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Last Updated: Sunday May 29 2005 12:04 GMT

Billie will stay with new Doctor

Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Billie Piper will stay as Doctor Who's assistant Rose Tyler for the second series of the new show, it's reported.

She had been tipped to leave series two after only a couple of episodes, but according to a Sunday newspaper she is staying for the whole series.

That's good news for BBC bosses, as Christopher Ecclestone who plays the Doctor won't be back next year.

David Tennant is replacing him as the man with sonic screwdriver, and Billie staying may make the change easier.

The science fiction magazine Dreamwatch had reported the actress would be leaving after two or three episodes.

The second series of the updated Doctor Who starts filming in Cardiff in July.




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