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Exclusive - while stocks last, pre-publication copies for the UK and Europe from Sherlockology. Yes, their new online shop is live as of yesterday and to celebrate we’ve given them a stack of copies exclusively ahead of publication. You’ll also be helping keep the amazing Sherlockology site going and growing as the world’s #1 independent BBC Sherlock site….
We’re excited to bring you the next stage in the Sherlockology experience - our own online store, featuring premium quality products inspired by the BBC Series, as well as a one-stop place to find the Holmes related books of MX Publishing.
The primary aim of Sherlockabilia is not simply selling merchandise however, and we’re going to be brutally honest here.
Sherlockology is a website funded fully from our own pockets, and recently costs have started to mount up. Though we have been relying on kind donations and advertising revenue, costs for maintaining the website continue to rise. So we have decided to open Sherlockabilia, stocked with a growing range of exclusive and varied products, to help fund our server costs, and expenses for the travel we undertake to bring you content on the website like features and reviews. Sherlockology is a website that remains not for profit, and the funds raised from any sales on Sherlockabilia are not going into our wallets. We love running the site and everything that it entails, and wish to keep doing so.
Sherlockabilia is very much a work in progress, and we aim to continue to expand the range we offer in the future.
So take a look around, and do let us know if there’s anything YOU would like us to produce for sale on the store. We hope you like some of the Holmes inspired merchandise we have come up with so far.
We’re particularly fond of a certain blue Scarf, and black umbrella for example….
Visit the store at www.sherlockabilia.com. Most items, with exceptions, ship worldwide. If they require special shipping requirements, the product listing will have further information.
Doctor Who Series S7B – The Sherlock Related Review
As we promised at the end of September 2012, we’re back in Time Lord mode with the second half of our Sherlock related review of Doctor Who Series 7, examining the episodes that crossover with our favourite detective through their writers and directors (and on occasion, cast members). The latter section of the seventh series features work from the three writers of Sherlock, with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss handling two episodes apiece and Steve Thompson scripting a single instalment. As before, this isn’t an all encompassing review of the entire series, just these five episodes – The Bells of Saint John, Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor. Please note though we’ll be discussing some spoilers in detail throughout as we examine how these episodes function individually and as contributions to the final episode.
Heard the story of Simon Pegg and Chris Pine fooling Benedict Cumberbatch into wearing protective ‘neutron cream’ on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness, only to later tell him it wasn’t really needed, and wasn’t even real?
UPDATED: Star Trek Into Darkness: Spoiler Free and Spoiler Reviews now online
EDIT: The Spoiler-free review is now updated with our impressions of the IMAX 3D and standard 2D presentations of the film, ahead of the US opening of the film.
Star Trek Into Darkness begins rolling out in cinemas worldwide from today.
The film features Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain John Harrison, in a complex and multi layered performance. Sherlockology has just published two detailed reviews of the film - one completely plot spoiler free, the other going into a far greater analysis of Benedict’s performance and the part his character plays in the thematic weight of the story.
From our spoiler free review:
Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance completely dominates the film. Bringing both predatory intellectualism and imposing physicality, he effectively steals every scene he features in and forces the other members of the cast he interacts with to raise their game in kind. It sounds churlish to point this out of course as this is a distinct character, but at times the edge of his Sherlock Holmes shines through in some relentless explanatory dialogue - but then he surprises you by exploding into ferociously violent action of the kind we have never seen him play before. Cumberbatch gives us a far superior villain than Eric Bana’s Nero in the previous film, one that is manipulative and dangerous, and certainly not above attempting to engender our sympathy to his cause - Harrison has without doubt been wronged by those he seeks revenge against, but despite the presence of a single, long tear when his motivation is revealed, the thought of siding with an avowed terrorist remains an uneasy concept. But of course, Star Trek is all about uneasy concepts, and the holding of a mirror to our preconceptions is its greatest strength.
You can read the full review on our website. The spoiler free review contains the link to the spoiler review at the conclusion, giving you the choice of reading on if you so wish!
A nice new article has just gone live on the Wall Street Journal, with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his performance as Smaug in the upcoming second film in The Hobbit trilogy.
Mention Smaug, the classic storybook dragon of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” and a ray of delight flickers across Benedict Cumberbatch’s pale eyes.
Smaug, “a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm” of Tolkien lore, is for many children their first encounter with fire-breathing, scaly dragons. “First one for me,” Cumberbatch is quick to add. “My dad read the book to me and it was a bedtime treat if I had done well. If I had been a good boy, I’d get two chapters as opposed to maybe one or none if I had been really bad.”