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Doctor Who star Deborah Watling passes away aged 69

By PA Reporters

Former Doctor Who actress Deborah Watling has died aged 69.

She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, a companion to the second Doctor Patrick Troughton, in the early years of the series.

Her brother Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, said: "She was a lovely, girl, bubbly and vibrant. She will be sorely missed."

Watling was born in Loughton, Essex, in January 1948 - the child of film star Jack Watling and actress Patricia Hicks.

She made her first television appearance as a youngster in an episode of William Tell and then featured in HG Wells' The Invisible Man between 1958 and 1959.

After starring in Doctor Who, Watling opened her own boutique before returning to acting with roles in The Newcomers and Danger UXB.

She reprised her role as Victoria Waterfield for a Children in Need short in 1993.

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