God, I hate the way that important Doctor Who people keep dying. OK, so Raymond Cusick
had a good and long span, but it's still feels as though we're losing a lot of people right now. Ray was a designer, one of many to work on Who, and he certainly wasn't the one that was given the important decisions about how Who would look in it's early days. But he turned up to design a show written by an angry ex-Hancock writer, and he made a legend. Yes, Terry Nation conceived and wrote the Daleks, but would they have captured a nations children, and made Doctor Who a fixture, without Ray's designs? When you think of a Dalek, what's the first thing to come to mind? The bumps? The eye-stalk? The plunger? All Ray, and all he got for it was a standard BBC designer's fee.
Still, he also gave us the Voord, which I'm sure must have made him so proud, not to mention a host of other quality productions, including When The Boat Comes In, The Pallisers and Play for Today. Thanks, Ray. You were a lovely man, from what I've heard, and you made a siloutte that will terrify generations yet to come. Thank you.