David Tennant And Billie Piper Explain Why They’re Returning To Doctor Who


Even when your favourite Doctor regenerates and leaves the show, the great thing about Doctor Who is that they’re able to come back at any point in time. Thanks to time travel, the Doctor can easily bump into his past selves now and then. Of course, it all depends on whether the actor wants to or not, but luckily for the Tenth Doctor’s legion of fans, David Tennant says he’s always willing to return to the sci-fi show.

Whether that’ll ever happen or not is up for debate – we wouldn’t rule it out, though – but in the meantime, we’ve got the next best thing coming our way, as the actor will be reprising the role for a new series of audio dramas he’s recorded with TV co-star Billie Piper AKA Rose Tyler for Big Finish Productions. Granted, it’s obviously not as exciting as seeing the two of them back on our screens, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine about why they decided to head back to the iconic sci-fi franchise, Piper explained it’s because she didn’t want to feel left out.

“It just feels like another opportunity to keep the flame alive. You know, I felt as through because everyone’s doing [Big Finish] was I missing out? Also, it’s all people ask me at conventions. It was getting awkward.”

Tennant, meanwhile, noted that he’s always been fond of Doctor Who and it’s a happy place for him to be.

“It never quite goes away, does it? There’s no escaping it, nor would I want to, really. Because Doctor Who sort of runs through my life like a stick of rock. It’s sort of always bubbling under, and you know it always will. I always feel fond towards it. I always feel like it’s a happy place to be.”

“Obviously a day like this brings it all back a little more keenly, but it’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar. I suppose I don’t feel detached enough from it to feel sentimental, really. Maybe if I’d been completely banished from it for ten years…?”

The actor’s comments here will no doubt get fans’ hopes up that the Tenth Doctor could return to the show again sometime soon. After all, he previously teamed up with Matt Smith and John Hurt for the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.” Usually, we’d say there isn’t much of a call for him to appear, but rumours state that Smith could put in a cameo in this year’s Christmas special. So who knows?

For now, we can all look forward to when Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day for Peter Capaldi’s final adventure in “Twice Upon A Time.”