Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Sherlock related review roundup
Yes, it may win the award for perhaps the most unwieldy title for an article ever posted by Sherlockology, but when it’s in relation to an event as momentous as the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it’s possibly justified.
Below, we look into the televisual events from the past week of celebrations that are directly tied to BBC Sherlock - The Day of the Doctor and The Night of the Doctor, both written by Steven Moffat, and An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss. Since all are post-broadcast, there will be a degree of spoilers contained within, but certainly nothing that will derail enjoyment if watching each for the first time.
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.
Now we’ve digested our turkey, it’s time to take stock of the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, once again written by Steven Moffat - and this year featuring a glut of knowing references to the World’s Greatest Detective…
Please note that while this review contains no explicit plot spoilers, there is discussion of characterisation and thematic material.
DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7.0 - THE SHERLOCK RELATED REVIEW
Doctor Who has always fallen under our gaze due to the crossover with the creative crew of Sherlock, but we’ve never actually sat down and reviewed any part of the series. We thought we’d put this right from now on, and simultaneously do something a little different, by focusing on the episodes in each series of Doctor Who that have a direct link to Sherlock. To that end, what follows isn’t an all encompassing review of the first five episodes of Series Seven, but a close look at the two Steven Moffat scripted instalments - The Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan - as well as Dinosaurs on a Spaceship featuring Rupert Graves. Please note though we’ll be discussing spoilers in detail.
Well I thought my audition for Watson was very good. But clearly not good enough! Basically they looked at it and went, “He’s not Watson. It’d be like having two Sherlocks in the room.” But Martin Freeman was born to play that part. And rightly so, thank the stars. I wasn’t destined for Watson - but I met Steven Moffat, who said: “He’d be quite a good Doctor Who…”
The first episode of Doctor Who Series 7, The Asylum of the Daleks, is written by Steven Moffat and screens this Saturday - September 1 2012 - in the UK on BBC One at 19:20BST and in the USA on BBC America at 21:00EST/20:00CT.
The Doctor and the Ponds land in San Diego. BBC America’s Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill join award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades) for a Comic-Con panel and Q&A. As fans eagerly await the new season’s premiere, BBC America is making sure Steven Moffat brings new footage to reveal on the big screens in Hall H. Ahead of the new season, BBC America will premiere new Doctor Who specials-The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who-as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4 at 9pm/8c. For those new to Who, the previous two seasons from Steven Moffat are available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. Hall H