New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has revealed that she refused to be paid less than her male predecessors in becoming the first female Time Lord.
Whittaker was announced as the new Doctor last year, taking over from Peter Capaldi.
“I don’t imagine you’re going to meet a woman this evening who is unenthusiastic about the prospect of equal pay,” said Whittaker at the National Television Awards earlier this week.
Whittaker said that she ensured her pay was the same as her predecessor Capaldi: “I know I do not speak just on behalf of the women here, I speak on behalf of the men and the women.”
Whittaker’s earnings are likely to be between £200,000 and £249,999, Capaldi’s salary bracket from the BBC according to their 2017 talent earning report.
Last year, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said that the role of the Doctor would have gender “parity”, saying: “Yes, there is parity for the same amount of work… And I do think it is time for 13th Time Lord to be a woman.”
When asked about her experience at Doctor Who, Whittaker said: “Yeah, it’s great. I love it, I absolutely love it, yeah. It’s amazing! I get to see all the best places!”
Written by Carly-May Kavanagh