Everything we know so far about the ‘Sherlock’ Christmas special: ‘The Abominable Bride’

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Sherlock will return for a one-off Christmas special later this year, followed by a full three-part fourth season in 2016 (probably).

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Title: ‘The Abominable Bride’

Sherlock Christmas special The Abominable Bride

Filming: Tuesday 6 January until 10 February 2015.

Air date: Friday 1 January 2016 (also released in selected cinemas worldwide).

Running time: 90 minutes.

Writers: Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon.

Main cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as John Watson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson.

Guest cast: Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, Jonathan Aris as AndersonYasmine Akram as Janine, Natasha O’Keeffe as Emilia Ricoletti, Tim McInnerny as Sir EdwinDavid Nellist as Mike Stamford, Richard Sutton as Diamond, Stephanie Hyam as Jane.


Sherlock Christmas special The Abominable Bride

Steven Moffat: “We couldn’t sustain 90 minutes on just having a bit of fun. Our ambition was that, explicitly, the first 15/20 minutes is the fun of seeing our version of Sherlock Holmes transposed back to its original setting. Then we’ve got to get on with the story. It’s a proper scary mystery. I think it’s quite a good mystery with quite a good solution, but there’s also the ongoing tension between the version of the characters we developed to accommodate the modern setting now sitting in Victorian times.”

BBC: “In addition to the 90-minute standalone episode, cinema goers will be treated to exclusive bonus material, including a guided tour of 221B Baker Street from Steven Moffat and a look behind the scenes at how the special episode was made featuring all the lead cast and crew.”

BBC: “To complement the TV broadcast on BBC One, fans will have the unique opportunity to watch a simulcast of the one-off Victorian-themed episode of the hit BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the big screen in cinemas across the UK on Friday 1st January 2016 for one night only.”

Steven Moffat: “As a running joke, we’d always said, ‘Should we try to get them into Victorian gear for a scene? Should we do a wee dream sequence, or have them go to a party?’ I remember when we were shooting the little prequel for Series 3, Mark [Gatiss] was doing second unit on it and I was hanging out with him ‘cause we hang out. We had a laugh and said, ‘Could we do it just once?’”

Sherlock Christmas special The Abominable Bride

Steven Moffat: “We keep calling it the Christmas special, and there’s a Christmas-y element in it, but it’s not really. You could put it in the middle of summer and it would be fine.”

Amanda Abbington: “[Mary has] got these fantastic breeches. She’s got an action costume.”

Mark Gatiss: “It was thrilling for me and Steven [Moffat] because obviously the Victorian version is what we’ve grown up loving. We thought, we’ve got a unique opportunity here to do something different.”

Steven Moffat: “Ghost stories work better in a Victorian setting. This off strand of Doyle original stories that are creepy and scary, and the chillers, we haven’t done much with in the modern show. But putting it back into Victorian times, you think it’s a chance to do a ghost story, really – a creepy, scary one. Other than that, it’s remarkably similar.”

Mark Gatiss: “What we initially did was to come up with modern equivalents for all the Victorian things, so in this we go back to the original. The texting is sending telegrams. We just reverse engineered it to how Conan Doyle did it.”

Steven Moffat: “I think Benedict really enjoyed being Victorian Holmes. He was saying halfway through, ‘Let’s always do this. I quite like it.'”

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Mark Gatiss: “It’s not suddenly going to be a different show. It’s essentially our Sherlock as if we’d always done it set in 1895. It has the same sensibility. The language is obviously slightly different but we wanted it to feel as funny and as vivid and as getable as our modern-day one. Otherwise it would be a sort of dusty period piece which is not what we are interested in.”

Steven Moffat: “Suddenly, we realized…the women don’t speak [n the original books]. Mrs. Hudson, I think has got one line of direct speak in the whole bunch of stories. And we sort of got to the point where we thought she was always like Una Stubbs. She is nothing like that at all.”

Mark Gatiss: “[It’s] set in 1895, the reasons for which will become clear.”

Steven Moffat: “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.”

Una Stubbs: “It’s a brilliant script – it’s so funny.”

