Deborah Watling at the Television & Movie Store, Norwich on 20 September 2008
2 January 1948 |
|Parent(s)||Jack Watling (1923–2001)
Watling was born at Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of actors Jack Watling and Patricia Hicks. Her sister Dilys and her brother Giles are also actors. 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 version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 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 has also appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama Three's a Crowd and regularly attends Doctor Who conventions and events. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
- A critical history of Doctor Who on television, John Kenneth Muir, McFarland & Co (1999), p.144
- Daddy's Girl: The Autobiography, Deborah Watling and Paul W.T. Ballard, Fantom Films, 2012
- Variety international showbusiness reference, Mike Kaplan, Garland Publications (1981), p.687
- Cliff Richard: The Biography, Steve Turner, Lion Books (2008), p.257
- "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
- Deborah Watling at the Internet Movie Database
- Deborah Watling's website
- BBC Norfolk Online - RealAudio interview from the Holt Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion 2006
- The Spotlight: Deborah Watling
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