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Tennant May Not Be Leaving “Doctor Who” Afterall

For quite some time, it’s been reported that the current Doctor of “Doctor Who”, David Tennant, would be leaving the show (including on this site).  However, it turns out that he may be staying.  According to reports, BBC is rumored to be offering Tennant a new contract worth £1.3 million, or about £100,000 per episode (about $2.6M or a shade under $200,000/episode) to carry on as Doctor Who.  In addition, he could be offered other drama projects in an attempt to keep him on board.  More after the jump.

According to news.scotsman.com, BBC bosses are desperate to stop the 37-year-old from quitting the show, with one source quoted as saying:

“Everyone assumes David is quitting but that’s not the case. We’re hoping he will be back. The situation as it stands is that no deal has been discussed yet for the next series of Doctor Who. That, however, is about to change. David is brilliant in the role and naturally we hope he will continue. We’re not considering anyone else at this time.”

For his part, Tennant has long maintained that he hasn’t quit, he just has not been offered a new contract: “I’ve been asked when I’m quitting since the first day I took the part. I’ve not quit – I’ve just not been offered another deal yet.”

The fourth season finale airs next week.  Regardless of if Tennant stays on, the show will be going on a year-long break, airing a couple TV movies in 2009, before returning in 2010 with the fifth season.

Source: news.scotsman.com

  • Lewis

    He is leaving… The most recent show on the 28/6/08 ended with him regenerating after being grazed by a shot from a Darlek… He is being replaced.

  • Lewis

    He is leaving… The most recent show on the 28/6/08 ended with him regenerating after being grazed by a shot from a Darlek… He is being replaced.

  • My Name is Precious and I wish

    You’re so wrong, just cos that’s what’s happened in the past isn’t necessariliy so, stop being such a know it all and admit like the rest of the fans you don’t know, as it says above and as Russell Davies the main writer has stated no one is 100% sure so stop being such an arse and pretending you know everything in the entire universe cos you don’t admit you’re wrong and learn some humility, or are these words too big for you to understand?? I cannot stand little boys like you that sit and write on forums like this pretending they know everything that is happening in tv land or in the universe, you know nothing and need to just grow up and learn respect. Oh and FYI DALEK is Spelt D A L E K not Darlek like you spelt it, you illiterate imbecile

  • My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous

    You’re so wrong, just cos that’s what’s happened in the past isn’t necessariliy so, stop being such a know it all and admit like the rest of the fans you don’t know, as it says above and as Russell Davies the main writer has stated no one is 100% sure so stop being such an arse and pretending you know everything in the entire universe cos you don’t admit you’re wrong and learn some humility, or are these words too big for you to understand?? I cannot stand little boys like you that sit and write on forums like this pretending they know everything that is happening in tv land or in the universe, you know nothing and need to just grow up and learn respect. Oh and FYI DALEK is Spelt D A L E K not Darlek like you spelt it, you illiterate imbecile

  • My Name is Precious and I wish

    Just 4 every1 else and the benefit of the idiot Lewis who posted the first reply on here, my post above is aimed and meant strictly for the know it all dick lewis who obviously thinks he knows everything ever done

  • My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous

    Just 4 every1 else and the benefit of the idiot Lewis who posted the first reply on here, my post above is aimed and meant strictly for the know it all dick lewis who obviously thinks he knows everything ever done

  • bubbly19230

    Dear ‘My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous’,
    the first comment u made SHOWD HIM. When He regenarated i was so p***ed off i thought they were chucking him! But LUCKLY not. I’m sooooo happy now. Thank you for shutting him up.
    Bubbly

  • bubbly19230

    Dear ‘My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous’,
    the first comment u made SHOWD HIM. When He regenarated i was so p***ed off i thought they were chucking him! But LUCKLY not. I’m sooooo happy now. Thank you for shutting him up.
    Bubbly

  • bubbly19230

    BTW
    I GO MAD WHEN DOCTOR WHO IS ON AND I KNOW ALL ABOUT IT (well series 1-4 not the old ones) LOL

  • bubbly19230

    BTW
    I GO MAD WHEN DOCTOR WHO IS ON AND I KNOW ALL ABOUT IT (well series 1-4 not the old ones) LOL

  • patricia mcgowan

    i dont whats happening here some people are saying that hes staying and some people arent i dont who to believe but i do want him to stay

  • i dont whats happening here some people are saying that hes staying and some people arent i dont who to believe but i do want him to stay

  • Katie

    Dear ‘patricia mcgowan’,
    Go were your heart tells you,
    you can go to Me and ‘My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous’ who believe he is staying. OR go with boring old lewis. who says he’s LEAVING which he’s NOT!
    ok?
    BTW im bubbly19230

  • Katie

    Dear ‘patricia mcgowan’,
    Go were your heart tells you,
    you can go to Me and ‘My Name is Precious and I wish it remain annoymous’ who believe he is staying. OR go with boring old lewis. who says he’s LEAVING which he’s NOT!
    ok?
    BTW im bubbly19230

  • Robert

    David has wanted to be The Doctor since he was a kid in the 80’s, I think it would be horrible to come in and play the role you have dreamt of forever only to leave because of your fear of being typecast.
    This sounds like a great deal to me, hopefully he will take it and give Tom Baker a run for his money, because there is a reason why he is only the third Doctor to be ranked number one by the fans.

  • Robert

    David has wanted to be The Doctor since he was a kid in the 80’s, I think it would be horrible to come in and play the role you have dreamt of forever only to leave because of your fear of being typecast.
    This sounds like a great deal to me, hopefully he will take it and give Tom Baker a run for his money, because there is a reason why he is only the third Doctor to be ranked number one by the fans.

  • Anonymous

    A little confusing for US of A viewers. Friday night’s episode on SciFi (not not BBCA, which is still showing episodes with Agyeman) was the “Midnight.” The Graham Norton Show, from 12 Jul 08, has Tate, which is indicating that the Doctor is regenerating, which keyed me to run to the Internet. “Turn Left” is on next week. So, in any event, we’ll see Tennet starting to regenerate. And, if the show goes on a year break, my sons and I are really going to miss it!

  • Anonymous

    A little confusing for US of A viewers. Friday night’s episode on SciFi (not not BBCA, which is still showing episodes with Agyeman) was the “Midnight.” The Graham Norton Show, from 12 Jul 08, has Tate, which is indicating that the Doctor is regenerating, which keyed me to run to the Internet. “Turn Left” is on next week. So, in any event, we’ll see Tennet starting to regenerate. And, if the show goes on a year break, my sons and I are really going to miss it!

  • Gaby, a US viewer

    It will be sad to not be able to see Doctor who for a year but at least it won’t be a ‘cold turkey’ hiatus but there will be specials in between. I was quite relieved that David Tennant didn’t regenerate and have to say he had me fooled =p but he wouldn’t be the doctor if wasn’t such a great actor! Soo relieved (in my conviction) he is staying on for Doctor Who. I usually download the episodes from minitorrent.com. =)

  • Gaby, a US viewer

    It will be sad to not be able to see Doctor who for a year but at least it won’t be a ‘cold turkey’ hiatus but there will be specials in between. I was quite relieved that David Tennant didn’t regenerate and have to say he had me fooled =p but he wouldn’t be the doctor if wasn’t such a great actor! Soo relieved (in my conviction) he is staying on for Doctor Who. I usually download the episodes from minitorrent.com. =)