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Published on August 13th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

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ITV in for DT…

It seems that now they’ve pulled Billie Piper and resurrected “Cracker” and “Prime Suspect”, ITV are after Doctor Who…

Or rather its leading man, David Tennant, according to The People, who say:

DOCTOR Who star David Tennant has been offered millions to quit the hit BBC show.

Beeb bosses now face a massive bidding war with ITV and Hollywood to keep their man.

Tennant, 35, is paid about £500,000 to play the Timelord in 13 episodes and a Christmas special. But he could net a fortune in films or a “golden handcuffs” deal with ITV.

Now we at K aren’t too worried as yet, because as we’ve alread seen, it is very likely Silly Season where somehow in the midst of world affairs, Big Brother 7 finally coming to an end and the new soccer season starting, the papers somehow have nothing to talk about.

Apparently, though, The People know someone on the inside…

A show insider said: “David has yet to sign for another series of Doctor Who.

“There’s a lot of talk about him going as we’re all aware of deals on the table from ITV and Hollywood.

“A lot of film producers think he’d be great on the big screen. And ITV would love him for their dramas – and because it would mean them pinching him from the Beeb.”

There are some loose-lipped buggers around, eh?

Anyway, it’s a very informative report, as it seems that – you will never believe this – David Tennant is SCOTTISH!

Scots-born Tennant shot to fame in BBC’s Casanova and Harry Potter before becoming an instant hit as the Doctor.

He has signed for a second series until next summer but has not committed to the likely 35-week filming schedule which would run into 2008.

Although some might say there is some good news on the horizon presuming the BBC trusts Doctor Who with anyone other than Russell T Davies:

His exit would be a massive blow to the show which pulls in 7.5million viewers on a Saturday night….and award-winning writer Russell T Davies wants to take a back seat to develop his own drama projects.

I’m waiting for that phonecall Ms Gardner…

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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