Billie Piper (aka Rose Tyler of Doctor Who) has apparently been cast as Sally Lockhart in a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s Victorian mystery The Ruby in the Smoke. I’m not sure how I feel about this, partly because I’ve only seen Piper play Rose, a character I don’t especially like.
Sally Lockhart–a character I like very much–is supposed to be intelligent, sixteen years old, and a natural blonde. Piper appears to be in her early twenties and very obviously bleached blonde. Rose seems awfully stupid to me (doesn’t mean Piper is, of course). When they did that Dickens episode in Doctor Who, I thought Rose looked tacky and anachronistic in the Victorian getup.
So, I’ll admit, I’ve seen this actress only playing a character I don’t like on a show that’s not exactly known for great costuming. I think she has the wrong look for Sally Lockhart. Has anyone else seen Piper in anything? Can she play smart characters? Can she be made to look right for the role?