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    Dalek designer Ray Cusick passes away aged 84



    Source: Twitter (via The Register)

    The designer of iconic Dr Who villain the Daleks has died.

    84 year-old Ray Cusick died in his sleep over the weekend, reportedly of heart failure. Dr Who Magazine broke the news with a Tweet.

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    Link: BBC News - Doctor Who Dalek designer Ray Cusick dies after illness

    Ray Cusick on the long-held notion that the Dalek design was based on a pepperpot:

    ..."People do say I was inspired by a pepper pot - but I always think 'If that's all it takes to become a designer then it's a doddle'."

    He explained that, in fact, the pepper pot detail came from a lunch with Bill Roberts, the special effects expert who would make the Daleks, when Mr Cusick picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table, telling him: "It's going to move like that - no visible means."

    "Ever since then people say I was inspired by a pepper pot - but it could have been the salt pot I picked up,"...

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