Tennant Stays Put

Yet to be concerned by the BBC, David Tennant has reportedly put pen to paper for Series 4 of Doctor Who!

The news has been reported in numerous sources, most notably The Mirror who make a big deal of a £1 million figure that they claim is keeping him with the show. Accoridng to a “source” (again…):

One source said: “To be honest, David was never going anywhere. He loves to create an air of mystery about his role in Doctor Who, and when he might leave, so he’s happy for people to speculate about his departure.

“But the truth is he’s finished filming the third series and he’s signed a contract to appear in the whole of the next series. That will see him filming throughout 2008. It’s brilliant for the show and the fans.”

While reading too much into the £1 million price tag would be a mistake, BBC dramas cost around £750,000 per episode which would seem to suggest that the Tenth Doctor will be around for longer than Series 4. That is, of course, assuming the £1 million figure quoted is accurate…

Meanwhile, David Tennant spoke to Digital Spy at the Series 3 launch on Wednesday, and was quizzed about multi-Doctor stories…

“…It’s a lovely idea, [but] I just don’t know about the practicalities of it, really. It’s one of those shows and because it goes on for a long time it has this history.”

“It gets tougher though… as the years move on,” Tennant continued. “Let’s be honest, we’ve lost three, unfortunately,” he added, referring to the fact that William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee – the first three actors to play the role – have all passed away.

“I remember as a kid ‘The Five Doctors’ being the most important thing that had ever happened, so it’s a nice idea. I just don’t know if practically we could make it happen [again].”

Actor John Simm – best known as DI Sam Tyler in BBC One’s Life on Mars appeared with Simon Mayo on Radio Five Live yesterday, confirming he would be playing “Mr Saxon” in Series 3 – but refusing to be drawn on the nature of the character. His appearance on the radio show proved enough for cameras to drop into the studio…

Finally there’s more from Digital Spy regarding a plot spoiler in Series 3. The information regards the Doctor and the character played by guest star Jessica Stevenson (Spaced) – how real this is remans a mystery, however… (you’ll have to visit Digital Spy to read more).

Christian Cawley

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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