‘Doctor Who’ at a discount — David Tennant’s bargain replacement

Feb. 11, 2009 | 8:55 p.m.

Matt_smith_bbc_photoDavid Tennant became a household name in England — and a rich man– as the star of "Doctor Who," but his replacement has some work to do before he can say the same. The Telegraph reports that Matt Smith will be paid £200,000 per year (that about $287,000 U.S.) during a three-year contract, which is "a fraction of the sum" paid to Tennant. BBC officials would not discuss the 26-year-old actor’s contract specifically, but the broadcasting agency did tell the Telegraph that, "All new deals are done with the economic climate in mind." Maybe the youngest "Who" star ever would have gotten a better deal if he hadn’t confessed that he’s never been a fan of the show.

– Geoff Boucher     READ ALL ‘DOCTOR WHO’ COVERAGE AT HERO COMPLEX        Photo: BBC

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