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’m beyond excited to announce SherlockeDCC: The Official Party of The Baker Street Babes, Being Geek Chic, The Nerdy Girlie, Sherlock DC and Cara McGee. If you’re going to Comic Con - you can buy a ticket right now, right here!
Join us at Brick + Mortar Thursday July 18th from 6 - 9 p.m. for of sleuthing, tea, games, prizes! You DON’T need a SDCC badge to come either! This is an ALL AGES party!
We are going to be giving away insane prizes, like a SIGNED COPY OF A SCANDAL IN BELGRAVIA with the scribes of none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Steven Moffat. There’s going to be comics, art prints, mugs, tea - lots and lots of great stuff, my friends. But that’s not it. Because if you want can’t go to Comic Con, you can still win that script and get some swag by supporting our IndieGoGo campaign.
Here’s how our fundraising is going to work:
All the tiers (except the sponsorship tiers) come with all kinds of great goods. BUT the bonus is that for every $1 that you give you get your name entered into the raffle once.
So $1 = 1 Entry to Win.
I’d love to meet you and wax poetic about all things Sherlock with you, so if you are going to be at SDCC, then get your ticket now.
If you will be there in spirit and want a chance to win the signed BBC script - simply support the IndieGoGo campaign at SherlockeDCC.com - and check out some of the other great incentives you can pick up there.
I’m full of SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE. Yeah. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE. That’s the only way to describe it. Star Trek Into Darkness is here, the tickets are bought, so don’t spoil it for me. I haven’t even seen this damn movie and I’m fangirling so hard over my favorite baddy. The Benny. The Cumber. The Benny Cumber.
Friends, let’s count the ways that Benedict Cumberbatch rules all fangirl hearts.
1. He’s psychotically talented.
2. He’s concerned about feminism.
3. He’s unbelievably smart.
Broody bad attitudes abound in my house this week. It’s kind of like this:
Oh Sherlock, you get me. The snow isn’t just falling. It’s accumulating. This is an important distinction for Minnesotans. Fine if it wants to fall, as long as it melts. But I’m trying to be in a good mood. I’m trying to be thankful. Here’s some things that help:
PwnLove is the coolest instagram account out there. It’s run by the super chic Kaitlin Stewart who is on a quest to wear a gaming inspired outfit every single day for a year. That’s right: 365 days straight. Check out her cool interview with the Geeky Hostess. I honestly don’t think I could do it, so mad props to K. Stew. (Obviously, she’s the cooler one.)
I’ll just go ahead and tell you now, there’s all kinds of spoiler-y shit ahead. So if you aren’t caught up on Doctor Who and Sherlock (by God, what are you even doing here if this is your situation!? Go watch it already!) then you may want to avert your eyes. Or just scroll past this post.
I think Steven Moffat has a thing for falling.
Our beloved Holmes jumps to his death in The Reichenbach Fall.
Amy and Rory risk their lives to be together by jumping many stories in a dramatic group hug.
Clara Oswald forces her way into the Doctor’s life, only to find herself falling off a cloud to her death moments later.
It’s not as if I had to scroll through years and years worth of scripts to find this shared theme. No, in fact it’s all recent history.
I think Steven Moffat is trying to tell me something.
I’ve been struggling lately with trusting the universe. I’m not an overly religious person, but if I was forced to describe my faith, I would say that Mother Nature is God and she is the all-knowing Mother of the universe. She gives life. She takes it away. She dreamed up the stars and wills them to be. She passed on her intuitions and plants the seeds of opportunity.
But just like any child, we must work hard to keep our Mother happy. We have to listen to her subtle lessons and respect her rules. We have to honor the life she gives and plant a few seedlings of our own. This is the deal and in exchange, she gives us the moon and the sun and the air in our lungs. It’s not a bad deal.
Even though I hold these beliefs, I haven’t been doing so hot with trusting it. Instead, I’ve been an angst ball, frustrated with the glacial pace of my career and dreams. Afraid of that intuitive voice in my gut that’s pointing to another path on the map and telling me to turn around.
And then these stories come along. They present scenarios in which the risk of losing one’s life must be faced or become an inevitability. A decision must be made. Jump. Don’t jump. Risk dying or live gloriously in the miraculous aftermath of surviving the fall. This is what Amy and Rory and Sherlock and Clara all share.
Great fiction and brilliant writing has this incredible ability to invade our lives and enlighten our realities. The key is that we don’t know it’s happening. We have to feel separated from the source. Once removed through fantasy or insanity, if you will. It’s why the Doctor is an alien. He has to be the “other” for us to better see our own humanity in him.
My love affair with Sherlock Holmes may have recently become intensified at the hands of Benedict Cumberbatch, but my long admiration for the character as a person goes far deeper than those cheekbones. Holmes is someone who trusts exactly what he sees. His vision, his observations and his talent are so deeply in tune with who he is that he never doubts himself. It’s an admirable quality. One I envy. From what I do for a living to where I live to who I should trust - there isn’t anything that I feel entirely certain about.
I knew that Reichenbach Fall (The Final Problem for those interested in reading the book) would end the way it did - but that’s the genius of what Moffat and Gatiss have done with the BBC Series. They’ve adapted it just enough so it felt entirely new to me. It was the first time I looked into the eyes of Sherlock Holmes and felt what I felt when I read the books. There’s a subtle moment in the final episode of Series 2 where you can see on Sherlock’s face that he isn’t sure about his plan. A rare crack in his bold persona. Failing meant certain death, but if we’re lucky, we will get to enjoy the pay off of his leap of faith later this year.
Which brings me to my beloved Doctor. Doctor, Doctor, Doctor.
“I never know why—I only know who.”
There really isn’t any act more brave or any sign of trust more bold than handing someone the key to your home. Or in this case, the key to your hearts. And as is the case with most companions, the instant rapport they feel with the Doctor often means they fly into space and danger without question. Or a toothbrush as far as I can tell. And so Clara dies on the precipice of her great adventure, because it was worth the risk.
Similarly, Amy and Rory risk their lives and their world because the very idea of being in this universe, or any other, without the hand of their love within grasp seemed unbearable. They fall into a new reality, but they do it together. Their trust for each other is as thick as the tension for me as a viewer.
So I stand here now on the precipice of my own challenges. My toes clench tight as I stare over the edge and see my greatest fears mingling among my greatest hopes. Do I trust myself to take the jump?
I think Steven Moffat is telling me something.