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Deborah Watling has Passed AwayUpdated 21 July 2017

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Victoria Waterfield
 It is with great sadness that it was announced on the 21st July 2017 that Deborah Watling, who played companion Victoria Waterfield, has died aged 69.

  Born in Loughton in Essex in 1948, Deborah Watling made her first television appearance as a child in William Tell. She went on to appear in a television version of HG Wells' The Invisible Man and played Alice Liddell in a Wednesday Play by Dennis Potter about author Lewis Carroll.

  Deborah Watling joined Doctor Who in the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Evil of the Daleks" and featured in classics including "The Tomb of the Cybermen" and "The Ice Warriors". Her final adventure in the TARDIS was in the 1968 story "Fury from the Deep", although she remained closely identified with the show and made cameo appearances as Victoria in specials including the 1993 Children in Need mini-story "Dimensions in Time".

  Away from the world of Doctor Who she starred in the David Essex movie, Thatíll be the Day in 1973 and her television work included Rising Damp, Danger UXB and Doctor in Charge.

  But to fans of Doctor Who she will be remembered forever as the brave and compassionate orphan, Victoria Waterfield, and Deborah Watling made no secret of the affection she held for the role and the show. ĎI have said this before and it is true, Pat became like a second father to me both on the show and after I left...í she once recalled. ĎThe other person on the show at the time was Frazer Hines playing the part of Jamie. He and I became like brother and sister. We had such a great rapport, and even today when we meet up at Doctor Who events things havenít changedí.

  Her father was the actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in two Doctor Who stories ("The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear"). Her brother Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, said she would be 'sorely missed. She was a lovely, lovely girl, bubbly and vibrant'.

  Deborah Watling will be sadly missed but she will never be forgotten.

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Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth DoctorUpdated 16 July 2017

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 The BBC has announced Broadchurch actress, Jodie Whittaker, is to be the Thirteenth Doctor Who's - the first woman to get the role.

  Jodie Whittaker casting was revealed in a trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final on Sunday 16th July 2017.

  The 35 year old actor has said it was 'more than an honour' to become The Doctor. 'I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet'.

  Doctor Who's new showrunner, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, has said 'I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way'.

  Jodie Whittaker starred as Beth Latimer in the three series of the ITV crime drama Broadchurch as the mother of a murdered boy. As well as television work Jodie Whittaker has appeared on the big screen, in One Day, Attack the Block and St Trinian's.

  The trailer showed a hooded figure walking through woods, with birdsong and breath the only sounds heard. An empty palm was pictured, on which a key appeared - before Jodie Whittaker's face was glimpsed. Viewers then saw her take off her hood, smile and walk towards the TARDIS.

  She will make her debut when Peter Capaldi, who took on the role of the Twelfth Doctor in 2013, leaves the show in the 2017 Christmas special.

Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor WhoUpdated 31 January 2017

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Peter Capaldi
 Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he will leave Doctor Who at the end of Series 10 at the end of the year.

  This surprise announcement was made while he was speaking with BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley during a special Evening in with Peter Capaldi when he revealed that he had decided it was time to say goodbye. 'I feel itís time to move on' he has said.

  'One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best' he told Jo Whiley. 'From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I canít thank everyone enough. Itís been cosmic'.

  Executive Producer, Brian Minchin, has revealed that 'Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I'm sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I'm delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they're planning and it's going to be incredible'.

  Peter Capaldi will return in the next series for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.


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