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
Considering last weekend I didn’t leave my apartment, and spent my entire Saturday hungover in bed (from going drinking with colleagues Friday night), and then Sunday recovering mentally from such a brutal Saturday (so classy, I know), this weekend was incredibly productive.
It’s challenging sometimes to motivate myself to get our and go, see, and do. I know nobody, and am not too familiar with Detroit yet, and sometimes I am so tired of being alone that being out n’ about alone just seems to perpetuate the loneliness.
Yesterday I knocked off Eastern Market from my Detroit To-Do list. Eastern Market is the U.S.’s largest public market! I had no idea what it would be like, but I decided to make the twenty minute walk there Saturday morning to buy some veggies and explore..
The walk there was, well, empty…
There was just nobody around
Except for one gentleman who asked me if I was 23, I replied he had made my day! Because I WISH.
The market is made up of many massive sheds. I had no idea where was what, so I spent about an hour wondering around and exploring.
The market wasn’t too busy, but I have a feeling this could be because it’s winter, as someone told me a lot of people head there on weekends usually.
One of the things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about living in the States is how cheap flowers are. In Toronto it was hard to find a bunch under $20, but some of these were $5!
This couple was wonderful! They played together and then she would sing. I watched them for quite a while, and opted for giving them some money as apposed to dancing (like he was encouraging me!).
I took the long way home to walk by more beautiful Detroit mansions.
I can’t wait to see these beautiful homes in the summer when the ivy is in full bloom.
Some of the mansions have been pulled down, while others they’re restoring to their original splendor. I hope they restore most of them, as they’re all so beautiful! Imagine this area back in the day; must have been something.
It’s neat to see the construction too. The photos above are particular buildings in ruins, but there is LOTS of construction in Detroit (see below), and lots of new homes going up.
Times are changing for Detroit, and it’s great to see it.
I ended by buying a lot of produce and cooked myself this delicious omelet with all the ingredients from the market this morning for breakfast. It was SO yummy!
I spent the rest of Saturday doing a whole lot of nothing, and it was wonderfully glorious. :)
Also, I can’t believe I never went to look back at the graffiti while the lights were on till now? I remember always being baffled that you could examine the graffiti in near darkness. “Skater Mecca” indeed and totally reminds me of graffiti found at Fort Ward
You sweet lil motherfucker come here and let me cuddle you. You remind me of a swimming pool on a warm summer night and joking with friends across a class room.
I swear you are the most annoying people i know yet i can't seem to stay away from you no matter how angry you make me. You remind me of almost getting caught while doing graffiti and stubbing my pinky toe.
We don't always get along but when we do you are one of my favorite friends without a doubt. You remind me of low-key hangouts while listening to a record player and failed baking attempts.
You can either be a literal angel or the devil reincarnate, you have like no in-between, you are sweet or sour. You remind me of lemonade on a summer day and watching someone you love leave you.
You're a fuckboy, no doubt about it. But, you can also be very sweet and are very dependable for the people you care about. You remind me of finally beating a video game and a sweet but short vacation.
STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ME PLZ! You are surrounded by so much drama and you take everything personally, also you're really fucking loud. You remind me of watching someone you hate get something you want and police sirens.
You're usually pretty sweet and chill but you like things a certain way and sometimes you could try a little harder to be a better person. You remind me of home cooked meals and visiting new cities.
You are literally my soulmate and i couldn't ask for a better friend, you may be secretive and maybe a lil evil but you have good all throughout your heart. You remind me of riding my favorite roller coaster and getting into bed after a super long day. Most of all you remind me of home.
You and Pisces are like a great friend pairing in my opinion because you're both chill and high-strung at the same time. You're an angel in disguise and are hella funny. You remind me of low-key birthday parties and learning to drive
You get on my nerves like 24/7 even though you mean well. You need to not always worry about everyone else and sometimes you just need to relax. You remind me of test taking and playing in a field.
You mean well, you really do, but you are such an airhead sometimes that i worry about you. You need to focus on getting your life together before you try to add anyone to it. You remind me of free candy and cheesy romantic comedies.
I feel like i always have this deep need to impress you and i also feel like you're just so chill that you don't want to be impressed. You can be kind of cynical and hypocritical at times but when i need you, you're always there for me. You remind me of getting in trouble but laughing about it and carbonated beverages for some reason.