You know what?
Out of all the things RTD has written and done, the one thing that really bugs me is that he is a lying bastard. A self-confessed lying bastard. Why does he even WRITE Production Notes when a) it's vetted so there are no spoilers and b) he's lying half the time. He swore he'd never bring the Master back, except he was just covering his arse until he worked out how the character should be. And now this...
Billie Piper is BACK people!
And as Rose Marion Tyler, the blonde chick from series one and two.
That curious tapping noise you will hear is me headbutting my desk repeatedly.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love Billie Piper. She's a brilliant actress, she's had a harsh life, her autobiography made me weep at how cruel people are to her, and she's beautiful. Whether I love Rose is another matter. What ISN'T a murky topic is whether or not bringing back Rose would be a good idea.
Plain and simple.
Oh, I have to admit the relief I felt when RTD practically grabbed that gormless CBBC interveiwer by the throat and shout, "Did you WATCH that bit on the beach? That's a GOODBYE! She is NOT coming back!" He also justified his claim on the grounds that it would be impossible to bring back Rose as a surprise. A Dalek he might get away with. The Master he had a fighting chance. But Rose? Not even RTD was dumb enough to think he could film her on location and get away with it.
And so Rose is gone. And we had season three. Now, while the 'Rose' meme for all the episodes may have been overkill, (and Moffat deserves a slap for writing Martha as Rose, even down to the shop gags), the point was clear. She was gone, and we have to see the Doctor getting over it. We also get to see a different side to a companion, and Martha's unrequieted lust for the Time Lord is territory no one went for bar part one of Snakedance, and even then Nyssa was just wanting him to notice her outfit.
The whole point was, if anyone missed it, was in Last of the Time Lords when the Master gleefully compares Martha to Rose and call her rubbish. And five seconds later, Martha's fucked up his scheme to the point first aide and gingham dress is required.
The ghost of Rose is exorcised. Martha doesn't need to live up to Rose's shadow, and she realizes that even WITHOUT blondie toothy cutey involved, she still wouldn't get any from the Doctor. I mean, if Jack can't score with him, no one can.
And so, we move on.
And then they bring her back.
In a two parter.
No no no no no no no no!
Oh, I can imagine his smug expression even now. "Ooh, let's have Donna and Rose save the day and make it a time travel story so, for a gag, they never realize who they are? How could we not do that?" FUCKING EASILY, I scream in response. Jesus. Why bring back Rose if you're not going to hook her up with the Doctor? I mean, why? In my unmade Season Four, I came up with a Rose return story that had the Doctor mentally sort out his feelings for her when an alien assumes Rose's form to trap him.
Why is that the only story RTD WON'T steal from me?
BTW, I'm not some insane conspiracy theorist. Well, I am, I suppose, but I'm not some 'Bring Back Rose' looney ignoring the facts. She IS coming back. The BBC HAVE confirmed it. RTD IS a lying scumbag.
Let's just hope the season finale where the entire Tyler clan, Torchwood and Sarah Jane adventures unit to form a giant police box to destroy Davros is utter shite while we're at it...
Edited to add:
I just checked out Eye of Horus, the Sparacus of the Who web guides... perhaps more closed minded... and their verdict on Rose Tyler is this:
Billie Piper is busy working girl nowadays, and the BBC has confirmed that she will reprise the role of Rose Tyler in SERIES 4. In the immortal words of the Tenth Doctor: "What?" She will join, according to the report on BBC NEWS online, in the final three episodes of SERIES 4 alongside Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman. Crowded! In the immortal words of the Tenth Doctor: "What?" If she was to return then she would be better used in the 2009 three "Specials" series, linking to the new Eleventh Doctor for 2010.
And suddenly, RTD's madness suddenly seems a relief.
At these THESE idiots, whose idea for Season 4 consists solely of:
He is iconic within the legend of DOCTOR WHO. As iconic as the Dalek, Cybermen, the Master, the Sontaran, K-9 & Sarah Jane Smith.So, where's Nicholas Courtney's return to the NEW SERIES. Is BBC WALES ageist?
Running scared about inviting the 77 years old actor as they don't think that the new generation of (young) fans & viewers will be unable to understand the backstory of the character. Will the viewers want to see a dithering old man bumbling around the youthful breakneck sprint of Tennant's Doctor? I think, yes.
It is time to dust of the epaulettes and the peaked cap, and give the Brigadier one last valiant battle alongside the Doctor. It is time to find the Brigadier (RTD) and aim the character to defend & defeat an alien menace for one final time - at the cost of his own life.
So... they want the Brigadier back... just so they can kill him off and he can never come back.
And they are pissed off at the New Series for NOT doing this.
So, I'll be giving RTD the benefit of the doubt until I see the episodes, confident that even the man who perpetrated the Torchwood Arc isn't as much as a clueless twat as EOH, Spara or Gabriel Chase. Oh, what has the Discerning Fan got to say about Billie's return in his site (which the Doctor Who Web Guide refers to as 'an oddity' (oh, those wits)?
Hmmm. Nope. Cutting edge, that bloke... but wait, this feels like it needs a new entry...