Jodie set to hit the jackpot
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.”
PAY RISE: Whittaker