suspiciously intimate companions


Today our two guests are here to tell us a bit more about the great detective… and her suspiciously intimate companion. Sorry for the brief delay due to some technical difficulties, we appreciate your patience. And thank you so much to both of today’s guests! (she/her for both)

Sherlock (TV series) - Offensive: an implication of impropriety

In The Abominable Bride, Sherlock and John find the notion of eloping impertinent and offensive? But why? They don’t really look offended by the insinuation of being a couple. Still it is impertinent because it is not proper.

MORIARTY: Why don’t you two just elope, for God’s sake? 
WATSON: Impertinent.
HOLMES: Offensive

A similar situation is paralleled in Doctor Who’s episode “The Snowmen” written by Moffat, in a conversation between Madam Vastra and Jenny, the Sherlock Holmes and John Watson of Doctor Who’s universe, and Doctor Simeon, which is referred to as Moriarty in the same episode.

SIMEON: You realise Doctor Doyle is almost certainly basing his fantastical tales on your own exploits? With a few choice alterations, of course. I doubt the readers of The Strand magazine would accept that the great detective is, in reality a woman. And her suspiciously intimate companion.
VASTRA: I resent your implication of impropriety. We are married.

“Impertinent” and “Offensive” are a parallel to Vastra’s “I resent your implication of impropriety. We are married”.