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Doctor Who: Father's Day
The Dr takes control in 'Father's Day'

Interview with Paul Cornell

One of the scriptwriters on the current series of Doctor Who hails from here in Wiltshire. We spoke to writer Paul Cornell on the eve of the showing of his story.

The new series of Doctor Who starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper is well underway, and has proven to be a massive ratings and critical success.

Paul Cornell
Paul Cornell

This week's instalment of the 13-part series is called 'Father's Day' and sees the Doctor and his companion Rose take a trip in the TARDIS back to 1987,and the day Rose's father was killed in a car accident. Will Rose be able to resist altering the course of history by saving his life?

The episode was penned by writer Paul Cornell who hails from Calstone in Wiltshire. His impressive television writing credits include Holby City, Casualty and his own children's television series - Wavelength.

Paul is also a Doctor Who fan who has written numerous well-received Who books, audio plays and even an animated story which was broadcast on the official Doctor Who website.

But it has been the fulfillment of Paul's lifetime ambition to write an episode of the series for televison, and it looks set to be one of the scariest in the show's history!

BBC Radio Swindon and Wiltshire's Afternoon Show presenter Mark Seaman recently chatted to Paul about his work, what viewers can expect from the episode and what he thinks of the show's recent resurgence in popularity.

Click the link on the right to listen to the interview in streaming Real Audio.

'Father's Day' airs on BBC1 on at 7.00pm on Saturday 14th May 2005.

last updated: 16/05/05
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pinewood library
looking forward for you to come and speak to us! we loved the idea of fathers day and the reapers

I LOVE Dr Who. Fathers day is the best episode of the whole seires!!!

Sally Mills
I've really enjoyed the new series of Dr. Who. Like many people, I had my reservations about it, but I think the BBC have done a splendid job. My only small complaint would be the earth-bound nature of the series. This is novel, yes, but could become a little tedious over time. 'Father's Day' was a clever affair with a bit of a gothic twist, I thought. I used to know Paul, many hundreds of years ago in Staffordshire. I haven't kept up with his work at all, but have to say that the sophisticated plot, not to mention firm grip on the '80's, is no less than I would expect. Good work, BBC!

Jeremy Kareken
I work in television here in the US, as the Associate Producer for Inside the Actors Studio. I got to see a copy of Father's Day, and I have to say that it was one of the best hours of television I've watched, ever. Really smart, funny, and deeply emotional. But more than emotional, it was honest. I had my doubts about this series of Doctor Who, but they've been erased. I happen to be a playwright and screenwriter as well. I hope to one day write something this good, something that transcends genre into something deeply human as well as explosively fantastic.

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