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Deborah Watling, who played the Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield from 1967-68, passed away on 21 July. You sent us your memories of her.

GOODBYE DEBS

PETER J HORLOCK LONDON I can hardly believe we’re saying goodbye to another Doctor Who companion. About 25 years ago, I first had the privilege of meeting Deborah Watling at the Manopticon convention in Manchester. She spoke with such warmth to me about her ‘monster era’. She elated everyone by delivering her haunting scream on stage. She always seemed so committed to Doctor Who and its fans, returning time and again to conventions and signings. Much of her era may be still missing, but she’ll never be forgotten.

JENNIFER SHELDEN LEICESTER Deborah Watling was taken too soon. She was an icon of the Whoniverse and, by all accounts, a wonderful lady. It’s good that she lived to see 1967’s The Enemy of the World and most of The Web of Fear returned in 2013, but it’s so sad that so many of her stories remain lost.

DAVID MASKELL ST NEOTS

Since I started doing conventions (at the age of 4!) I was lucky enough to meet Ms Watling many times over the years and she was always exactly the same: always chatting, extremely charming and interested in you. There are two memories I’ll treasure most about her. In 2008, I celebrated my birthday at a convention and while I was cutting my cake in the bar, she walked past me and asked whose birthday it was. When I replied it was mine she gave me the biggest kiss on the cheek I’ve ever had and she got everyone in the bar to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. She even slapped Frazer Hines’ hand for taking too much cake! Then, in 2015, I chatted to her about the theatre I worked in. To my amazement, she had performed there several times (once as the Fairy in panto), praised the theatre (and pubs around it too!) and told me how lucky I was to work there.

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Deborah Watling as Victoria in a classic shot from The Abominable Snowmen (1967).
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ISSUE 517 OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THE SEVENTH DOCTOR WITH SYLVESTER McCOY! Thirty years after he first appeared as the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy reflects on the role that changed his life... Also this issue: DEBORAH WATLING TRIBUTE DWM remembers the late Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria from 1967 to 1978, with contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines. VICTORIA'S SECRETS A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990. VICTOR PEMBERTON TRIBUTE Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton. GAIL BENNETT An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett. FURY FROM THE DEEP This month's Fact of Fiction explores 1968's Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR Part Three of our brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins. DOMINIC GLYNN The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989's Survival. THE TIME TEAM The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012's The Doctor's Wife. PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.
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