Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Moffat arrives, Russell departs, Brian sells out

Just a quick post to herald the announcement of Steven Moffat as the new showrunner on Doctor Who. He is, of course, going to be fabulous. I await the announcement of the first script of next season as 'Lesbian Spank Inferno'. It's about time we had a sequel to 'Inferno'.

I'll be blogging at length about Russell's contribution to Doctor Who history at the end of this season. I think the blog will be 'The Top 100 Things Russell Did For Doctor Who'. I could do 200.

Thanks to everyone who's sent their kind wishes to Caroline and myself. The outpouring of goodwill has been quite a surprise, and is really much appreciated.

And my own bit of good news this week: the first issue of Captain Britain and MI-13 has sold out worldwide and is being reprinted, with a second variant cover:


http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=157577

Until next time, Cheerio.

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38 Comments:

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Michael Lee said...

I think the biggest sign of Russell's contribution to the show is that the change in chief writer is seen as being on the same scale as changing a lead actor...

It's been a great run. And it is just as exciting to know that we'll have another great run to follow it.

And that it isn't just back -- but that it will continue to come back.

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger Neil said...

Obviously Steven's threatened by your "car-crash-to-get-the-sympathy-Hugo-vote" tactics, and has resorted to the old "Get announced as Showrunner" trick.

 
At 9:34 AM, OpenID evenasiwander said...

Well clearly the Moffat is trying to one up your car crash, yeah? Smart man, sneaky like a ninja. Maybe you should cry a bit.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Stephen Graves said...

Hooray for Mr Moffat! Though I presume he'll never be able to show his face at the Tavern again for fear of being mobbed. Maybe he could wear bad make-up in an attempt to disguise himself as Japanese, in emulation of Sean Connery.

Now, on the subject of Cap... can you bring back all the cool stuff from Overkill, like Mys-Tech and the Warheads? Pretty please? Mentioning Digitek gave me a little Marvel UK fanboy thrill, but to hell with it - go for broke and chuck Motormouth in there!

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

Gosh. I think to myself "I'll pop over to Paul Cornell's blog and see what he has to say about the Doctor Who showrunner change over" and then see your post about the accident. Sounds like your both doing well man. I had a similar experience once and found it took a good long while to fully process so go easy on yourselves and take time out just to savour life. Will remember to pray for you both.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger govikes said...

Hope you and Caroline are feeling better. Just a quick note to let you know that I really enjoyed CB & MI:13 #1 and wish you great success!

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Keith Topping said...

I dunno why the outpouring of tea and sympathy should surprise you, you and Caroline are LOVED, baby!

Take care and get well soon.

K

xxx

PS: Delightful promotion for the Moffster too. But, we're all gonna miss Russell dreadfully when he's gone.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger PG said...

or maybe Steven could do an episode like 'Split' (but I guess that was the basis for 'Blink'), or my favorite 'The Girl with Two Breasts'!

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Dave Williams said...

That's awesome news on the sell-out. It's the first monthly I've bought in 3 years...you foul temptress!

Oh and +1 on what Stephen Graves says about Marvel UK stuff. In fact cut out the middle men and go right to a Knights of Pendragon series!

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Rich Johnston said...

As Steven is a straight man, I was wondering how long it would take before he advances a lesbian agenda.

The Man With Two Hearts...

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Kev said...

Hi Paul - Glad you and your other half are on the mend. Furthermore, and without trying to suck up (too much), I hope Stephen's first act as show-runner is to get you another Doctor Who commission... I'm sure he must owe you a favour.

I'm looking forward to your list of 100 things to thank Russell for... I may try something similar myself. All the best, Kev

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger nnicole said...

I loved Capt. Britain! I mentioned to the comic book shop guy that I'd met the writer, but he was not nearly as impressed by this as I was. *wry smile*

I should mention that this is one of my first forays into superhero comics. Can anyone point me towards a succinct bit of background on these characters? What "issues" have Capt. Britain and Pete Wisdom had? Capt. Britain was the King of Faerie? Aroo?

 
At 6:07 PM, OpenID funnyerik9 said...

I think in Season Five the Doctor will be snogging his new companion to the theme song for "Spider-Man". He seems to kiss them every season...or was it just a genetic tranfer!

I'll buy you a drink at Gally if you write that in to the next episode you write under Moffat.

-Erik

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Richard Wiggins said...

