SHERLOCK: Co-creator Steven Moffat discusses Victorian-era Sherlock for new special – Interview

Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes in SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE | ©2015 PBS/Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC One and MASTERPIECE

Among the most successful collaborations between the United States’ PBS and England’s BBC is the series SHERLOCK, which airs in the U.S. as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre. Adapted by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and stories, SHERLOCK takes the famed detective Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his loyal sidekick Dr. John Watson, played by Martin Freeman, and presents them as contemporary men in present-day London. Except that the current special, SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE, airing on PBS Friday, January 1, is set in the Victorian era. First at a question-and-answer session set […]Read On »

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SHERLOCK producer Sue Vertue gives the scoop on THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE – Exclusive Interview

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE | ©2015 PBS/Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC One and MASTERPIECE

SHERLOCK, the present-day adaptation by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian-era character, is doing something very different for New Year’s. On Friday, January 1, PBS will present SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes and Martin Freeman’s Watson actually existing and solving a case in the late nineteenth century. It is, as the English are wont to say, a one-off. Sue Vertue, SHERLOCK’s series producer (who is also married to Moffat), has previously produced/executive produced other British series, including THE CUP, SUPERNOVA, CARRIE & BARRY and COUPLING. However, she says there is something […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 9 Premiere – “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is Clara Oswald in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Hettie Macdonald Original Telecast: September 19th & 26th, 2014 Network: BBC America The first season of DOCTOR WHO where a new regeneration of The Doctor is introduced is always a bit of a dicey phase. The Doctor is never really who is he is going to be with his new face, and you kind of have to get around all of the more unstable parts of his personality post regeneration. Having said that I did enjoy Peter Capaldi’s first season as the new 12th Doctor. The writing wasn’t completely […]Read On »

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DOCTOR WHO: Steven Moffat gives the Season 9 scoop and talks Missy and Daleks – Interview

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

The Doctor is in again at BBC America. DOCTOR WHO, which ran on the BBC from 1963 through 1989 and was revived in 2005 by Russell T. Davies, is in the ninth season of its current version on BBC America on Saturdays at 9 PM. This is the second season for Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, a helpful Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through space and time in his TARDIS and regenerates into a new body (played by a new actor) whenever he’s mortally wounded. This is the fifth season for Steven Moffat as DOCTOR […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 Finale Part 2 – “Death in Heaven”

The Cybermen in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Death in Heaven" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat  Director: Rachel Talalay  Original Telecast: November 8, 2014 Network: BBC America Once again I find myself faced with writing a review of DOCTOR WHO and having to drop all kinds of spoilers to do an effective job. I usually shy away from spoilers, but I just have so many questions buzzing around in my head after “Death in Heaven” that I have to bring up things that we game changing, or even just confusing in this season’s finale. Again, let’s just start with Danny Pink (Sam Anderson) is dead. Still dead that […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 Finale Part 1– “Dark Water”

DOCTOR WHO - SERIES 8 - "Dark Water" poster | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Rachel Talay Original Telecast: November 1, 2014 Network: BBC America Ordinarily with my DOCTOR WHO reviews I try to avoid spoilers, but with everything that happens in “Dark Water” I really feel the need to actively discuss the major plot points that are big game changers for everyone’s favorite Timelord. Let’s just start with Danny Pink (Sam Anderson) is dead. That’s where the episode begins and I know it’s supposed to be a huge emotional moment, but Danny just hasn’t had enough going for him to make me care that he […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Frank Skinner as Perkins in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Mummy on the Orient Express" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Jamie Mathieson Director: Paul Wilmshurst Original Telecast: October 11, 2014 Network: BBC America “Mummy on the Orient Express” is yet again an excellent episode of the 12th Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) new tenure on DOCTOR WHO. Following the events of the meltdown at the end of “Kill the Moon” it appears that the time has come for The Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to go their separate ways. So one last trip to somewhere nice is in order. That somewhere nice, and oh yes exotic, happens to be the Orient Express. In space. So it’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Kill the Moon”

Hermione Norris as Lundvik in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Kill the Moon" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Peter Harness Director: Paul Wilmshurst Original Telecast: October 4, 2014 Network: BBC America The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves with student Courtney Woods (Ellis George) on a trip to the moon in this week’s new DOCTOR WHO episode “Kill the Moon.” Once there they are of course drawn into a conundrum with spider-like creatures that effectively kill anything they see and an enormous mystery involving the moon itself, and why it suddenly has gravity and is wreaking havoc on Earth as a result. The Doctor is extremely gruff and detached […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “The Caretaker”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "The Caretaker" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat Director: Paul Murphy  Original Telecast: September 27, 2014 Network: BBC America For having The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) working to capture an alien inside of a school full of children, there is a surprising lack of any kind of casualties on DOCTOR WHO this week.  “The Caretaker” proves that The Doctor can go undercover (sort of) and manage to make it out with all of the kids and teachers intact; unlike last time in Series 2 “School Reunion” where an undisclosed amount of staff and students […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Time Heist”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat & Steve Thompson Director: Douglas Mckinnon    Original Telecast: September 20, 2014 Network: BBC America I’ll admit that I was surprised to see the negative press rolling out of the UK about this latest episode of DOCTOR WHO, before it aired over here. “Time Heist” isn’t the strongest episode of this new series, but it was enjoyable and I’m really not sure where all of the anger is coming from. Basically the setup involves The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) trying to break into the most heavily secured bank in the known […]Read On »

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