‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ spoilers: Steven Moffat talks ‘ghost story’ feel

Sherlock season 3While most of the internet (at least in the United Kingdom at the moment) is abuzz with news on Christmas Specials, we’re flashing forward for a moment to an upcoming (and much-anticipated New Year’s Day TV event: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.” This will be featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman once more, and also will be taking you all the way back to the Victorian Era, a time when things were very different from the clothing to the tools our sleuths will use to resolve murders.

Thanks to all of this, it’s pretty clear that there are a wide array of very different stories that you can choose to tell. On this occasion, Steven Moffat clearly seems to think that the period yields for a little bit of the supernatural … or at least what people perceive to be the supernatural. We cannot actually imagine the show venturing into “Doctor Who” territory.

In describing a little bit of what we can expect to see to the Asbury Park Press for their Fan Theory Podcast, Moffat explained that the combination of the period and the genre made “The Abominable Bride” the perfect story to tell:

“Ghost stories are better in Victorian times, that’s just a fact. They still make Victorian ghost stories because that’s where they belong. So, we thought, ‘Well, it’s got to be a ghost story, because that is the one thing that somehow the modern day doesn’t really work for.”

If there is one shred of evidence to support the idea that there could be actual ghosts in the episode versus a killer trying to convince people of such matters, it is this: This isn’t canon to any other “Sherlock” series. Thanks to this, why should they care whether or not anything makes sense?

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