was invited into the Doctor Who offices by the then-producer
Innes Lloyd. He had seen her in the "Play for Today"
series and thought she might be a good choice for a new
companion in the series.
a discussion between the two, it was agreed that Deborah
would gain some more experience in the industry as she was
only eighteen at the time. After this Deborah worked on
stage and some TV, and in 1966 agreed to take the role of
Victoria Waterfield, opposite Patrick Troughton as 'The
Doctor' and Frazer Hines as 'Jamie'.
stayed with the show for a year, and that period of the
shows history is now fondly remembered as The Monster Era.
During the time she saw battle with Cybermen, Yeti, Ice
Warriors and, in her very first story, the dreaded Daleks.
many of Deborah's episodes have since been wiped by the
BBC. Only Tomb Of The Cybermen exists in it's entirety,
after being discovered in Hong Kong in 1992. It has recently
been issued on DVD and is one of the top-selling stories
in the Doctor Who range. Other singular episodes do exist
from Enemy Of The World, Abominable Snowmen, Web Of Fear
and four of the six episodes still survive from The Ice
on the individual story titles to see Deborah's memories
working on one of TV's most memorable shows.