Sherlock’s Christmas Special Will Be Set in the Victorian Era

Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch.

When Benedict Cumberbatch was photographed dressed up as original-recipe Sherlock for Sherlock's upcoming special episode, we wondered: Was it time travel? A dream sequence? A masterful bit of trolling? Now, thanks to Steven Moffat, we have our answer: None of the above! As it turns out, the entire special will be set in the 1800s, and none of it is canon. "The special is its own thing," Moffat told EW. "We wanted to do [a Victorian version of Sherlock], but it had to be a special, it had to be a separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble." We look forward to seeing how the Sherlock team will un-update the classic Doyle stories for the old millennium.