“If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it. Meanwhile, Moffat spoke at the Ad-Lib event in Edinburgh about Piper’s continued presence in the sci-fi series. I think those first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show.
Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series.He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus. Davies] was so clever in creating that character and casting that character so perfectly…[Davis] allowed an audience who would not naturally have watched , which was practically everybody at the time, to find a way into the show, so she has an iconic status partly because it was a brilliant performance and a brilliantly written part but it was also the way back in…She has a bigger status than most of those companions and really seriously, for the first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show.