NEW Doctor Who Matt Smith will get £1million to play the Time Lord for five years, The Sun can reveal.
The little-known actor, 26, has signed a £200,000-a-year deal with the BBC1 sci-fi hit.
His contract ties him into the show for three years, with the option of two more after that.
Current Doctor David Tennant, 37, was said to get £1million a YEAR — but was already a well-known actor when he began.
And The Sun has told how the BBC is trimming star salaries in the credit crunch.
Producers were said to be keen to keep Matt as long as possible after David announced he is to quit after three series at the height of the show’s popularity — with 12 million regular viewers. He is filming four one-offs this year.
An insider said: “Bosses don’t want Matt doing a David and leaving when things are going great.”
Matt signed in December as the 11th Doctor and is working on his first series, which airs next year.
The Time Lord is limited to 12 “regenerations”, so only two more actors can play him. Eighth Doctor Paul McGann was in just the 1996 TV movie, and No9 Christopher Eccleston stayed for only one series.
The BBC would not discuss Matt’s contract but said: “All new deals are done with the economic climate in mind.”