With news of Steven Moffat’s 2011 Christmas present to Doctor Who fans worldwide lighting up the internet the last several days comes Mark Gatiss’ look ahead to Christmas 2012 and his desire to spread joy around the world with a Sherlock Christmas special. Gatiss recently told the Radio Times: “I love the story, The Blue Carbuncle. I’d love to use it as the basis for a Sherlock Christmas special!”
Those following the progress of Sherlock 2, which recently completed filming and is now in the editing phase, you know how series co-creators Moffat and Gatiss will be bringing us, in generic terms, The Woman, The Hound and The Fall in 2012. The Fall is based on “The Final Problem”. However, maybe it would have been more aptly named, The Not-So-Final Problem. Back in the day, the mysterious ending of The Final Problem allowed Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to resurrect Holmes following the public outcry at his demise. Seems to me, this plays perfectly into the mind of Mark Gatiss and the potential possibility of a Sherlock Christmas in 2012.
For the ‘traditional’ Sherlock Holmes fan, this little gem comes via @steven_moffat and features a 1945 edition of the radio series, Request Performance centers around a listener who sent in a letter asking what it would be like if Sherlock and Dr. Watson switched roles. Enter Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce for some radio gold.