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Steven Moffat Eschews Explanations for the 'Sherlock' Christmas Special

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | October 8, 2015 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | October 8, 2015 |


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Sometimes our Mr. Moffat is a benevolent ruler of our British science fiction worlds, sometimes, not so much. Despite his tendency to piss off people when he does give explanations, you’ve got to admire the Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner — he takes a stand and doesn’t really worry about the überfans. Working and living in this interactive, Tumblr, fan-fiction, social-media-ruling society doesn’t mean we get to run the show, only jam up the clouded, overcrowded information superhighways with our opinions. A showrunner can’t be bothered by all the goddamned traffic, and like it or not, he’s got to isolate himself in one of those obnoxious black Explorers, sit behind his tinted windows and be oblivious to the pounding on the windows.

It’s no surprise we’re all a little confused as to exactly how Benedict Cumberbatch’s contemporary Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson would end up in a Victorian-set Christmas special, but if you’re looking for a sensible explanation, don’t ask Moffat. A while back he made his declaration on the matter and instead of bothering me, it elicited a little chuckle.

””[We did this] just because we can, really. We said, ‘Could we maybe do one scene or a dream sequence?’ Then we said why don’t we just do it? We never bothered explaining why he’s in modern day London. Why explain why we’re in Victorian [London]?”

That’s so Moffat and well, he’s got a point. Now you can enjoy this ghostly trailer without worrying how the hell they got there, leaving you free to focus on the clothes, and Watson’s groovy ‘stache.



Apparently, ghosts are the new vampires? Cumberbatch nails his memorable lines, “The stage is set, the curtain rises…Ghosts. They’re the shadows that define our every sunny day; Nothing made me; I made me,” but my favorite is Freeman’s “You’re Sherlock Holmes, wear the damn hat.”

As per usual, we have no idea when exactly the Sherlock special will air; presumably somewhere near Christmas.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter)


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