Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Six episodes, broadcast since 2010, have been produced, with three more episodes scheduled to begin production in early 2013. The series has been sold to over 180 territories.
The last season saw Sherlock's life change a lot - he returned from the dead, his best friend John Watson married Mary Morstan and he met his match in Charles Augustus Magnussen. After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty's face being broadcast on every television in the land? The Christmas special will be followed in 2016 with Season 4, which, like previous seasons, will be comprised of three 90-minute episodes.
The Christmas Special is set in Victorian Era London, the same era when Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories take place. Steven Moffat revealed at Comic-Con that he hasn't started writing Sherlock Season 4 quite yet. But he did say back in March that this season will be much darker than the first three, describing certain aspects as "bloody frightening." The Comic-Con trailer showcased a Victorian Era setting, and offers a wink to the audience regarding the show's long absence, since a new episode hasn't aired since early 2014. When Holmes tells Mrs. Hudson that he didn't know when he was coming home, since "dismembered country squires" are "notoriously difficult to schedule," it is a nod to the stars' own increasingly busy schedules which have kept them away from the show.Read More
Yesterday, we showed you an official photo from the highly-anticipated Christmas Special for Sherlock, which features Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson, the later of which is seen sporting new facial hair. During the show's Comic-Con presentation earlier today, the first trailer from the special debuted, revealing the reason why Martin Freeman's Watson has grown out this gnarley mustache. We also get a new look at Holmes' landlady Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), who doesn't particularly care for Watson's latest published story. Executive producer Steven Moffat announced that this special will arrive sometime this December, revealing plans to release the special in select movie theaters in the U.S. It will also air on BBC in the U.K. over the upcoming holiday season.
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman weren't present at the panel, although Benedict Cumberbatch did appear in a video greeting with actor/executive producer Mark Gatiss, who plays Holmes' brother Mycroft in the hit series. It was met by roars of applause by the Ballroom 20 audience. Executive producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue and actor Rupert Graves debuted the trailer, which showcases a Victorian Era setting, and offers a wink to the audience regarding the show's long absence, since a new episode hasn't aired since early 2014. When Holmes tells Mrs. Hudson that he didn't know when he was coming home, since "dismembered country squires" are "notoriously difficult to schedule," it is a nod to the stars' own increasingly busy schedules which have kept them away from the show.Read More
For those attending Comic-Con tomorrow, you'll get to see the Sherlock panel from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center. For those who won't be on hand for the presentation, The Consulting Detectives have released a new photo from Sherlock's highly-anticipated Christmas Special, which doesn't have an exact premiere date at this time. The image features both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but, unfortunately, it doesn't give us any clues regarding this special's story.
We've previously seen Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in photos from the set while the Christmas Special was still in production, but we haven't seen much since then. The episode will be set in 19th Century Victorian London, with series co-creator Steven Moffat revealing in February that the special is "a separate entity on its own," meaning it won't exactly connect to Sherlock Season 4, set to debut in 2016. This setting is the same time period when Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories were set, but it's still unclear how Holmes and Watson managed to travel back in time.Read More
While the Sherlock stars and producers may not be on board with a crossover, it isn't known how Steven Moffat's Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman feel about the idea. Even if Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were on board, it could be difficult to bring them back for a crossover, given how their careers have skyrocketed since the show debuted in 2011. It's worth noting that in several Doctor Who tie-in novels, the Time Lord has made passing references to his friendship with Sherlock Holmes, but, on the other hand, the characters have never been seen on screen together, or mentioned each other in their respective shows.
Would you like to see the stars align for a Sherlock and Doctor Who crossover? Or do you agree with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who don't think a crossover will be as good as some fans may think? We'll keep you posted if this crossover ever comes to fruition, and stay tuned for more updates on both Sherlock and Doctor Who.Read More