Born Paul Douglas Cornell 18 July 1967 Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Occupation Writer, novelist Nationality British Period 1990 - Genre Science fiction Website www .paulcornell .com Paul Douglas Cornell (born 18 July 1967) is a British writer best known for his work in television drama as well as fiction, and as the creator of one of Doctor Who the Doctor's spin-off companions, Bernice Summerfield.
As well as
Doctor Who, other British television dramas for which he has written include , Robin Hood , Primeval , Casualty and Holby City . For US television, he has contributed an episode to the modern-day set Coronation Street Sherlock Holmes series .
Cornell has also written for a number of British comics, as well as
Marvel Comics and DC Comics in America, and has had six original novels published in addition to his Doctor Who fiction.
Already known in
Doctor Who fan circles, Cornell's professional writing career began in 1990 when he was a winner in a young writers' competition and his entry, Kingdom Come, was produced and screened on BBC Two. Soon after, he wrote , a novel for the Timewyrm: Revelation Virgin New Adventures series of Doctor Who novels. Timewyrm: Revelation was a reworking of a serialised fan fiction piece Cornell had penned previously for the fanzine Queen Bat. Several other Doctor Who novels followed, including the award-winning .
Cornell then began working for
Granada Television, where he wrote for the popular children's medical drama and created his own children's series Children's Ward for Wavelength Yorkshire Television, which ran for two series. He made the crossover to working in adult television full-time in 1996, when he was one of the main contributors to Granada's supernatural soap opera , which ran for two years on Springhill Sky One and later on Channel 4.
After a short stint on
, he began working for other production companies, including contributing an episode in 1999 to Coronation Street Red Production Company's anthology drama series for Channel 4. His episode, entitled Love in the 21st Century Masturbation, starred Ioan Gruffudd as Jack. He was due to be one of the writers on Red Production Company's planned spin-off series Queer as Folk Misfits, but the series was never made, being abruptly cancelled by Channel 4.
In the 21st century he has written mainly for the
BBC, contributing episodes to all three of their regular medical dramas: Casualty, Holby City and the daytime soap opera . He also contributed to the 1950s-set Sunday evening prime time drama series Doctors and was one of the writers of the 2005 series revival of Born and Bred Doctor Who, writing the episode " Father's Day". The episode was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2006 and came third in terms of votes for its category. Cornell later wrote a two-part story for Doctor Who's 2007 series, based on his 1995 Virgin New Adventures novel Human Nature. The title of the first episode was also " Human Nature", while the second was titled " The Family of Blood". In 2008, the two episodes were nominated for the  Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. 
In February 2006, Cornell announced in a post on his weblog
that he would be writing an episode for the BBC's forthcoming  , produced by Robin Hood Tiger Aspect Productions for the same Saturday evening family slot as Doctor Who. He later announced on his blog that he was also writing a second Robin Hood episode for later in the first series. His first episode, " Who Shot the Sheriff?", aired on BBC One on 21 October 2006. His second, " A Thing or Two About Loyalty", followed on 2 December 2006. He also wrote an episode for the second season of another Saturday evening family adventure programme, the ITV science-fiction series , transmitted in February 2008. Primeval 
He also wrote the one-off pilot
, which was shown on Pulse BBC Three in early June 2010. 
Outside of television, he has been active in various other media, having written six
Doctor Who novels for Virgin Publishing and BBC Books during the 1990s, three Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions and a fully animated internet-broadcast Doctor Who adventure, (starring Scream of the Shalka Richard E. Grant as the Doctor) for bbc.co.uk in 2003. He has also written two mainstream science-fiction novels, and Something More for British Summertime Gollancz, and various novels, short stories and audio dramas based around a character he created for the New Adventures, Professor Bernice Summerfield, and whom he later licensed to Big Finish Productions.
He has also co-authored (often working with
Keith Topping and Martin Day) several non-fiction books on television, including The Guinness Book of Classic British TV, X-treme Possibilities (a guide to ), and The X-Files (a humorous guide to The Discontinuity Guide Doctor Who). (Topping and Day's Doctor Who novel was also based on an original idea with Cornell.) He has also written comics, both for The Devil Goblins from Neptune and the Doctor Who Magazine spin-off 2000 AD .
Judge Dredd Megazine
He has written
, a 6-issue Wisdom limited series for Marvel Comics' MAX imprint, featuring the character Peter Wisdom, with art by Trevor Hairsine and Manuel Garcia. 
It was announced at the 2007
Wizard World Chicago comic book convention that Cornell would be following Chris Claremont on Marvel's . Plans were subsequently changed with the cancellation of the New Excalibur New Excalibur title and Cornell's new project was announced as being titled . Captain Britain and MI: 13  The third  trade paperback, Vampire State, was nominated for the 2010 " Best Graphic Story" Hugo Award. 
