Steven Moffat also teases the Victorian special

By Noelene Clark
July 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Don’t blame Steven Moffat if we never get a SherlockDoctor Who crossover episode.

“I work with boring people on both shows,” joked Moffat, who co-created Sherlock and serves as lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who. “I’d do it, ’cause it’d be funny. It’d just be a laugh. But the rest of them, frankly, the grownups — ‘No, you can have too much sugar.'”

Moffat was joined by series producer Sue Vertue and actor Rupert Graves in the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con on Thursday. The trio teased the upcoming Victorian special — mind you, it’s not a Christmas special, according to Moffat — in which Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and his best friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) visit their Sir Arthur Conan Doyle roots.

There’s not much explanation for the episode’s change in setting (Sherlock‘s protagonists solve mysteries in contemporary London), though Moffat says he and co-creator Mark Gatiss toyed around with the idea of a dream sequence or a Victorian-themed house party. But ultimately, they decided, “to hell with that,” Moffat said. “We never bother to explain why Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in the modern world in the normal series; why should we bother explaining now that we’re back in Victorian times?”

The alternate setting served to highlight the ways in which the series has diverged from the classic stories, specifically for the show’s female characters.

“In the original stories, none of the women really speak. They just don’t talk unless it’s specifically germane to the plot,” Moffat said. “So it was a challenge for us in terms of what we’re going to do with our female characters now that we’re back in Victorian times … which sort of became quite central to how we handled it.”

Watch the rest of the interview in video above.

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