Deborah Watling


Deborah Watling

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Deborah Watling

Deborah Watling at the Television & Movie Store, Norwich on 20 September 2008
Born (1948-01-02) 2 January 1948 (age 69)
Loughton, Essex
Occupation Actress
Parent(s) Jack Watling (1923–2001)
Patricia Hicks

Deborah Watling (born 2 January 1948) is an English actress best known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.[1][2]

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.[3] Beginning as a child actress, she had a regular role as the niece of Peter Brady in The Invisible Man (1958) television series. She was later cast for the lead role in Alice (1965), Dennis Potter‘s version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play, a small role in That’ll Be the Day (1973)[4] and as Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB (1979).[5] She also co-starred with Cliff Richard in the 1973 film Take Me High.[6]

Watling played Victoria in Doctor Who from 1967 to 1968, though owing to the BBC’s wiping policy of the time, The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967) and The Enemy of the World (1967-1968) are the only serials in which she appeared that still exist in their entirety. She also appeared in Dimensions in Time (1993) and Downtime (1995).

Watling has also appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama Three’s a Crowd and regularly attends Doctor Who conventions and events. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[7]


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– ITC Drama Series “WILLIAM TELL” (One Episode) – “The Spider”

– Played “Sally” in ITC Drama Series, “THE INVISIBLE MAN”
[13/06/59 – 19/12/59]

– “A LIFE OF BLISS”- An Air of Intrigue! Played Carol Fellows
(1 episode, 1960)

– Played “Jane Dungavel”, in “ROAR LIKE A DOVE”
Frinton Summer Season, first stage appearance Aged 12

– Played “Lisette” in “MONIQUE” by Dorothy and Michael Blankfort, Leeds Grand Theatre

– “Alice Liddell” in “PLAY FOR TODAY: The Life Of Lewis Carrol“, with George Baker.[series 1, episode 33 – 13/10/65]

– “CALF LOVE” With Warren Mitchell, Simon Ward and Isobel Black
[Series 1, episode 47 – 26/01/66]

-“THE POWER GAME” : Late Via Rome. [series 1, episode 9. 7/02/66]

– “THIS MAN CRAIG” : Period of Adjustment, playing Clare Maitland with her father Jack Watling. [05/11/66]

– Played “Sarah Richards” in “OUT OF THE UNKNOWN”: The World In Silence, with Mark Eden. [17/11/66]

-“MISTER MISFIT”(TV Movie) [05/02/67]

– “NO HIDING PLACE: A Girl Like You”. [30/03/67]

– “Victoria Waterfield” in “DOCTOR WHO“, BBC1
With Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines. [20/05/67 – 20/04/68]

– “THE NEWCOMERS” playing Julie Robertson

Theatre Royal Haymarket Played “Betsy” Written by Terence Rattigan, directed by Peter Glenville With Michael Aldridge, Ian Holm & Geoffrey Beevers

– “NOT IN FRONT OF THE PARENTS”, Richmond Theatre
Played “Kate Whiteside” Written by Basil Dawson, directed by John Downing With Jack Hulbert

– “THE WIZARD OF OZ”, Victoria Palace West End Played “Dorothy”

– “LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER”, Waltham Forest Theatre at Lloyd Park Pavillion Played “Sally Boothroyd” Written by William Douglas Home, produced by Jack Watling

– “DOCTOR IN CHARGE” playing Emma Livingstone in episodes “The Taming of the Wolf” and “That’s my Uncle”. [27/08/72 + 10/09/72]

-“Late Night Theatre” (TV series)
– Melodrama: Death to the General (03/01/1973) … Annabelle Walsh
– Melodrama: The Gypsy’s Revenge (24/01/1973) … Jane

– “THERE’S A GIRL IN MY SOUP” Theatre Royal, Windsor (30/01/73).
Deborah played Marion, also starred Frederick Jaeger.

– “ARTHUR OF THE BRITONS” playing Thuna in episode “The Slave”

Played “Sandra” with David Essex and Ringo Starr
Directed by Claude Watham, produced by David Puttnam

With Cliff Richard, George Cole Hugh Griffith, Anthony Andrews and Richard Wattis Directed by David Askey

stars Deborah Watling, Mary Kerridge, Tony Steedman, and Margot Thomas.