Mark Gatiss: “…it was a bitter night so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped cravats around our throats” [a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 story ‘The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle’]

Sherlock Christmas special The Abominable Bride

Doctor Who writer Jamie Mathieson: “The big question is not how modern Sherlock ends up in the Victorian era, but how a Victorian character ended up here in the first place.”
Director Douglas Mackinnon: “That’s only the half of it.”

Mark Gatiss: “It’s a very special special, and we’re all tremendously excited about it.”

Mark Gatiss: “It will be finished, of course, by the end of spring, [but] when they show it is entirely down to the schedulers.”

Sue Vertue: “The show has to keep evolving, it has to move on at a pace, I think.”

Mark Gatiss: “Steven [Moffat] and I are writing the special at the moment…”

Martin Freeman: “It’s going to be full of surprises for you, and for us and for everybody.”

Steven Moffat: “Mark [Gatiss] and myself are so excited with what we’ve got coming up, probably more excited than we’ve ever been about Sherlock.”

Martin Freeman: “We’re doing more in … January and February – a Christmas special – and I’ve not seen a script yet cos we never do see a script until quite late on.”

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Sue Vertue: “You might not always have three [episodes per season], possibly, but they’ll stay that [90-minute] length. It’s a good length, I think.”

Mark Gatiss: “For some reason, people seem to think the #Sherlock special will be about 7 mins long. It’s episode 10, my dears. It’ll be 90!”

Steven Moffat: “Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”

Martin Freeman: “[Filming in early 2015] looks pretty likely … If that’s going to be a special … I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That’s what I understand.”

Mark Gatiss: “There was talk [of a special, but] amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock, I’m afraid.”

Martin Freeman: “Mark Gatiss may beat me up, but there is an idea for this one-off special that’s such a good idea… It’s a fantastic, really mouth-watering idea.”

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  • Tammy

    First, I want to know how Moriarty survived blowing the back of his head off. Second, I want to know more of Mary’s background. Thirdly, although I know the Sherlock of the books is asexual, it’s time for a hot scene between him and a femme fatale…….but not Irene Adler—I think she scares him!

    • turboguy

      what i think,

      When moriarty shoots himself,you do not see any blood squirting out of he back of his head as shown in movies or it might be his evil twin

      • Tammy

        But you do see blood running out onto the roof………I saw a theory that pointed out Moriarty is left handed while the guy on the roof appears to be right handed until he shoots himself……..Rick Brook as evil twin?

        • Moriarty

          blood bags. he used blood bags

      • noelspaid

        plot worked out beforehand with Sherlock – Moriarty is sociopath and they do not kill themselves – this never worked as anything but faux plot device to be explained later- remember Moriarty is international criminal.

    • Shana Vaid

      In Anderson’s theory, he thinks that they used Moriarty’s body to fake Sherlock’s death. Therefore, they didn’t find the body on the roof.

    • aloise

      but sherlock is gay….

      • tammy

        Sherlock is asexual, not gay or straight

        • Faith

          You can be asexual and gay -.-

          • Asexual means you have no feelings for a human or anything. If you’re gay, you have feelings for men. Sherlock is asexual, he can’t develop human feelings/emotions such as love for another in that way.

          • Claire Novak

            To be asexual simply means you do not experience sexual attraction- romantic attraction is a different story. Just because someone is asexual doesn’t mean they can’t be romantically attracted to anyone. Sexual and romantic attraction are two very different things: it’s like comparing love and lust. So you can certainly be asexual and gay, but it simply means you attracted to the opposite gender in a more romantic, mental way than purely sexual and physical.

          • Copernicus Steven Gelgatcha

            Not gay, Moffat said it, shut up.

      • He’s not gay he’s just very discerning

      • Diogo Castro

        i think he’s asexual. though he did seem to develop feelings for irene, otherwise he wouldn’t have saved her life and all the rest of it. he cold go either if the right person tempted/interested him. that’s how i see it

        • Susan

          My daughter is asexual, and has had both a boyfriend and a girlfriend. She loved/loves them very much. Being ace does not mean you cannot love. Being ace does not define your gender preference.

          • blackhoodedlass

            Say hi to your daughter from me

    • Jenna Hatcher

      Definitely asexual.

