Jodie set to hit the jack­pot

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JODIE Whit­taker is poised to earn at least a 5% pay bonus for her sec­ond year as Doctor Who.

But tax pay­ers should not worry – the fee is com­ing from the BBC World­wide depart­ment thanks to her first se­ries be­ing a hit around the globe.

In­sid­ers claim that the Beeb will off­set giv­ing her a rise by lean­ing on the com­mer­cial world­wide arm to bol­ster her wages.

The BBC UK team will con­tinue hand­ing her a £240k pay packet – to match that of for­mer Timelord Peter Ca­paldi, 60.

But the World­wide team, which cashes in on BBC brands, will throw her the ex­tra fee of around £30k to make up her deal.

Jodie, 36, the first fe­male Doctor in the show’s 55-year his­tory, con­firmed she was re­turn­ing, say­ing: “It’s such an in­cred­i­ble role.

“It’s been an ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney so far and I’m not ready to hand it over yet.”

De­lighted chiefs have seen huge pick ups in global sales since Jodie’s cast­ing.

The USA alone saw a rise of 47% in view­ers, while the UK has a reg­u­lar seven mil­lion peo­ple tun­ing in each week.

A BBC World­wide in­sider said: “Jodie’s run has been a huge suc­cess world­wide with many net­works see­ing in­creased au­di­ences.”

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