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Sherlock: Gatiss on Series 3 Villains

sherlock-series-3-empty-houseSherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss appears to have ruled out an appearance from any more classic villains in Sherlock Series 3.

Fans have been speculating that Colonel Sebastian Moran or Charles Augustus Milverton may be next in line to cause trouble.

However Gatiss told the Radio Times that he is keen to create new villains.

He said: “Doyle got it right first time, he invented the supervillain. All great heroes have their Moriarty and after that you have to be very clever about trying to come up with someone who’s the equivalent otherwise they just look like a watered down version, so it’s about telling different kinds of stories.”

Gatiss also explained that the opening story, based on Doyle’s The Empty House, will not see Sherlock disguised like he was in the novel before revealing himself to Watson.

“We made a decision right from the get-go that he would not do disguise in the traditional sense,” said Gatiss. “He actually has a line in [series one finale] the Great Game which is ‘The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight’ and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn’t know he was there. Ben [Cumberbatch] has put on various costumes but it’s more about being invisible.”

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  • ThePowerofTheDoctor

    I think that, from what we’ve seen, that Moffat is going to go down the same road that he did with The Doctor for Sherlock. John even said in The Reichenbach Fall that Sherlock was getting too big, and that he wasn’t a ‘private detective’ anymore. If everyone was to think that he was dead, then he would be able to go about his work. Perhaps giving anonymous tip offs to the police (Gang locations, planned bank raids, etc)

  • TARDISkey123

    Hmmm… interesting. I must say, I’m not overly disappointed because I’m interested in seeing a new creation. But I am slightly sad at the fact they don’t want to do any classic villains.
    But on another note, I really like the way they’re going about Sherlock “hiding in plain sight” it seems perfect, especially for Benedict’s potrayal. Hurry up S03!!!

  • The Eleventh Hour

    It somehow feels like Moffat is borrowing ideas from his other shows:

    1. The Doctor ‘died’ but lived
    2. Both decided to hide away after getting too famous
    3. Both seem to have people who don’t trust them.

    Not complaining, just pointing out.

    • Kahler_Jex

      The Doctor and Sherlock are quite similar, so it’s not really surprising, but there are plenty of freash ideas from Moffat in both shows.

  • Kahler_Jex

    This sounds great! I am really looking forward to Sherlock Series Three!

  • Emma Rose

    No Moran? Well, I’m a little disappointed by that, I’ve been looking forward to Moran being adapted this way since I first read The Empty House.

  • ThePowerofSherlock

    On the subject of Sherlock, it’s 1st March. Filming begins very soon on Series 3 :-D


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