Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker says she got what she asked for: equal pay to the last (male) Doctor Who

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Jan 24, 2018, 1:25 PM EST (Updated)

Brilliant! After years of unequal pay between genders in the entertainment industry, Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker confirmed that she is being paid the same as the last Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, according to Digital Spy. Whittaker became the 13th regeneration of the Doctor (and the first ever woman) during the show's recent Christmas special, "Twice Upon A Time."

Speaking to media outlets at the National Television Awards on Jan. 23 in London, Whittaker said that she demanded equal pay from the BBC, which suffered a scandal over the last year in which it was found that men working for the broadcast company earned almost 10% more than the women doing the same jobs.

"It's an incredibly important time and the notion [of equal pay] should be supported," said Whittaker. "It's a bit of a shock that it's a surprise to everyone that it should be supported!"

After the wage gap was made public, BBC director general Lord Tony Hall said he would strive to close it 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, who also said that she's absolutely loving her new gig.

Audiences may know the new Doctor from the show Broadchurch and the first season episode of Black Mirror, "The Entire History of You." Series 11 of Doctor Who arrives sometime this year.

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