-“THE SACKING OF NORMAN BANKS” starred Anthony Nicholls,
Dulcie Gray, Deborah Watling, Michael Denison, Terence Longdon
and Shaun Curry

– “THE SACK RACE”, The Ambassadors Theatre
Played “Carol Parker” Written by George Ross and Campbell Singer Presented by Ray Cooney With Michael Dennison, Dulcie Gray, Terrence Longden and Anna Dawson

Presented by Bruce Forsyth Appeared alongside her father Jack Watling

at the Richmond Theatre, opened on 28th October 1974

– “SUDDENLY AT HOME”, Mandel Theatre, MALTA
Performed at the Malta International Art Festival Played “Helen Tenby” Written by Francis Durbridge

– “DAWSON’S ELECTRIC CINEMA”, with Les Dawson [03/04/75]

– “TWO AND TWO MAKE SEX”, with Robin Stewart and Henry McGee

– “SHE WON’T LIE DOWN”, Darlington Civic Theatre
Played “Joanna Blakemore” Written by Peter Yeldham, Directed by Jack Watling With Henry McGee and Richard Murdoch

– “CHARLEY’S AUNT”, Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead
Played “Kitty Vernon” Written by Brandon Thomas With Chris Harris

– “LABURNAM GROVE”, Duke Of Yorks Theatre, West End
Played “Elsie Radfern” With Arthur Lowe and Joan Cooper Written by J.B.Priestley, Directed by Hugh Goldie

-“A ROOF OVER MY HEAD” TV series pilot episode, playing Maureen [05/04/77]

– “RISING DAMP”: Hello Young Lovers, ITV Played “Lorna” With Leonard Rossiter, Frances De La Tour, Alun Lewis, Don Warrington and Robert Dorning. [04/04/78]

– “A LITTLE BIT OF FLUFF” opened at Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent
on 17th April, 1978. Deborah played Mamie Scott. Also starred Derek Nimmo, Julian Orchard and Damaris Hayman.

– “THERE’S A GIRL IN MY SOUP”, Theatre Royal Windsor (14/11/78)
Played “Marion” Written by Terrence Frisby

-“LILLIE”- Sunset and the Evening Star. mini series playing Georgia Reed. [10/12/78]

– “DANGER UXB” Played “Naughty Norma” With Anthony Andrews
[08/01/79 – 02/04/79]

-“ACCIDENT” playing Miriam Saxon in episode “Ends and Ways”

– “YOUR PLACE OR MINE”, with Trevor Bannister

– “THE SECRETARY BIRD” Theatre Royal, Windsor (28/08/79)
Deborah played Molly Forsyth, also starred Terence Alexander and Louie Ramsay.

– “SAME TIME NEXT YEAR”, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Played “Doris” With Norman Esher as “George” (Two Hander) Written By Bernard Slade, Directed by Sebastian Graham-Jones


-“SAME TIME NEXT YEAR” Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (26/05/80)
Played “Doris” With Norman Esher as “George” (Two Hander) Written By Bernard Slade, Directed by Sebastian Graham-Jones

“BEYOND A JOKE” with Arthur Lowe

1982-1983 :
– “THE HOLLOW” by Agatha Christie.

– “GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS”, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Played “Goldilocks” With Colin Baker, Michael Sharvell Martin, Chris Davis and Nick Field Produced by Paul Elliot, Directed by Chris Moreno and Michael Sharvell Martin

– “FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS”, King’s Theatre Southsea (and Tour) Played “Jacqueline” Written by Terrence Rattigan Directed by Eleanor Fazan With Christopher Blake and Jeremy Sinde

– “GIGI”, New Theatre Hull and Tour Played “Gigi” Written by Colette and Anita Loos, Directed by Hubert Gregg With Dawn Adams, Ralph Bates and Avril Angers

– “ALADDIN”, Hexagon Theatre, Reading Played “Aladdin”

– “BIRTHDAY SUITE”, Tour Playing “Kate” With Brian Murphy and Trevor Bannister

– “CINDERELLA”, Nottingham Playhouse Played “Cinderella”
With Bernard Breslaw, Joe Black, Windsor Davies and Roy Hudd

