Press speculation surrounds the details of the contract of Eleventh Doctor Who Matt Smith today, with the actor believed to be earning a fraction of David Tennant‘s alleged £1m a year.
Having said that, being 26 and earning £200,000 isn’t bad going on the face of it. It may not be Premiership millions but it’s certainly a good amount of money, amounting to a cool £1m over the five years that he is currently set to do (three years with a two year optional extension).
Not only is it less than his predecessor however – it’s also small-fry compared to long-running stars such as Graham Norton who earns £2.5m a year, former footballer Gary Lineker who earns far more than he did as a player with £1.5m a year while Newsnight‘s Jeremy Paxman is paid a little over £1m.
Amazingly however, the corporation’s managers are paid less than their stars. Director General Mark Thompson collects £816,000 while his deputy Mark Byford receives on £513,000.
What do the BBC say on the matter? A non-committal:
"All new deals are done with the economic climate in mind."
Obviously the lower amount under discussion for Matt Smith reflects his standing upon taking the role coupled with the effects of an economic downturn – but don’t be surprised to see his wages shoot up year on year. The BBC seem keen to keep him in the role as long as possible…