Back in February, new photos from the set of Sherlock's Christmas Special showed Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) in Victorian Era clothing, which lead many to believe that the special will be set in the 19th Century. Entertainment Weekly caught up with series co-creator Steven Moffat, who confirmed that the special is set in Victorian Era London. Take a look at what he had to say below.
"The special is its own thing. We wouldn't have done the story we're doing, and the way we're doing it, if we didn't have this special. It's not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it - as we could hardly conceal - it's Victorian. [Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It's kind of in its own little bubble."
BBC One released an image of both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back in November, but the Victorian setting wasn't given away until last month's set photos showcased their full costumes. Obviously, the main question now is how do Sherlock and Watson find themselves in this time period, over 100 years ago? This is the same time period where the original Arthur Conan Doyle tales are set, so it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. We'll likely have to wait until December, when this special is tentatively set to air, to find out for sure, but hopefully more details will surface soon.
The special isn't entirely completed at this time, and there has been no exact premiere date given quite yet. Production is also expected to begin on Season 4 of Sherlock later this year, with the new season likely airing sometime in early 2016. What do you think about Sherlock heading to the Victorian Era for this Christmas Special? Take a look at the original November tweets from staff writer Sue Vertue and the BBC, and stay tuned for more updates.