With the busy schedules of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and co-creator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), BBC’s Sherlock has been notorious for making their fans wait for long periods of time, and then airs only three episodes then it goes back into hibernation. Luckily, Sherlock fans have gotten one step closer to seeing their favorite duo on the small screen again with the trailer for an upcoming special.
The new special will be taking Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) back to their Victorian London roots, where the game is afoot. Sherlock fans were treated to a teaser earlier this year of an encounter with Sherlock and Watson’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson. The special will be separate from the current Sherlock series, with Moffat having described to be “in its own little bubble.”
The trailer features Sherlock and Watson in their traditional style along with the spooky, Victorian atmosphere. However, the most notably difference between the modern Sherlock and the special is Martin Freeman’s glorious mustache that would only be appropriate in this era. The tone of the trailer focuses more on the mystery and intrigue as Sherlock explores the ghosts of his past.
This Sherlock episode was originally expected to be a "Christmas special," much like those for the other hit show currently run by Moffat (re: Doctor Who). However, the special is clearly less conventional than that, with a firm premiere date having not yet been confirmed. The show's co-creators have also failed to mention if the story will be based on a particular Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock tale, or if the fan-favorite villain Moriarty (Andrew Scott) will pop in his 'Victorian form.'
However, the trailer does include some pointy hats, which is most closely associated with the KKK. While the idea might seem outlandish, the detective has faced the Klan before, in Doyle's “The Five Orange Pips”. The show has already referenced that Doyle short story in “The Great Game” episode of Sherlock season 1, but Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss could be circling around to tell the story in full Victorian fashion.
Until then, Sherlock fans will have to let the trailer be sufficient for now until the special premieres - but if Sherlock fans are good at anything, it’s waiting.
The Sherlock special is coming soon to BBC and PBS. Sherlock season 4 will premiere in 2016.