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So what do we know about the new season of Sherlock? We know it’s three episodes long (confirmed by Benners only this week in a chinwag with Andy Murray), we know Holmes is back in Blighty, and we know Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) are expecting a baby. But that’s it. Nothing else. Nada.

Filming is still under wraps in Wales and, despite the efforts of hardcore fans contributing to #setlock (WARNING: spoilers), little more has got out.

So this interview with Toby Jones on his role made us step up and notice. Toby is set to play a villain in season four, but which villain? There are various ones to choose from in four novels and over 56 stories.

“About the only thing I’m allowed to reveal is that I’m indeed a baddie,” Jones said of his character. D’oh. But in an intriguing twist he added: “I think that even, I’d say, I’m really bad.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat has already let slip that Toby’s character is “one of Doyle’s finest villains,” leading to speculate if he may be Jephro Rucastle, the antagonist from short story “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”; or John Clay, a.k.a. Vincent Spaulding, described as the “fourth smartest man in London” in “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”; or snake-charmer Grimesby Roylott from “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.”

The latter seems most likely when you factor in it is Moffat’s favorite story, not to mention Arthur Conan Doyle‘s, but then Mark Gatiss told the audience at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con that “Red-Headed League” would be his preferred story to adapt next.

And then there’s Baron Adelbert Gruner from “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client,” fraudster James Windibank of “A Case of Identity,” or the delightfully named Heinrich von Bork from “His Last Bow.”

Which Doyle baddie do you think it could be?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.