  • belle

    Moran did appear, although it was one of those blink-and-you’d-miss-it things: he was the guy that got on the tube train but didn’t get off. They’ve restyled him as Lord Moran, the bomber. As for SHerlock’s asexuality, Benedict Cumberbatch sort of hinted at the opposite when he said in an interview something to the effect of ‘no one knows what happened when Sherlock went to rescue Irene’. Paraphrasing obviously, but I got well worked up when I read it.

    • Tammy

      No one knows…….THAT’S the problem! I want to see a gal shake Sherlock up a bit (or rock his world) for just a little while. Missed the Moran thing…….makes sense now.

      • Mathelete

        By “gal” do you mean Molly?

        • Tammy

          ANY gal…..Molly would do

      • Shana Vaid

        The Woman needs to come back. They have great chemistry.

      • random_viwer

        Lara Pulver as Irene was awesome, i’d be thrilled to see her come back.

      • J

        I’m pretty sure Sherlock’s already had his world both shaken up and rocked–viewers are just blind and ignorant to see by whom exactly…

    • kawaiisammy

      He slept with a woman during S3, even though he was using her and admitted to being attracted to her.

      • Connie

        As far as the discussion of Janine goes, all the evidence says that Sherlock didn’t sleep with her – when he’s lying in hospital talking to her, she says “just once would’ve been nice” to which he replies “well… I was waiting until we got married”: in other words, nothing serious had happened between them yet and Sherlock wasn’t planning on it either.

        • belle

          Yeah, I have a suspicion that the reason Sherlock was in the crack house in the first place was just to get away from Janine’s advances. I don’t buy that he had to be in the crack house *just* to get the word to CAM that he was using. There are a lot of ways for that to happen. I think he just used working as an excuse to get away from her.

          • Shana Vaid

            He could also have been depressed about not having John around.

      • marcia

        He did not sleep with Jannine….in the hospital room she says she would have like to have(had sex)…….at least once..Sherlock said he was waiting until they got married….indicating no sex!

        • Diogo Castro

          yup, i definitely remember that bit. as irene mentioned, sherlock is probably still a virgin and continued to be after jannine too

    • Mathelete

      Sherlock might be asexual, but that doesn’t stop him from falling in love. It is possible to fall in love without having sexual desire. And I think that is where Molly comes in.

      • grace

        moffat said somewhere (it was in an interview but i can’t remember what for) that sherlock wasn’t asexual because there’s ‘no fun in that’. i don’t think he’s sexually attracted to many people though, and i think he’d very rarely be both emotionally and sexually attracted.

  • Ms. Lisa

    What I would like to know is where did you find these quotes? Could you please give us links to these quotes? Thanks much! 🙂

    • CultBox

      Every single quote has its source linked next to it – just click on the name of the person who said the quote 🙂

  • Irene Adler

    One question: Watson baby named Hamish?

  • Barbara Dignan

    I don’t care what plots they follow. I don’t care what new characters they bring in. I JUST WANT A DATE FOR FILMING SERIES 4!!! This waiting and not knowing is killing us fans!!

  • SherlockFan

    I want Irene back.

    • Diogo Castro

      me too!!!!!!!!!

    • Faith

      Definitely, she was amazing :3

  • Amy

    Please just say the triangle phase is over and we get rid of blonde intruder.

    • An Actual Good Samaritan

      Read the books, she’ll be here for a while.

    • Shana Vaid

      Mary is awesome, in my opinion. She does die later on in the books though.

      • Lucifers Wife

        it doesn’t say she actually dies it is only insinuated i think the quote sherlock says was “I’m sorry for your loss” something like that in 1890s yes it would mean she dies however modern day au possibly could be divorce, her running away with moriaty who knows

        • Too private information

          Now that is something I really want to see just for the sheer absurdity of such idea. 😀

    • Jenna Hatcher

      I think she probably will die after having the baby. Just my theory. Or maybe she will die while she’s pregnant. I just have a feeling something is going to happen

    • Silvia Meloni

      The Mary/Sherlock moments are the cutest. In a way, she butted in, and I was afraid they would have competed over John, but they didn’t; instead, they like each other very much and that’s amazing, they’re even protective of each other like family. When they unite against John I am fulfilled as a fan. Mary could have been a threat to our favourite couple, but the writers and the actors made her not, I think. Because this show is so great, that’s why.

