The BBC reports that actress Billie Piper will reprise her role as Rose on three season four episodes of Doctor Who. Piper left the show at the end of season two, when her character was transported into a parallel universe. A separate show based on Rose had been planned by writer and series producer Russell T Davies, but was scrapped when Davies decided the program was “a spin-off too far.” It’s not clear if Rose’s return means we’ll get to see more of Noel Clarke as Rose’s boyfriend Mickey or Camille Coduri as her mother.
It’ll be a busy season for the Doctor, who will have four different companions this year. Soon after last year’s finale, it was announced that Catherine Tate, who played a guest stint in the 2006 Christmas special “The Runaway Bride,” would be returning to the TARDIS. Freema Agyeman’s Martha left the show after the third season, but will appear in three episodes of spinoff Torchwood, and is expected to return to the Doctor’s side sometime in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. But first, the Doctor will return to television screens in the U.K. at Christmas, with a special set on the Titanic and co-starring singer and actress Kylie Minogue.