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Billie Quids In?

So suggests sunday newspaper The People, according to Digital Spy. Allegedly, Ms. Piper is receiving £210,000 to appear in the Christmas special and following series, while new Doctor David Tennant is recieving £166,000 for the same number of episodes.

While not entirely surprising given the actress’ ability and quality shown throught the series, one has to wonder where these figures have come from. As a method of keeping Doctor Who in the public eye during the “close season”, frankly its quite crass to reduce discussion of the show in the national Press to “who gets paid what”. This is Doctor Who, NOT a soap opera (despite what some writers might think). The Digital Spy report quotes a source of The People’s:

“It’s great news that Billie is staying,” a source told the newspaper. “Her deal is what she deserves as she’s a favourite with fans.”

Whoever this mystery source is should (if they even exist) have a good long think about things.

The rest of the article:

Doctor Who’s Billie Piper has been offered a higher-paid contract than David Tennant, The People reports today.

The actress, who plays Rose Tyler, will be paid £210,000 to appear in a Christmas special and a second series of the show, while Tennant, who is taking over from Christopher Eccleston in the role of the Doctor, is being paid £166,000 for the same number of episodes.

However, the newspaper claims that Tennant has signed a £500,000 contract, which commits him to three series.

“It’s great news that Billie is staying,” a source told the newspaper. “Her deal is what she deserves as she’s a favourite with fans.”



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