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Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. Photo: PA

Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. Photo: PA

Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker. Photo: PA

New Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker says she knows she is not being paid less than any of her male predecessors.

She was named the first female Time Lord last year, shortly before the BBC got embroiled in an unequal pay row after it emerged that many women were paid less than men doing similar jobs.

However, Whittaker said the issue was not relevant to the sci-fi programme.

Asked if she knew what former Doctors pocketed, the Broadchurch star said: "I absolutely know I'm not being paid less than any other Doctor.

Revelation

"This show is not the show that's going to do that and then have that revelation be the sidebar - it isn't, thank God."

Whittaker (36) said she appreciates being part of "a moment of change".

"It's been an incredibly inclusive time because it's not as fearful as everyone maybe imagined when they took the hood down and it was a girl," she said.

"For us it's 2018. Women are not a genre, we are the other half of the population, so to see us doing things shouldn't be such a surprise, but I know it is because I watch TV and film and we are less active often in things, or we are the emotional point of view of a storyline rather than the active one.

"In this it's everything for all of us, regarding the age or gender of that person playing the part, and that is exciting.

"That is now hopefully the start of what is more normal. It's a moment I'm proud of.

"But I can't wait for it to not be a moment as well, so that someone going to drama school at 18 doesn't need to think there aren't any jobs for me.

"I was told, 'Just so you know, for you guys it's going to be harder because there are less jobs'. "I'm 36 and went to drama school at 20. Hopefully now that doesn't have to be the message."

Whittaker will make her debut as the Doctor when the BBC One series returns in a new Sunday slot on October 7.


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