Saturday, 22 July 2017

Tributes paid to former Doctor Who companion Deborah Watling, who has died aged 69

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Doctor Who companion Deborah Watling, who has died following a short battle with cancer, aged 69. 

 Actress Deborah Watling, who played Doctor Who's second assistant, has died, aged 69

The actress was best known for her role as Victoria Waterfield – the companion of second doctor Patrick Troughton in the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who. 

Deborah, who lived in Thorpe-le-Soken with husband Steve Turner, was diagnosed with lung cancer just six weeks ago. She passed away on Friday. 

She was the daughter of 1940s and 50s film star Jack Watling and actress Patricia Hicks and sister of actress Dilys Watling and Clacton MP Giles Watling. 

“She was bubbly, vivacious, with a great sense of humour," said Giles. 

“We grew up together – she was ahead of me in the acting game. She had a great career. 

“We toured together all over the country and shared digs – we had a wonderful life. 

“She lived quietly in Thorpe-le-Soken for a few years, but that didn’t stop her from travelling to Doctor Who conventions all over the world. 

“She was supposed to be going to New Zealand, but was too poorly.

“In the last week she moved into Beaumont Manor nursing home. She passed away peacefully.”

As VIctoria with the TARDIS


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