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Why Did Billie Piper Leave "Doctor Who"?

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Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, David Tenant as The Doctor.

Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, David Tenant as The Doctor.

"Doctor Who" and Billie Piper

Billie Piper was Rose Tyler on the hit British science fiction television series Doctor Who. She helped usher in a new era of Doctors, the show having been on hiatus for years before it returned with Christopher Eccleston as the new Doctor and Billie Piper as his lovely companion.

Her performances on the show were emotionally charged and dramatic, in addition to being a believable portrayal of a young woman trying desperately to be mature, though at times cruel to her boyfriend Mickey, at other times just simply desperate to leave the doldrums of ordinary life.

Consequently, young and beautiful Rose Tyler traveled the Universe with the dashing and charming Doctor, falling in love and, in a heart-rending departure, being separated from the beloved Doctor due to the usual tragic events surrounding his life.

And, so, Billie Piper left the show. But, why?

Why Did Billie Piper Leave "Doctor Who"?

Billie Piper was there for the revival of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston, and when Christopher Eccleston was replaced by the humorous and athletic David Tenant, Piper stayed on board. But during the second season with Tenant, Piper made the choice to leave the show.

While Piper worked on Doctor Who, she divorced British television personality Chris Evans and had barely overcome years of battling anorexia. It is safe to say, it had been a rough time for her. Though these things might have had an effect on her decision to leave, they were not ultimately why she left the show.

Simply put, her stated reason for leaving the show was that she was ready to make a career move. Doctor Who launched her career and she was ready to explore possibilities and expand on what she was doing.

And, indeed, that was what she did.

In the Smoke and Growing Pains

Right after her Doctor work ended, Billie ventured into more work, starting with a dramatic period piece called Ruby: In the Smoke. Simultaneously, she was writing her autobiography titled Growing Pains.

As far as Piper was concerned, she was on her way. She had jumped off the springboard that was Doctor Who and now had the lead role in a drama.

And she didn't stop there. By 2007 she starred in her own television series called Secret Diary of a Call Girl, as a high-class, college-educated call-girl.

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In addition, we will be seeing her very soon, in a familiar role.

Rose Tyler Says Goodbye To The Doctor

Billie Piper Returned for 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special

It turned out that Ms. Piper returned to her old stomping grounds along with David Tenant, for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary special in November 2013.

Doctor Who fans awaited the changes on Doctor Who, including the announcement that Peter Capaldi replaced the popular Matt Smith as The Doctor at the time.

Equally exciting were the fans about seeing the return of favorites Billie Piper and David Tenant for the November special. It certainly was nostalgic and heart-warming for fans to see the characters who had become dear to their hearts, on a show that people take as a personal part of their lives and a great source of television theater.

It was nice to see Ms. Billie Piper, once again, as the lovely, charming, and beautiful Rose Tyler.

Poster from Doctor Who exhibition and museum, Blackpool, UK.

Poster from Doctor Who exhibition and museum, Blackpool, UK.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Nathan Bernardo

Comments

tinabentham@gmail.com on September 22, 2017:

PLS bring back Capt Jack, he was the absolute best

Nathan Bernardo (author) from California, United States of America on November 09, 2013:

Me too, Selena.

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