So it’s been over a year since we last saw the good fellows of 221B Baker Street, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) together, in The Last Vow. Fans have waited patiently to return to the story of Holmes, his best friend, and his best friend’s wife (played by Freeman’s longtime partner, Amanda Abbington) but series 4 is still a ways off. But there will be a Sherlock holiday special this year to look forward to.
But if you were expecting things to pick up where they left off, you will be a bit disappointed. It seems that show creator and writer Steven Moffat will be borrowing the TARDIS from his other series, and will be bringing everybody back in time to Victorian London of the 19th Century for the special, tentative entitled The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle.
“The special is it’s own thing,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly magazine at the SXSW (South by Southwest conference) on Monday. “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.”
It really wasn’t a secret, as the show’s stars were photographed last month filming in period dress, but it could have been part of modern story, that required them to dress up. A Fancy dress party, or theatrical production of some sort. But no, the special will be a self-contained period piece.
Shooting has completed on the special Moffat reports, but as of yet the BBC has not scheduled an exact air date (Not unusual for the broadcaster, who usually waits until just a few weeks before to announce its schedule. But given the nature, it will most certainly air around the holidays.
We here are hoping for a Doctor Who/Sherlock double feature.
Source: Entertainment Weekly