Ever since the BBC released its first look at Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in costume as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Christmas special, The Abominable Bride, everyone has been asking themselves the same question. How, exactly, are two characters based on 19th-century novels popularized by a modern adaptation going to travel back in time to Victorian London? Well, as showrunner Steven Moffat has pointed out, neither is actually traveling back in time — it’s all
elementary figurative, really.
Or as Freeman told the Daily Mirror, “It was very nice. It kind of felt like a holiday, like mufti day at school or something.”
“I mean, I suppose I never see our version as the true… our version is in modern dress, you know. So it felt like a nice little detour.
“And as soon as you see Ben in the gear and you see me in the gear, we definitely look like Holmes and Watson, as opposed to Sherlock and John.
“It was good fun, it was really good fun.”
For a small dose of what all that “good fun” was all about, check out the latest Abominable Bride teaser above. Since the Christmas special exists outside of the previous three series’ modern timeline, the special must start from scratch and (re-) introduce Sherlock and Watson to one another. Hence the good army doctor’s stern warning to the ever-annoying detective.
(Via Daily Mirror)