Raymond Cusick-designed villian, featured in Doctor Who, is both artistically confusing and intriguing.

This article titled “Daleks are a legacy of British pop art” was written by Jonathan Jones, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 25th February 2013 15.04 UTC

The Daleks are a masterpiece of pop art. The death of their designer Raymond Cusick is rightly national news: it was Cusick who in the early 1960s gave a visual shape to this new monster invented by Doctor Who writer Terry Nation. But in the 50th anniversary of Britain's greatest television show, the Daleks need to be seen in historical perspective. It is all too tempting to imagine Cusick and Nation sitting in the BBC canteen looking at a pepper pot on their lunch table and realising it could be a terrifying alien cyborg. In reality, the Daleks are a living legacy of the British pop art movement.

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