  • Jessie

    John to say these words….

    “No shit, Sherlock.”

    • V Tyree

      P.S.: Hey Jessie, Yes, I agree. Maybe, Mr. Moffat and Mr. Gatiss will take your suggestion, maybe; I hope so! Be well. v

    • Luna Abraham

      Agreed. I am to awaited to watch this episode hope this going to be the best. For those who are fan of Sherlock and living outside UK can watch it using Purevpn.

  • LiLa

    I have problem with people getting the impression that after a while they cannot take anything seriously in the show if the surprises become very frequent. Sherlock lives, Mary is not exactly what we thought she is, Sherlock kills when he cannot solve the case and Moriarty also is going to come back. However, I trust Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss that they have thought this through themselves, just like everything else that makes the show what it is. But that is just a concern… Another point is that although I understand the busy schedule of the world class actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, still I wish there would be a solution to this. People obviously don’t want to wait TWO years after every three episodes. Of course the team can tell people that they have to wait and they will, but it is just not good. I do not know how enthusiastic I would be for the show in two years. I will be older. The actors will be older. And when these things take too long, many unexpected things might happen, which of course we all hope that it won’t. Add to that, I wish the two main actors, although this might sound naive of me, could somehow make “Sherlock” a preference. After all, is this show not a big part of why they are so famous now? At the end, I would like to mention that I have a lot of respect for the show. To me “Sherlock” is the definition of “perfect”. That could be seen in every aspect of the show, from the rich story to high level production to excellent acting etc.

    • Hagar Muhammad

      This is like…the perfect comment.
      You said everything I was thinking!
      *Gives you virtual cookie*

    • Ryan S Richert

      i prefer to look at it either as ‘sherlock kills if the bad guy is like him in mental processes’ or ‘sherlock kills if the bad guy messes with john too much, though it’s probably a mix of the two

      • blackhoodedlass

        dammit why didn’t you get many upvotes?

      • myvirus123

        sherlock series will end when they kill or messes with john bcus john is us. without john series cannot proceed..that is why john was not notified as Sherlock is not dead but Sherlock’s 25 including homeless n/w were, (which is the end of series 2 last episode,) ,,so that us (we viewers) will remain horrified and confused and curious on whats happens on d next episode

    • Svenghooli

      Totally agree… Love the show, but really., two years in between episodes? That kills my enthusiasm

    • JP

      Have you watched a British show before? This is how they typically do television shows.

    • greenmagpie

      There were two year gaps between some of the Harry Potter films, and I don’t remember anyone being that fussed about it. This situation isn’t much different. I do think a year is a more appropriate gap, but I’m pretty sure it can survive with two.

  • Shana Vaid

    Maybe the fans would be more satisfied if, instead of airing all three in three consecutive weeks, they spread them out. Then the fans wouldn’t have to wait as long between episodes.

    • lucascott

      honestly i don’t think fans would be happy with anything other than more episodes each series. but its not likely to happen at this point because of the same reason that it perhaps didn’t before. British TV industry isn’t set up for long term contracts so actors can totally book other gigs. And now that the two gents are so much more popular they are getting many more offers.

      But hey, as much as having say 6 episodes a series (with the same basic arcs and end points) would have been even more fun, as much as it is annoying to wait two years at least it’s not the six and then drop it that shows like Paradox and By Any Means have suffered.

  • Leyla

    For Mary and the baby to die in some tragic, horrible, gruesome way, Moriarty involved of course.
    Plot twist, Jim Moriarty, is actually an actor. The real Moriarty actually sacrificed that M to kill himself.
    The real M, being John.
    It is the ultimate way to toy with Sherlock, and his once thought gone emotions.

    • lucascott

      i don’t like the John is M part but I can believe that the man we saw isn’t the real Moriarty. It’s someone else or perhaps many people using the same cover name

      • random_viwer

        I can’t say i’d personally like to find out it wasn’t the real M, the fella playing him was spot on, i don’t want to believe he’s anyone else. I guess it could work, but the new actor would have to put in a hell of a performance to upstage him(IMHO).

