Matt Smith: “There’s no room for me on Sherlock”

“They’ve got Benedict and Martin, that’s quite enough peculiar Englishmen for that show," says the former Doctor Who star on rumours he could appear in the hit BBC detective drama anytime soon

Fans hoping for a Sherlock/ Doctor Who crossover in the near future have seen their hopes dealt a new blow after Matt Smith announced he has no immediate intention of appearing in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s detective drama opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.      


“Listen, there’s no room for me on Sherlock!” he told a panel at the Wizard World Con. “They’ve got Benedict and Martin, that’s quite enough peculiar Englishmen for that show. There’s no room for another.”

Smith originally auditioned for the part of Doctor John Watson in Sherlock, which eventually went to Martin Freeman.

Doctor Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator, Steven Moffat, has previously said there’s “no rule against” Smith appearing in the show, but only if the right role was to emerge.   

“If there was a perfect part for him, there’s no rule against it,” he told in January.

“We wouldn’t want it to be stunt casting, because stunt casting doesn’t work, so it would have to be just because he was overwhelming right for it.

“I love working with Matt. He’s a phenomenal actor. I’d jump at the chance to work with him again. I don’t know how likely that is to be on the set of Sherlock.”

With rumours in fandom rife of a Matt Smith cameo appearance in Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor – maybe he doesn’t have that long to wait…