New ‘Sherlock’ Photo Shows Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman Seizing Their Victorian Side

Caution: This news piece contains speculation and spoilers about “Sherlock.”

As Benedict Cumberbatch fans reel from the news of his recent engagement, there are more promising developments coming out about the “Sherlock” special. This promotional photo was released just hours ago today, showing Cumberbatch with a top hat and formal clothing that seems reminiscent of the attire sported by the late Jeremy Brett. Likewise, Martin Freeman’s bowler hat and brown suit call to mind Edward Hardwicke and David Burke from the same Granada TV series.

Today's tweet from the BBC. All rights belong to the BBC.

Today’s tweet from the BBC, first revealed by producer Sue Vertue. All rights and credit belong to the BBC.

Another tweet teased fans about the upcoming special with a photo of the cover page, which has evidently gone to a read through already. It’s set to begin filming in January 2015. CNET’s Bonnie Burton speculates that the period clothes indicate either time-travel or a costume party. As a third option, I think the production team could also be having fun with the fans, after a moment of “Say, what would they look like in the Victorian getup?” Though the popular series about the detective and doctor takes place in the present-day, it splendidly weaves together elements from many Conan Doyle stories at once.

What’s with the pointing by Sherlock there? Perhaps the gesture reminds you of the dramatic poses that would easily suit a Basil Rathbone or Peter Cushing promotional photo. Additionally, the “Sherlock” team could be taking a page out of another successful venture from Steven Moffat: yes, I’m referring to “Doctor Who.” Whatever the case, fans can look forward to seeing more of the devious Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), according to Mark Gatiss. As the filming commences in 2015, it’ll be exciting to see the other tidbits that will hit the Twitter feed about our favorite residents of 221B Baker Street.

“Sherlock” airs on PBS and “BBC America” in the U.S.

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