Saturday, 22 July 2017
In one of her surviving stories, the legendary Tomb Of The Cybermen, there is a wonderful dialogue between the Doctor and Victoria as they try to settle for the night in the terrible Tombs on Telos. A scared Victoria sits wide eyed discussing with The Doctor how her whole world has changed since her father was murdered by the Daleks and she has elected to travel with him. What followed was a little pieceb of Doctor Who magic delivered to her by a Patrick Troughton who was on top of his game.
Victoria; You probably can't remember your family.
Doctor; Oh yes, I can when I want to. And that,s the point,really. I have to
really want to, to bring them back in front of my eyes. The rest of the time
they sleep in my mind and I forget. And so will you. Oh yes, you will. You
find there is so much else to think about. To remember. Our lives are
different to anybody else's That's the exciting thing. There's nobody else
in the universe can do what we do.
All the while there is the haunting refrain of a soundtrack that reminds us we are in a very scary place where death only sleeps.
Not so the real world.
Deborah Watling was by all accounts, I have heard and read ,a gentle and very beautiful person and I believe she will always occupy a very special place in the hearts of Doctor Who fans
the world over.