Billie Piper and David Tennant filming Doctor Who in Penarth In the autumn of , it was announced that Doctor Who would be resurrected in ; the casting of Piper as Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to the ninth incarnation of The Doctor to be played by Christopher Eccleston , was announced in May In March , she claimed that she would continue on Doctor Who into its third series in Later, it was confirmed by Russell T.
Davies in Doctor Who Magazine that this return had been planned since she left. It was also revealed in Doctor Who Confidential that Piper had made arrangements to return as Rose since she decided to leave. The series began in April ,  and after several cameos , Piper made her official return as Rose in the series four final episodes " Turn Left ", " The Stolen Earth ", and " Journey's End ".
She did not initially state whether she would be reprising the role again. Interviewed on Doctor Who Confidential, she commented that "it's never really the end for the Doctor and Rose, but it's certainly the end for the foreseeable future". In January , Piper confirmed on The Graham Norton Show that the producers had not asked her to take part in an episode for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
Even though she is credited as appearing as Rose Tyler once again, her actual role is the consciousness of "The Moment", a super weapon, which takes on the form of Rose's "Bad Wolf" personality.
As part of her preparation for the role, Piper met the memoir's author two years before her identity as a research scientist was revealed in a Sunday newspaper: Piper was also quoted during this time as worrying that she may have "ruined her future career" due to the nature of the topless scenes and other sexual scenes required.
The third season began airing in January In January , tying in with the broadcast of the third season and following on from the real Belle de Jour confirming her real identity, ITV2 broadcast an interview special, Billie and the Real Belle Bare All , which saw Piper meeting with Dr. Brooke Magnanti on-camera for the first time. The show was renewed for a third and final season, which she began filming on 17 September She was described as "earth-quaking" by The Guardian  and "a generation's greatest performance" by The Stage.
Whilst ticket sales are yet to be confirmed, more than cinemas confirmed they had sold out to capacity with many requesting encore copies. The performances marked her NY stage debut. She once again received unanimous critical praise. NBC's Katie Englehart said "Piper is so devastating I almost vomited in my seat - that doesn't sound like an endorsement but it is. Shortly before starting work on Doctor Who , she had a starring role in the horror film Spirit Trap , released in August to poor reviews.
In November , she starred as Hero in a BBC adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing , updated for the modern day in a similar manner to the Canterbury Tales series in which she featured, with Hero now being a weather presenter in a television station.
Piper completed work on two stand-alone television productions. Piper made her stage debut in a touring production of Christopher Hampton 's play Treats , which opened in early in Windsor, Berkshire.
Treats was to have ended its tour in the West End, at the Garrick Theatre , starting in February with previews. The play officially closed in May. Piper has provided voice-overs for various television commercials, including one for Comfort fabric-softener airing in June and Debenhams airing in It received critical acclaim, with Quentin Letts claiming it was "one of the better theatre productions I have seen".
Her performance is so convincing and moving, an absolutely terrific performance". Personal life[ edit ] Piper married DJ, television presenter and businessman Chris Evans in a secret ceremony in May , in Las Vegas after six months of dating.
Their marriage attracted much comment due to Evans being 16 years older than Piper. In an interview with the Radio Times , she said: I think that's disgusting. Mary's Church in Easebourne , West Sussex ,  where they lived as of He stated that no third party was involved in the separation.