Watch: ‘Sherlock’ Victorian Special Clip Bows at Comic-Con

The “Sherlock” gang is heading to the Victorian era after three seasons spent dwelling in modern London.

In a clip of the special unveiled at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman can be seen in the attire that Sherlock and Dr. Watson have traditionally worn in other renderings of the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Unlike past versions, however, the clip addresses the gender politics of the era with a little help from landlady Mrs. Hudson.

Steven Moffat, the show’s creator, said this shift was intentional. “One of the problems with the original is the women don’t really speak very much,” Moffat told the crowd at Comic-Con. “Mrs. Hudson barely gets a line.”

Moffat also revealed that the Victorian special will bow in select theaters when it is released next year.

The creator admitted that he hasn’t begun writing season four of “Sherlock,” but assured attendees that he knows where it’s going and how it will “sucker-punch you into emotional devastation.”

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  1. Birdwoman says:

    This version of Sherlock Holmes lost its heart and soul some time ago – now it’s just a jokey parody of itself. Having a special “set” in Victorian times reeks of Dr. Who (gee, I wonder why?) and publicity stunt – not something a seriously good program would ever do. Why take it out of its own universe like that. The series jumped the shark with the execrable “wedding episode,” although it was on its way down long before that. Cumberbatch is to Sherlock Holmes as Greece is to fiduciary management. Ugh.

    • PG says:

      Most sci-fi/fantasy shows do out-out-continuity episodes, and many of them are great. Whether one viewer sees it as symptomatic of a lack of creativity or another as a joyful exploration of familiar characters in unfamiliar surroundings is entirely in the eye of the beholder.

      I see no reason this can’t be an enjoyable diversion – and it could even be a chance to re-focus, which is surely a good thing if some people feel the show has lost its way…

    • meiray says:

      Whatever, I’m sure it’s all just a drug-addled hallucination, but please feel free to winge. The show has been actively enhancing the relationship between Holmes and Watson, and that’s the heart and soul of the endeavor that will ensure the show can endure and will be remembered long after every mystery has been solved. The “execrable wedding episode” as you eloquently put it, was light-footed character work first and foremost.
      Also, I would not describe the (Emmy-winning) script or presentation of the season finale as “jokey.” I don’t know why I am engaging on a message board, it’s pointless.

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