Sherlock – The Hounds of Baskerville

Yes, I know the last few days’ reports have been conspicuous by their absence, and I’ll catch up on then soonish. But before that[1], a quick mention for tonight’s Sherlock.

Even people who aren’t proper Sherlock Holmes fans[2] will probably have at least a vague awareness of The Hound of the Baskervilles, possibly the best known, and almost certainly the most filmed of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. So what would our 21st century Holmes make of it?

Quite a lot, as it happens, in an episode written by the excellent Mark Gatiss, who’s got more than a little familiarity with horror stories, and is therefore the best man to deal with a modern take on a story dealing with dark forces at work on Dartmoor. Add in everyone’s favourite werewolf, Russell Tovey[3] doing his best scared and confused routine, and you’ve got a superb variation on the original story. Enough points of similarity (character names, for a start), and more than enough variation to keep things interesting.

My only problem is that there’s only one more episode to come in this run. I think we’re going to have to clone Steven Moffatt, as it’s the only way we’ll be able to get an adequate supply of both Sherlock and Doctor Who.

[1] Or after that, if you’re reading this later and they’re already there in their proper chronological sequence
[2] Strange people, whoever they might be
[3] Quite seriously the best thing in the quite superb Being Human. And he’s been in Doctor Who.