Former pop star Billie Piper, who played the memorable companion Rose Tyler in the first two seasons of the revamped “Doctor Who,” will be making a brief return to the series.
The BBC has confirmed that Piper will return sometime during the upcoming fourth season, and it’s expected she will appear during a three episode arc at the end of the season and may have already begun filming her scenes.
Piper was last seen in 2006’s second season finale in a tearful farewell to the tenth and still current Doctor (David Tennant) as she became trapped in an alternate dimension with her family.
Despite being critically acclaimed as the best season so far, the third season saw the introduction of new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) who didn’t seem to resonate with audiences as well, and thus her character departed the series at the end of the season.
This fourth season will see all three of the Doctor’s companions appearing. Last year’s Christmas special companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) will return in a regular capacity throughout the entire season, Martha (Agyeman) will return for several episodes, as will Rose (Piper).
Whether we see all three together in one scene is unknown for now, but rumor has it that Tate’s Donna will have a cross-dimensional chat with Piper’s Rose after it appears the Doctor has died.
The fourth season of ‘Who’ kicks off in the UK on March 13th 2008, and in the US later in the year. A Christmas special with Aussie singer Kylie Minogue serving as the Doctor’s companion airs in the UK on December 25th.
As previously reported, the planned fifth season for 2009 has been replaced with plans for three specials which big stars are being sought for.