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Thoroughly Modern

She’s back! Billie Piper makes her Big Finish début this month, starring as Rose Tyler opposite David Tennant’s Time Lord in The Tenth Doctor Adventures. And this time, she’s doing it for the kids…
Rose returned to Doctor Who in Journey’s End (2008).

“I’m Rose Tyler. He’s the Doctor. One question: what the hell’s going on?”

Rose Tyler, Cold Vengeance

“She perfectly sums up what people would now call a modern woman, you know?” says Billie Piper, when we ask how she’d describe Rose Tyler to a Doctor Who newbie. “She’s big on curiosity and danger, and has a real zest for life; she’s very front-footed and very single-minded about things that she really is passionate about.” A pause. “And I like her.”

Was there any trepidation about resurrecting Rose for Big Finish?

“You mean, is it a bit weird playing a 19-year-old now that I’m a 34-year-old mother of two?”

Cold Vengeance features in the second volume of Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor Adventures.

Well, we suppose. But more that it’s a role in which Billie was wildly successful and for which, to this day, she’s universally adored. She must have been tempted to just leave it be. Yet here she is, back in time.

“It just feels like another opportunity to keep the flame alive,” she says. “You know, I felt as though, because everyone’s doing it [Big Finish], was I missing out? Also, it’s all people ask me at conventions,” she smiles. “It was getting awkward.”

Dressed casually in a T-shirt and dungarees, Billie is at West London’s Soundhouse studios today, 11 May, to record Cold Vengeance, the Ice Warrior third of a Tenth Doctor triple-decker. And she’s frowning at page 12. “Is this a Rose joke here? ‘Henrik’s January sales’…?”

“That was the shop you used to work in,” explains director Nicholas Briggs.

“Oh!” she says. “Sorry. ▶


DWM: Hello Guy. The Sword of the Chevalier is Volume Two’s ‘celebrity historical’. How did you settle on a subject?

Guy Adams: “I found it more difficult than I thought. Most of my obvious choices were too recent – and potentially litigious! Then I stumbled upon the Chevalier, a sketch of her, in voluminous dresses, fencing like the champion she was.”

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THE TENTH DOCTOR AND ROSE ARE BACK! ISSUE 518 OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CHATS EXCLUSIVELY TO DAVID TENNANT AND BILLIE PIPER Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, David Tennant and Billie Piper are back for a series of Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose... “An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same.” (David Tennant) “It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.” (Billie Piper) ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE… MATT LUCAS We talk to Matt Lucas about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who. CAMILLE CODURI Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells us what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures. SYLVESTER McCOY In the second part of our interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future. WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END We meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons. BOX OF DELIGHTS An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year. MATILDUS A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray. THE TIME TEAM The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2011’s The Rebel Flesh. PLUS... Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!