Here’s a few news tidbits from SDCC 2013’s Sherlock panel that you may have missed:
Producer Sue Vertue said the team will continue to produce the show as long as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are interested in doing it. Since Cumberbatch himself essentially commissioned a 4th season already in the press, Vertue has no doubt they will bring the show back beyond the fourth season. In fact, the fourth season paperwork was just penned.
Writer and actor Mark Gatiss says the team would be open to following the actors as they get older, as this is how we know Holmes from the original stories. This means a 50 year old Sherlock could be in our future.
Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman delivered a message to the crowd thanking them for their support. However, Cumberbatch also gave a semi-interrupted explanation of how Sherlock pulls off his feat in The Reichenbach Fall. (Explanation starts at 2:26). Writer Mark Gatiss said that this is essentially a correct, albeit highly stilted, explanation of how Sherlock survives.
"We made them audition!" Director Steven Moffat expressed complete shock and delight over the fact that Sherlock stars the two biggest names in Brit-Hollywood crossovers in the moment. However, Cumberbatch and Freeman’s mutual rise to fame has actually allowed Moffat to create a better series in his estimation. With long gaps between production, the showrunners are able to really think through the things they’d like to tackle in each episode. In turn, he thinks this model will also contribute to the show’s long term vitality, making Gatiss’s suggestion of a middle-aged Sherlock all the more likely.
The sneak preview also establishes Mary Watson for the first time. Hopefully we’ll get news on who will be playing John Watson’s “other best friend.”
I want to take a minute to thank all the lovely people that came out for SherlockeDCC on the first night of Comic Con. I am so happy and blessed to be part of a fan community that shares so much passion and excitement.
I also just have to express my most sincere thanks to Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for coming to our little soiree. You made my night and the night of lots of other fans too.
There’s nothing else I can say to properly express my gratitude so here’s a collection of video and photos from the night:
Also, what Curly said.
And of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the people and organizations that helped make this happen. An extra special thanks to our sponsors:
And all the wonderful artists who contributed beautiful pieces to the swag bags and Indiegogo campaign. If you gave to the Indiegogo campaign, swag will be on its way to you soon.
I have really come to love and adore the 11th. The 11th Doctor, that is.
While I know the Tennant fan girls outnumber me online and elsewhere, I feel like I’ve seen Matt Smith evolve from a great actor to an extraordinary one during his tenure as the most famous intergalactic time traveler in all the universe. So I decided to suspend regularly scheduled posts for the day to write a quick thank you note to the Doctor who made me fall back in love with bow ties.
Dear Matt Smith,
I think it’s when you said this…
"I am being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?"
I laughed. And then I smiled. And then later on I smiled again to myself when no one was watching. I maybe even chuckled a little. Because you, in your very own goofy way, are charming.
The way you spun on your heels was charming. The way you pulled on the ends of your bow tie. The way you swished your hair - always to the left. The way you looked at River. The way you patted Rory on the back. The way you hugged Amy. The way you studied Clara. You have a knack for connecting people - making them feel special. And that goes beyond the characters. That goes down deep through digital film to nanotubes and into our television screens all the way to the eyeballs of your eager audience.
Please know that then you leave the show, you also leave me and many others with incredible memories and friendships. These are side effects of a cultural phenomenon that is bigger than any one actor or Steven Moffat or the BBC or even the big blue box - but you, specifically, made a mark on this world. You took a tradition and you made it your own. That’s no easy task. And now every time I put on a bow tie and slip my arms through a tweed blazer I will think of you. And I will be cool.
With love and admiration,
Tell me friends: what will you miss most about the 11th?
This is your Spoiler Alert. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the season finale of Series 7 of Doctor Who.
50 years. Series 7. 11 Doctors. Clara. All these things have come and gone. So what is left to explore? We learn in this finale where the show will go next and it’s not about new lands or future times, instead it’s about the past. A very specific origin. The Doctor’s origin. There is probably no better place to go in the TARDIS than the start.
For this finale, we didn’t get the name of the Doctor as many of us believed we would, but we did get a look at the face that started it all. When Steven Moffat said we would never see the Doctor again after the credits rolled on The Name of the Doctor - he wasn’t kidding.
The episode started with Clara’s identity finally being revealed. She’s the Doctor’s protector. But she doesn’t know why, so we have to let the story take us there.
I would like to make a new Who rule. Neil Gaiman must write an episode for every season of Doctor Who from now until his fingers can no longer form a proper fist around a pencil.
The fact is he’s a genius. But this week, he really proved it.
From this point on, it’s all spoilers.
He revived the Cybermen, both for the sake of the story and the sake of the series.
He gave Matt Smith the most incredible scenario to play out - bringing out all of Smith’s best qualities as an actor and truly giving him the kind of opportunity to play in a way he often doesn’t get to when he has to serve as the “explainer” like most episodes.
He let someone else save the day. And that someone is totally awesome in real-life and on screen. So let’s talk about how that happened.
The Crimson Horror isn’t your average time travel adventure. Why? Because it’s adventure with my favorite Victorian trio: Strax, Jenny and Vastra. I’m so glad they’re back.
We find the crime frighting team at Sweetland, a residence that takes in the sick, sad and apparently naive. It’s a borderline religious cult, borderline utopian country club. Their goal? To build a better world. Yeah, sounds like a great place to invest in a time share.
This is your spoiler alert. Do not keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.