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Steven Moffatt Says Molly Broke The Golden Rule Of Sherlock

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12/10/2013 12:15 pm
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Steven Moffatt Says Molly Broke The Golden Rule Of Sherlock
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

Steven Moffat has many rules when writing for a show. But the first and most important is to not introduce new regular characters. Molly Hooper’s (Louise Brealey’s) appearance in Mark Gatiss and Moffat’s modern adaptation of Sherlock breaks this rule. In recent interviews, the co-creators reveal their intentions with the show’s modernization and Brealey’s role. Moffat said: "She's really interesting, Molly, because she was an absolute one-scene character for the pilot but Loo Brealy was just so fantastic." "We went against our first decision which was 'We will not add a regular that's not from Doyle'. The first thing we did was add a regular character that's not from [Arthur Conan] Doyle!" "I think she's fascinating because over time, certainly by the time you get to the second series, she wins every encounter with Sherlock. "All the time, always. And by being honest and truthful with him. He's so on the back foot now with Molly, I think it's hilarious. "In a way that John can never put Sherlock on the back foot, Molly really, really does. She sort of wins every single conversation." Because Sherlock lives with John and interacts with Molly, he is forced to consider other people’s feelings. Molly refuses to take any flack from him, and this makes him stop and evaluate his tactics. Gatiss chimed in, adding: "It's a fascinating thing because it's a new idea. We were doing the pilot and I said, 'What if she has a boyfriend and Sherlock says he's gay?'. "That rolled on to the whole thing with Jim and it massively expanded. It's so much to do with Loo's interpretation making it so heartwarming." It's extraordinary.” Moffat agreed. “What you don't get a lot of in the original stories is, 'What do women think of him?'. "They don't talk much in the original stories. It doesn't happen much. There's Irene Adler who he barely meets in the original. There's Mrs Hudson who just brings tea in. "It was fun to have that perspective on him, what would a modern young woman make of this vulnerable monster." Seeing a fresh, take charge character treating Sherlock like a normal person is certainly a nice change of pace! Even though John’s initial awe wore off, he is still an ordinary man reacting to Sherlock’s elevated IQ. Having Molly scrutinize Sherlock not just from a female perspective, but a professional female perspective, is very refreshing. Gatiss noted the fans’ reaction to Molly’s character: "You could imagine that the audience might not like her, that maybe the girls who like Benedict [Cumberbatch] might not, but they adore her.” Speaking of the trenchcoat and scarf-wearing actor, Cumberbatch said that Sherlock and Molly’s relationship is “a beautiful thing. It’s just a lovely thing.” "She's extraordinary. She's a wonderful actress, Louise Brealey. So it's really good fun, that strain of it. All the characters feature more. All of them are back and all of them play a role." But Molly isn’t the only strong woman in Moffat and Gatiss’ Sherlock. Each woman has a role to play opposite Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, and none of them are taking a seat on the sidelines. Martin Freeman commented, "Well I suppose they do definitely have more to do.“ "Even though we're doing it in 2013 and it's contemporary, they're obviously extremely respectful of Conan Doyle but they can't be hamstrung by it. It has to be our own version." "Because it's 2013, rightly women are going to have more input in the show but at the same time it doesn't really impinge much on John and Sherlock because there has to be that relationship in a way. "Also because Sherlock's attitude towards humanity, including women, is what it is, which is pretty dismissive. John is a lot more open to humanity and women, certainly open to women!" But Sherlock is generally dismissive, so don’t take it too personally, ladies! The self-proclaimed detective is always entirely focused on the task—or case—at hand, and has only recently started accepting John’s input as a reasonable theory. Freeman added, "Sherlock's pretty dismissive of everybody regardless of gender so it doesn't really affect John and Sherlock "They are a very very tight unit those two, which I guess is where the thing of them being a couple comes in, it's a pretty short walk to go there. "John also tries to live a reasonably 3D life whereas Sherlock is totally focused on the job in hand. "So he doesn't really listen to Mrs Hudson. He uses Molly Hooper when he needs to. "It's not that he's a monster, he's not a monster at all but he's fixated. I guess by John Watson's terminology, he's a psychopath." Psychopath or axe murderer, we love the new Sherlock twist! Freeman’s real-life wife will be starring alongside the show’s regulars in the new season. Sherlock Series 3 will air on New Years Day (Jan 1) 2014 and 9pm on BBC One. But before we mark our calendars, make sure to bookmark the BBC’s Red Button Service which will be debuting the mini-episode “Many Happy Returns” on Christmas Day. A Sherlock mini-episode and the Doctor Who Christmas Special all in the same day? It’s a Christmas miracle!


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