Eccleston resigned in March (05), claiming he feared becoming typecast as the time travelling doctor.
Producers have hired actor David Tennant to take his place in the next series - and now have to find another new star, because Piper, 22, will only appear in a handful of episodes when the show returns to the small screen for season two.
A BBC insider says of Piper, who plays ROSE TYLER, "It would appear that Billie has already made up her mind that she is leaving.
"She is a great actress but she doesn't want to become typecast.
"Christopher Eccleston's departure has probably helped influence her decision too."23/05/2005 13:52