Absolutely fantastic! Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has confirmed she is being paid the same amount as previous the male Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Whittaker revealed during the National Television Awards on Jan. 23 in London that she demanded equal pay from the BBC her work as the 13th Doctor.
“It’s an incredibly important time and the notion [of equal pay] should be supported,” she said. “It’s a bit of a shock that it’s a surprise to everyone that it should be supported!”
Last year the BBC was involved a scandal when it was found that men working for the company earned roughly 10% more than the women doing the exact same jobs.
IndieWire reports, “Following the report, BBC Director-General Tony Hall promised that Whittaker would receive pay parity with Capaldi, between £200,000 and £249,999 per episode. Hall also said he is aiming to close the gender pay gap at the BBC by 2020.”
"I know I do not speak just on behalf of the women here, I speak on behalf of the men and the women," continued Whittaker, acknowledging that this is an important issue for many genders, not just women at the BBC.