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'Doctor Who' Daleks designer Ray Cusick dies, aged 84

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Ray Cusick, the designer of infamous Doctor Who villains the Daleks, has died aged 84.

The BBC reports that he passed away on Thursday (February 21) of heart failure, according to his daughter Claire Heawood.

During his time at the BBC, Cusick was responsible for set design on the long-running science fiction show, and created the first versions of the extraterrestrial race for the second episode of the original 1963 series of Doctor Who, featuring William Hartnell as The Doctor.

He later went on to speak about the Daleks' design and how they were developed in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who Confidential.

After retiring as an art director for the BBC, Cusick contributed to several specialist magazines on the subject of battles from the Napoleonic era.

He leaves behind two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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