Sherlock – Would You Believe It?
Sherlock and Watson were found just hanging out when I strolled down Baker Street one fine day. I came across these two familiar yet strange characters who were lurking outside Speedy’s Cafe.
They looked suspiciously like Holmes and Watson from the television crime drama Sherlock, written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. In fact, these avatars are perfect resemblances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who star in the series as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson.
Sherlock the TV series
The series has gone strong since 2010 and has gained popularity all over the world, none greater than in London, where a replica of Baker Street allows people to become part of the drama themselves. The series is a modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories, based in Victorian times. It’s now the UK’s most popular drama series since 2001, beating both ‘Call the Midwife’ and Coronation Street in viewing figures.
Baker Street in Second Life London
So how did Baker Street get to Second Life London? Darius Godric is a fan of Sherlock and created an exact replica of Speedy’s Cafe and Sherlock’s quarters along London’s Baker Street. When you look inside you can see how messy these guys were. Books all over the front room and chemistry sets in the kitchen. Take a tour around their home and see what they’ve been up to lately. If you’re lucky, you may catch Holmes trying to get into his safe, or cooking up a brew among the test tubes and microscopes.
Holmes is a consulting detective who helps the Metropolitan Police find the deadliest and most dangerous criminals. His main associate in the police force is Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade, who he helps solve various crimes with his flatmate, Dr John Watson’s assistance. Dr Watson was serving in the Medical Corps in Afghanistan before he came to live with Holmes. Throughout the TV series Holmes continues to battle with his arch-enemy Moriarty.
Other characters include Molly Hooper, a pathologist at Bart’s Hospital, who helps out with catching the bad guys and often assists Holmes in his cases. Holmes & Watson’s landlady, Mrs Hudson, played by Una Stubbs appears often, with Mark Gatiss making regular appearances as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes.