Deborah Watling, actress, dies

Deborah Watling as VictoriaActress Deborah Watling, best known for her 1960s stint as Victoria Waterfield, an orphaned girl taken aboard the TARDIS as a companion in Doctor Who, dies at the age of 69 from lung cancer, only six weeks after being diagnosed. Joining the show in the pivotal Evil Of The Daleks serial in 1967, and remaining through the end of the six-part Fury From The Deep in 1968, Watling was technically a series regular for only a year, though that time coincided with a run of stories now widely regarded as classics, pitting the TARDIS team again Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Yeti. She also appeared in Out Of The Unknown and Danger UXB, and reprised the role of Victoria in later Doctor Who projects such as Dimensions In Time (1993) and Downtime (1995).