Steven Moffat is co-creator of “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock”, both very successful BBC shows. He gave interview for Variety and talked about “Doctor Who” mostly.
He said he believes that the reason why this show is on air for very long time is because the audience is accustomed having different actors changing in the role of lead character. And for some other shows the main role is the show.
Example was “Sherlock”. “For example, once Benedict Cumberbatch gives up ‘Sherlock,’ what are we going to do? We are going to stop, that’s what we are going to do,” Steven said. Benedict portraits Sherlock in a very unique way, we could say a lot better than Downey Jr in “Sherlock Holmes” or, and losing him show would lose its special flavor. Replacing him would be worse than ending the show along with him.
However, there is no reason for alarm. Cumberbatch likes being Sherlock and plans to continue doing so. “I’m fine with it. I’m going to keep going with it,” he said in January 2014 for Winter TCA. “It’s a schedule-providing thing … I love it. I find it very invigorating.” “It will continue until Benedict gets too famous,” Moffat said, joking. Still it seems that with every season break is getting longer.
This show made him extremely popular so his schedule is filled causing longer gaps between the shows. After season 2 we waited for two full years to see season 3 that was aired in 2014. The fourth season is starting to film in the spring 2016. Yes, you read it well, we might not see the season 4 until 2017. They did make Christmas special that they will air on New Year’s Day, but that is just one episode and then no more until 2017.