1 odds. William Hill spokesman, Rupert Adams says he thinks Grint, 24, would "be perfect for the role."
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Maybe the Doctor will finally be ginger this time.
Fans of Doctor Who better say their goodbyes to the show’s star Matt Smith, who will be leaving his role at the end of the season. Smith’s Doctor will regenerate during the 2013 Christmas special and get a brand new body (or in non-Doctor Who terms, a new actor will come in to fill the role.) Smith has been playing the Doctor for the past four seasons of the show (where did the time go?) having taken over from David Tennant in 2010. As you might imagine, that wasn’t an easy transition for the fans. There is likely to be a lot of nostalgia for “the old Doctor Who” after this change as well. As for Matt Smith, he has no regrets, saying for BBC news that working on the show has been "the most brilliant experience".
This season of the show is filled with surprises and big events for the Whovian community. After the show introduced a new companion to the Doctor, played by Jenna-louise Coleman, its 50th anniversary special is due during the series’ fall season. Smith has already filmed the special episode, which will feature cameo appearances by DW alumni David Tennant and Billie Piper. Referring to his time-travelling companions, Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), Smith said: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go..."
During the announcement of Smith’s departure, head writer Steven Moffat expressed his admiration for the youngest actor to ever play the Doctor: "Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me. The way he'd turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry - I just never knew what was coming next.
Lucy Prebble, the playwright behind The Effect, which premiered in London last night, has revealed that she wrote the play for her good friend Billie Piper and her “huge heart.” The play is inspired by the 2006 medical trials by Parexcel, during which six volunteers were taken ill with multiple organ failure. It’s Prebble’s first play since Enron, three years ago.
Prebble, 31, has described the play as a love story and explained to the Evening Standard that that required Billie Piper’s “emotional bravery.” The pair have been friends since they both worked on ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Prebble spoke highly of Piper, saying “She’s a wonderful actor and one of the biggest hearted people I’ve ever known. I knew when I was writing the part I wanted someone who is an emotional resonator, able to give emotions and be likeable and charming. She is vulnerable, open - she has a huge heart.” In the play, two patients fall in love during a medical trial but are unsure whether it’s the drugs that have made them do so.
In order to undertake some research for the play, Prebble even volunteered to take part in a medical trial herself. “I was really scared,” she admits. “And I’m really squeamish. I find needles really difficult and it’s an incredibly intense environment. You’re in a hospital ward for weeks and weeks. I only did it for a few days.” The response to the play has been largely positive, with one audience member commenting “Billie Piper was stunning, absolutely stunning. It was beautifully done and well crafted.”
Billie Piper Wednesday 1st June 2011 Billie Piper appears rather worse for wear as she leaves the afterparty for ' Much Ado About Nothing ' in Covent Garden. She was also sporting some rather nasty looking spots on her face. London, England
Billie Piper - Billie Piper, London, England - at the 'Much Ado About Nothing' press night at Wyndhams Theatre - Outside Arrivals Wednesday 1st June 2011
Billie Piper and Laurence Fox are seen leaving Shoreditch House in London's Trendy East End Saturday 14th August 2010 Billie Piper and Laurence Fox are seen leaving Shoreditch House in London's Trendy East End London, England
Doctor Who star Billie Piper has banned her actor husband Laurence Fox from watching the hit British TV show - because she can't stand seeing herself onscreen.
The 25-year-old actress left the sci-fi series in 2006, but is set to reprise her role as the Timelord's sidekick Rose later this year (08).
And Piper admits she won't let her new husband watch any of the programmes - in case he chances upon an episode with her in it.
She says, "He has never seen an episode of Doctor Who with me in it because I won't let him.
"I get really edgy watching myself, and I get even more edgy with my loved ones because they know me and I feel they're going to take the mickey (make fun of me).
"Sitting down to watch my performances makes me cry. It's even worse watching it with another actor, because he can dissect your performance."
Piper and Fox married on New Year's Eve (07) and are expecting their first child together.
Kevin Whately, Billie Piper and Fox Monday 31st December 2007 Kevin Whately and Madelaine Newton arrive at the wedding of Billie Piper and Laurence Fox at the Parish Church of St. Mary in Easebourne West Sussex, England
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