Earlier this week, the BBC released an official promotional photo for their hit series, “Sherlock.” There’s still a few months to go before fans across the world can enjoy the Victorian special. However, the anticipation is still running strong, particularly with Steven Moffat on the scene for San Diego Comic Con. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the co-creator and writer admitted that he would be on board with crossing “Sherlock” with “Doctor Who.”
The new photo, as released on Twitter, depicts Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in Victorian dress. Radio Times has a nice piece that dissects all the possible clues from their outfits. In the same EW interview, Moffat insists that he doesn’t need to explain the shift from modern London to Victorian London. In that sense, it’s almost like he’s doing a fan fiction number on his own work. Just look at any site with fan fiction: a number of writers don’t give reasons for the alternate universes or settings that they craft for their favorite characters. So why should we expect the same from Team “Sherlock”? It’s also a roundabout way of getting back to the Conan Doyle Canon, at least in attire and culture, which is already set in the Victorian era.
July is a big month for Sherlock Holmes media. “Mr. Holmes,” the feature film starring Ian McKellen, hits US theaters on July 17th. Ian McKellen posted a promotional photo of himself as the celebrated detective last month. Let’s put that photo next to one of Cumberbatch and Freeman. Unfortunately, we’ll have to leave Watson out of the picture (excuse the wordplay) for the comparison. Notice that Cumberbatch and McKellen mirror each other quite nicely in their photos. McKellen pivots slightly more in his armchair but the similarity remains striking, nonetheless!
While you’re waiting for the “Sherlock” special, be sure to check out “Mr. Holmes” in theaters next week.