We’re getting a likely Christmas Special episode of The BBC’s “Sherlock” this year, and both set photos and the first still released last year showcased both Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s John Watson in Victorian period garb more akin to those of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories.
Is it part of a fancy dress party or some flashback? Nope, turns out the entire special will be set in Victorian England and will involve Holmes and Watson investigating a major crime in the 19th century.
So is time travel suddenly involved? Show runner Steven Moffat says no and tells EW straight up that this 90-minute episode is a one-off and standalone thing: “The special is its own thing…we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”
This means no change of course for the show either, with the currently filming fourth series returning to the more regular pattern and likely to air shortly after said special.