“Do not watch this!” Breaking the fourth wall in a video message... the wheel turns, nothing is ever new...
Sleep No More, a Doctor Who episode written by Mark Gatiss.
Here we have a ProfessorMoriarty “who has been playing a long game.”
(more Sleep No More/Sherlock parallels (before s4 aired) in this episode here).
The Professor interrupts “THE END” of the story in a video message, looking directly at the camera.
They are all villains in control of the story:
“I do hope you’ve enjoyed the show. I did try to make it exciting: all those scary bits, all those death-defying scrapes, monsters, and a proper climax with a really big one at the end. Compulsive viewing. I did tell you not to watch.”
^Directly showing the idea of a story being created, (the Professor’s ALIBI). aware of it being fictional (this is the story of Sir Boast-A-Lot)… a creepy glitchy noise very like the ‘Did you miss me’ videos… a video message with a poisonous message hidden inside ( “who you really are, it doesn’t matter”/ “he planted that doubt inside her head, that little nagging sensation you’re going to have to be strong to resist”).
Compulsive viewing. Like a game show. With a time limit.
And “I did tell you not to watch” rather reminds me of one of Mark’s friends… ;)
This episode was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce but as we’ll see, Steven being showrunner I feel definitely influences the potential for Sherlock parallels… big things to be screamed about soon, but I’m going in order of as things appeared in the episode.
The Doctor calling Nardole “Mum”= similar to Mycroft and Sherlock’s “I’ll be mother” moment in A Scandal in Belgravia.
Eurus’s “Smiling is advertising” quip in The Final Problem is quite literally in play here- little emoji’s ‘advertising’/displaying your mood constantly.
The Doctor saying “a thing” happened= Sherlock lying and saying he has a “thing” in Many Happy Returns. Well, ‘only lies have detail.’
Bill saying “You can’t offend a machine.”And it turns out the things she’s referring to are not machines at all… just as John incorrectly labels Sherlock as a machine in The Reichenbach Fall.
The fact that you can’t see your own ‘mood disc’- Bill highlights the problem: “What if you fancy someone?” The Doctor supposes you simply have to maintain eye contact with them so they don’t see your true feelings. Reminds me of Sherlock’s “We can’t both stare” remark in A Study in Pink.
Rosemary= the smell of home? Mary as Rosamund…hmm, not sure how to parse that one yet.
The Doctor’s “magic haddock” reminds me of a “red herring.” Of which there are plenty in Sherlock. But there’s also literally Mycroft’s “red herring” page in his notebook in The Abominable Bride- a note saying “scarlet rollmops”, a pickled (red) herring.
The Doctor cradling a skull. Obvious Hamlet-esque vibes and of course, Sherlock’s skull.
The Doctor saying, “What a lovely beautiful morning. It makes me so happy.”= Sherlock’s ‘#ohwhatabeautifulmorning in The Six Thatchers.
The Doctor says “Don’t sentimentalise me.”= Sherlock’s line in The Great Game: “Don’t make people into heroes John. Heroes don’t exist and if they did I wouldn’t be one of them.”
The Doctor and Bill’s banter about memorising the map on the wall and Bill taking a photo of it visually reminded me of John taking a picture of the graffiti on the wall in The Blind Banker.
The Doctor: “Not bad, not good. Just different.”= John in The Final Problem: “It’s not good, it’s not bad… it is what it is.”
The Doctor exclaiming “Fascinating!” is an all round Sherlock-y moment.
“Do you know why I always win at chess? I have a secret move. I kick over the board.” HELLO, ATTEMPT AT AN EXPLANATION FOR THAT CHESS PROMO PICTURE, 3 MONTHS LATE. ;)
And let’s end with a Final Scream:
AN ELEPHANT STANDING ON THE FROZEN THAMES RIVER IN LONDON. OH SURE, NOTHING SYMBOLIC TO SEE THERE, NO ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM WANDERING FREE, NO SYMBOLIC FEELINGS LITERALLY FROZEN UNDERNEATH SAID ELEPHANT, NO NEED FOR IT TO BE SET IN LONDON, SHERLOCK’S HEART AND HOME.
…Ahem. ;) Bring on next week, that was a cracker of an episode! <3