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Victoria

Victoria as in The Tomb Of The Cybermen

Facts

Played by: Debbie Watling
Tenure 20 May 1967-20 April 1968
First appearance
The Evil of the Daleks (regular)
Last appearance The Fury From The Deep (regular)
Last appearance
Dimensions In Time (guest)
Number of series
1
Appearances 9 stories

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Biography

Thanks to TARDIS Wikia

EARLY LIFE

Victoria Maud Waterfield was born in 1852. When she was five years old, she was photographed by Charles Dodgson, the author of Alice in Wonderland, who was better known by his pseudonym “Lewis Carroll” in later years. Her mother, Edith Rose Waterfield, died on 23 November 1863 (Downtime) from pneumonia at the age of 37 (The Age of Ambition).

According to her father, Edward Waterfield, Victoria bore a strong resemblance to her mother as a teenager. (The Evil of the Daleks)

She was a Protestant. (Screamager)

MEETING THE DOCTOR

Edward Waterfield and his colleague, Theodore Maxtible, were experimenting with a method of time travel utilising mirrors and static electricity. They accidentally established a link between Maxtible’s house and the Dalek city on the planet Skaro. The Daleks used Victoria as a hostage to control her father and Maxtible.

Taken prisoner and transported to Skaro, Victoria was stranded on the alien planet — her father having died to save the Second Doctor‘s life. Drawing on this experience, she was prepared to encounter civilisations more advanced than her own. Now an orphan, she chose to join the Doctor and Jamie on their travels — a decision made more through necessity than choice. (The Evil of the Daleks)

TRAVELS WITH THE DOCTOR

Victoria looked for the humanity in the circumstances she found herself in. Rather than wonder at the TARDIS, Victoria worried about the Doctor’s age. (The Tomb of the Cybermen)

Until her abduction by the Daleks, Victoria had apparently led the sheltered life usual for women from wealthy British families in the 19th century. She was, however, quite capable of looking after herself and held her own in a verbal spar with Captain Hopper. (The Tomb of the Cybermen). She also coped well with Jamie’s teasing over such things as short dresses (The Ice Warriors) and eventually took to wearing shorter dresses and skirts, despite her initial discomfort with the idea.

Victoria’s sheltered life before encountering the Doctor had not made her gullible. She was a clever and intelligent young woman, who got the better of Kaftan twice after having been tricked into drinking drugged coffee. Her first ploy had been to scream as if a dead Cybermat were attacking again and the second was to tell Kaftan and Eric Klieg that the testing room, where the Doctor’s group had been locked, contained another weapon. Victoria seemed such an innocent young woman that Kaftan believed her each time. (The Tomb of the Cybermen)

Although Victoria loved the Doctor and Jamie, she missed her home and father. Since she had joined the TARDIS crew only as a result of her father’s death, she was something of an unwilling adventurer. Having told the Doctor this, he taught her a way to remember her past while remaining in the present (The Tomb of the Cybermen). Her gleeful recollection of the recipe for Kaiser pudding when working in Salamander‘s kitchen was a manifestation of her longing for home. (The Enemy of the World)

Right from the start of her adventures, Victoria was defiant and could show great courage. Though frightened of the Daleks who had held her captive, she defied their orders and continued to feed the pigeons — or “flying pests”, as the Daleks called them — at the window of her room. She was also inquisitive, which made her travels with the Doctor and Jamie more bearable. Victoria could be stubborn; when offered the opportunity of safety with the Monks in Tibet, she refused. Perhaps her courageous spirit also had a hand in this. (The Abominable Snowmen)

DEPARTURE

Victoria may have been courageous, but she was certainly a screamer. Never afraid to scream at danger, it was this which, ultimately, provided the solution to the Weed Creature on theEuro Sea Gas refinery the travellers visited. Leading up to this adventure, Victoria had begun speaking with greater frequency of her dislike of the dangers Jamie, the Doctor and she encountered in their travels. Unsurprisingly, she took her first opportunity to settle down with an established, caring family. With no family to return to and realising that her travels had changed her outlook and expectations, Victoria chose to stay with Maggie and Frank Harris rather than continue her travels, despite the fact that Jamie, who had feelings for her, tried to persuade her to stay. (Fury from the Deep)

LIFE AFTER THE DOCTOR

Victoria settled down in the 20th century with her foster parents, before being visited once more by the Doctor, who was in his seventh incarnation. He took her to London in February 1868, where Victoria took care of her father’s fortune and visited her aunt, Margaret Waterfield, before returning to the 20th century. (Prelude Birthright) In 1909, her aunt was murdered by thugs in the employ of Jared Khan. (Birthright)

In 1980, she returned to Tibet and the Great Intelligence for a third time. It manipulated her into establishing the New World University, preparing the way for it to manifest in Earth’s computer networks.

In 1995, its plan almost came to fruition; a ghostly version of the long-dead Professor Edward Travers got her to realise that she was being manipulated and she joined the fight against the Intelligence’s plan. (Downtime)

Victoria married an unknown man and had several children. As of, presumably, 2008, one of her children was expecting Victoria’s first grandchild. By this time, she considered her days travelling with the Doctor as the most exciting, vivid and terrifying of her life. She never told her family of her travels in the TARDIS or that she was from the 19th century. (The Great Space Elevator)

In the early 21st century, Victoria became involved in the protests against nuclear energy. At that time, she was reunited with the Doctor, by then in his sixth incarnation, and met his latest companion, Peri Brown. ( Power Play)

The character was mentioned in the Two Doctors, but she did not appear. However Debbie did reprise her role in Dimensions in Time.

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