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Billie Piper thinks Helena Bonham Carter should be the next Doctor Who

Billie Piper has ruled out making a full time return to Doctor Who – but has cast her vote for who she would like to see take over as the next Doctor.

The actress, 38, who played Rose Tyler – a companion to the Doctor in series one and two- would like to see Helena Bonham Carter cast as the next Doctor.

However, Billie said she has no intention on taking on the role of Rose again because of the workload and the pressures of being on a high-profile programme.

No thanks: Billie Piper has ruled out making a full time return to Doctor Who – but has cast her vote for who she would like to see take over as the next Doctor

Speaking to Total Film magazine, she said: ‘I couldn’t. It’s so much work! It’s the face of a family show and that’s a lot of responsibility that I’m not comfortable with.’

But as speculation mounts that Jodie Whittaker is set to step down from the title role as Doctor Who after the next series, Billie said she would like to see the Crown star, 54, take on the role as she has ‘that madcap energy’.

Asked who should be up next for the main role in the sci-fi series, she said: ‘Oh I know who! Helena Bonham Carter. She’s just got that madcap energy. She’s a ruddy powerhouse.’ 

'She's got that madcap energy': She said she would like to see the Crown star, Helena Bonham Carter, cast as the next Doctor Who (pictured in November 2020)

‘She’s got that madcap energy’: She said she would like to see the Crown star, Helena Bonham Carter, cast as the next Doctor Who (pictured in November 2020)

Billie briefly reprised her role as Rose since leaving the show, in a three-episode stint in 2008 and in the 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’ in 2013. 

Last October, Billie spoke with her former co-star on his podcast, David Tennant Does A Podcast With…, as they recalled their time working on Doctor Who together. 

The I Hate Suzie star said the buzz that surrounded the series was similar to how it felt at the height of her music career, remembering how crowds would show up to watch them filming.

She said: ‘I’d been there before and it’s an uncomfortable position for me. I’ve never really liked that. You become this thing to people and you don’t really have any part in that.

Throwback: The actress, 38, played Rose Tyler, a companion to the Doctor in series one and two from 2005-2006 (pictured as Rose with former co-star David Tennant)

Throwback: The actress, 38, played Rose Tyler, a companion to the Doctor in series one and two from 2005-2006 (pictured as Rose with former co-star David Tennant)

‘And so you have to behave a certain way or at least try to, and that’s quite annoying. 

‘It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it means that you can’t be yourself entirely. And it means that you become incredibly guarded. And for me, reclusive, always.’ 

This comes as last month, Billie told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears

Britney, 39, famously suffered a public breakdown in 2008 after checking out of rehab, which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella.

And Billie, who shot to fame as a popstar aged 15, has recalled how working 18-hour days and having a ‘lack of control’ over everything had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life.

Similarities: This comes as last month, Billie has told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears

Similarities: This comes as last month, Billie has told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears

Looking back on her early years, Billie told how working relentlessly to become a music star took a toll on her mental health and eventually led to an eating disorder.

Speaking to the Happy Place podcast, the mother-of-three explained: ‘I don’t know anyone who worked as hard as I did at 15.

‘It was a combination of burnout, the trauma of becoming really famous, being disconnected with my family, a lack of control in my life – hence the eating disorder.’

She went on: ‘I also felt I was a teenager and changing emotionally and psychologically so much. When I think of the life I lived as a child, with an 18-hour working day and never seeing my family, I see how it negatively impacted my life.’

Troubled: Britney, 39, famously suffered a public breakdown in 2007 after checking out of rehab, which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella

Troubled: Britney, 39, famously suffered a public breakdown in 2007 after checking out of rehab, which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella

At 15-years-old, Billie became the youngest female artist to bag a number one on the UK singles chart with her debut track Because We Want To. 

She went on to have another number one with her follow-up track Girlfriend and best selling album Honey to the B. 

Looking back on how her life was, the former Doctor Who star added: ‘My experience is one I just escaped from but it could have gone one or two ways.’

Like Billie, Britney was a teen pop sensation, with Billie noting she relates Britney’s troubled time and mental struggles.

Shock: Billie shot to fame as a popstar aged 15, and recalled how working 18-hour days and having a 'lack of control' had a very 'negative impact' on her life (pictured in 2000)

Shock: Billie shot to fame as a popstar aged 15, and recalled how working 18-hour days and having a ‘lack of control’ had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life (pictured in 2000) 

‘You think: ‘It is so easy not to come out of that alive or without any trust and without some crippling mental health issue’. 

Billie controversially married radio DJ Chris Evans in Las Vegas in 2001, with their union raising eyebrows as Billie was just 18 while Chris was 35. 

She went on to say how their three-year romance was her ‘healing years’ as it allowed her to freely eat and drink as she wanted.

She added: ‘I needed them so badly and it also gave me space to reinvent with acting.’

Relate: Like Billie, Britney was a teen pop sensation, with Billie noting she relates Britney's troubled time and mental struggles

Relate: Like Billie, Britney was a teen pop sensation, with Billie noting she relates Britney’s troubled time and mental struggles


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