Martin Freeman has already told us he’s still pretty much in the dark when it comes to Sherlock series three, but he knows as well as anyone that the detective’s return from the dead is unlikely to provoke quite the same reaction from his character John as it did from the literary Dr Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story.
“I think [Sherlock co-creator] Mark [Gatiss] felt probably that fainting is not very 2013,” said Freeman, speaking to Radio Times at our annual covers party. “I don’t know what [John’s reaction] is gonna be, but hopefully something very violent.”
Freeman’s character has a bit of track record of getting physical with his on-screen companion, having already punched him in the face once in series two episode A Scandal in Belgravia (admittedly after severe provocation). Is he ready to smack co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in the mouth again should the script call for it?
“Only in character. I’ll do it if I have to,” said Freeman. “Yeah, I’ll throw my hat in the ring for that.”