I've just found out the news, Simply put - everything Moffett does turns to gold, when he takes hold of my very favorite show, well this has to be good.

Could you be cheeky enough to ask moffett for a two parter?

Doctor Who is going to last for a long time to come - its in safe hands.

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Garpu the Fork said...

You know, I really don't get the hate towards RTD. We have him to thank for the show being on the air again, plus two spin-offs. I'm just happy it's back on the air.

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Furious D said...

Congrats to Mr. Moffat on his elevation. I'm sure he'll do a good job, and we're all rooting for him, because it's such a great show.

And Lesbian Spank Inferno sounds like it would make a great episode, but only if it's done as a hip-hop musical episode.

And congrats to you on the worldwide Captain Britain/MI-13 sell-out. Hope it keeps up.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Ian said...

you have certainly been told this a thousand times by now, but Captain Britain is just stunning. I'd argue that you're the best writer to handle this character since Alan Moore.

I'm very much looking forward to the way Moffat will handle Doctor Who. Apart from your own, his episodes have been the best pieces of episodic television I have seen in years. Blink, in particular, was a wonderful example of how effective television could be and transmitting ideas and emotions. Him helming the whole series should be fantastic

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger John Toon said...

The Moff news is very welcome, but completely unsurprising. Presumably Russell T will still pop up for an episode now and then.

And perhaps if he's got the head writer job, you'll get the Hugo! That's how these things work, right?

 
At 2:11 AM, Anonymous tlsmith1963 said...

I am thrilled that Moffat is taking over. Now, if Tennant stays I will get both my wishes!:)

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger Paul Cornell said...

Thanks very much, everyone. I loved the mock-up 'It's Moffat!' Doctor Who Magazine cover that's on Facebook, with a free Moffat poster. And isn't it great, as Michael says, that it gets on the news? I will indeed bring back every single aspect of Marvel UK. I actually do have plans for several of those characters. Nicole, you're exactly the sort of reader we're doing this comic for, and I promise we won't alienate you by needing you to know any backstory. Thanks for giving it a go. You can find some history on Mr. Sword's blog:

http://itcamefromdarkmoor.blogspot.com/

And he's the chap to ask questions of. And there are character profiles and histories for several of our leads at:

http://www.marvel.com/universe/Main_Page

Although comic characters being what they are, the whole history often reads as insanely complicated. Pete and Brian used to fight all the time when they were both in a team called Excalibur, and indeed, Brian, in an Excalibur miniseries, did become king of the fairies. Ahem.

I normally like to reply to everyone individually, but the blog's gone wild! And it's lovely, thank you.

 
At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Angela said...

Sorry to hear about your accident; I hope you guys are starting to feel a bit better now.

If no one has already mentioned this to you, let me be the first to heartily recommend Arnica pillules from Boots. They're positively miraculous for heavy bruising (and I speak from ouchy experience here.)

Great news on MI:13! Any idea if it will get a trade release (or two) in the future?

And it was lovely to meet you at Bristol. I was the rather over-excited "you're awesome" fangirl :)

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger The Sword Is Drawn said...

You hear that? I'm 'Mr. Sword' now, folks. Paul says it's so, so it's law now! ;D

Great news about Mr Moffat. If Russell were to leave he was always very high on my list.

Lesbian Spank Inferno... ;) I miss Coupling! That episode was brilliant, and the term 'Perverted Moth' made its way into the vernacular of our social group for several years... ;D

 
At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Mark P said...

Mr Sword - gosh you can tell this place doesn't have a moderator to beat you back into place :)

Paul - you taking requests then? :)

I'm mildly happy about the Moffat announcement, but if there's a lesbian agenda then that could increase.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Laurie Mann said...

Oh my the images of "Lesbian Spank Inferno" meets "Dr. Who..."

(Jim, my husband, thinks this would be way more appropriate for Torchwood, however)

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger BaaBaaDoodle said...

Perhaps an historical episode where the Doctor and his companion visit the Isle of Lesbos to surpress a wildfire and discipline the naughty, naughty natives (written by your good self :))?

Paul, glad to see your demented sense of humor hasn't taken a hit.

Hope you and Caroline are on the mend. I am excited about all the Marvel stuff, which I will have to catch up on during summer vacation.

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Tom Daylight said...

