Of course, even if it were all a ruse, Doherty would be unlikely to spill the beans. “I would never want to spoil any surprise, tell someone if they were hot or cold,” he said. “We’ll dollop these things out and build to something that I hope will be special and memorable. But Irene,” he teased, “the most I can say is, yeah, Irene is absolutely very—how do I put this? I mean, obviously she’s not a character in the show at this point. She may be in flashbacks; we may eventually put a face to the name. But, yeah, we want to move slowly. We don’t want to rush too quickly into things.”
Lisa Edelstein’s Guest Appearance
This week’s episode guest stars Lisa Edelstein, Dr. Cuddy on House, M.D. It will be great to see Lisa’s face on primetime again, even if only for an episode. Doherty explained that Lisa is “playing Heather, the head of a public relations firm that specializes in corporate publicity, corporate issues. The company’s specialty is sort of cleaning up messes. A bomb detonates in a building and Sherlock, through a series or deductions, realizes that somebody at Heather’s company may have been the target. We have some fun stuff to play between her and Sherlock. There’s a bit of a flirtation that goes on,” he revealed. “And it will feel very unique to our show; I’ve always been a huge fan of hers.”
Mild Spoilers Ahoy...
Doherty was also kind enough to share a few tidbits from some upcoming episodes as well, including the introduction of Moriarty. “The sexiest thing I can tell you,” Doherty disclosed, “is that we are inching closer to a story with Moriarty, where we’re getting ready to sort of dip our toe in that water.” That would be in episode 11, which will air January 10. According to Doherty, “It’ll be one of our more mythological episodes. We’ve identified it as a spot to dispense a few more clues about what happened to Sherlock. Why is he in the state that he’s in? How did he end up in New York? It will be a big show for us.”
Confessing that its hard to tease very much without giving too much away, Doherty also mentioned that in a couple of weeks (episode eight) “we’re actually going to get a little deeper into Joan’s backstory, and explore how she came to be a sober companion.” He said that we’ll “meet someone from her past who had quite an impact, and helped sort of put her on that path.”