Very sadly, Ray Cusick - the man who designed the Daleks - passed away last week. His work in creating one of the most iconic bits of design work in Television history has, for the most part, gone woefully unrecognised. He certainly never got any royalties from the use of his design, with the money bound up in the legal control of Terry Nation's estate. [link]
I'm not sure I can adequately express how brilliant his work on the Daleks was and how much of a shame it is that he got far less recognition for it than Terry Nation. Cusick took a very vague description and transformed it into something totally original and totally alien, a monster from outer space that was at once ridiculous and terrifying.
This is my tribute to him and his work, a sci fi icon that will last as long as there are geeks and British people in the world.