Those discussions about a “Sherlock” – “Doctor Who” crossover are probably not going to be going away anytime soon … but not because of the fact that the showrunners are encouraging it. As a matter of fact, they are doing the opposite.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in a new interview, “Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss (who has also penned “Doctor Who” episodes) made it clear that “over my dead body,” there would be no crossover. He then went on to explain further:
“I’m not being horrible but I just don’t see the point … First of all, they are entirely different shows. But I think there’d be so much excitement among certain members of the fan community followed by massive disappointment that it wasn’t the version they had in their heads. And, just personally, I’ve never been [a] fan of these kind of mash-ups.”
We do think that for the most part, he does have a point here. While we know that we would love to personally see some sort of elaborate mash-up of the two, especially since Sherlock Holmes’ mind could just be wiped by The Doctor at the end, there’s no real reason to do when there’s already great fanfiction out there. The other issue here is time: You’ve only got Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for a few episodes every couple of years, and do you really want to spend one of them on crossing over with another show that may not be watched by all of the same people? It certainly complicates things.
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