Doctor Who maybe the longest running science fiction TV series of all time but Steven Moffat admirers are awaiting the third season of his outstanding 21st century crime TV drama series, Sherlock.
Fans of Steven Moffat, the working mind behind the current British science fiction series of Doctor Who, are certainly looking forward to the start of the BBC’s season seven, 'Asylum of the Daleks' to be broadcast September 1st. For those who just can’t wait, a five-part mini-adventure Pond Life, featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, is available online on Monday, 27th August.
Although the 'Guinness World Records' lists Doctor Who as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, Bafta award winner, Steven Moffat, has another sought after series under his belt, the BBC crime drama, first shown on TV in 2010, Sherlock - a modernised version of Sherlock Holmes.
Created by the writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss with Steve Thompson as part of the writing team, Sherlockis based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. This time Sherlock is a young 'consulting detective' for the London Metropolitan Police Service assisting the overworked and understaffed DI Greg Lestrade played by Rupert Graves.
Until now, only six episodes have been produced, each of them feature-length. Clever, snappy screen writing and sharp editing ensure the 90 minute episodes move swiftly along and allow for better plot and character development. Most of the episodes are based on stories that Conan Doyle wrote, like 'The Final Problem' and 'The Hounds of Baskerville' but are transported into the 21st century.
The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both part of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cast, due for release in December.
Cumberbatch plays the famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, brilliantly as a "high functioning sociopath," by his own description, and cleverly merges an eccentric 19th century character into modern day London.
Martin Freeman, soon to be seen as Bilbo Baggins, plays Sherlock’s foil, ex-military doctor, John Watson, a character who has to offset Sherlock’s need to feed his high functioning intellect and hyperactive brain with intricate puzzles by astutely trying to avoid looking like an idiot.
All six episodes are widely acclaimed huge successes receiving 9-10 million viewers receiving a high rating of 9.2 on IMDb.
Dr Who enthusiasts will watch this series and have to remind themselves that this is not Dr Who they are viewing and wonder whether Benedict will be asked to play the next Doctor at some point.
In the meantime Moffat followers are anticipating not so patiently news of the next episodes of his TV crime series Sherlock.
So, when will Sherlock series three be out? The rumour is – sometime in 2013 because the writing teams are still busy working on Dr. Who.
If you are interested in hearing about the differences between Doctor Who and Sherlock, watch Steven Moffat discussing them below. As one comment says:
One is f***ing brilliant and the other is f***ing brilliant.