  • Jared’s Beanie

    Never ever trusting Mary

  • Phoebe

    I would like to know how Moriaty survived and I would like to see how Sherlock would deal with his best friend becoming a father.

    • Jenna Hatcher

      Uncle Sherlock

    • Jenna Hatcher

      I dont care how he survived I just hope Andrew Scott is back

  • katiespitfire

    Just don’t kill Molly off. Please?

    • Diogo Castro

      why does everyone like molly so much? i’d like her to go back to her old boyfriend, the sherlock look-alike. he was cute and they seemed to be happy. she and sherlock are definitely not a match

      • ana arias

        because she’s relateable. she’s not the smartest or the funniest or the prettiest or the sexiest or in anyway special but she matters because people dont have to be extraordinary like sherlock to matter. She’s the Rose Tyler of Sherlock characters. ordinary people can do extraordinary things is a great message. its also a message that this show severely lacks. everyone is so fucking special on this show. sherlock is special, john brings out the EXTRA special in sherlock just by being himself, irene is extra sexy and super smart, mary is a deadly assassin with superhuman aim. its just nice to have a character who’s just normal. they could be a match. he doesnt have to be with a carbon copy of himself to find a connection with someone. she’s actually managed to surprise him a few times and thats exactly what i think sherlock needs. someone who he can’t read as well as he reads everyone else and someone who knows what he’s thinking without him having to say it aloud because sharing is not really his forte.
        she was bored with tom anyway. he’s too ordinary for her. she was constantly rolling her eyes at his ordinary non-special brain. she’s like john in that she naturally gravitates towards geniuses and sociopaths

        • Anna Clara

          I agree with you 😉 Unfortunately Moffat likes killing people and recently he killed an ordinary person in DW, very similar to Molly (poor Osgood…). I think Molly is in a great danger and I’m not sure that she will survive. And concerning Tom: you are right, she just wanted him to look like sherlock, but she knew he couldn’t be him. For me he looked like a copy of Sherlock with no personality at all. He wasn’t special in Molly’s eyes, because if she loved him, she would accept him entirely, but in my opinion she was too busy making him look like somebody else, and that doesn’t look promising in a relationship. I was happy that they broke up, because this relationship didn’t have a future and was very egoistic (from Molly’s side).

          • ana arias

            yeah i was glad she was done with him. he’s better off to be honest. he seems like a nice person and to have molly projecting her sherlock fantasies on to him sucks. i love molly but he deserved better. not that theres anything wrong with molly but she’s in love with sherlock so thats a huge deal breaker.
            i heard its going to be heartbreaking but i dont believe it’ll be molly to die mostly because amanda kinda almost confirmed it in an interview that mary dies. but i dont think john will be a single father so i think the baby will be born and will probably die with mary. they did say that we will get to see john and mary as parents so that means that theres no terrible miscarriage or something. but theres probably going to be some terrible car accident or something that will kill them both. especially since mary hardly appears in the canon and then disappears later and also having john be a father would drastically change the dynamic of the show. where would he find the time to be an attentive father when he’s too busy getting kidnapped… that was uncalled for. im sorry.
            about molly also moffat is kindof an ego maniac. he created a good original non-canon character that most people adore. i have a hard time believing he will kill her off mostly because he’ll probably want to exploit his achievement a bit more. i think he said he’s giving her a bigger role in season 4 or something like that.

          • noelspaid

            Consider that Molly’s “finance”, Sherlock look-alike, played a part in the Sherlock suicide scam – and will be back when all is explained.

          • ana arias

            played what part in the fake suicide?

