Friday, 17 June 2011

In Memory of Roy Skelton

Some might know his voice from the Children’s TV show Rainbow as Zippy and George. But for older fans of the show, his voice was synonymous with the voices of the Daleks and the Cybermen, as Nick Briggs is now.

Born in 1931. Skelton began acting after leaving school and joined the National Association of Boys’ Club Travelling Theatre, after which he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

His first appearance in Doctor Who was in The Ark (1966) episode three as the voice of the Monoids. This soon led to more work in the series as with his unique vocal talents, he was soon put to work. Roy was not used as the voice of the Daleks until 1967 in The Evil of the Daleks.

He made a rare appearance in front of the camera in Colony in Space in 1971 as Wilfred Norton and returned to act in The Green Death as Mr. James and as Marshal Chedaki in The Android Invasion. He also voiced the character of Wester in Planet of the Daleks, and actually played Wester when the character died in the Daleks laboratory.

All together Roy Skelton was featured in forty nine episodes of Doctor Who and finally contributed as the voice of the Daleks in the Comic Relief Sketch The Curse of Fatal Death.

This voice shows his great sense of theatre which is not hard to see why he played these larger than life characters. Classic lines like, "You will be Exterminated!" and "That is an Order! Obey, OBEY!" will live long in the memories of the older fans.

And that's why we thought we would dedicate a Doctor Who Bar Night to Roy Skelton, who had lent his voice talents to the greatest of the Doctor's many foes, the dreaded Daleks!

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