Actress Deborah Watling, who played one of Patrick Troughton’s companions in the early years of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 69.
Watling played Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968, most of which were wiped after transmission. Her father was the actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in two Doctor Who adventures. Her brother Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, said she would be “sorely missed. She was a lovely, lovely girl, bubbly and vibrant,” he said of his sibling.
Born in Loughton in Essex in 1948, Watling made her first TV appearance as a child in William Tell. She went on to appear in a TV version of HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and played Alice Liddell in a Wednesday Play by Dennis Potter about author Lewis Carroll.
Watling made her first appearance in Doctor Who in the second part of 1967 serial The Evil of the Daleks – the only episode of that adventure that still exists. She went on to appear in six more serials, only two of which – The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World – still exist in their entirety.
After Doctor Who, Watling appeared in The Newcomers, Rising Damp and World War II drama Danger UXB. In 1993 she reprised her companion role for a Children in Need short called Dimensions in Time.
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The BBC have announced the thirteenth official Doctor is to be played by:
Born in 1982, Jodie Auckland Whittaker is an English actress from Yorkshire who has worked in theatre and televison since the mid-2000s. Notable on-screen roles have included Izzy Huett in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Louise Evans in Wired, Peggy Bell in Cranford, Ruth Bowen in Marchlands, Trish Tooley in The Smoke, and Sandy Grimes in The Assets
She is perhaps best known, however, for her portrayal of Beth Latimer alongside former Doctor David Tennant’s Alec Hardy in the ITV drama Broadchurch, a series also penned by incoming lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who, Chris Chibnall.
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The BBC will reveal who’s stepping into the TARDIS this weekend…
It’s been a long wait, but it’s almost over – because the BBC has announced that we’ll find out who Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who replacement is on Sunday.
In an ominous 13-themed trailer for the Thirteenth Doctor, the BBC revealed that the big unveiling would take place this Sunday 16th July after the Wimbledon Men’s Final, which starts at 2:00 pm on BBC1 and will probably last between 2 and 3 hours.
While their identity currently remains a mystery, the actor set to take over from Peter Capaldi this December in the series’ traditional Christmas episode, which will see incumbent Doctor Capaldi and series showrunner Steven Moffat say their goodbyes to the long-running BBC sci-fi series.
The actor and new head writer Chris Chibnall taking over for the episode’s final scene (where Capaldi’s Time Lord will regenerate into the 13th Doctor) before returning for a full series next year.
The special will also star David Bradley as The First Doctor (a role originated by actor William Hartnell in the very first episodes of Doctor Who in the 1960s), making this a rare instalment where three different incarnations of the Doctor will appear.
The announcement of the new Doctor follows months of speculation around the actor’s identity.
Here’s a little teaser for all our readers courtesy the ever talented Rob Carpenter.
Work on issue 31 continues. All submitted articles have been edited and have now started working on the layout. Fingers crossed – hopefully the issue will be out before end of June.