From Gallifrey to the West Midlands…
When Paul Cornell is not busy writing episodes of hit British television drama series and authoring popular novels he is quietly making a name for himself in the comic book world. That is why viewers who have thrilled to his work on programmes like Dr Who will be delighted that the acclaimed writer will be coming to England’s second city to appear at the Birmingham International Comics Show (BICS) in an all-day Saturday exclusive!
As well as Doctor Who, other television dramas that Cornell has written for include Robin Hood, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. He had had two original novels published in addition to various Doctor Who related books, His comic related work includes strips for the UK’s Judge Dredd Megazine (subsequently collected in graphic novel format) and the Wisdom series for Marvel in America.
BICS 2007 takes place over the weekend October 13-14th at The Thinktank, Millennium Point, the home of Birmingham’s new science museum, a rather apt venue for the appearance of such a prodigious Dr Who creator.
Paul Cornell will be signing and revealing details of his forthcoming comic book work at BICS 2007. He is also scheduled to take part in a major Writer’s Panel event taking place on the Saturday. People are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment, as mainstream interest for this year’s show is now increasingly daily!
After contributing to British fanzines, Paul Cornell entered and won a Young Writers’ competition that saw his Kingdom Come screened on BBC2. He then focussed on children’s television, before branching out to contribute to the supernatural series Springhill and briefly contributed to the classic award-winning British soap opera series Coronation Street.
Cornell appears to have a predisposition for writing about doctors having established his early career on Children’s Ward and in recent years writing episodes for three BBC medical dramas: Casualty, Holby City and Doctors. However, the character his name has been most associated with is Doctor Who.
To date he has written six Doctor Who novels, three audio books and the animated internet adventure Scream of the Shalka, comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine, plus novels and audio books featuring Bernice Summerfield, a spin-off character from one of his Who books.
He was also involved in the overwhelmingly positive revival of Dr Who to the small screen, and was responsible for scripting Father’s Day; the episode being nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2006, and reached third place.
The scriptwriter contributed to BBC1’s new Robin Hood series and has an episode in ITV’s science fiction series Primeval Aside from two mainstream science-fiction novels published so far, he has also written non-fiction books about television, and seen a career in comics slowly begin to bloom. due for transmission in 2008.
In the UK, aside from the aforementioned, and perhaps obligatory, Dr Who Magazine, Cornell has contributed stories to the Judge Dredd Megazine. While for America’s Marvel Comics he wrote the six issue Wisdom series, and is rumoured to be behind a revival for that company’s Excalibur title. He has also hinted of yet another comic book title on the horizon… At BICS 2007 Paul Cornell may reveal more!
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