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On Sherlock Holmes and emotion:
He wants to be a calculating machine but he really isn’t. He really
absolutely properly isn’t. He’s a quite a moody difficult emotional man
is the truth, even in the original, and it’s really fascinating to read
the real Doyle and you realise if he thinks a man has wronged a women
he’s dragging a riding crop off the wall to beat him up ’cause he’s so
angry. He’s actually not at all cold and aloof, he just wants to be and
presents that way, but he isn’t, he isn’t at all. But he would like to
I mean, he thinks he can solve everything by being sort of cold and
remote. Our Sherlock even entertains the idea that he’s above emotion.
He’s actually a terribly emotional man and he’s a desperate show-off.
And far from being cold and remote, he’s got a bunch of people who look
after him. The support team is enormous. He doesn’t quite realize that
far from being the invulnerable ice king, he’s actually perceived by his
friends as a wonderful, amazing man, but one you have to look after.
The first set of comments relate to Holmes in the Canon; the second
to BBCSherlock, but I think the line “He’s actually a terribly emotional
man and he’s a desperate show-off” really applies to Holmes in the
Canon. He is shy yet loves to have his dramatic moments or surprise
people with his disguises. He is touched by being appreciated. I’m not
going into the long discussion of whether Moffat and Gatiss’s Sherlock
delivers this, but Moffat’s statements here are very true to the
character in the Canon, and I love that it’s a complete rebuttal of the
concept that Holmes is some kind of heartless machine.