Jodie Whittaker Receives Equal Pay For Doctor Who

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All Time Lords will be paid equally on Doctor Who. Jodie Whittaker revealed that she made sure she was given the same salary as her predecessor, Peter Capaldi.

As reported by Digital Spy, Whittaker, speaking at the National Television Awards in London on Tuesday, said, “It’s an incredibly important time and the notion [of equal pay] should be supported.”

The actress went on to say, “It’s a bit of a shock that it’s a surprise to everyone that it should be supported! 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 equal pay and comments about it come at a particularly poignant time for the BBC. Last July, it was revealed the company had areas of glaring pay inequality. Two-thirds of the BBC’s on-air talent reported as earning more than 150,000 pounds (approximately $213,000) were men and all seven of the highest-earners were men.

Of course, the new Doctor and the first female Doctor is a great person to have speak on the subject. Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi show and news of Whittaker’s casting was international news. There had been a call and push for a change in the Doctor’s gender for several years (not that Time Lords put too much stock in gender; they can swap between male and female with each regeneration).

Whittaker is best recognized for her prominent role on Broadchurch as Beth Latimer. The show’s final season won Best Crime Drama at the NTAs on Tuesday. Showrunner Chris Chibnall is, of course, the new showrunner for Doctor Who.

Speaking about being the Thirteenth Doctor, Whittaker said, “Yeah, it’s great. I love it, I absolutely love it. It’s amazing! I get to see all the best places!”

Season 11 of Doctor Who will air later this year.

Stephanie Coats