My childhood was shaped by many things including Doctor Who and particularly the
Daleks. This site, my work and my passion wouldn’t be here without Ray’s classic
design that has endured fifty years.
Without this monster I wouldn’t have spent hours making Plasticine clay Daleks as
a child on the living room carpet in a world of imagination surrounded by my Louis
Marx, Selcol and Cherilea Dalek toys.
In the last eighteen years I have been fortunate to be in a position to have met
many names from the Doctor Who world past and present. Some dreams made, some broken
and some tarnished. Some are still with us and others have gone. It has been some
years since I last spoke to Ray but as I thanked him then, I also thank him now,
for having the vision and imagination to create an iconic piece of science fiction
history. A piece of history that has not only provided me with the opportunity to
be involved with this timeless classic tv programme but it has also allowed me to
contribute to the latest and brilliant incarnation which takes it beyond fifty years.
With the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who approaching, it is due in no small way
to the Daleks. Without their arrival in late December 1963 and capturing the publics
imagination, it can be argued that the programme might not have continued past the
initially commissioned thirteen episodes. They made a strong impression.
On a personal level, inspiring me to try and build my own, several times over. In
adult life choosing prop-making as a career. This has led to providing daleks for
various productions over the years. Getting to work on Doctor Who in the eighties,
working with This Planet Earth for the last thirteen, and ultimately building several
daleks used in the recent episode Asylum of the Daleks.
So I personally owe Ray Cusick a great deal over the last half century.
TOBY Christmas morning 1964
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