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July 21st, 2017 35 comments

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Companion Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Dies Aged 69

Deborah Watling, companion the the 2nd Doctor has died, aged 69.

She played Victoria Waterfield alongside the Second Doctor and Frazer Hines between 1967 and 1968.

Victoria appeared in The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep.

She also worked for Big Finish and appeared in Reeltime Pictures Downtime.



  • booboo

    July 22nd, 2017 - 8:30pm

    i knew exactly what you meant so no worriers

  • the ergon

    July 22nd, 2017 - 7:59pm

    It was a nickname she acquired at the time, due to her loud screaming. I think given by fraser hines. Just didn,t want to sound insensitive with the reference.

  • Anonymous

    July 22nd, 2017 - 5:42pm

    R.I.P Debbie Watling. She was the very first Doctor Who girl I had a crush on,at the tender age of 7. Appearing in my two all time favourite stories, “Evil of the Daleks and “Tomb of the Cybermen “. Gracing these and other classics with her portrayal of the kind and gentle Victoria. The “Alice in Wonderland ” of time and space. So very sad.

  • whovian

    July 22nd, 2017 - 12:12pm

    Thr ergon, if that is what she was remembered for, im sure she would have took it in good humour. Rest in piece Deborah.

  • Christian Pye

    July 22nd, 2017 - 12:46am

    R.I.P Deborah Watling.

  • Dr RevWho

    July 21st, 2017 - 11:21pm

    Very sad to hear. RIP Deborah Watling.

  • the ergon

    July 21st, 2017 - 10:28pm

    i deeply apologize for the leatherlungs reference. It was what she was fondly remembered as according to Deborah herself from her time on the show. I was unaware that it was lung cancer that had taken her from us fans. sorry, no offence meant at all.

  • The Werewolf

    July 21st, 2017 - 10:18pm

    Only watched three of the stories she’s been in, but very sad news. RIP.

  • Prof Horner

    July 21st, 2017 - 10:15pm

    RIP Debbie, and to cancer again , all the Doctor Who girls have died of cancer, so sad.

  • Floppy Who

    July 21st, 2017 - 9:35pm

    She was an absolute gem and a delight to talk with at conventions, with a sparkle that would light up the room. A very sad loss that will be felt by many.

  • Michael

    July 21st, 2017 - 8:53pm


  • Spamella

    July 21st, 2017 - 8:33pm

    So sad to hear of Victoria’s death rest in peace

  • Mark Belsom

    July 21st, 2017 - 8:27pm

    Such a sad loss, never got to meet her but everyone that did has said she was so nice and really loved her fans. What more could you ask for.

  • T.A

    July 21st, 2017 - 7:33pm

    R.I.P you will be missed.

  • Simon W

    July 21st, 2017 - 7:15pm

    R.I.P. Victoria. 🙁

  • prototype dalek

    July 21st, 2017 - 6:47pm

    RIP Victoria 🙁

  • Whorules

    July 21st, 2017 - 6:06pm

    Having watched all of troughtons stories last year the news of deborah’s passing is very keenly felt. Another gone, she will be missed.

  • Pats86

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:54pm

    Nicely put Tim M.

  • Classic Who all the way

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:24pm

    Always a great supporter of the series, in documentaries. People always speak highly of this lady. RIP, and thank you for your contribution to our favourite television programme.

  • Anonymous

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:22pm

    RIP Deborah. You will be missed! You were always a favourite of mine

  • Adam

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:19pm

    RIP Deborah Watling…”Our lives are different to anybody else’s”…one of the most beautiful scenes ever..

  • Simon

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:18pm

    R.I.P. Deborah. Lovely lady, met her at a convention in Folkstone 2 years ago. Loved meeting fans and telling stories about her time on Doctor Who. Sadly missed.

  • Jonathan

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:03pm

    Lovely Deborah Watling. Thank you
    Jonathan x

  • Tim M

    July 21st, 2017 - 5:02pm

    Thankfully we are so fortunate and lucky that stories like ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’ , ‘The Enemy of the World’ and ‘The Web of Fear’ have been recovered over the past 25 years. In the late 80’s I thought these classics were long gone. It is something of a miracle that the 16mm film copies survived. You can see in these stories just how well the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Victoria work so well together. You really feel the close bond between Troughton, Hines and Watling.

  • R1ch1e

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:56pm

    RIP Deborah Waltling! The Whoniverse is a poorer place without that wonderful smile of yours.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:54pm

    Rest in peace Watling, thanks for the classic episodes we have watched and hope to watch.

  • Pats86

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:53pm

    That is sad news, she was part of some classic episodes which we can remember her by.

  • the ergon

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:48pm

    first john hurt and now our dear Victoria. No more please.

  • doctorwhomad

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:45pm

    Rest in peace Deborah. xx

  • the ergon

    July 21st, 2017 - 4:42pm

    RIP dear leatherlungs.

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