Mark Gatiss Talks Crafting “Sherlock”

“Sherlock” co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss has been doing some press recently and participated in a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ session where fan questions about his writing work on “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” were the order of the day. The result saw some interesting answers about both shows.

He revealed that the fifth incarnation of The Doctor, actor Peter Davison, made an uncredited cameo on “Sherlock” as the voice of the Planetarium in the episode ‘The Great Game’. Gatiss hopes to one day adapt the Holmes story “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League,’ but there’s no plans for it next season on “Sherlock”.

That said, all those involved in “Sherlock” hope it will have as much longevity as ‘Who’ as well: “In five year’s time, I’ve got a few things on the boil that may or may not work out, but if I’m still doing Sherlock and Doctor Who in five years, I’ll be very pleased.”

Gatiss says a scene with Martin Freeman in the second series opener is his favorite moment of the series so far: “[My] favourite moment to film was probably the scene with Martin in the cafe at the end of ‘Scandal in Belgravia’. The scene was originally interrupted by the London Riots, but when we came to do it, to finish it off, it was a very touching and affecting scene, I think.”

Gatiss says the secret to writing great episodes of both shows is non-stop work: “My writing process is – I tend to do my best when I’m spending an entire day focused on it. Rather than doing little bits at a time. I find that works best. And sometimes, when I’m in the zone, there’s nothing like it. [I like] complete quiet and no distractions. I write in a room at the top of a house, there’s no telephone or anything, because it’s the only way I can concentrate.”

The full transcript is up at