Even for the BBC, a channel with no shortage of inspired and timeless programming, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s Sherlock has been a unique triumph of mystery-centric television, with a consistently moving and involving undercurrent of witty drama. At the center of it all, as always, is the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, the greatest detective of all time and his ever-wise, insightful partner, and the chemistry between stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has been a major drawing point for all three series of the program, which capped off its best series to date last year. So, its understandable that at the Sherlock Comic-Con panel, moderated by Sandra Gonzalez and featuring Moffat, executive producer Sue Vertue, and co-star Rupert Graves, who plays DI Greg Lestrade, the big questions surrounded the impending Victorian Special and Series 4, which all three were quick to say was a long, long way off.
Gonzalez did an admirable job of trying to squeeze details for future incarnations of the series from the famously prickly and tight-lipped Moffatt, who dominated the panel for the most part, but the panel was most memorable for Moffat’s unimpeachable sense of humor, and a fanatical love for the details of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. Handling questions from Gonzalez and the audience, Moffatt, along with Graves and Vertue, proved largely self-effacing but not without adding some major tidbits about the process of creating the show, the series’ cast, and the production of the Victorian Special, which looks to premiere this winter. Check out the full recap below.