Fans have been pining for a Sherlock/Doctor Who spin-off for years, but creator Steven Moffat will inevitably get the last word.
When recently asked about a potential crossover at a fan Q&A, he revealed that he wanted it to happen, but he doubted it would ever come to fruition:
Go speak to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, OK? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.
Bummer. But then again, maybe it's for the best; co-creator Mark Gatiss certainly thinks so:
You know in some ways, I think Mark [Gatiss] has got a point when he says that however good you imagine [the crossover], it would be almost better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met. They’d just both go off in opposite corners and sulk that there was someone cleverer than them.
Peter Capaldi's first outing as Doctor Who begins with "Deep Breath", which premieres on August 23rd.
Capaldi was a surprising choice for many, having been most recently known for appearing as sweary Scot Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It.
But Moffat said at the episode's industry premiere that the choice was simple:
I sort of realised we couldn’t just go for another Matt Smith type. We couldn’t go for another quirky young man with interesting hair, people would start to notice that’s what we were doing and start styling their hair in improbable ways in the hope of being cast.
We shall see how he fares. In the mean time, catch the series trailer below: