Doctor Who: voice of the 1960s Daleks dies

Roy Skelton, best known for his work on the sci-fi show and Rainbow, passes away aged 79

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British stage and television actor Roy Skelton has died aged 79 after suffering a stroke. The news was announced by his daughter, Samantha Skelton.

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He is most famous for being one of the original voices for the Daleks in Doctor Who, where he voiced many encounters between William Hartnell’s Doctor and his nemeses. He stayed on Doctor Who through to the late 1980s and voiced many other alien monsters along the way, including the Krotons and the Cybermen.

While he appeared in series such as Z Cars and Softly, Softly, it was his voice work that made his career: not only in Doctor Who but notably when he played both George and Zippy in the ITV children’s series Rainbow. He often said that he’d taken those Rainbow roles in the late 1970s believing it to be a six-week job.

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He was still performing as the arguing puppets in 2008 when the pair appeared in an episode of time-travelling crime drama series Ashes to Ashes.