Billie Piper


Georgia Moffett (above right) plays the Doctor’s daughter in the sixth episode of the fourth season of ‘Doctor Who’ on BBC One. The episode paces perhaps a little too quickly, leaving us with a slightly disenchanted connection with Ms. Moffett when she steps in front of a bullet intended for the Doctor, but nevertheless, Ms. Moffett puts on a solid performance and it would appear viewers might be getting more of her later on (she seems to have regenerated at the end).

Interestingly, Ms. Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison, the fifth doctor. She also auditioned for the role of Rose Tyler, which wound up in the very capable hands of Billie Piper. While I think Ms. Moffett is a good actress, I’m very glad the role of Rose went to Ms. Piper. Moffett’s acting is a little flat compared to Piper’s — and I’m not sure she has the same range as Billie does. That said, if the BBC does carry on a new series with her as the Doctor’s daughter, it might turn out to be a great series. Many on Who fansites have clamored for a female doctor; Ms. Moffett could be a perfect substitute for post-4th season blues. And since the BBC plans to put the Who series on-ice for a while to juggle the creative team, how better to keep the Who-verse top of mind?

Check out the trailer to the episode here (Also embedded below). For more promo photos, journey here.

Doctor Who - Billie Piper Returns!

Alright, so some people have major issues with Ms. Piper (far right, above) and the sidekick part she played during the “rebirth” of the Doctor Who series with Christopher Eccleston and later David Tennant (center, above), but as the Brits might say, “buggers to them.” Piper is just as responsible for the uber popularity the New Who series has garnered across the world as the two doctors; her acting and charm certainly helped carry the day in several episodes and there’s a reason why fans have clamored for her return since the last episode of season 2, “Doomsday.” Show-writer/producer R.T. Davies (RTD) has spilled little about Piper’s glorious return but no doubt many of us will have our eyes peeled when the 4th season of the Doctor’s time travels hits the UK and the Sci-Fi channel. This being the rumored last hurrah for Mr. RTD (and quite possibly for Mr. Tennant, too), it makes perfect sense he’s bringing back the companion that re-started our infatuation with the Doctor and his Tardis. It promises to be a wild 13 episode romp.

Unfortunately, I can’t stand following a TV series week-to-week (Sarah Connor Chronicles was my last foray into this unknown vehicle and my patience wears thin). As I’ve done before, I’ll probably pass on the season entirely until it hits those wonderful DVDs later in Nov. (get those preorders ready!) and plan to take it in during my well-needed Winter break after another round of law school finals. No better way to spend the winter than with the Doctor!

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…You’re missing one of the best rebirths in the telly’s history. For those of us who grew up watching the Doctor, the BBC’s relaunch in 2003 is nothing short of a small miracle. Writer Russell T. Davies and his merry, awfully talented band have (and continue to) bring depth and life to the Doctor, his companion and the amazing Who-verse. In the US, the series can be seen on the Sci-Fi channel; TV Guide *finally* placed Doctor Who on its hot, must-watch list — the third season, which is already nearing its end in the UK — is starting up on Sci-Fi this month.

For the few of us who don’t have cable (me! come on, it’s not like I have much time to watch TV anyways — what am I to do with hundreds of channels?), the DVD box sets are the next best thing. I picked up both season 1 and 2 from Buy.com and Amazon.com and have been having a blast. Admittedly, the sets are expensive ($70 online, expect to pay $20-$30 more at retail stores) but the BBC has done a fantastic job cramming a whole lot of extras on these discs. You can check out how the TARDIS was designed and conceived and even watch as the lovely Billie Piper takes you around the set camera in hand.

If you’re not familiar with Doctor Who, fear not. You do not need to know anything about the prior Who series — which goes all the way back to the 1963 — to understand the new ones, though I’m quite sure once you’ve consumed a few you’ll want to learn more. For new Who-fans, do check out the Outpost Gallifrey; it’s filled with facts and boards about the new and old Doctor Who shows. Of course, if you’re like me and can’t get ahold of season 3 until the boxed set comes out, steer clear of the spoiler boards.