Steve Moffat is best known for being the current showrunner of BBC’s long-running science-fiction series “Doctor Who” but earlier this year he re-introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes for BBC’s “Sherlock” series.
In the show, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays a modernized adaptation of the infamous detective and already has been pitted against friend and foe alike in some mystery stories that borrowed from the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories.
When it debuted in the United Kingdom earlier this year, “Sherlock” received tremendous critical praise and also was compared to “Doctor Who” in terms of tone, excitement and quality of writing.
It’s not surprising, really, given that Moffat is the showrunner for both. But fans of both series have been wondering, will there ever be a crossover adventure?
As interesting as it may sound, Moffat recently shot down crossover enthusiasts by explaining that Sherlock Holmes simply could not live in a world where time travel is possible.
“I think there are problems of doing that,” he said. “Because then you would say that Sherlock Holmes lives in the same world as The Doctor, and there are Daleks and all sorts of things. If a Sherlock Holmes story depends on time travel being impossible, it’s quite hard [to do it] if he’s a personal friend of The Doctor’s.”
Just how popular is the notion of a crossover? Well, apparently Moffat has been asked non-stop f he has considered such a story.
“I think everyone who’s passing me in the street is suggesting that at the moment,” he said.
The Christmas special for “Doctor Who,” entitled “A Christmas Carol,” airs on Christmas Day. The series will return in spring for its sixth season.
A second season of “Sherlock” is expected in the fall.