February 11, 2009
11th Doctor Who signs five-year deal
Doctor Who, newcomer Matt Smith, has signed a multiyear contract with the BBC worth more than $1 million over the life of the pact.
The 26-year-old actor signed a contract worth roughly $287,000 a year for five years, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday, to play the Timelord after David Tennant leaves the popular science fiction program.
Smith's contract ties him into the show for three years, with a two-year option after that, newspaper accounts indicated.
While the BBC declined to discuss Smith's contract, it told the Telegraph,
All new deals are done with the economic climate in mind.