Mark Gatiss: There will be no Sherlock novels – the originals are best

"We will continue to resist any moves to do novelisations of our series because we just want people to read the originals," says the co-creator of the BBC1 detective drama

For Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, one of the greatest pleasures in making the BBC1 detective drama comes from the knowledge that it is inspiring viewers to delve into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories for the first time.

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“It’s fantastic,” Gatiss tells RadioTimes.com. “In a way, for all [Sherlock’s] manifold joys, that’s one of the best things for me. I get letters all the time from people who’ve read [the original stories] for the first time and I love that.”

And despite certain temptations, Gatiss says the TV adventures starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will never make it into print themselves because it could discourage more people from discovering Doyle’s work.

Doyle is our absolute god… We’ve resisted and will continue to resist any moves to do novelisations of our series because we just want people to read the originals – much as it would please me to have a Target-like imprint of Sherlock with covers by [fantasy illustrator] Chris Achellios.” 

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Mark Gatiss supports the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year