Jodie Whittaker has revealed that it was Christopher Ecclestone who first sparked her interest in Doctor Who.
The actress, who will play the 13th Doctor when she takes over from the previous regeneration Peter Capaldi during this year's Christmas special, appeared on BBC Radio 2's Saturday Breakfast with Dermot earlier this morning (August 12) to discuss her exciting new role.
She revealed in the interview with X Factor host Dermot O'Leary that she only got familiar with the show when it came back to screens in the early noughties when her former Antigone co-star, Christopher Ecclestone, took on the role.
"I have to say, I got more into it when it got brought back," Jodie said.
"Even though I'm 35, I feel like for me, my interest sparked with Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant and Matt Smith and I feel kind of a part of that as well.
"Thats 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."
During the interview, Jodie also revealed that keeping the secret ahead of its big Wimbledon reveal last month led to months of paranoia and even a secret codename, 'The Clooney.'
"I basically whispered for three months and it was getting really tedious that even in my own kitchen [I was still whispering]," she said.
"Even if the window was open in the flat, I'd go, 'what have I said, what have I said?'"
But, hey, at least it's all out in the open now.
Doctor Who returns December 25 on BBC One.
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