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Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock' (Photo: YouTube)
Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock' (Photo: YouTube)
Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Sherlock’ (Photo: YouTube)

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott may not have been present at the Sherlock‘s San Diego Comic-Con panel—a fact that was explained away in a cheeky video at the outset of the discussion. But fans walked away satisfied with the sneak peek at actual footage from the upcoming Victorian-set Christmas special coming soon to television, and, as we learned in the panel, to select theaters across the country:

Moffat explained that the special was a pure one-off but that the episode is “one of the best they’ve ever done,” which is certainly encouraging. “It’s a game of variations,” he said. “It’s a variation on Sherlock that’s more in keeping with the original [Arthur Conan Doyle stories].”

Staying true to Conan Doyle’s Victorian vision didn’t come without complications, especially given the short shrift the author gave to many of his female characters. “The women in the original Sherlock stories don’t really speak,” said Moffat, “and there’s no Molly Hooper.”

And then there’s taking away Sherlock’s modern bits and bobs: “The first question when we were filming the Victorian special was ‘How can Sherlock get on without his iPhone?'” But Moffat added, “This is the Sherlock that you know, but in the ‘correct’ era.”

As for a fourth season, Moffat revealed that he’s still writing it and that it will “sucker punch you into emotional devastation.”

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.