Some of you may have remembered a while back that a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in their Victorian-Sherlock characters appeared on the internet when announcing the schedule for the new series of Sherlock. Well, it seems that the image of their Victorian counterparts is the setting for the special.
Steven Moffat confirmed that the upcoming holiday special, which is just about to complete filming, is going to be set in Victorian London.
“The special is its own thing,” Moffat told EW at SXSW. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. [Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”
There is still no official air date for the special, but it has been reported that it will air in December. We can imagine that it will debut sometime around Christmas and fans in the United States will be able to see it on PBS Masterpiece. Although, those of you “resourceful” enough will be able to see it just after it airs in the UK.