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.