Steven Moffat: I would do a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover

Speaking at the Cardiff premiere, the showrunner claims Cumberbatch, Freeman et al are the ones stopping the Doctor and the detective meeting

It’s the crossover we have all been dying for: Sherlock meets Doctor Who. And it turns out that Steven Moffat, writer and producer on both shows, is keen too.


At a Q&A session at the world premiere of Doctor Who series eight in Cardiff, an audience member asked if there was any chance of the crossover, perhaps for Comic Relief.

“Look I’m going to come clean on this: I would,” said Moffat. “Go speak to Cumberbatch, Freeman, Gatiss and Vertue, OK? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.”

Moffat sympathised with the load groans from the audience: “I know!” he squealed, “What a bunch of killjoys I work with.”

Despite his own enthusiasm for the project, Moffatt can understand why it might be a bad idea. “You know in some ways, I think Mark’s got a point when he says that however good you imagine [the crossover], it would be almost better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met. They’d just both go off in opposite corners and sulk that there was someone cleverer than them. [Imitating Sherlock/The Doctor] ‘No, I’m not going to do it, he can do it.'”


Still, that’s one person convinced. Only four more to go before all of our dreams (and fanfics) come true…