October 21, 2010

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The Latest Sherlock Hears a ‘Who’ (MIKE HALE, 10/21/10, NY Times)

Anglophilic television fans, however, will sense another character lurking in the bounding physicality and hyperverbal outbursts of this contemporary Holmes. Mr. Cumberbatch’s performance feels like a slightly dialed-down homage to David Tennant’s portrayal of the title role in the modern “Doctor Who.” And it’s sufficiently enjoyable that fans of that legendary science-fiction show might wish Mr. Cumberbatch had auditioned to play the Doctor when Mr. Tennant left a season ago.

This connection is not simply fanciful: “Sherlock” was created by Steven Moffat, now the head writer and lead producer of “Doctor Who,” and by Mark Gatiss, another writer for that show. In updating Arthur Conan Doyle’s foundational detective stories, they have imported some of the boy’s-adventure, can-do spirit that informs “Who.”

American viewers — those who have aged into the less desirable demographics, anyway — will also notice the family resemblance of this Holmes to our own eccentric-genius police consultants in shows like “Monk” and “The Mentalist.” Of course, those characters were based on Sherlock Holmes in the first place.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2010 6:47 PM
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