[WARNING: This post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for the 2015 Sherlock special.]
It may be frustrating for Sherlock fans to have to wait two years between new episodes of the incredibly popular BBC show - thanks to the success of its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) - but there's something about waiting so long that kicks the anticipation up a notch or two. New Sherlock episodes have becomes something of an event experience, not unlike new installments of a major movie franchise - your Star Wars or your Harry Potters or your Lord of the Rings, for example.
Filming is currently taking place for the next Sherlock episode - believed to be a Christmas special airing at the end of 2015 - and it features Cumberbatch and Freeman looking much the same as they did in the previously released official image (above). As you can see, Sherlock and Watson are wearing Victorian attire that harkens back to the Sherlock Holmes adaptations of yore - the Basil Rathbone movies, the Peter Cushing movie, the Jeremy Brett TV series, among others.While most people assumed that there was some perfectly reasonable explanation for why a modern Holmes and Watson are wearing decidedly old-fashioned outfits, that might not be the case. Newly revealed images from the set of the Sherlock special seem to indicate that something strange is afoot for the supposed Christmas special.
As you can see, Sherlock and Watson aren't the only people - or things - dressed in Victorian attire for the special. Everybody in the set images is wearing old-fashioned costumes, and the London backdrop itself looks like it's going to be set in the 19th century. Now, it's possible that our heroes are merely attending some kind of Victorian-styled event (like a LARPing for fans of Jack the Ripper), but the horses, the carriages, and the massive amounts of green screen being used all point to something else.
So what, pray tell, is that something else?
Since it's doubtful Sherlock and Watson have discovered time travel (unless this is a secret crossover with Sherlock creator Steven Moffat's Doctor Who), it's possible we're looking at a one-off shift in continuity from the modern-day Sherlock world we're familiar with to the 1800s-set world of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Maybe Watson will hit his head and have a crazy dream; maybe Moriarty will capture Sherlock and hypnotize him into believing he's living in the past; or maybe there will be no impetus for the shift and it'll just a be fun standalone experience.
Of course, since series co-creator Mark Gatiss already indicated that the special would "completely" solve the mystery of Moriarty's appearance at the end of season 3, it seems unlikely that it'll be completely divorced from Sherlock continuity.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you have any theories for why Sherlock and Watson are all gussied up, Victorian-style? Are you looking forward to the upcoming special episode? Drop us a line in the comments.
The Sherlock special episode - probably a Christmas special - will debut near the end of 2015.
Source: Coming Soon