Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Piper Quits Doctor Who

Billie Piper, the pop star-turned-actress, has quit her role as Rose Tyler on the BBC's hit SF series Doctor Who, the U.K. tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror reported. Citing an anonymous source, the newspaper said that Piper, 23, would leave the show in its upcoming third season because she doesn't want to become typecast.

Piper's departure follows that of original Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, who quit after the first season, to be replaced by David Tennant. Piper has already shot the show's second season with Tennant, as well as a Christmas special.

The BBC has reportedly launched a search for a new actress to replace Piper. Piper won a British best actress award for her portrayal of Rose.

The second season of Doctor Who begins airing in the United Kingdom next year.

Meanwhile, the BBC Web site has posted a new image of the show's Cybermen.


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