Deborah Watling

Last updated 27 October 2022

Deborah Watling (1948-2017)
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Deborah Watling

Born: Friday 2nd January 1948
Died: Friday 21st July 2017 (age: 69)


Deborah Watling  is a British actress best known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor.

Watling was born at Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of actors Jack Watling and Patricia Hicks. Her sister Dilys and her brother Giles are also actors. Beginning as a child actress, notably as the niece of Peter Brady in the 1958 series The Invisible Man, she later starred in Alice, Dennis Potter's version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, for the BBC's The Wednesday Play strand in 1965, a small role in That'll Be the Day and as Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB in 1979.

Watling played Victoria in Doctor Who from 1967 to 1968, though, only one serial that she played in exists in its entirety, "The Tomb of the Cybermen". She also appeared in Dimensions in Time (1993) and Downtime (1995). Her father, Jack Watling, appeared in Doctor Who as Professor Travers in the serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear as well as Downtime

She co-starred with Cliff Richard in the 1970s film Take Me High.

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Additional Details

  • BBC News - Deborah Watling, Doctor Who companion, dies aged 69
  • The Telegraph - Deborah Watling, former Doctor Who assistant, dies aged 69 after lung cancer battle
  • Den Of Geek - Deborah Watling: 1948 - 2017