        • MorganHamilton

          Please don’t insult Molly by comparing her to Rose Tyler. Rose is the quintessential Mary Sue while Molly is just a nice, smart, rather shy woman. Also the very last thing she needs is to be saddled with is Sherlock because she deserves so much better

          • ana arias

            mary sue? rose? hahaha dont make me laugh. dude rose isnt special enough to be a mary sue. please look up the term mary sue before you talk. the trope is named after “lieutenant mary sue” a satire star trek fan fiction. “mary sue was the youngest lieutenant in the fleet, only fifteen and half years old”. this is the best way to sum up “mary sue”. she’s exceptional in her own right.

            mary sue is someone who is extra special, ahead of her years, has accomplished an unrealistic amount of shit some writers take things further so sometimes mary sue happens to look like supermodel and everyone wants to marry her. everyone’s in love with her and she has a pet dragon… (looking at you, seventeen year old, Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons and all around sexy lady who everyone wants to bang)

            rose barely passed high school, didn’t go to college, is broke, works in a clothing store. she’s not even the best at what she does best which seems to be gynmastics. she won the bronze. that’s the whole point of rose is that she’s not special AT ALL and she needed an escape. in comes the doctor who has a knack for turning trash into treasure. she’s not even the most useful companion. that title goes to martha.

            River Song is a Mary Sue. sexy smart wife of the doctor who has the special honor of being buried next to him, her whole existence is a paradox her birth and childhood is unusual andand can fly the tardis better than he can despite the fact that the tardis was meant to be piloted by six people. and daleks are scared of her cause she a baddass and you know those companions you love?! SHE THEIR DAUGHTER!!! AND SHE CAN REGENERATE BECA– USE SHE HAS TIMELORD DNA! AND SHE’S BADASS ENOUGH TO KILL THE DOCTOR WHICH NONE OF HIS ENEMIES HAVE DONE!!!BUT STILL LIKEABLE CA– USE SHE SAVED HIM ANYWAY!!!… but that’s none of my business.

            Molly IS like rose because she’s not particularly special unlike literally everyone on Sherlock. Molly is a normal amount of smart. She’s a normal amount of pretty. she’s a normal amount of good. She’s normal and that’s why people relate to her.

      • greenmagpie

        She didn’t say ‘please get Sherlock and Molly together’ she said ‘don’t kill Molly off’. There’s a difference.

      • StarFireAngel

        Ummm…That “cute sherlock look-alike” guy was the sniper that was going to kill John if Sherlock didn’t jump off the building but, you know, technicalities.

        • Too private information

          What? I did not notice any similarities between Mr. Sniper and Molly’s boyfriend.

      • Hikari Mizumi

        I don’t know. It’s unhealthy for her to fawn over guys looking like Sherlock all the time. And it’s a complex for the guys because she wants them to be like him to an astonishing degree(including dressing like him) but they aren’t him. And the comparisons will constantly be brought up, over and over. It’s basically her using them.

        On another note, the whole kiss between Molly and Sherlock was simply a vision. Not an actual thing that happened. The theory was proposed by Anderson and it was called The Bungee Mask, where Sherlock was attached to a bungee cord that yanked him back and through the window to safety. Anderson also for some reason, theorized that Sherlock kissed Molly like he was Rudolph Valentino.(He ships it! HA!)

        People take her interest in him too far sometimes. When someone generally shows no interest in you(though he is an ass for using her attraction against her so much) you don’t bother them constantly. She tried to use Jim to make him jealous(FAILED) and all the other guys too(FAILED AS WELL).

        I know she’s shy and awkward and good at her job and everything. I know she’s full of good intentions most of the time. I know she’s willing to help him despite him being a manipulative ass, but she’s a clingy character that I simply cannot stand.

        I don’t see the appeal to her character either. And since I’m not Sherlock and cannot see how she matters(besides furthering Sherlock’s emotional barriers), I’m going to ignore her character in future episodes.

  • I Really enjoy how fascinating you have made Dr. Watson, he’s really dark horse material at every twist and turn!
    I would love to see La Strade explored a bit more, maybe revving up the conflict with Inspector Donovan. But anything you do will I’m sure be riveting. Wish I could be in it as a sweet, jolly and slightly villainous middle-aged woman!

    • lucascott

      Lestrade is interesting which is why I loved the idea one of the Facebook commenters had about bringing in some personal life for him. the idea was to work Tobias Gregson into the tale by giving Lestrade a nephew.

