I've learned to follow writers, not series.
In books, it's easy. Most writers continue their own series, building each novel from the previous.
But in comic books and TV shows, it's difficult. A writer can sometimes create something, and leave it to another writer. The character may stick in your mind, and when the new writer comes on to take over that character, the character falters.
When I was a kid, I followed the character.
Now I follow the writer. Ed Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis, and Duane Swierczynski. I followed them no matter who they took on.
Steven Moffatt is that way. Moffat created the show Coupling. It was basically a funny version of FRIENDS and the pre-cursor to one of my favorite sitcoms, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. He sprinkled the sitcom with wonderfully bizarre but relatable characters. He played with time. He told smart stories.
I next found him in JEKYLL. A modern re-telling of the Jekyll and Hyde story. Jekyll was a wonderful, funloving, giddy killer. The character, as told by Moffat, dragged you through the story. Time was played with. Fun was had.
He did the same with SHERLOCK. He brought Holmes and Watson into the 21st century. Added cellphones. Made Holmes a bizarre character, aloof in his own world. The best kind.
I've loved everything he's done.
And now he's the Dr. Who showrunner. I've never liked Dr. Who. It's too out there for me. Too sci-fi. Too much history and at the same time non history to follow.
But now... now I'm trying it. Because of Moffat.
Writers'll do that for you.
And, if the season premiere is any indication, I'm sold.
If only for this line, to the episode's villain. Totally earned. And typically Moffat.
"I'm the Doctor. So, basically.... run."
But I need more opinions. Should I keep on? Why?