You may marry him, murder him, or do anything you like to him.
Doyle was very uncomfortable with the idea of giving Holmes a female love interest. But he also just really wanted to notwrite the play Sherlock Holmes, and handed the reins over to William Gillette. This quote was in response to Gillette’s request to marry Holmes off to a woman. It was basically Doyle’s way of saying “Bugger it, I’m done. Do what you want.”
In his play The Speckled Band, Doyle wrote Billy the pageboy as all but Holmes’ adopted son. He also put him in a dress and had him pretend to be Holmes’ daughter.
Doyle wrote both Holmes and Watson as having their names attached to a great many confirmed bachelors, with both men regularly commenting on how attractive certain men were- Holmes had a penchant for muscular, tan skinned men with moustaches, while Watson generally preferred lean men with pale eyes.
Stop using Doyle as your defense against a queer reading of the Canon, and the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Even if his intent wasn’t to make them queer, he flat out wouldn’t care if that is what we see them as. If he were to rise from the grave tomorrow and read our interpretations, he would be less appalled at the thought of Watson eating Holmes’ ass, than he would be at the fact that after a hundred years, Holmes is still popular.
"Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to bring his stage Hamlet to the screen. The play begins performances at the Barbican next year, and negotiations for it to be filmed live and shown in cinemas through National Theatre Live for one night are well advanced.
The actor, along with the production’s director Lyndsey Turner and producer Sonia Friedman, has spent more than a year ensuring that this will be a ‘people’s Hamlet’.
‘I felt very strongly that as wide an audience as possible should have access to it,’ Cumberbatch told me.
The Barbican’s allocation of seats for the entire 12-week run, which starts on August 5 next year, have been snapped up already.
But there will be 100 seats available per performance. ‘They will be sprinkled throughout the house … they’re not behind pillars,’ the 38-year-old joked.
He said that he and Ms Turner were eager to make their Hamlet as ‘fresh’ as possible, ‘like a new play that just landed as a pdf in someone’s computer inbox at the Royal Court’, as he described it.
‘We want to escape the idea that it has been done before, and we’re looking at the whole play — not just the eponymous hero.’
Benedict is a thespian polymath. There’s no role he cannot take on.
We had met to discuss another of his projects: a towering portrait — one of the great performances of the year — of Alan Turing, the man who helped break the Nazi’s Enigma code, in the film The Imitation Game.
Watching the movie, I was struck by his approach to Turing: the way he grasped and captured the man, not just the cliched genius. The film is all the more heartbreaking because of it.
The Imitation Game shows how the boundaries of class and status were broken by the disparate group gathered at Bletchley Park.
‘That was an incredible, rag-tag group of brave, stoic, quiet heroes,’ Cumberbatch marvelled.
‘I say rag-tag, in the sense that they were mathematicians, physicists, crossword enthusiasts … really anyone who had an intellect and a prowess that might help solve this puzzle.
‘Turing may have had eccentric behaviour; he may have had certain tropes of being different, but this was a whole team of “different” people, brought together in a crisis.’
The star said that Turing was guileless about his sexuality. ‘When he was arrested by the police he told them outright that he’d had a sexual relationship with another man.
‘He just gave them the information, and the sad thing was that he’d been with a rent boy. He’d never had a stable relationship’.’[x]
Since I am moving soon, I have to get rid of some of my acquired treasure (details in the read more though the pictures are pretty self-explanatory).
There will be 15 winners (random # generator) with 14 x 2 items each - first one picks, then the second one, etc. What’s gone is gone. The Loki Poster is the only one-item-win (see read more). Everyone gets a Sherlock Holmes business card from 221B Baker Street.
This giveaway ends on September 28th 2014, 9pm BST (London).
be willing to give me your address (I will ship worldwide)
MUST reply within 24 hrs of me contacting you (via ask). If you do not reply within 24 hrs, the next winner in line will take your place and I will, additionally, pick another to be winner number 15. No exceptions. I will post the winning URLs once they have chosen their prizes.
I am adding a “read more” section to the post - so no reblog misses important updates.
As fans ourselves we totally understand the frustration some of you are having on here! I want everyone to know we are still working very hard on a date that works for as many of the main cast of the show to attend as possible! This has been one of the hardest tasks we have…