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Steven Moffat confirms the setting of the Sherlock Christmas special

03.16.2015
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Earlier in the year we saw the release of several shots taken during the filming of the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special. They featured both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wearing some rather antiquated garb while walking down an old-timey Victorian street. Was this a hallucination? A dream? Some Doctor Who related shenanigans?

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat spoke to Entertainment Weekly today and confirmed what many fans had suspected; that the entirety of the episode will take place in Victorian-era London.

“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.”

Moffat added the the special was nearly done and that he's very pleased with the result. As if he'd tell us otherwise but I have no reason to doubt him, I've always considered the quality of the series to be quite high. A self-contained Sherlock Holmes story with no connections to the previously laid canon could be just the thing to keep us busy while we wait for the fourth season to debut. I'd actually be quite thrilled if this became a new Sherlock tradition; every other year we'd get a separate episode to act as a bit of a breather between seasons.

The Christmas special has no official air-date at the moment but we can obviously expect it to air sometime in December. The long awaited fourth season will follow in 2016 and I think we can expect our own Alex Maidy to bring you his reviews.

What are your thoughts on the special? Are you excited or just wishing they'd get to resolving last years cliffhanger?

Source: EW

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10:00PM on 03/16/2015
I was inspired to read all of the Sherlock stories after seeing this series, and lets just say that ACD would not make a very captivating writer in these times, the stories are all so basic and easily solvable, maybe it was different back in the day when he was inventing the genre. So all I can say is Moffat and team have astounded with the update to the old material. I can only imagine that doing the same to a Victorian era piece will be rockin!
I was inspired to read all of the Sherlock stories after seeing this series, and lets just say that ACD would not make a very captivating writer in these times, the stories are all so basic and easily solvable, maybe it was different back in the day when he was inventing the genre. So all I can say is Moffat and team have astounded with the update to the old material. I can only imagine that doing the same to a Victorian era piece will be rockin!
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9:16PM on 03/17/2015
I recently read Bram Stoker's Dracula and couldn't help but roll my eyes at his attempts to keep Dracula's identity as a vampire a secret from the reader for so long. Didn't Mr. Stoker realize that *everyone knows* Dracula is a vampire already? I was also disappointed in Mary Shelly for failing to put a fresh twist on the old, worn-out "man creates monster, man becomes monster" subgenre. Such overrated works of literature
I recently read Bram Stoker's Dracula and couldn't help but roll my eyes at his attempts to keep Dracula's identity as a vampire a secret from the reader for so long. Didn't Mr. Stoker realize that *everyone knows* Dracula is a vampire already? I was also disappointed in Mary Shelly for failing to put a fresh twist on the old, worn-out "man creates monster, man becomes monster" subgenre. Such overrated works of literature
9:35PM on 03/16/2015

At this point, any SHERLOCK is good SHERLOCK

I absolutely love this series, and pretty much anything Steven Moffat's ever written. I'd love to see more SHERLOCK specials set in other time periods: Sherlock in the Roman Empire? Sherlock set in a medieval monastery a la THE NAME OF THE ROSE?
I absolutely love this series, and pretty much anything Steven Moffat's ever written. I'd love to see more SHERLOCK specials set in other time periods: Sherlock in the Roman Empire? Sherlock set in a medieval monastery a la THE NAME OF THE ROSE?
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8:11PM on 03/16/2015

Love the idea of this!

Obviously we all want the next season (or "series", for our chaps across the pond!) to get here already. But this is a great concept to tide us over until then. I've always thought these 2 were cast perfectly for an updated version of Sherlock Holmes...but I can't help but wonder how they would've fit in during Victorian London times. I mean, let's be honest - Freeman is rocking the shit out of that mustache and top hat.
Obviously we all want the next season (or "series", for our chaps across the pond!) to get here already. But this is a great concept to tide us over until then. I've always thought these 2 were cast perfectly for an updated version of Sherlock Holmes...but I can't help but wonder how they would've fit in during Victorian London times. I mean, let's be honest - Freeman is rocking the shit out of that mustache and top hat.
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