@Markgatiss: Farewell to the great Ray Cusick. His passing is especially sad in this anniversary year but his creation remains immortal. Daleks forever!
Vale Raymond Cusick (1928-2013) - Designer of the Dalek.
The Daleks are arguable the first instance of mass media marketing. They were everywhere in the UK in the 1960s. Dalek toys, tea-towels, costumes, games, books, comics, jelly-moulds etc.
Ray was a regular on the Doctor Who convention circuit and always had time to speak to fans of the show. A humble man.
Thank you Ray.
Ray Cusick with one of his creations
Ray Cusick, the BBC designer who created the look of the Daleks, died in his sleep Thursday. He was 84.
thank you Ray Cusick for giving us the Daleks and may you rest in peace
Former BBC designer Ray Cusick died of heart failure in his sleep on Thursday, Claire Heawood added.
The Daleks became the iconic villains in cult science fiction series Doctor Who, which is due to mark its 50th anniversary with events this year.
Mr Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, leaves two daughters and seven grandchildren, his family said.