      So many avenues could be explored with him being a bit of a brain (might explain why Lestrade has always tolerated Sherlock more than others), the younger man could be a new apprentice type figure for Sherlock or butt heads with him. And they could finally bring in an actual gay character which is a side of the world they haven’t touched other than a few jokes

  • Zita

    You see i have a hat,come on! Xmas 2015 just to long,

  • Zita

    Sherlock Homes older Brother has something to do with it,yess the 3 Brother

    • Diogo Castro

      the 3rd brother is meant to be younger, not older

      • Shawol Blossom

        I heard it might be a sister though 😀

        • Mahal

          A sister would be a nice change =)

  • Zita

    There is mention of another brother Sherrinford Holmes on wikipedia:

    Sherrinford Holmes is a hypothetical elder brother of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes. It is believed that his deduction skills exceed those of both his younger brothers. His name is taken from early notes as one of those considered by Arthur Conan Doyle for his detective hero before settling on “Sherlock Holmes”.

    He was first proposed by William S. Baring-Gould who wrote in his famous ‘biography’ “Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street” that Sherrinford was the eldest brother of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes once stated that his family were country squires, which means that the eldest brother would have to stay to manage the house. If Mycroft were the eldest then he couldn’t play the role he does in four stories of the Sherlock Holmes canon, so Sherrinford frees them both. This position is strengthened by the fact that Mycroft’s general position as a senior civil servant was a common choice among the younger sons of the gentry.

    The character appears (misspelled Sherringford), along with his brothers, in the Virgin New Adventures Doctor Who novel All-Consuming Fire by Andy Lane, where he is revealed to be the member of a cult worshipping an alien telepathic slug that is mutating him and his followers into an insect-like form; the novel culminates with Holmes being forced to shoot his brother to save Watson.

    He also appears, accused of a murder that Sherlock must find him innocent of, in the Call of Cthulhuroleplaying game adventure The Yorkshire Horrors.

  • Zita

    A 3 brother! clever than Mycroft and Shelrlock? that I would love to see

  • nell

    just more johnlock thats all im asking for

    • Johnlock won’t be possible, John’s married, Sherlock is literally asexual. Sherlock doesn’t care about others feelings, only for John because John’s the only one to actually care about him. I don’t think Johnlock will ever come to be. Imagine how awkward that would be for Ben and Martin.
      To be honest, I really hope Johnlock does not happen, they supposd to be bestfriends, not lovers.

  • Anya

    There are posts from BBC stating that Sherlock and John will kiss in the special!! Is this true? Will Johnlock become cannon at long last?!
    I admit I am a Johnlock fan but I do like Mary… Until she shot Sherlock that is. They should keep her in the show until she can redeam herself because I think John never truely forgave Mary. He lost Sherlock once to a madman and now his own wife? That would be a tough pill to swallow in my veiw.
    But the hype of the special and not until Christmas 2015! Stevan your killing me!! Please tell us spoilors, show us little snippits, become a god to all fangirls.

  • Michael Jenkins

    Tailoring of the stories along the lines of the original writings. You are doing an excellent job of “updating” the stories in such a way that Holmes fans like myself are intrigued to see how you keep true to the overall “feel” of the stories. Love seeing you keep to Doyle’s stories so faithfully but yet keep surprises coming. Excellent job.

  • Blondie

    I want two things: 1. Irene
    2. A date for the filming!!!!!
    Going crazy here.

  • red

    is Moriarty REALLY returning? If so, wish I hadn’t known that, I’d have loved the surprise of it all again. 🙁

  • Πανδώρα Άγαδακις

    Three episodes across a fortnight is not a “season”. Could that bloody tribal travesty, football, and Sherlock switch concepts? One two weeks, another 11 months…those aren’t seasons, people.

    • StarFireAngel

      That’s why they call it series not seasons.

  • Andrea Plumpton

    I honestly think they are going to twist the story by having Moriaty kill Watson in a plot from beyond the grave involving his “web” of accomplices….and then Mary Watson will take over John’s position in the show….her back story already gives her the gravitas to have a far bigger part to play in the future. And before I get shouted down in a “that’ll never work” and “Watson can never be female” kind of way then I say it’s Elementary 😉

    • quickstop

      First things first, Elementary sucks. Movin’ on, all the time he was faking his death (two years) Sherlock was actually dismentling Moriarty’s network bit by bit before coming back. Also, sorry but Watson can never be female. We don’t need another cliché show with sexually tense partnerships all over !

