‘Doctor Who’ Meets ‘Sherlock’ in Amazing Fan Mashup

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm,

Matt Smith’s reign as The Doctor is coming to an end soon, with the actor’s final appearance coming on this year’s Christmas episode of Doctor Who. And based on the trailer for the special, it looks like he’s going to have a rousing sendoff. But before we give Smith a teary-eyed sendoff, the Internet has given us one amazing early Christmas present.

Talk to any fan of Doctor Who and there’s a 95% likelihood they’ll also be a fan of Sherlock. After all, both shows are incredibly fun, distinctly British, and led by the supremely talented Steven Moffat. Given the shows’ similarities, many fans have been clamoring for some kind of Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover for years. Now, thanks to the incredible work of a mysterious YouTuber named “John Smith,” we have it.

Using the magic of After Effects, John Smith created an incredible five minute mashup of the two shows in which Sherlock actually steps aboard the Tardis and talks to The Doctor (all while Watson watches wistfully from the window). Unlike many mashups, which simply crop scenes together, John Smith used his VFX knowledge to make the scenes perfectly integrated. To learn more about how he accomplished this (SPOILER ALERT: it involved a lot of rotoscoping), check out the video below.

I can only imagine the amount of fan fiction that this video will inspire (some of which will no doubt be…mature). But isn’t that what the Internet is for? A crossover like this would never happen in the real world, but thanks to YouTube, we can all imagine what it would be like for the world’s greatest detective to travel through time and space with The Doctor.

Doctor Who vs Sherlock Holmes Doctor Who Meets Sherlock in Amazing Fan Mashup

Why not both?

As mentioned at the top of the post, Matt Smith will make his last appearance in Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special on December 25th. If you’re one of the 5% of Sherlock fans that hasn’t watched Doctor Who but are intrigued by this mashup, check out our Doctor Who viewing guide to get started.

In the meantime, tell us what you think of this mashup in the comments.


The Doctor Who Christmas Special premieres December 25th, 2013 @9pm. Sherlock season 3 premieres in the UK on January 1st, 2014 and in the U.S. on January 19th @10pm.

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  1. Very excellently done. Bravo. The only thing that I found really, really disturbing was a series of moments in about the 3rd minute where Sherlock was on the right side of the screen and The Doctor’s eyes were facing to the left.

    Other than that, hellacool.

  2. Ive never liked dr who but i love sherlock. It was a very well done mashup.

    • On this, we agree Trey. The mashup made one believe, if only for a couple minutes, that these two worlds could coexist…although I would never want to see it happen, as it would take Sherlock into the realm of pure fantasy.

  3. I might have had to watch it twice because I was squealing too much the first time to really catch everything being said.

  4. This was really cool, even with the weird looking mouth movements of the Doctor in some parts. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a nod to each show in some episodes. A police box on the corner as Sherlock walks by or 221B Baker Street in the background of an episode of Dr. Who.

  5. I saw this a couple days ago. This guy did a really good job. He also did a fan trailer for the 50th that had a LOT of websites believing it was real and posting it as news and thinking it was official.

    Cant wait to see this guys next video.

  6. I’m neither a Doctor Who or Sherlock fan, but man was that Mash-Up exciting. I’m sure all the fans of each show really got a kick out of it.

  7. Is that how Sherlock survived?! He landed in the TARDIS

  8. “A crossover like this would never happen in the real world,”

    Oh it could and it WILL some day! The mere existence of Sherlock is indeed an inbuilt fantasy mystery. Why is Sherlock, though invented by a 19th century novelist, present in the early 21st century? It’s a riddle, a paradox of Whovian qualities: the impossible man! This could stretch over an entire series of DH.

    Some people say it would “reduce” Sherlock to a mere fantasy…Ha ha…it would elevate Sherlock to the next level of fiction! It is already nothing but a fantasy, to date a rather grounded one but that is the only thing I dislike about the show… Reality is highly overrated these days…

  9. Simply put it – Glorious. John Smith did a hell of a job with this video. Massive fan of Matt Smith “The Doctor” and have yet to watch Sherlock .

  10. Answering the Sherlock blogger or Doctor companion questions- i’d travel with the Dr, come back in time to the present day, and take the blogging job.

  11. Peter Capaldi is not the Doctor, he’s his brother, Irving Braxiatel, who takes on the persona of the Doctor when the Doctor(Matt Smith) dies.

  12. This inspires awe!

  13. come on guys this is amazingly done for five years this wouldnt be real im not a dr who fan but i whish i could make a vid like this

    • Don’t be a twat. This wonderful man worked hard and it shows. The only hard work we’ve seen from you is wiggling your fingers over a keyboard. Not exactly spectacular nor very impressive, if I do say so.

  14. Way cool!

  15. hmm, Who do I chose?…yes, Who I do choose.