Actor Jodie Whittaker has revealed that it was Christopher Eccleston, who first sparked her interest in the show, “Doctor Who”.

The 35-year-old actor, who will play the 13th Time Lord when she takes over from Peter Capaldi this Christmas, said it was a thrilling experience for her, reported Digital Spy.

“I have to say, I got more into it when it got brought back. Even though I’m 35, I feel like for me, my interest sparked with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and Matt Smith and I feel kind of a part of that as well.

“That’s what feels exciting about it, like you can list these 13 actors and none of us are similar. Even when it’s been 12 men, none of us are similar,” Whittaker said on BBC Radio 2’s “Breakfast with Dermot.

“Doctor Who” will air on December 25 on BBC One.