Cornell has also written
No. 4 (April 2008) Young Avengers Presents and a  Fantastic Four mini-series comic, , which started in July 2008, which featured the team encountering characters from the pages of literary classics. True Story  In 2008, he wrote a comic which featured on the  Doctor Who website. He has also written the  Young Avengers limited series that ties into Dark Reign  and  a mini-series that ties into the character's appearance in Black Widow: Deadly Origin . Iron Man 2 
Cornell became the next
writer after Action Comics . War of the Supermen Cornell signed with DC Comics exclusively in 2010 as part of writing for  Action Comics. His 16-issue run on the series included number 900. In late 2010 and early 2011, Cornell completed nine issues set in Batman's world:  Knight & Squire, a six-issue miniseries, and a 3-issue run in Batman & Robin, #17-19.
In September 2011, as part of DC's
The New 52 relaunch, Cornell became the writer for the DC Comics titles Demon Knights   and  . Stormwatch   Cornell's last DC work was the 14-issue science fiction series  , which ended with the June 2013 issue.
Cornell is part of the regular panel of the podcast
, which won the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award for best fancast. SF Squeecast 
In January 2016, Cornell announced his return to television drama work when he told followers on his Twitter feed that he had written his first script for US television, contributing an episode to the
CBS Sherlock Holmes series . Elementary 
In 2018, he started co-hosting (with Lizbeth Myles from the
Verity! podcast) a podcast reviewing horror films made by Hammer Film Productions entitled Hammer House of Podcast. 
In an interview on the
, Cornell stated that this entry in popflock.com resource described him as " Doctor Who: DWO Whocast ...both a Christian and a ", which he has chosen not to correct as it illustrates his sympathies for the pagan... pagan world. He then goes on to state that he is an Anglican but is very " ..." and this is partly because he doesn't enjoy Low Church, almost a Calvinist.. hymns.
Spiritual themes are not uncommon in his work (for example his novel
Something More). Other frequent references in his work include owls. 
Cornell is married to
Caroline Symcox, who also has written Doctor Who-based audio plays for Big Finish Productions on her own and with Cornell.
In 2010, he appeared as a contestant on an episode of the
BBC Four quiz show .
He has written novels, non-fiction, audio plays and comic scripts.
Virgin New Adventures
Virgin Missing Adventures
Eighth Doctor Adventures
Other Doctor Who novels
Shadow Police novels
Witches of Lychford novella series
Professor Bernice Summerfield
Doctor Who "Stairway to Heaven" (with co-author
John Freeman and pencils by Gerry Dolan and inks by Rex Ward, in No. 156, 1990) Doctor Who Magazine "Teenage Kicks" (illustrated text story, in
No. 163, 1990) Doctor Who Magazine "The Chameleon Factor" (with pencils by
Lee Sullivan and inks by Mark Farmer, in No. 174, 1991) Doctor Who Magazine "
Emperor of the Daleks" (with co-author John Freeman and art by Lee Sullivan, in #197-202, 1993) Doctor Who Magazine "Time and Time Again" (with art by
John Ridgway, in No. 207, 1993 Doctor Who Magazine "Metamorphosis" (with art by
Lee Sullivan, in Doctor Who Yearbook 1993) "Blood Invocation" (with art by John Ridgway, in Doctor Who Yearbook 1995)
Pan-African Judges (with Siku, in vol. 2 #44-49, 1993-1994) Judge Dredd Megazine
: "Faust & Falsehood" (with Deathwatch Adrian Salmon, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #8-13, 1995-1996)
(with XTNCT D'Israeli, in Judge Dredd Megazine #209-214, 2003-2004, trade paperback, XTNCT: CM ND HV G F Y THNK YR HRD NGH!, 48 pages, hardcover, December 2006, ISBN 1-904265-69-3)
(with Wisdom Trevor Hairsine and Manuel Garcia, 6-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, January-July 2007, tpb, 144 pages, August 2007, ISBN 0-7851-2123-4)
No. 4 (with Young Avengers Presents Mark Brooks, Marvel Comics, April 2008, collected in Young Avengers Presents, 144 pages, October 2008, ISBN 0-7851-2975-8)
#1-15 plus annual (with Captain Britain and MI: 13 Leonard Kirk, Marvel Comics, May 2008 - July 2009):
Secret Invasion (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1-4, 104 pages, Panini Comics, January 2009, ISBN 1-84653-407-0, Marvel Comics, March 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3344-5)
Hell Comes To Birmingham (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #5-9, 120 pages, Panini Comics, June 2009, ISBN 1-84653-423-2, Marvel Comics, July 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3345-3) Vampire State (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #10-15 + annual #1, 184 pages, Marvel Comics, October 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3952-4)
(with Fantastic Four: True Story Horacio Dominguez, 4-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, July-October 2008)
