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Is it finally going to happen? Are the great detective and the last of the Time Lords going to meet at last, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of legions of fans? Are we going to get to see a Wholock episode or not, damn you?!
Well… we don’t know, to be honest. Time for a big old Kasterborous speculation alert!
In case you haven’t the foggiest what the blazes we’re on about, the Internet has basically caught fire these past few days due to a couple of mysterious photos posted on Facebook of Benedict Cumberbatch filming ‘something special’ for BBC One and BBC Two.
Yes, that’s about it in the way of detail. But let’s face it, it doesn’t take much to prompt a tidal wave of hopeful conjecture that showrunner Steven Moffat has finally decided to ram his two big drama series into one another like a kid playing with his new cars on Christmas morning.
So what more do we know or can we at least surmise from this tantalising snippet? Firstly, the snaps appeared on the BBC1 Facebook page so we can be confident that, whatever Cumberbatch has been filming, it’s official. The photos themselves don’t tell us much but his hair looks to be a good deal shorter than the flowing locks he has in Sherlock – perhaps an indication that whatever the project is, it doesn’t involve Holmes.
In truth there’s no evidence whatsoever that Doctor Who has anything to do with whatever has been filmed. It seems that a good deal of wishful thinking and the fact that Doctor Who has recently been included in the line-up for this year’s Children in Need, to be screened on BBC1 on November 14th, has been enough for people to jump to the conclusion that the Doctor will be paying a visit to Baker Street.
The possibility of a Doctor Who-Sherlock crossover has, of course, long been a rich seam of material for fan fiction writers and Youtube clip creators, and it’s entirely possible to spend a very entertaining afternoon looking up the results of their labours. Steven Moffat has mischievously gone on record to blame the show’s ‘killjoy’ stars and his fellow creative colleagues for the lack of official crossover action, whilst also conceding that such an episode would be ‘better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met’.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson has taken a leaf out of John Nathan-Turner’s handbook by urging viewers to ‘stay tuned’ for an announcement as to what exactly is going on here. One hopes he’s considered that it’s always a danger with getting people’s hopes up that you’ll only ending up letting them down - if this ‘something special’ turns out merely to be some kind of new channel ident clip or a trailer singing the praises of the BBC’s drama output it will surely come as a disappointment to Cumberbatch’s many fans (who are many in number and always heavily armed…).
All will no doubt be revealed soon, but what do you think? Crossover episode? Charity special? Couldn’t care less about Cumberbatch? Let us know!
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