Article by Suzanne Philips

Photos copyright Annika Ahmed

Rupert Graves. DI Lestrade of "Sherlock" at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo Copyright Annika Ahmed

Rupert Graves. DI Lestrade of “Sherlock” at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo Copyright Annika Ahmed

 

“Sherlock” is always a highly anticipated show at San Diego Comic Con, and 2015 proved no exception.  Even though stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who play Sherlock Holmes and John Watson respectively were unable to attend this year due to filming commitments, the show’s producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue and star Rupert Graves (who plays DI Lestrade) were on hand for a panel at the official event and a panel at Zachary Levi’s popular Nerd HQ.

The panel was part of a series of panels that Nerd HQ puts on every year called “Conversations For A Cause” which brings stars of popular shows and films in front of an intimate audience for a Q &A session – the proceeds of which are donated to Operation Smile, which helps provide surgeries for children suffering from Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate.

This year’s panel started with a screening of the trailer for the upcoming “Sherlock” Victorian Christmas Special which first debuted at the Comic Con panel the day prior.

 

 

Then the questions started to fly.  “Sherlock” fans are constantly complaining about the long wait between seasons and the fact that there are only 3 episodes in a season.  Even Producer Steven Moffat acknowledges that the wait is terribly taxing.  When Co-Producer and wife Sue Vertue joked that the reason they take so long to come out is that they are “waiting on scripts”, Moffat joked “When you are not looking darling, I make “Doctor Who”. In truth, Moffat’s work on “Doctor Who” is only part of the reason for the long wait between seasons.  Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are in such high demand that it takes time to coordinate both of their schedules.

 

Steven Moffat at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo copyright Annika Ahmed

Steven Moffat at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo copyright Annika Ahmed

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Star Rupert Graves was asked if he were more like Sherlock or Watson.  “Not Sherlock, I’m not even smart enough to be Watson.  I’m just Lestrade”, which elicited laughter from the audience.  Graves also joked that Mycroft (played by Mark Gatiss) would be Lestrade’s ideal date and hinted that  in the coming season we will be seeing a change in the two characters relationship.

 

Rupert Graves and Sue Vertue at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo copyright Annika Ahmed

Rupert Graves and Sue Vertue at Nerd HQ Panel 2015. Photo copyright Annika Ahmed

 

There is a much rumored “Sherlock/Doctor Who” crossover that may or may not be in the works.  Stay tuned for more details on that!

The “Sherlock” special is set to come out on television and in select theatres later this year.

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The full Nerd HQ Sherlock panel can be seen here:

 

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