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Peter Tuddenham

July 12th, 2007 (04:13 pm)
current music: Handel: Zadok the Priest

I've just seen on Outpost Gallifrey that Peter Tuddenham has died. His performances as Zen and Orac, and in the final series, Slave, were quietly among the most memorable in Blake's 7; particularly, I thought, as Zen, whose farewell in Terminal was perhaps the most moving piece of dialogue given to a machine which I've come across.

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Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)

:-(

I'm sorry to hear that. He was a wonderful voice actor.

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
bbc1

Lots of great Orac moments to cherish too - who could imagine a box of perspex tubes and disco lights could be characterised so effectively as sulking, showing off or insanely megalomaniac (cf. "Shadow")?

Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
full of Avons

Orac rocked. He was my favourite character next to Avon (and, let's face it, Avon was something special - by the time the superbly talented Paul Darrow had finished with him, he was verging on the Shakespearean). I always wanted my own Orac... :-)

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
lyra

The merchandising of Blake's 7 in the late 70s is a catalogue (Argos) of missed opportunities. A pet Orac chastising you would have been great. And who wouldn't want to own a teleport bracelet (with appropriate sound effects)?

Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)

Oh, I'd have given such a lot for one of those! I did eventually make one (as part of a fourth-series Avon costume that I made for a fancy dress event), but it involved a lot of DAS clay so it wasn't very durable, unfortunately... and I couldn't do the sound effects.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: July 15th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
orbit

One of our PCs is one I built as a sort of Orac replica. It's pretty much the right size and shape, made of transparent plastic and has lots of flashing lights.

And when you turn off Windows, Peter Tuddenham's voice says "I am closing down now. I have much to do and I have engaged my circuits on your petty affairs for far too long."