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I Have Been Blind

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I cannot count how many times I have watched The Empty Hearse, and every time, until just now, at this partimageI THOUGHT SHERLOCK WAS SAYING GORDON RAM! EVERY TIME! 

I feel so stupid. All this time I’ve been wondering “Why hasn’t Moran been in the show? Who’s going to play Moran when they put him in the show? Why wasn’t he in The Empty Hearse, since it was supposed to be like ‘The Adventure of the Empty House?’”

And here he is. And I am so mad at myself.

Okay, but I’m totally going to start using Gordon Ram as a codename for him now.

And maybe imagine him with a cooking show.

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AWW YIS

Baker Street “features an alternative Sherlock Holmes world where the values and class system of Victorian era England carried over into a late 20th Century where World War II never occurred. The story mainly concerns a group of punks attempting to solve a series of murders reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper killings of the late 19th century.” (x)

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AWW YIS

Baker Street “features an alternative Sherlock Holmes world where the values and class system of Victorian era England carried over into a late 20th Century where World War II never occurred. The story mainly concerns a group of punks attempting to solve a series of murders reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper killings of the late 19th century.” (x)

"Who, then, is Porlock?"

Since a while back there was interest when I mentioned old school Sherlock Holmes fandom not being so wildly different from our own, I’m going to attempt to remember to document some examples now and then. Here’s one.

At the start of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Valley of Fear, Holmes received a coded message warning him about Moriarty’s plans from someone using the pseudonym ”Fred Porlock.” We never learned Porlock’s true identity, so of course people later tried to guess deduce it.

Leslie S. Klinger’s New Annotated Sherlock Holmes includes a discussion of various Porlock theories. Without going into the reasoning behind them (and being fully aware that some theories are more tongue-in-cheek than others), here’s the list of suspects I tallied up by the end of the essay:

  1. Mycroft Holmes
  2. Professor Moriarty
  3. Sebastian Moran
  4. Mrs. Hudson
  5. Colonel Moriarty (the professor’s brother)
  6. Station Master Moriarty (the questionably-canonical third Moriarty brother)
  7. Adolf Verloc (from a story by a completely different author)
  8. Mrs. Cecil Forrester (Mary Morstan’s former employer)
  9. Shinwell Johnson (former criminal who helped Holmes get information)
  10. one of Moriarty’s household staff
  11. the younger brother of Ivy Douglas (whose husband was being targeted by Moriarty)
  12. Sherlock Holmes (writing to himself cover up that he really got the info “from opium-created visions”)

Tell me that doesn’t look exactly like what happens whenever Tumblr tries to work that kind of thing out for BBC Sherlock.

So basically… they’re us. Or we’re them. Or we’re all Porlock, because why not.