This blog is in mourning

Here’s the reason why:

Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness.

His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave in Blake’s 7, which was created by Terry Nation.

In addition, Tuddenham was in the Kaldor City audio spin-offs Occam’s Razor and Death’s Head, which were Doctor Who/Blake’s 7 crossovers produced by Magic Bullet.

Tuddenham’s voice of Orac was perfect for the character. Combining arrogance, impatience with its human owners, along with sarcasm and a surprisingly sharp sense of humor (for a computer), Tuddenham made Orac an utterly believable character, even though the prop for Orac was nothing more than a clear Plexiglass box of blinking lights.