New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker will be paid the same salary as Peter Capaldi, according to BBC Director-General Tony Hall.
The confirmation follows reports of gender disparity after the publication of talent salaries this week.
Peter Capaldi earned £200,000 – £250,000 (up to $A410,000) for 2016 / 17.
Hall said he was “incredibly excited” about Whittaker’s appointment, adding: “And I do think it is time for 13th Time Lord to be a woman.”
“Yes, there is parity for the same amount of work.
“And I do think it is time for 13th Time Lord to be a woman. I watched my first Doctor Who in the Sixties, hiding behind the sofa. As a devoted Whovian, I’m incredibly excited.”
The BBC admitted some viewers had complained about the casting for the former Broadchurch star but defended the actress, telling fans: “The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.”
Hall’s comment came hours after the BBC’s 96 highest earners were revealed, with broadcaster Chris Evans topping the list at £2.2 million (A$3.61 million).
Source: Evening Standard