As part of the build up to the new series of Sherlock feature-length adventures, the BBC News website has spoken to Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, who is also behind the re-imagined adventures of Baker Street’s finest.
It’s an interesting read, explaining in part why Moffat and Mark Gatiss (also a Doctor Who writer) decided to develop this particular project. The casting evidently has a lot to do with it, which brings us neatly to Martin Freeman, who was apparently on the Doctor Who shortlist back in 2008, and the star of Sherlock, the ridiculously named Benedict Cumberbatch.
Asked if Cumberbatch would be suitable for the lead role in Doctor Who, Moffat was quick to dispel any rumours.
“There is no vacancy,” said Moffat. “Matt Smith is the Doctor and he’s been an astonishing success and – who knows – maybe he’ll never regenerate again.”
Now wouldn’t that be interesting?