Sherlock writer reveals series 3 detail

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2012
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

'Sherlock' writer Mark Gatiss says Dr. John Watson will be furious when the titular detective reveals he faked his own death

'Sherlock' writer Mark Gatiss says Dr. John Watson will be furious when his friend returns from the dead.

The opening episode of series three will be based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original story 'The Adventure of the Empty House' but the writer admits they have made some changes to scenes where the titular detective

- played by Benedict Cumberbatch - reveals to his pal (Martin Freeman) that his death was faked.

Mark said: "There's certain things about 'The Adventure of the Empty House' which feel set in stone because that's how Sherlock comes back, but at the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it.

"I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson's only reaction was to faint, for instance - as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words."

Mark also admitted he and co-creator Steven Moffat are happy to mix around aspects of the different original 'Sherlock Holmes' stories to create each series.

He said: "Everybody has their favourites, Steven and I have our all-time favourites, but it's really a question of what will fit into the structure. We're sort of guided by our idea for the overall feel of the next three stories."

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