At 69 years old, Deborah Watling has this physical status:
Deborah Patricia Watling (2 January 1948 – July 2017) was an English actress best known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
Deborah was born at the Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital in London, the daughter of actors Jack Watling and Patricia Hicks. Giles and her half-sister, Dilys, are also actors. She was born in Epping until the family moved to Alderton Hall in Loughton, Essex, in the 16th century. Educated at Braeside School in Buckhurst Hill, Watling, before enrolling in the Italia Conti Stage School, she dreamed of becoming a dentist. Watling made her film debut at the age of three and began playing background roles in her father's films. Watling began talking to a boy who turned out to be Michael Craze, whom she would take over as a companion in Doctor Who many years later.
Beginning as a child actress, Watling 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. She also made many theatre appearances throughout her career.
According to the short BBC Video documentary The Dalek Factor about the making of the story, released in September 2021 as part of the animated restoration of the serial, Denise Buckley was cast in the role of Victoria Waterfield by director Derek Martinus. The production team had been hoping that Pauline Collins would continue in the role of Samantha Briggs, that she had played in the previous story The Faceless Ones, but had created Victoria as a potential ongoing character should Collins decline. When Collins confirmed she did not want to join the regular cast, it was decided to introduce Victoria as the new companion and Denise Buckley was released, but paid in full, with Deborah Watling replacing her as a more suitable actress for the continuing role. 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.