Deborah Patricia Watling (2 January 1948 – 21 July 2017) was an English actress known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
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 play about Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play, a small role in That’ll Be the Day (1973) and as Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB (1979). She also co-starred with Cliff Richard in the 1973 film Take Me High.
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 also appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama Three’s a Crowd and regularly attended Doctor Who conventions and events. In November 2013, she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
|1973||That’ll Be the Day||Sandra|
|1973||Take Me High||Sarah Jones|
|1977||Where Time Began||Glauben (English dubbed version)|
Selected Television filmography
|1958 – 1959||The Invisible Man||Sally Wilson|
|1965 – 1966||The Wednesday Play||Alice Liddell/Gretchen Westermann|
|1967 – 1968||Doctor Who||Victoria Waterfield|
|1969||The Newcomers||Julie Robertson|
|1979||Danger UXB||Norma Baker|
|1993||Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time||Victoria Waterfield|
|2013||The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Herself|
|2005||Doctor Who: Three’s a Crowd||Auntie|
|2008||Doctor Who: The Great Space Elevator||Victoria Waterfield|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Emperor of Eternity||Victoria Waterfield|
|2012||Doctor Who: Power Play||Victoria Waterfield|
|2015||Doctor Who: The Black Hole||Victoria Waterfield|
|2016||Doctor Who: The Second Doctor Volume One||Victoria Waterfield|