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Billie Piper: 'Doctor Who changed everything for me'

Published 24/11/2016

Billie Piper
Billie Piper

Billie Piper has blocked out her popstar years from her memory because they were so "deeply traumatic" for her.

Billie Piper's role in Doctor Who "changed everything" for her.

The 34-year-old actress starred as the Time Lord's assistant Rose Tyler from 2005 to 2013, opposite David Tennant as the Doctor.

While the programme led to a huge revival in Billie's career, it also had its downsides - namely that she couldn't go out without being recognised again.

"It makes you so famous, a show like that," Billie told the Evening Standard's ES Magazine. "It gave me little memories of being a popstar - you can't go anywhere without it being a thing, and I found that quite hard again. But it changed everything for me. And I have never worked with a nicer bunch of people in my life since."

Prior to her role in Doctor Who, Billie had enjoyed huge success with her classic smash hit Because We Want To. The track made Billie the youngest singer to ever debut in the U.K.'s number one chart position, but the mother-of-two admits she remembers little of those days in her life.

"What's even more alarming is that I can't even remember (those years)," Billie explained. "It wasn't like I was out, getting wrecked.

"It was because I must have just shut it out. Which is probably because it was on some level deeply traumatic. Not because I was some horrible child slave, I just worked so hard. I have never worked as hard as I did in those years."

As well as Doctor Who, Billie has appeared in television shows such as Penny Dreadful and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In the latter, she played an escort called Belle, and the programme led to her being inundated with work offers which involved her stripping off.

"What's annoying is that they are fun roles, if you can remove the sex," she explained. "It's the sex that makes it annoying. Otherwise they are interesting stories, interesting women with chequered pasts."

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