"Doctor Who" will likely remain to be played by actor David Tennant until 2010.
Rumors were a-foot that the actor was contemplating leaving the long running sci-fi series. Boatloads of BBC cash are said to be sealing the deal, as the reported potential payday for Tennant is in the $3 million dollar range for him to remain as the time-traveling Doctor.The Sun (UK) reports that David is preparing for the role of Hamlet in a production for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
‘We’re gearing up to offer him a massive deal,’ a source tells The Sun. ‘He’s interested. Everyone thought he was going, but it’s not as open and shut as that.’
We previously reported that Tennant, 37, was dating his "Who" onscreen daughter Georgia Moffett, 23.
Production for the new season commences in the fall and as soon as his deal is sealed.
Writer Russell T Davies will be replaced by Steven Moffatt.
An insider told The Sun: 'It will be a new team and David has to meet everyone.
'But we're gearing up to offer him a massive deal.
'He’s interested. Everyone thought he was going, but it’s not as open and shut as that.'
Doctor Who has become the biggest earner for BBC Worldwide.