  • SH

    Something case-based would be great, as series 3 didn’t have much of that. (TSoT had a pretty good case, but it was overshadowed by the wedding.) Sherlock and John are in their element when they go on a case together and we get to hear Sherlock’s deductions and snarky comments!
    By the way, I love series 3, just overall not as much as series 1 and 2.

  • elena

    am i the only one who doesn’t like irene? yes she was beautiful and there was feeling between her and sherlock, buti.. i don’t knw, i don’t like her much

    • I don’t like her.

    • MorganHamilton

      No you’re not the only one. i thought she was just kinda okay and quickly got sick & tired of everyone say how in love w/ her Sherlock was.

  • Lidz78

    Maybe Sherlock gets charged with something and has to see a therpist as part of his sentence. Perhaps this therapist can be a female and can be truly a different character in that she is assertive but wise -a very well balanced personality who can find Sherlock’s weaknesses but is not an Irene Adler femme fatale type, nor a Molly-doormat type either.
    Perhaps she can question Sherlock’s need to know everything..
    One idea.

    Maybe Mary dies not long after having a child and Watson is seriously injured in hospital,so Sherlock arranges for their child to be looked after, enlisting Molly’s help. Perhaps Sherlock does this a bit standoffish, like the child is an alien creature. Perhaps the child emulates him and he takes pride and finds sentiment.

    I think that Moriarty is a twin, so perhaps his twin takes over.

  • Lidz78

    Actually the bit where Sherlock is a ‘daddy’ is cliche.

    Unless it was handled really well, or briefly perhaps.

  • dave

    Sherlock and Doctor who crossover Confirmed

  • Bethany

    I just hate Mary, i am sorry but i do and i just want John back at Baker Street because she is starting come between our boys i feel. I was frustrated when Sherlock didn’t tell John that he Jumped to save him, Greg and Mrs Hudson also that John didn’t ask Sherlock what he did when he was away (being tortured!) But then Sherlock doesn’t do emotions, we all know he isn’t a sociopath. I know Sherlock would avoid talking about it but he could of asked, maybe these will come up in the next series? Also maybe Mary had something to do with Moriarty like being one of the snipers at the pool or a twist maybe she could be the sniper that shot John in Afghanistan 😉 But yes it will be interesting to see how Sherlock will bee like when the baby is born.

  • Matty

    Fantastic facial furniture. God this looks great and how I miss seeing my boys on television. We’ve got Doctor Who, the DW Christmas special and this to look forward to over the next six months. Happy dance.

  • trekmomma

    I think it is clear that Molly is not a good person. She is either in cahoots with Moriarty or related to him. There is a reason Moriarty killed Carl Powers. Was he mean to Molly? Was he abusive? Remember Molly’s line about not all her boyfriends could be sociopaths. Her response, “Maybe their just my type.” I hope that is Molly being bad is the reveal this season.

    • Too private information

      Oh, that sounds rather appealing. I have never thought about something like that but… What a twist!

  • spiffykeen

    Why isn’t Una Stubbs listed at the top of this article under main or guest cast? We know from the trailer that she’s in the episode.

  • Léo Malick

    Well Lila, I agree with all your objection but don’t you think that the whole point of waiting two years is due more to the quality the authors want to give to the show more than anything?

  • Léo Malick

    Since they are so respectfull both towards the spirit of Conan Doyle and their viewers.

  • Léo Malick

    No TV show has ever thrilled me as that one does, and some part of the thrill is due to the wait

  • Symaryha Wentz

    Will the special only play in theaters, or will it be on TV as well?

  • V Tyree

    P.S.: Hello, My thanks to Mr. William Martin for the terrific post!, and, to all that joined the discussion. I am a bit late… I, very much, enjoy the series. The whole bunch of them seem to get on so well together and have FUN! Whatever they do, I’ll be there to find out. Be well. v

  • V Tyree

    P.S.: Hello, My thanks to Mr. William Martin for the terrific post!, and, to all that joined the discussion. I am a bit late… I, very much, enjoy the series. The whole bunch of them seem to get on so well together and have FUN! Whatever they do, I’ll be there to find out. Be well. v

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