There was much speculation when images that seemed to show Sherlock Holmes and John Watson dressed up in Victorian clobber surfaced earlier on this year, referencing this year’s Sherlock Christmas special. Some thought it was a joke, some thought it might be a fancy dress episode and some others had even more outlandish theories. It was only when Moffat himself came out and confirmed that the seasonal special would be a one-off set in Victorian times we knew the truth. It divided opinion, but the thought of the new Sherlock appearing in an adventure in his rightful era is a delicious thought. Now Gatiss has confirmed more details.
Speaking with the BBC’s Newsbeat site, Gatiss said:
I can correct something that has been misreported. The series is set in 1895, not 1885.
Why is this significant? Newsbeat says that:
Sherlockians will know that 1895 is a relevant date for the detective, often considered when he was at the peak of his popularity after author Arthur Conan Doyle had killed off the fictional character (only to bring him back to life later on).
1895 also features in a famous poem, 221B, written by early Sherlockian Vincent Starrett.
Plus the date appears on screen in series two of Sherlock as the hit counter number on John Watson’s blog.
So there we are. For those who are concerned with the little details like hit counters and esoteric poems, this is all exciting stuff. Me? I’m just intrigued by the Christmas special, and not really questioning the whys and the hows Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman got from the 21st century to the 19th. Who cares? It’s Sherlock and Watson in Victorian London!
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