Steven Moffat’s opinion of this whole “American Sherlock” idea.
The Stripey Mugs
The stripey mugs nearly broke Tumblr as a result of the sheer volume of crack that they produced. During the filming of series two, this photo was taken on the set (http://vicivefallen.tumblr.com/tagged/on+set) and at some point ended up on Mark Gatiss’s Twitter:
Showing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s matching mugs full of tea (and revealing that Martin Freeman apparently takes milk in his). With the hiatus getting to them rather pitifully, the fandom spun this photo into its own universe of mug-porn, mug-fanart, mug-replicas, and mug jokes. There is literally fanfiction written about these mugs. It is beyond reason. It is very popular to depict Sherlock and John with these mugs, even though the mugs have never actually been used by the characters. It is unclear whether Martin and Benedict actually picked out matching mugs or if the crew provided them for use on set, but the latter seems more likely.
Examples of mug-obsession to follow.
I know that I’ve talked about Gatiss being an internet troll, but it seems that Moffat wants his moment on the receiving end of some fist-shaking from the fans.
Not that this hasn’t happened before. Moffat is close on Gatiss’s heels.
This has something to do with Sherlock, but does Gatiss explain? Of course not.
All the Sherlock people trolling each other on twitter. This was apparently in response to something that happened on the set of Sherlock.
Mark Gatiss, being weird some more.
Mark Gatiss is an Internet Troll
Mark Gatiss, the co-writer and co-creator of Sherlock (along with Steve Moffat) is very fan-savvy. One of his favorite hobbies is using his twitter feed to troll fans by offering them tantalizing bits of information about filming Sherlock that actually may mean absolutely nothing. Moffat has been known to do this as well, but to a much lesser extent. Perhaps the most interesting one, and the most overlapping with the exposition of the “fourth wall” is this image:
which refers to a well-known Sherlock fandom blogger. This is supposedly a picture of Martin Freeman, and it may very well be, but I personally suspect that it could in fact be Gatiss himself hiding behind the parka hood. It really is John Watson’s parka from the series, but the hands don’t really look like Freeman’s. Compare:
There could be a number of contributing factors, but given that we already know how much Gatiss likes to mess with people, it seems entirely believable that he would do such a thing.
He also posted this picture during the filming of series 2, knowing that fans would see “bed” and immediately jump to sexy, sexy conclusions, which he purposefully did not bother to correct:
Further Gatiss tweets to follow.