The long awaited season four of BBC’s Sherlock has finally gone into production. Considering how difficult it is to get the series stars’ schedules to work (as both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both in pretty high demand), many have asked how much longer Sherlock will continue. Some have even speculated that this fourth season might be the last one.
Well, that speculation may have something to it. Series co-creator Steven Moffat said to Collider:
Sherlock series four – here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street, and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and terror and tragedy are looming. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning and it’s about to reach its climax
I guess the the key word a lot of people are focusing on here is “climax.” Many have taken this as an implication that Sherlock may complete its overall story arc and be close to an end. Considering how hard its been to make each subsequent season of the show, it makes sense to bring Sherlock to an end.
No word yet on when the season will air, but it’s currently expected to premiere in the fall in the UK. Likely the American debut will follow as usual in January on PBS.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Trae and Nick are going it on their own (as Pher is unfortunately ill). We mourn the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, contemplate Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, consider Star Wars Episode VIII’s move to December 2017, skeptically consider Michael Bay’s future with the Transformers franchise, wonder where all the money is from TCE2, and talk about Yourminicon cancelling half of their conventions.
Whether you love him or hate him, pretty much every Doctor Who fan has a strong opinion on showrunner Steven Moffat. Well, it won’t matter what you think about him much longer — because he’s quitting.
Chris Chibnall will replace Moffat as show runner after the next full series of Doctor Who is completed. This comes as exciting news for those who don’t like Moffat, but shouldn’t be unexpected for his fans (as he’s been with the series for quite some time). The bad news is that “final Moffat” series won’t air until 2017. The only Doctor Who we’ll get this year is a Christmas special, and that’s… just kind of depressing. Chibnall won’t take over the series until 2018.
It is kind of depressing to know that we’ll have to go a full year without any Doctor Who to watch.
I’m excited for Chibnall’s turn in the showrunner seat though, as Broadchurch is a phenomenal series. Chibnall is also no stranger to Doctor Who, having written for both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. He also wrote some of the best episodes of Torchwood including “Countrycide” (although he wrote “Cyberwoman” too, which was pretty terrible).
The future looks pretty great for Doctor Who. Or maybe the past. Or something.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the upcoming Sherlock Christmas episode will be set in Victorian London.
Sherlock, of course, is the much lauded modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. So this special is sort of a Victorian adaptation of the modern adaptation of a Victorian character… or not, depending on how you think about it.
According to Steven Moffat, the special (which returns the show to its original time period) will be a one off, set in its own continuity – so don’t worry about any attempts to justify it with a dream sequence… just sit back and enjoy Martin Freeman with a ridiculous mustache.
Okay, so I’m 99% sure this entire thing is complete and utter BS, but a rumor currently floating around currently is trying to link Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat to a future installation of Star Wars.
Any clue if it would be Episode IX or a standalone piece? No information. Is he writing it? No one knows. Is he directing it? No clue. Is he making a ham sandwich on set? No idea!
But isn’t it exciting? Sort of? In a “watch the fan rage explode across the internet” kind of way? I mean, I can find no solid sources on this at all, and I think the site I got it from is pulling some sort of click bait stunt… but imagine the possibilities.
Possibilities of terribleness.
But hey, at least Star Wars was already terrible when it comes to women characters, so Moffat would fit right in.
Update: Sadly, Steven Moffat’s wife had to spoil my fun by denying the rumor –
Just in case you've seen rumours that #stevenmoffat is doing Star Wars – that's news to him!
We have mixed feelings about Steven Moffat around here at Nerd & Tie. I’m probably his biggest fan out of the three of us, and I think he can be an arrogant, sexist toolbag whose storylines too often focus exclusively on the nature of the Doctor and nothing else a lot of the time. He’s written good episodes, he’s done bad ones – but hey, we’re Who fans.
Anyway, Moffat seems to delight in causing occasional chaos amongst the fans, and his recent behavior is no different. In an issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat asked a simple question: When exactly was the Doctor first explicitly stated to be not-human in canon?