The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock (Doctor) Who?

Baker_HolmesWho2Back and better than ever…well, back, anyways. This week over at Black Gate, we look at Tom Baker’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Yep: the most popular Doctor Who also played the most popular consulting detective! So, click on over and see what I had to say about an under-appreciated Holmes. I also work in a little James Bond, Peter Cushing and Veggie Tales – I’m nothing if not all over the place! Here’s a preview:

The BBC recently held a ‘Best of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poll’ and Tom Baker came out number one. This is a bit surprising, as he roamed in the Tardis from 1974 to 1981, which was over three decades ago. And less relevant but still of note is that the Doctor never really broke big in America until David Tenant took on the role.

After Baker gave the Doctor up for regeneration, the BBC approached him and asked what project he would like to do next with his popularity still soaring. Baker immediately replied, “Sherlock Holmes” and traded his scarf for a deerstalker.

With England’s most iconic actor (sorry, Roger Moore) to play England’s most iconic character (sorry, James Bond), only the biggest Holmes story would do. Though that’s not the smartest choice to showcase Holmes.

The BBC hadn’t tackled The Hound of the Baskervilles since Peter Cushing’s second attempt at it for his 1968 television series (a role he secured after failed attempts to land Robert Stephens and Eric Porter). There had been an American tv version in 1972 starring a dull Stewart Granger with Bernard Fox as yet another doofus Watson who mumbled his lines.

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