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"I think some characters have just been rebooted too much, so we're not going to do that. We're going to forge ahead. She's the gothic, and the shape she brings is the snake in the garden, the ancient revenge, and the SF is the dystopian world she wakes up in." -- Paul Cornell

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"I think some characters have been reimagined too many times, and I wanted to do the opposite, bring it all in." -- Paul Cornell

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"The new format should have allowed a little more life and humanity into the series. But no, they exiled the Doctor to Earth and made him a Tory." -- Paul Cornell, in younger days

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"He's got this interesting combination of arrogance and the vulnerability that comes from being trapped. He's charming in a deliberately human, capitalist, rather stuffy way, but with these hippy frills to that, as if this incarnation has deliberately grabbed hold of any and all camouflage. I love it when we see underneath that. I hate it when he's rude to perfectly kind and decent people. All these contradictions. But I intend to explore that using only the tools available at the time." -- Paul Cornell

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"I think he’s possibly the one who resonates the least with viewers of the new series. Can you imagine him meeting any of the modern Doctors and the arguments not being real, rather bitter? That’s not denigrating the show at that time, it’s just who the character is and how the world has changed. I’m sort of building a pipeline between eras without changing anything central to what the Pertwee era does." -- Paul Cornell

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"It has become clear that, for many real world figures of the time, the flirtation with Satanism had exactly the same depth as some of the more macho stars' flirtation with pretending to be gay. I love it when pretense hits reality head on, so as we say in the tag line: they thought they were "worshiping Satan," but they were actually worshiping Satan." -- Paul Cornell

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"I think to have Nine interact with the others would utterly ruin his story. How much extra hope could they give him? [...] I like the feeling of that one season, complete, without intrusions..." -- Paul Cornell

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"'Day of the Doctor' is a staggering work of genius plotting, so I didn’t want to be in the shadow of that, and instead went my own way." -- Paul Cornell

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"It’s at that specific point in time where satanism, where the occult, has a pop cultural fixation, which never is true again. Can you imagine these days Marvel publishing a comic called The Son of Satan? [...] Motherfather is that sort of band. Those members express a powerful interest in the occult and they are basically lying. Confronting that with the reality of the occult, the line I always come out with is, 'they like to say they’re worshipping the devil, only to find to their horror that they’re worshipping the devil.'" -- Paul Cornell

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"Ten: trying to get past Time War guilt by sprinting along in this friendly, man of the people, happy go lucky guise that keeps shooting himself in the foot, because it's all still there underneath. Eleven: the boy professor, not guilty or embarrassed about anything, keen to bridge the angry gap between Ten and... Twelve: he's done with guilt, he wants to fix things, and now he feels he has license to, and doesn't have to be a happy fun relatable manic pixie dream Doctor to do it." -- Paul Cornell

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'I think one is tempted to use the comics medium to give the series an infinite budget, and indeed, we do some of that, but I think there are ways of going too far with that that risk chucking the feeling of the series. "Doctor Who" has always been defined by its limitations, and is all the better for that.' -- Paul Cornell

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"It’s the only show where the intellectual is the hero and the monsters are the ones with the guns." -- Paul Cornell

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"I think both stories benefit from the separation. I did have a go at killing him, but my heart wasn't really in it, because it changed the theme of my story so much." -- Paul Cornell, on why he's not writing the upcoming DEATH OF...

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