Billie Piper On Rose's Doctor Who Exit With Metacrisis Doctor: "I Hated That"

Billie Piper has recently spilled the beans on her real feelings about Rose Tyler's fate in Doctor Who. The tear-jerking 2006 Series 2 finale Doomsday saw Rose torn away from the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, and apparently trapped forever in a parallel dimension. She then made a surprise return in 2008 to stand shoulder-to-shoulder once again with Ten and the rest of Team TARDIS. But a happy ending for the Doctor and Rose was not to be and the climax of Series 4 finale Journey's End saw Rose return to the parallel dimension in the company of the Doctor's half-human metacrisis clone. 

Talking to Doctor Who Magazine about Rose's life after Journey's End, she revealed that she was less than happy with the companion having to make do with a duplicate version of the Time Lord.

"I hated that," she said. "In the same way that when I watched Beauty And The Beast - the Disney cartoon - I hated it when the Beast turned in to the man, I always wanted [the Doctor] to be the beast, and her be in love with the beast. I feel like this is the same sort of loss! Like, it's kind of a good thing, but it's not the same. He seemed like a lesser version, didn't he?"

"I think it was just his outfit," she added, tongue-in-cheek. "He wore a t-shirt instead of a tie and shirt, and so somehow I took him less seriously!"

 Having already appeared in a set of new Tenth Doctor audio adventures for Big Finish alongside David Tennant, Billie will shortly be reuniting with Camille Coduri and Shaun Dingwall in Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon, a quartet of full cast audio adventures set in the parallel dimension before the events of Journey's End. However, this hasn't stopped Billie having ideas about keeping the story of Rose and the Metacrisis Doctor going. and believes that the interest would be there for a story set after the Series 4 finale. 

"I would like to see a one-off dark comedy about Rose and the Doctor in the parallel universe," she says. "But instead of it being really sci-fi, it can have an element of sci-fi, but it's very much about their romantic relationship and what's happened to them in the time since we've left them. Just them cohabiting; their normal environment."

Read the full interview with Billie in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#542) available now.