Stephen Moffat: ‘There has always been an element of Sherlock in Doctor Who’
Stephen, along with Mark Gattis of ‘The League Of Gentlemen’, is responsible for the new modern adaptation of the Sherlock Homes novels which will hit our screens tomorrow night. The 48 year old writer says it wasn’t hard to write for the new show, because there are many similarities between Holmes and Who, however he doesn’t want us to think that this will be a complete Doctor rehash. He adds that there are big differences between the pair also.
Moffat told The Sun:
“I have always thought there is an element of Sherlock in the Doctor.
“Thinking about the characters, they are visibly similar but are actually quite different.
“Sherlock Holmes is running away from emotional, connection, frippery – which are the things the Doctor runs towards.
“If they met it would be a meeting of two giant brains but they wouldn’t agree on anything.
“Sherlock Holmes never falls in love, Dr Who falls in love all the time – with planets and with skies.”
Stephen concluded: “I think of the Doctor as an angel that aspires to be human, whereas Sherlock Holmes is a human being who aspires to be a god.”
Sherlock airs tomorrow (Sunday) night on BBC One at 9pm.