What does Benedict Cumberbatch have to say about his fans? What does the future hold for his version of Holmes? And what does this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover star think about Elementary? All of these questions were addressed by the star during today’s Sherlock panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Speaking about the adulation he receives from fans, Cumberbatch claimed that much of it was due to the legendary nature of his character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes. “I think a lot of it comes with who he is, obviously” said the actor. “He’s a very iconic figure.” Cumberbatch also expressed his gratitude that so many people are “committed to something I really love doing and a character that I like playing and other characters as well. It means a lot to me. It means a hell of a lot to me.”

The actor talked enthusiastically, if vaguely, about his future on Sherlock, whose third season premiered on PBS last night. “I’m going to keep going with it,” he said. “I love it. I find it very invigorating.” Sherlock cocreator Steven Moffat insisted that Sherlock would “continue until Benedict gets too famous and he’ll refuse.”

As for CBS’s own Holmes update Elementary, Cumberbatch said he was supportive of star Jonny Lee Miller, with whom appeared three years ago in a Danny Boyle-directed stage adaptation of Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre. “I’ve seen him on one plane, just by happenstance, since we both started on our separate journeys with it,” said the actor. “So we haven’t had a proper sit down about it. But, you know, we adore each other. We’re in contact every now and again, but the last thing we want to do is talk shop. So I see as much of his as I can, and I think he sees all three of ours at a time. And we’re all fans of one another. No matter what bulls— the press has tried to whip up in the past, we’re really good friends.”

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