ALSO WHY WATSON IS A WOMAN IN ELEMENTARY:
[tw for possibly ableist language - not sure if it is or not, but tagging regardless]
Can you talk about how it came about that Watson is a woman in this show?
Robert: ”[In preparation for the show], I read a handful of psychological assessments of [Sherlock] that real doctors have written up over the years. Somebody classified him as bipolar, somebody else said he had a mild form of Asperger’s, and one of them happened to mention that he was classified as a gynophobe - he had just not a terribly healthy relationship with women, he was a little suspicious of them.
“And it just sort of made me laugh when I read it because I was like, ‘Well, what would make him crazier than Watson is a woman? He’s actually living with someone who’s monitoring him who’s also a woman’. All of that said, our Holmes is not a gynophobe, he’s not a misogynist - it’s just sort of what got that ball rolling.
also from here.