For the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, Telos Publishing is pleased to announce The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection, a beautifully designed and presented, lavish, full colour book featuring many of Raymond’s own photographs of his sets and designs. The book is annotated with Raymond’s own descriptions and memories of the work he undertook for the show, and includes some set designs and sketches as well as many never-before-seen photographs in black and white and full colour, all cleaned up and colour corrected by the book’s designer, Paul Smith (who created the fan project The Wonderful Book of Doctor Who 1965).
‘We were devastated when we heard that Raymond had passed away in February 2013,’ says Telos’ David J Howe. ‘He had been a good friend to Stephen James Walker and me over the years, and we had spent many hours talking with him about his work. This book has been in preparation for a long time, and we even got the limitation plates signed by Ray late in 2012. With the blessing and approval of his family, then, we’re delighted to present this celebration of his Doctor Who work. Without Ray’s imagination and skill, the Daleks could have fallen at the first hurdle, and the show never continued on to the heights it achieved. It’s been an enormous pleasure to have worked with Ray and Paul to bring this book to fruition. We hope it’s a fitting tribute to both the show and to one of its most significant and well remembered contributors.’
Raymond P Cusick is rightly remembered as the man who created the unique and iconic look of the Daleks. Yet his main task on Doctor Who in the 1960s was to design the sets – something that may have attracted less attention but at which Cusick was supremely talented. He excelled at conjuring up strange alien worlds, with exotic shapes and unusual vistas – from the Daleks’ home world of Skaro to the curved architecture of the Sense-Sphere and the soaring city of Mechanus.
This book presents an extensive selection from Raymond’s personal collection of photographs of his designs for Doctor Who – some published for the very first time – with insight into his ideas, influences and accomplishments in his own words.
96pp. Full colour landscape-format paperback book, 230mm x 160mm.
Published 31 October 2013
Please note that the limited edition deluxe hardback version of this book is now out of print.