Sherlock producers Steven Moffat and his wife Sue Vertue remained tight-lipped about the upcoming Sherlock special, which will be set in the Victorian era, during a Q&A.
“We are aiming for zero cognitive content in our answers today,” Steven joked. When asked why the special was set in the Victorian period he answered “we checked the books and discovered we got it wrong. We should have read them first. No, just because we can, really.” He also added that “We never bothered explaining what they were doing in modern London, so why bother explaining what they’re doing in Victorian London, when that’s where they’re supposed to be? It’s a mistake we’ve been a long time rectifying.”
As to when it will air: “We’ve never said it’s a Christmas special,” Sue cautioned. Steven added it was “probably Christmas-ish … We don’t actually know. We’re not making this up.”
Steven revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch embraced his Victorian Holmes. “By the end, Martin was ready to go back to the more acerbic version, but I think Benedict really enjoyed being Victorian Holmes. He was saying halfway through: ‘Let’s always do this. I quite like it.”
Steven also discussed the future of the show, indicating that he, Sue and Mark Gatiss would continue as long as long as they could. “I don’t think it will be us that switch it off,” he said. “I imagine it’ll be down to Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Martin [Freeman]. Obviously we can’t do the show without them, and they’ve always said they’re happy to carry on so long as it’s good.”
“I’d like to see them age, not because I’m a sadist,” he said. “Just because it would be interesting to see them become the more traditional age of those characters, which is in their fifties. They’re much younger than the normal version.”