Paul Cornell’s Pulse is Gone

Bad news for any fans of Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood, loads of other stuff) who caught the pilot to his BBC zombie series Pulse; the BBC has decided not to commission it as a TV series.

For anyone who didn’t catch the one hour horror drama set in a London hospital, it was actually rather good. The characters are “fleshed out” (ahem) before the audience start to realise that a sinister experiment has started to get hideously out of control.

New show from Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell not picked up for full series by BBCIt was aired on BBC Three some months ago but nothing has been heard about it until now. The BBC Three controller Danny Cohen said:

“The decision about which series to commission was not determined solely by audience numbers. BBC Three looks hard at Appreciation Index responses, how good they thought a series might be… Pulse got an okay AI.

“There’s a range of reasons. It’s about which one you think creatively – instinctively – has the most mileage.”

At a time when TV is all about branching out into new avenues of entertainment, it’s a shame that this did not get turned into a full series. Channel 4’s Dead Set proved that zombie dramas can be done and excellently achieved.

Overseas, a new ongoing zombie drama called The Walking Dead (based on a comic book series from Image Comics) starring Andrew Lincoln is starting up over Halloween and looks set to be fantastic, the key is that the advertising has been properly arranged. Pulse had little to no marketing and so didn’t get the full attention it deserved. With more zombie TV shows on the way, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if someone picked up Pulse for a full series.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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