Series Four’s premiere ‘The Six Thatcher’s seems to have split people. One critic was The Guardian‘s Ralph Jones who wrote an article about his opinion that the show was turning Sherlock Holmes into James Bond.
Now, Sherlock‘s co-creator Mark Gatiss has responded to the article – in a unique way. He sent a poem into the newspaper, explaining how he and Steven Moffat aren’t changing the character. Have a read of it below:
Here is a critic who says with low blow
Sherlock’s no brain-box but become double-O.
Says the Baker St boy is no man of action –
whilst ignoring the stories that could have put him in traction.
The Solitary Cyclist sees boxing on show,
The Gloria Scott and The Sign of the Fo’
The Empty House too sees a mention, in time, of Mathews,
who knocked out poor Sherlock’s canine.
As for arts martial, there’s surely a clue
in the misspelled wrestle Doyle called baritsu.
In hurling Moriarty over the torrent
did Sherlock find violence strange and abhorrent?
In shooting down pygmies and Hounds from hell
Did Sherlock on Victorian niceties dwell?
When Gruner’s men got him was Holmes quite compliant
Or did he give good account for The Illustrious Client?
There’s no need to invoke in yarns that still thrill,
Her Majesty’s Secret Servant with licence to kill
From Rathbone through Brett to Cumberbatch dandy
With his fists Mr Holmes has always been handy.
Sherlock Holmes – man of action! Who knew?
Sherlock returns with ‘The Lying Detective’ on Sunday 8th January.