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Cusick's Legacy by Librarian-bot Cusick's Legacy by Librarian-bot
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.
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Lord-Sunday-s Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Wow!  All hail the mighty Dalek Empire!!!
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CorruptedDalek999 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god, awesome! I love Daleks!
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NestieBot Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
GOOD DALEKS
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StarzeroDigital Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How come the Dalek Emperor from "The Parting Of Ways" isn't included?
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Simply because I haven't built it yet. The issue is that I don't have any decent measurements to work from, so it's all guess work, which is going to take quite a while to get right....
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CC147555 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
How is the Time war Dalek emperor getting on now? Any closer to finishing it?
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Closer, but it's slow going. The lack of defined dimensions makes it much harder than usual, especially when I'm trying to match the exact look of the original model.
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CC147555 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Any other Dalek Models you working on?
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:iconlibrarian-bot:
Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Just a few improvements to existing ones, nothing new.
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CC147555 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
After you have finished the Time war Emperor, would you consider making another image like this, but including the new models you made after this tribute? Maybe you could make one for Ray Cusick birthday, just a thought.
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Certainly, that's always been the plan - I need to do a version of this with better lighting anyway!
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great image an tribute. I love it. 
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
AWESOME!!! :iconexplodesplz:
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HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Am I allowed to pretend that the Daleks are all saluting him with their sucker hands?
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Of course!
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buttoneer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Fantastic tribute, especially as soon it will be the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Dr. Who. Long may it, and the Daleks....and the geeks as well as us British, continue! Thank you.
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thanks for commenting!

Glad you like the image!
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Esterath13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
oh... that is beautiful... 
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thanks!
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apdarkness905 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Awesome picture I love it, I have to ask though, is Dalek Prime up there?
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
No, not as such. I sort of decided that the Golden Emperor Dalek made the Prime redundant in terms of design - they are essentially the same in terms of looks - and I don't really like War of the Daleks anyhow.

Glad you like the image!
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hannibalbrown Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Just missing the emperor dalek from the ninth doctor
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still good though excellent
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thanks!

I've started working on that Emperor, so I'll eventually be able to add it to the collection!
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Squillig Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wooaaah!!
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Strategist and Drone Officers in Asylum had their colours somewhat close to your choices actually.
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Cool :)
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Just shows what an iconic design he came up with. He deserved better treatment.

Nice art, btw :)
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whopipe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Holy pepperpots XD
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Elkaddalek Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Dalek Class photo of 60012
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dalekdino27 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
WOW!, this is now my 100th favourite!
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Mal170582 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
"...at once ridiculous and terrifying"...

This encapsulates the Daleks far better than anything else I've read. I think a lot of the New Series Dalek stories attempt to tone down or negate the aspect of the "ridiculous" (which I am betting was also pretty unintentional on the part of the early Doctor Who stories) yet it really is a huge reason in Why the Daleks were so terrifying... a silly stunted cone with Short Man syndrome to the power of a thousand (though were it me I'd have made them a fraction taller...)

Totally agree about Raymond Cusick... a lot of Nation's scripts reek of "I'm meeting a deadline and I don't give a rip", and it was Cusick who took a vague careless description and made it into the most contradictory, aethetically intriguing design on TV. Something totally inhuman with no human elements like jointed limbs. Rather criminal he was so totally ignored legally. I'd go so far as to call him the Real creator of the Daleks, even if they owe their space-nazi personalities to Nation... though I guess this really was an equal meeting of minds now I think about it, and however a poor writer Nation was, he still came up with a great idea, if not the visual...

Anyway, as always, love the work! Looking forward to more of the "Mark Is/IIs/IIIs", etc.

Best,
Eddy
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lynchkidme Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DALEKS, OH HELLS YES, THIS LOOKS AWESOME, GREAT WORK, LOVE IT, PIKA PII
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masterofhorr Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
One of the best designers of aliens EVER!
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android65mar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Spetacular tribute, a man of many talents
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ShalkaDoctor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
OH. MY. DALEK! Loving it.
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TheGeneLantern Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Spectacular!
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RandomSketchGeek247 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
A stunning piece of Art man, and as tributes go, I dont anyone could do much better :) well done, truly brilliant :D
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Str8EdgeAng3l Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I'm not sure what DW would be without daleks, but I do know I wouldn't like it nearly as much.
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SpitfireMK1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"His supposed 50 year legacy"
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megamisfit Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Some of my fav older daleks on that pic.
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iytj Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
oh,no!:no:
he'll be missed!:(
Great Daleks,btw!:clap:
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radishdalek Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first response was "wow!"
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lilly987 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
He will be missed :sniff:
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dollysistersmassacre Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
THIS. IS. SO. FRIGGIN'. AWESOME!!
You really outdid yourself in making this fantastic tribute to Ray Cusick.
For that I'm giving you 10/10.

RIP Raymond Cusick 1928-2013.
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dragonkan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY DALEK!
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DoctorWhoOne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Actually, he died last Thursday. Bit odd thou that they mentioned his passing afew short days later when normally when someone famous dies, their death tends to get mentioned on the day they day or at least the following day.
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