Politcal blogger and Times comment writer Phil Hendren asks: who are the Skrulls in the Cabinet?

http://dizzythinks.net/2008/05/who-are-skrulls-in-cabinet.html

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Well, I'm glad I got my copy of Captain Britain when I could.

I never thought I'd be into Cap, myself, but there's a lot of good to be said about issue 1. I'll definitely be picking up issue 2.

And I guess Moffat's a good pick, since he won the show the Hugo award with the Doctor Dances, but I hope that you don't stray from the writing team, Paul!

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger Paul Cornell said...

I have tried some arnica, I may find some more. I'm sure in the fullness of time the Cap stories will be collected, as these days Marvel books generally are. Our own repeated Coupling meme is 'like an enormous train'. And while I find that political blog rather harsh (as if it was going to be anything else) I'm pleased to see the wider world noting my Skrulls.

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Mike M said...

Hope you and your wife recover fully after your accident. My motives are entirely selfish of course-- nothing must stand in the way of me and Captain Britain issue two! Nothing! And the litmus test of Mr Moffat's tenure at Fortress Who shall be whether or not he commissions another script from you.

Get well soon!

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger chas_m said...

Damn you, Cornell -- there's too much to comment on in one post!

Firstly and most importantly, I am relieved that everything turned out reasonably okay for all involved. I've been in a rollover accident myself (as a passenger) and reading your description made my ribs hurt ... again.

Secondly, and I know I'm going to be very unpopular for this, but I'm less excited about Moffat's elevation than most seem to be.

It's not a lack of admiration for him, or doubts that he can do the job; it's that I was rather pulling for YOU, Paul, to succeed RTD.

My concern with Stephen is that with so much weight on his shoulders, he will no longer be able to take the care and time it obviously takes him to craft these incredible pieces of television he seems to write. The thought of five SM written episodes per year may delight many, but I want quality not quantity.

You, on the other hand, are kind of the Christine McVie of Fleetwood Who; not as much output as some, but oh so tasty when you do one. I've also felt that as masterful as Moffat is at writing really ripping Doctor Who, you (like RTD) have a stronger connection to the emotional core of the show.

I hope RTD does continue to write an occasional episode, and starts showing up at the Tavern once he's really off the clock. If the writer's circle feel confident that SM can handle the additional workload of Exec and continue to rack up the Hugos et al, then I will trust their judgment.

Looking forward to more of your projects, and of course your next Who story, which I presume will have much more realistic car crashes this time. :)

Cheers
Chas

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

Hey Paul, it's Dan Coyle. I met you and Caroline at the Chesterfest afterparty at the New York Comic Con. It's great that Cap'n Brit'n is sellin' out! Can't wait for the next issue!

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger Paul Cornell said...

Thanks for your enthusiasm, Mike. Hi Dan, it was lovely to meet you in NY. And Charles, Russell was always the Lyndsay Buckingham of Who, sometimes being called upon to be the whole band. Given that Moffat has been the whole band several times in the past, notably on Press Gang, I think we can expect quality and quantity. I do like being Christine, though! Just don't tell me who the bass player is! Cheers.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Leigh O'Gorman said...

tis good stuff indeed - i've always enjoyed moffat's stories massively, so i'm interested to see if there's much in the way of change (theme, direction, etc...)

i'm with you on the lesbian inferno buzz - that could well be spell binding
;)

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger Jan said...

I am happy to hear that you and your better half are on the way to recovery. I was involved in a much less dramatic car crash a while ago.

I met you briefly at the Eastercon this year, and I will repeat the appreciation of your writing in DW, loved the "Human Nature/Family of Blood" - considering those two and "Blink" as the best of the 3rd season.

I am indeed looking forward to Moffat taking over - his stories have - every season been among my favorites.

Jan from Denmark , aka the Babylon Lurker

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous GracieLizzie said...

My copy of Captain Britain is in the post. Looking forward to getting it and reading it ^_^

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Paul Cornell said...

Thanks you three. And Lizzie, you found a copy! Cheers.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Matthew Dow Smith said...

Congratulations on Captain Britain selling out. Brian's the only character from the Marvel Universe who still inspires that nerdy glee of my childhood. Nice to see him back in good hands.

And as for Steven Moffat taking over from RTD... who cares what I think? But as an American fan, I'm just excited the Doctor is catching on so well over here.

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger Paul Cornell said...

Well, I'm sure people do care what you think, Matthew. Thanks very much.

 

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