Paul Turner is a character that appeared in the short-lived television series, Strange World.
Turner was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to Johns Hopkins University after graduating from high school. Turner graduated from Johns Hopkins with a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. He received an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and went on to attend the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
After earning his medical degree, Turner went through three years of internal medicine residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon in Georgia. Upon obtaining his certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine, he was assigned as a staff internist to Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Turner later went on to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and entered the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program. After his three year fellowship, he was assigned to a research position at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
During the the Persian Gulf war, Turner was sent to investigate a suspected biological weapons site in Iraq. The mission went awry when a sneak attack by an Iraqi soldier exposed him to an unknown chemical or biological agent that left him with a rare form of aplastic anemia — terminal and incurable. Turner was eventually given a medical discharge from the U.S. Army.
He spent the next six years struggling against Gulf War Syndrome and against the Army's reluctance to accept responsibility for the countless veterans suffering from it. Despite the best efforts of Sydney MacMillan, his doctor at the VA hospital, Turner lingered dangerously close to death... until a mysterious Japanese Woman visited him in the hospital and provided him with a serum that sent his illness into instantaneous remission. She saved him then and she continues to provide him with the needed serum to keep the disease in remission. She has a hidden agenda and needs Turner to help her accomplish certain goals.
Just a few months after making his miraculous recovery, he was hired by the U.S. Army as a civilian "special investigator" with USAMRIID. Turner's assignment: to investigate criminal abuses of science (delving into areas such as human cloning, gene splicing, and chemical weaponry). Section 44 of USAMRIID's charter permits it to investigate such matters.
In a world where scientists play God simply because they can, Dr. Paul Turner is the voice of reason wondering if they should.