Wednesday, June 08, 2011

RIP Roy Skelton (20 July 1931 – 8 June 2011)

Roy Skelton, the actor who died on June 8 aged 79, provided the voices for many characters on British television over nearly 50 years, notably Zippy and George, the much-loved puppets in the popular children’s television show Rainbow; he was also one of the original Daleks in Dr Who.
Beginning with The Evil of the Daleks, he was a Dalek between 1967 and 1988, uttering such classic lines as “You will be exterminated!” and “That is an order! Obey!” He also provided voices for the Cybermen and the Krotons.

So many classic Doctor Who legends seem to be dying at the moment it's so very sad.
While I'm more of a fan of Nick Brigg's Dalek voices these days there is no doubt Mr Skelton's would of been the first I'd heard as a fan of Doctor Who back in the 80's. He would of been the first Dalek voice to drive that never ending fear into my heart.

RIP Sir.

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