(with Dark Reign: Young Avengers Mark Brooks, 5-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, May-September 2009)
(with Leonard Kirk, 3-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, September-October 2009, hardcover, December 2009, Dark X-Men: The Beginning ISBN 0-7851-4230-4)
(with Black Widow: Deadly Origin Tom Raney and John Paul Leon, 4-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, January-April 2010)
Dark X-Men (with Leonard Kirk, 5-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, January-May 2010, premiere hardcover, June 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4526-5)
#890-904 and Annual 13 (with artist Action Comics Pete Woods, DC Comics, August 2010 - October 2011)
#1-7 (with Soldier Zero Javier Pina, POW! Entertainment/ Boom! Studios, October 2010 - April 2011)
(with artist Knight and Squire Jimmy Broxton, 6-issue limited series, DC Comics, December 2010 - May 2011)
#17-19 (with Batman & Robin Scott McDaniel, DC Comics, November 2010 - January 2011) (12 July 2011),
#1-6 Stormwatch (with  Miguel Sepulveda, DC Comics, November 2011 - February 2012)
#1-14 (with Demon Knights Diogenes Neves, DC Comics, November 2011 - November 2012)
#1-14 (with Saucer Country Ryan Kelly, Vertigo, May 2012 - April 2013)
vol. 5 1-13 (March, 2013-January, 2014):
Volume 1: Hunting Season (hc, 136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-78518-396-5) collects:
Volume 2: Killable (hc, 160 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-78518-397-3) collects:
"Mortal" (with Mirco Pierfederici, in #7, 2013)
"Killable" (with Alan Davis, in #8-13, 2013-2014)
vol. 6 1-12 (February, 2014-October, 2014):
Wolverine (with artist This Damned Band Tony Parker, 6-issue limited series, Dark Horse Comics, August 2015 - January 2016)
Some of the notable series and episodes he has worked on include:
Casualty "Crash Course" (2001)
"You're Going Home in the Back of an Ambulance" (2002)
"Past, Present, Future" (2002)
"Code Red" (2002)
"An Accident Waiting To Happen" (2003)
Pulse (pilot, 2010) :
Elementary "You've Got Me, Who's Got You?" (2016)
, issue 378 (December 2006) Doctor Who Magazine
"2008 Hugo Nomination List". Denvention 3: The 66th World Science Fiction Convention. World Science Fiction Society. 2008. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008 . Retrieved 2008.
"Paul Cornell's House of Awkwardness: Robin Hood and business ongoing". Paulcornell.blogspot.com. 4 February 2006. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014 . Retrieved 2011.
Cornell, Paul (24 April 2007). "Primeval". Paul Cornell's House of Awkwardness. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012 . Retrieved 2007.
at the BBC Pulse
SDCC 06: Paul Cornell and Nick Lowe Talk Wisdom For MAX, Newsarama, 23 July 2006 Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Cornell & Lowe talk "Captain Britain and MI:13", Comic Book Resources, 18 February 2008
The British Invasion: Paul Cornell on Captain Britain and MI: 13 Archived 12 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 10 April 2008
2010 Hugo Award Nominees - Details, the Hugo Awards site
VISION QUEST: Cornell talks Young Avengers Presents, Comic Book Resources, 23 April 2008
Stranger Than Fiction: Cornell on "Fantastic Four: True Story", Comic Book Resources, 10 April 2008
Fantastic Four: True Story, Newsarama, 12 June 2008
"Just Another Thursday". Paul Cornell. 2008.
NYCC: Cornell Talks "Dark Reign: Young Avengers", Comic Book Resources, 7 February 2009
NYCC '09 - Paul Cornell on Dark Reign: Young Avengers, Newsarama, 7 February 2009
Black Widow bites back, , 28 October 2009 SFX
Segura, Alex (12 April 2010). "Paul Cornell Steps in as New . Action Comics Writer" The Source. DC Comics.com . Retrieved 2010.
Phegley, Kiel (22 June 2010). "Paul Cornell: A DC Exclusive". Comic Book Resources . Retrieved 2010.
Rogers, Vaneta (7 June 2011). "CORNELL Creates Sword & Sorcery Superheroes in DEMON KNIGHTS". Newsarama . Retrieved 2011.
Manning, Shaun (9 June 2011). "Cornell Summons "Demon Knights. Comic Book Resources "" . Retrieved 2011.
Rogers, Vaneta (26 August 2011). "The DCnU Take 2: Paul Cornell's DEMON KNIGHTS". Newsarama . Retrieved 2011.
Rogers, Vaneta (11 June 2011). "CORNELL Calls STORMWATCH "Kingpin" DCnU Title". Newsarama . Retrieved 2011.
Renaud, Jeffrey (20 June 2011). "Cornell Checks the Temperature of "Stormwatch. Comic Book Resources "" . Retrieved 2011.
Rogers, Vaneta (18 August 2011). "THE DCnU Take 2: Paul Cornell's STORMWATCH". Newsarama . Retrieved 2011.
"2012 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012 . Retrieved 2014.
Cornell, Paul. "9:38 PM - 12 Jan 2016". Twitter.com.
BBC - Doctor Who - Classic Series - Ebooks - Human Nature - Adaptation Archived 1 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
"Paul Cornell - The Severed Streets cover art and synopsis reveal". Upcoming4.me. 9 July 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013 . Retrieved 2013.
Cornell to leave , Multiversity Comics. Retrieved December 16, 2016 Stormwatch