Billie Piper has announced that she will be leaving her role as Rose Tyler in the new Doctor Who series at the end of the second season:
“Rose and I have gone on the most incredible journey with Russell T Davies and the cast and crew of Doctor Who over the past two years,” said Billie.
“It has been an amazing adventure, and I can confirm it comes to an end, for now at least, as series two climaxes.
“I am truly indebted to Russell for giving me the chance to play Rose Tyler, and to all the Doctor Who fans old and new who have been so supportive of me in this amazing role. Thank you so much.”
My wife will not be happy to hear this as she absolutely loves Billie’s portrayal of Rose. She definitely won’t be happy if they end up killing Rose off:
Russell T Davies, writer and Executive Producer adds: “It has been a wonderful experience working with Billie – we will miss her – and wish her all the success in the world for her future.
“However, the Doctor Who team have had a whole year to plan this final scene and have created a stunning exit for Rose Tyler.
“The Doctor lives a dangerous life and when Rose joined him on his adventures she was aware of this. With a series climax called Doomsday on its way, I can’t guarantee who will survive and who won’t, but I can assure you the TARDIS is going on its scariest journey yet!”
No word yet on who the replacement companion will be, though Captain Jack is due to come back in Season 3 so perhaps they plan on making him the primary companion for awhile. That’d be interesting considering he’s also starring in the spin-off series Torchwood.
Hat tip to Solonor for spotting this first.