For those who don’t know the statistics on pay inequality, it might not seem like a story that Jodi Whittaker, who will be taking over the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who for Season 11, will be getting paid the same amount as her male predecessors.
However, just a few months ago, a report came out that men are being paid 9.3% more than their female colleagues who hold similar positions at the BBC. This is a real problem, one that at least Jodi Whittaker has the power, bravery, and support to combat.
Whittaker told news outlets gathered at Britains’s National Television Awards (where Whittaker’s Broadchurch took home the trophy for Best Crime Drama, beating out Sherlock) that she has demanded equal pay for her role as the Doctor.
“It’s an incredibly important time and the notion [of equal pay] should be supported,” Whitaker said. “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.”
According to Indiewire, that pay will amount to between £200,000 and £249,999 per episode, which is what Capaldi also earned for the role. BBC Director-General Tony Hall is reportedly working to close the BBC gender pay gap by 2020. A good start. Now, if only we could do the same for the rest of time and space.