There has been a lot of talk of Doctor Who spin-offs in the last few months; from speculation around the return of Torchwood to talk of an expansion of the Doctor Who Universe as part of the Disney deal that could see new shows centred around Daleks, Cybermen and beyond.
With Russell T Davies back as showrunner on Doctor Who, the rumours and excitement around spin-offs have only been amplified as of course he has in the past produced shows that have developed around the science fiction series in the shape of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
And therefore, it goes without saying that many of the ideas fans have been dreaming about when it comes to spin-offs revolve around telling new stories and catching up with well-loved and well-remembered members of the cast, or those that didn’t get as much airtime as perhaps fan would have liked. Ideas range from the new adventures of Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor who of course just had the 1996 TV movie as his own to catching up with Clara and Me to see what happened next.
But how about the idea of a Rose Tyler spin-off series? Surely everyone would like to see that on TV…
Well, it turns out that Billie Piper, who played Rose Tyler opposite Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor and David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor between 2005 and 2006 is completely up for that idea… but she does have a few conditions!
“If it was shot in London – sorry that’s a really loveless answer! There’s a running theme here, I don’t want to work much,” Piper told Buzzfeed in an interview where she had already talked about working around her family and children.
Added Piper: “It was like four episodes all shot in London, then yeah, I’d be like a rat-up-a-drainpipe for that.”
Surely that can be arranged, Russell? Surely that can be arranged! Or at least a return of Billie in the 60th?
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three one-hour-long 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and will be followed by season 14 of Doctor Who starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Time Lord and Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby Sunday.
Billie Piper will next be starring in I Hate Suzie Too, the second season of her award-winning comedy-drama about the out-of-control life of a teen star who has now grown up. I Hate Suzie Too is on Sky and NOW in the UK from 20th December.