Life and career edit
In 1887, Holmes and Watson helped the Seventh Doctor battle the creature posing as the Great Old One known as Azathoth. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) Later in 1887, Holmes and Watson travelled to Cheldon Bonniface, 2010 to attend the wedding of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane, uncovering the schemes of the Master during the festivities. (PROSE: Happy Endings)
Having completed a second run of Holmes stories for publication in The Strand, Conan Doyle got tired of writing stories about the detective, and wrote a story in which a villain, Moriarty, caused Holmes' death. This failed to stick. (COMIC: Character Assassin)
Other information edit
Minor references edit
The Seventh Doctor quoted a saying of Holmes', to which his companion Ace described him as a fictional character. The Doctor asserted that he could still have spoken with him. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)
Dyslexic child Elliot Northover often listened to audiobooks. It is implied he had an interest in Sherlock Holmes when he quotes, "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." (TV: The Hungry Earth)
Holmes' status as fiction edit
Different accounts attributed disparate levels of "reality" to Holmes, variously suggesting that he existed as a real person named Sherlock Holmes, some that he never existed, and others that Holmes and Watson were authentic historical figures under different names, whose identities Watson's literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle concealed. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) To further disguise the identity of his clients, Conan Doyle instructed his illustrators to dress "Holmes" in the deerstalker and cape the Fourth Doctor had been wearing when the writer met him in 1880. (PROSE: Evolution)
Adding confusion to the matter was the fact that the most substantial evidence for Holmes' encounters with the Doctor and his companions was found in diary entries written by Bernice Summerfield and "John Watson". (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire, Happy Endings) These definitionally subjective entries made it hard to assert with certainty anything about their contents.
Other, more minor references, also seemed to hinge on individual opinion about the matter, rather than some sort of objective truth. Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, who met Holmes, seemed to regard him as not quite real. (AUDIO: The Final Amendment) For his part, the Doctor, when talking about Holmes in his seventh and eighth incarnations, cryptically hinted at some kind of permeability between "fiction" and "reality". (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, The Gallifrey Chronicles)
In the 1890s, Holmes and Watson's adventures were serialised in The Strand magazine. Henry Gordon Jago came to believe that he and Professor George Litefoot were the inspiration for the characters. (AUDIO: Jago in Love)
In 1892, Dr Walter Simeon opined that Conan Doyle was basing his stories on the adventures of Vastra and Jenny Flint. The Eleventh Doctor gained entrance to Dr Simeon's Institute by pretending to be Holmes, to the apparent confusion of Dr Simeon's assistant. Simeon angrily pointed out to the Doctor that Holmes was a fictional character in The Strand. Strax was also familiar with Holmes. (TV: The Snowmen)
Behind the scenes edit
General information edit
Many commentators, including Colin Baker, have noted a similarity between the characters of the Doctor and Holmes. Both character have enjoyed rare levels of popularity and longevity as British fictional characters in multiple media. Tom Baker played Holmes in a 1982 television serial adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The version of Sherlock Holmes depicted on the cover of All-Consuming Fire is based upon arguably the most famous cinematic portrayer of the role, Basil Rathbone.
Crossovers in other works edit
The Kim Newman short story collection Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, a work which mixes the Sherlock Holmes and other continuities, features Newman's creation the Cold from his Time and Relative, set in the Doctor Who universe.
Big Finish's Sherlock Holmes edit
Beginning in 2009, Big Finish Productions began releasing a range of Sherlock Holmes audio dramas. In the first two episodes Roger Llewellyn played an older Holmes reflecting on his past adventures, with Nicholas Briggs playing the detective in more traditional Holmes adventures from episode three onward. Many cast and crew from the Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories have contributed to the range.
Steven Moffat's Sherlock edit
In 2010, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created the BBC Wales series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and also featuring Gatiss and Russell Tovey in supporting roles. As of 2014, it consists of nine 90-minute episodes written by Moffat, Gatiss and Steve Thompson.
Matt Smith had auditioned for the role of Watson, but was turned down before Steven Moffat cast him as the Eleventh Doctor.[source needed]Benedict Cumberbatch was rumoured to have been offered the role of the Eleventh Doctor and turned it down. He denied the rumour, claiming never to have been offered the role. He has expressed his interest in appearing in Doctor Who, but said that he doesn't want a one-off part.[source needed]
Several reviews of The Snowmen have pointed out that a refrain [which?] from the theme music for Sherlock is heard when the Doctor visits Simeon while impersonating Holmes.[disputed statement] [source needed]
Doctor Who actors who have played Sherlock Holmes edit
- Tom Baker
- Nicholas Briggs
- John Cleese
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- Peter Cushing
- James D'Arcy
- Hugh Fraser
- Richard E. Grant
- Roy Hudd
- Peter Jeffrey
- Clive Merrison
- Jonathan Pryce
- Ian Richardson
- Nicholas Rowe
- Alan Wheatley
Cleese, Pryce, Jeremy Brett, Rupert Everett, Matt Frewer, Christopher Lee, Alfred Molina and Peter O'Toole, all of whom have played Sherlock Holmes, were all considered for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the TV movie .
Non-narrative info edit
- According to The Brilliant Book 2012, a book that contains non-narrative based information, in an alternate universe where all history occurred at once, Holmes hosted a reality TV show called Detects Factor. The book also states that the Eleventh Doctor feared that wearing a deerstalker hat may make people confuse him for Sherlock.
- The reference book The Secret Lives of Monsters includes an excerpt from a book called A Study in Green in which Vastra, Jenny and Strax encounter Holmes and Watson. Jenny bought all 200 copies of the book to keep it off the shelves.
- ↑ http://bigfinish.com/ranges/Sherlock-Holmes
- ↑ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1298040/New-Sherlock-Holmes-Benedict-Cumberbatch-turns-Doctor-Who-role.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
- ↑ http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/08/20/sherlock-star-benedict-cumberbatch-wouldn-t-fancy-being-doctor-who-115875-22500295/
- ↑ http://www.shannonsullivan.com/drwho/serials/tvm.html