With Sherlock and Elementary both hitting it out of the park, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic sleuth is facing a resurgence in popularity. With this in mind, we've rounded up all the most creative gifts ideal for the Sherlock fan in your life. Whether they could use some fancy new cufflinks or some DVDs of their favorite Holmes incarnation, we've got it all. Take a look through our suggestions, and let us know what you'll be getting your detective this holiday season.
The boys of 221B Baker Street aren't back for season three until Jan. 19, 2014, but at least we've got Lilly the cosplaying kitten to hold us over until Sherlock returns. Last year, Lilly impressed us in her My Little Pony get up, but this Halloween, she's out-geeked herself in ear-to-paw Sherlock garb.
According to Lilly's humans, she fell asleep in the middle of the photo shoot. But this pretend socio-cat is no geek costume amateur. You may recognize her as the most purr-fect Ewok of all time.
Not a friend of felines? Get a load of Dog-tor Who, Harry Paw-ter, and other geeky canines!
Sherlocking is the act of pressing one's fingertips together and holding this prayer-like pose against the lips or beneath the chin, preferably while lying down and practicing the art of deducing, scheming, or both. It's like planking, without the ab workout, and it's going viral.
The phenomenon was born out of one fan's request to make Sherlocking happen, and the rest is history. Submit your epic #Sherlocking photos by tweeting us @POPSUGARTech or using the hashtag #CoolCapture on Instagram. We may retweet or feature your pictures on our homepage!
Before trying Sherlocking on your own, click on to discover the origins of this Internet phenomenon and soak up inspiration from Sherlock aficionados like you from around the web.
— Additional reporting by Michele Bird
Could 2013 be the year of the Cumberbatch? Benedict, one of our favorite British geeks, graces the cover of next week's Time magazine international edition. After a Summer blockbuster and the return of Sherlock on its way, it seems that the actor has been a very busy man.
While his popularity grew with his turn as the "sociopathic" detective Sherlock Holmes, we can't help but love him for the spotlight he's shining on the rest of geek pop culture. Take a look at how the actor makes geek so chic.
Try not to scream. The master of Cumberbitches, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, took to Reddit today to answer all of Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Hobbit fandoms' burning questions. This is the Reddit AMA to end all Reddit AMAs. We present some of _BenedictCumberbatch's best moments on The Front Page of the Internet.
Do you, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have cheekbone-polishing parties?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend f*ck fantasy. Get to work on that, Internet."
How he responded to this image:
_BenedictCumberbatch: "Phenomenal. Why does Matt have the hammer? Sure it's the wrong household tool? Shouldn't it be a sonic toothbrush with a screwdriver on the end of it? And what's Simon Pegg doing staring at my abundant locks? And where's his right hand?"
What's the weirdest encounter you've had with a fan?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al. while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. "OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! IT'S F*CKING SHERLOCK HOLMES!"
What was your favorite prank, done by you or to you, on or off set?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "Neutron cream. Come on, people!
PS. Anytime you're in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom (presume there are many nationalities involved in this AMA), tell the waiter that it's that person's birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain."
My wife would sincerely like to know if you are wearing anything under your robe . . .
_BenedictCumberbatch: "You should be asking who's naked under it with me."
There are millions of reasons as to why I watch Sherlock, and your perfect comedic timing is most definitely one of them!
_BenedictCumberbatch: "Thank you. I learned from the master, Martin Freeman."
Is fame different from how you imagined it would be?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "You can't imagine fame. You can only ever see it from an outsider and comment on it with the rueful wisdom of a nonparticipant. When it happens to you, it doesn't matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The important thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I'm being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It's all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an every shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn't necessary have to get that way . . . "
Has your sass increased since working with Martin Freeman, or were you always this sassy?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "Well of course Martin will be furious unless I say I owe it all to him. And believe me, his wrath is more fearsome than any dragons."
Is it hard to keep the secret of how Sherlock survived? Do you ever have the urge to tell someone?
_BenedictCumberbatch: "I cry myself to sleep at night. And then wake up laughing."
QUICK. What's in your pocket right now?
_Benedict Cumberbatch: "My hand."
How are you typing?
_Benedict Cumberbatch: "My left foot."
It's all very good, so do yourself a favor, and read Benedict's Reddit AMA in its entirety.
In case you've been camping out in front of an Apple store for iPhone mania, feast your eyes on some Baker Street behind-the-scenes snaps that you may have missed. BBC One released four new photos from the Sherlock set, leaving us hungry for more clues leading up to the season-three premiere in January 2014.
Sherlock himself, the very busy Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson, can be seen giggling over scripts, discussing lines with series writer (and costar) Mark Gatiss, and standing in the rain. The pictures don't offer much insight into what's in store for the next season, but hey — we won't turn down an opportunity to look at the boys of Baker Street.
We got a sneak preview of season three from a teaser released in early August. The first- and second-episode titles have been revealed to be "The Empty Hearse" and "The Sign of Three," respectively. During a season-two rerun marathon on BBC, letters appeared in the corner of the screen spelling out the title of the third episode, "His Last Vow."