– “DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE”, Tour Played “Janet”
Written by Ted Willis, Directed by Tudor Davies With Frazer Hines, Robin Askwith, Vicki Michelle, Lynette McMorrough, Brian Cant and Nicholas Smith

– “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK”, Theatre Royal Lincoln Played “Princess” Producer and Director, Paul Elliott With Geoff Hughes, Barry Howerd, Peter Byrne and Katie Budd


– “NOISES OFF”, Twelve month tour Played”Belinda”
Written by Michael Frayn, Directed by Stephen Barry
With Jane Freeman, Gerald Flood and Giles Watling

– “HAPPY EVENT” Played “Jane Harbottle” Written by Richard Everett, Directed by Michael Napier Brown With Christopher Blake and Stanley Lebor

– “SPRING AND PORT WINE”, The Mill at Sonning Played
“Daisy Crompton” Written by Bill Naughton, Directed by John B Hobbs With Seymour Matthews

Terence Rattigan’s “FLARE PATH”

– “THE BUSINESS OF MURDER” with Bryan Hands and Ian Soundy.

– “WIFE BEGINS AT 40”, Toured for two and a half years over three seasons Played “Linda” Written by Ray Cooney, Directed by Simon Whitfield. With Bruce Montague, Jack Douglas and Brill “Boysie” Watling-Turner

– “MURDER BY MISADVENTURE“, Theatre Royal Windsor, then Tour Played “Emma Kent” Written by Edward Taylor, Directed by Val May With Gerald Harper, William Gaunt and Rowland Davies

– “ALFIE“, Tour, then The Queens Theatre, West End Played “Ruby” Written by Bill Naughton, Directed by Adam Faith With Adam Faith, Natasha Pyne and Leonard Fenton

Written by David Roden and John Nathan-Turner. Part of Children In Need, celebrating 30 years of Doctor Who, Played “Victoria Waterfield” With Jon Pertwee as The Doctor [26/11/93]

– “DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER“, The Duchess, West End
Played “Suzette” Written by Marc Camoletti, Directed by Peter Fargo. With Simon Ward and Royce Mills. Later with Michael Sharvell Martin, Royce Mills and Kim Hartman

– “DOWNTIME” Played “Victoria Waterfield”
Written By Marc Platt, Directed By Chris Barry With Jack Watling, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, James Bree, Geoffrey Beevers and John Leeson

– “DICK WHITTINGTON“, Cambridge Arts Theatre Played “Fairy Bowbells” With Barry Cryer

-“CINDERELLA“, The Swan, High Wycombe Played “Fairy Godmother” Written & Directed by Peter Denyer With Gary Wilmot, Bonnie Langford and Sam Kelly

– “FUNNY MONEY“, Tour Played “Jean Perkins”
Written By Ray Cooney, Directed by Ron Aldridge With Rodney Bewes, Henry McGee, Trevor Bannister and Anita Graham

– “ABIGAIL’S PARTY”, The Grand Swansea Played “Beverley” Written By Mike Leigh, Directed by Ian Dickens WIth Sophie Lawrence

POSSESIONS“, playing Lady Winkworth.

– “OUT OF ORDER“, Tour Played “Pamela Willey”
Written by Ray Cooney, Directed by John B Hobbs With Gordon Kaye, Colin Baker, Henry McGee and Trevor Bannister

2001 and 2002:
– Frinton Summer Season.
Includes “HEAT STROKE“, “COME BANG YOUR TAMBOURINE” and “MURDER BY THE BOOK” Played “Imogen Piper” Written by Duncan Greenwood and Robert King Directed by Seymour Matthews

Frinton Summer Theatre.
Playing Mrs Alving in “GHOSTS“.

-“IDENTITY“, quiz show hosted by Donny Osmond. [05/09/07]

– “THE ONE SHOW”, interviwed at home for a feature celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Radio Times. [26/09/13]

– “NEWS”, appeared on various News programmes, promoting the newly found Doctor Who episodes. [11/10/13]

– “DOCTOR WHO THE AFTERSHOW PARTY LIVE”, Various Doctors and Companions gather to discuss Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary [23/11/13] BBC 3.


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