THE BBC is rumoured to be ready to pay David Tennant a massive £1.3 million to carry on as Doctor Who.
The Bathgate-born actor is expected to be offered a new deal worth up to £100,000 per episode.
And he could also be offered other drama projects in a bid to keep him on board.
BBC bosses are desperate to stop the 37-year-old from quitting the show, which attracts up to eight million viewers.
One senior BBC source was quoted saying: "Everyone assumes David is quitting but that's not the case. We're hoping he will be back.
"The situation as it stands is that no deal has been discussed yet for the next series of Doctor Who. That, however, is about to change.
"David is brilliant in the role and naturally we hope he will continue. We're not considering anyone else at this time."
Tennant said: "I've been asked when I'm quitting since the first day I took the part. I've not quit – I've just not been offered another deal yet."