After attending this year's Comic-Con panel featuring writer and Mycroft actor Mark Gatiss, creator Steven Moffat, and producer Sue Vertue, we can't wait for the upcoming season to air. PBS Masterpiece — bless their souls — made the entire panel available online in 720p HD, which you can watch for yourselves below.
He's alive! OK, not exactly a spoiler that our brave detective survived the great Reichenbach Fall, but the new official teaser trailer for Sherlock season three, which began filming this Spring, has certainly piqued our curious minds. Press play to see all the clues the show has given us so far.
Last week, BBC One confirmed that Lars Mikkelsen will play villain Charles Augustus Magnussen in the upcoming season. Today's teaser reveals that Watson has grown a mustache, and appears to be on some sort of dinner date (but with whom is still a mystery). Sherlock is looking as in good health as ever. In fact, cocreator Mark Gatiss confirmed that Benedict "still looks very trim and gets more handsome with every year" at Sherlock's Comic-Con 2013 panel.
The third season of Sherlock will air this Fall on BBC One and, for US residents, in 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.
In the midst of filming season three, the masterminds behind Sherlock — cocreator Steven Moffat, cocreator and actor Mark Gatiss (aka Mycroft), and producer Sue Vertue — took the show to Comic-Con fans for the first time. But the panel had a few noticable people missing: stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Why, you ask? Because, as Steven jokingly riffed on the pair's famous TV and movie roles, respectively, "one is a high-functioning sociopath, and the other is a hobbit."
Video messages from the actors (screenshot above and clip below!) were shown in their absence — Martin in Bilbo Baggins attire and Benedict dropping some major spoilers about how Sherlock survives "The Reichenbach Fall" cliffhanger via stuffed monkeys (OK, there may have been some "technical difficulties" on that spoiler bit).
Reflecting on season two's epic ending, which the producers said had their phones going crazy after it aired, they also dropped hints on what's to come in season three. Here are the highlights from a Thursday panel that saw fans waiting in line since Wednesday.
- We saw a hilarious — seriously, Benedict and Martin are both at their deadpan best! — top-secret clip from season three. Is it spoilers you want? Though we are sworn to secrecy, Sherlock and Watson have a bro moment surrounding the events of episode two, "The Sign of Three," the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale that has the doctor meeting his future wife, Mary.
- Don't expect the third season to begin with a quick, happy-go-lucky "hoorah!" for the return of the detective. Episode one, "The Empty Hearse," is a "long, complicated journey" on the return of Sherlock after he fakes his death. It explores how his death affected friends and family, including Dr. Watson and Mycroft.
- The villian of seasons one and two, Moriarty, is really, most sincerely dead. Though we'll see actor Andrew Scott return in the first episode of season three in flashbacks of the final hospital rooftop scene, the days of Moriarty tormenting Sherlock are through. "He shot himself in the face," said Steven. "They [Sherlock and Moriarty] didn't go up on that roof and fake suicide at each other."
Will Sherlock be back for a fourth season? Find out after the jump.
It's that time of year again . . . San Diego Comic-Con cometh! We're headed to Southern California this week, and we can't wait for all the geekery to begin. But before attending the biggest sci-fi movie and TV event of the year, be sure to make a wish list of all the Comic-Con exclusive offerings — including these BBC America items for fans of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Orphan Black.
Take a peek at the SDCC exclusives and debuts from favorite shows, available at the BBC America Shop Booth (#3629). For a closer look, click on the image!
Clockwise from left
- Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary T-Shirt ($25) featuring every Doctor since William Hartnell.
- Doctor Who: Modern TARDIS T-Shirt ($25) is the winner of the BBC America Shop Fan Poll.
- Tin Tote With First and Eleventh Doctor Action Figures ($55) includes three collectibles: a tin lunchbox featuring iconic imagery from the show, a mini version of the First Doctor, and a mini version of the Eleventh Doctor.
- British Invasion Tote Bag ($8) proudly displays the Union Jack like you've never seen it before.
- Tenth Doctor Tuxedo Vinyl ($10) is based on the Doctor's look from the 2007 Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned."
Offerings for Sherlock and Orphan Black fans after the break!
Season three of Sherlock is up and running! After recently confirming the show will return for a fourth season, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, in Sherlock and Watson gear, respectively, have hit the streets of London to film episodes for the new season.
This week, we also learned the title of season three's second episode: "The Sign of Three," likely based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original story The Sign of Four, the case in which Watson meets his future wife, Mary Morstan. The first episode in the series, "The Empty Hearse," is thought to be a take on Doyle's The Empty House, which details the detective's return from the dead.
Producer Sue Vertue took to the web to beg fans who spot the crew out filming on location not to reveal/tweet/Instagram/Vine/all of the above any plot spoilers or specifics on the production's daily location. No show spoilers in the following gallery from the first week of London filming, other than, yes, that is an iPad Benedict is carrying to set, and we'll speculate the other device is a Kindle of some kind. Proceed to the Sherlock extravaganza!