For the last few decades Paul Cornell has been writing for television, comics and has been doing his own original novels. In the last couple of months. Titan Comics have been releasing what will be Paul’s final ‘Doctor Who’ comic book series, which sees him writing for the Third Doctor Who.
With some help from Titan we were lucky enough to be able to talk with Paul a little about his latest ‘Doctor Who’ comic as well as touch on his ‘London Falling’ series of novels.
SFP: You’ve recently returned to working with Titan Comics on their new Third Doctor comic. What drew you back to ‘Doctor Who’?
Paul Cornell: I had an idea that could only be done in Doctor Who, that being the big reveal about the Second Doctor. This is the last time I’ll be doing that, because I’ve recently decided that I owe it to myself to only pursue my own characters from now on. So no more Who! Which is sad, but I’m pleased to have gone out with this.
SFP: You got your start doing writing for the comic strips for ‘Doctor Who’ Magazine back in the days when our mutual friend John Freeman was the editor. How much has the comic book world of ‘Doctor Who’ changed since then because it seems to be a little more mainstream now to me.
Paul Cornell: Well, yeah, DWM was the only venue for Who comics then. It’s great that I’ve come full circle with John, he’s a fantastic editor.
SFP: I’ve been loving your Third Doctor story so far and like how you seem to have captured the spirit of the Pertwee era. Were there any specific Pertwee stories that acted as inspiration for the story?
Paul Cornell: Well, not specifically. Like most Who fans I’ve got a strong audiovisual memory of how each era of Doctor Who feels, and I drew on that. It’s specifically set after ‘The Three Doctors’ to give it that central emotional quandary of why is he still hanging around on Earth?
SFP: Another thing that I loved was how you managed to get a relative of Osgood into the mix. Are we likely to see him woven a little more into the story in future issues?
Paul Cornell: Well, he’s from the series, ‘The Daemons’ specifically. I don’t think he plays a big part in the last issue.
SFP: You’ve done a heck of a lot in recent years insofar as novels and comics and your book London Falling has had a couple of sequels. Can you see any potential for maybe a comic book interpretation of your novel series at some future date and if so which artist would you most like to work with on it?
Paul Cornell: I’d love to see that. I think a British artist would be good. I like Leigh Gallagher’s work a lot, and that style would suit it.
SFP: On a final note. We’ve all just had the recent release of ‘The Power Of The Daleks’ what did you think of it?
Paul Cornell: I loved it! It really shows how good a script that is. And how startlingly brave the idea of just flinging the audience in at the deep end with the new Doctor is. If it hadn’t been done exactly like that, we wouldn’t still have the show today.
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