9 Times ‘Sherlock’ Was Totally Meta

After months of waiting, Comic Con finally gave us some new Sherlock footage to satisfy our withdrawal. We got a first glimpse at the Victorian Christmas special and it was filled with glorious self-referencing moments. We love when this modern day adaptation of Sherlock calls back to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle source material. Sometimes the references are subtle, but if you’re paying attention, you’ll catch it. Here are some of the totally meta Sherlock references.

1. The traditional Sherlock Holmes hunting hat.

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BBC/tamtamanjavidze.tumblr.com

Sherlock initially dons it as a disguise, but a picture of him wearing it ends up in the paper and quickly becomes his stereotypical accessory. The joke is that Sherlock actually hates the hat.

2. John Watson’s blog

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BBC/GIPHY

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, John acts as Sherlock’s biographer, documenting all of their cases. In the BBC version they reference this by having John start a blog – and the blog actually exists!

3. John’s mustache

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BBC/salanderfuriosa.tumblr.com

In most other depictions of Watson, he has a mustache. As a nod to this, in the season three premiere, “The Empty Hearse,” John grows a mustache – much to everyone’s dismay.

4. Cell phone deductions

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BBC/GIPHY

In the first episode of the series, Sherlock makes deductions about John using only his cell phone. In the books, Sherlock does the same but with John’s pocket watch.

5. Inspector Gregory Lestrade

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BBC/youmaycallmeanonymous.tumblr.com

In the books, Lestrade’s first name is only referenced as G., so in a wink to that, Sherlock always calls Lestrade by a different G name.

6. A Scandal in Belgravia

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The episode is based on Doyle’s story, A Scandal in Bohemia. In both versions, Sherlock disguises himself as a clergyman.

7. The Reichenbach Fall

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BBC/GIPHY

The title of the second season finale alludes to the Reichenbach Falls, the location where Sherlock and Moriarty supposedly fall to their deaths in the original story.

8. Sherlock’s magnifying glass

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BBC/GIPHY

It’s not the old timey kind with a handle, but every time Sherlock whips out his trusty magnifying glass we can’t help but smile at the reference.

9. The Hound of the Baskervilles

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BBC/sonic-ewdriver.tumblr.com

This is from the new Christmas special clip, which references both the Sherlock episode and the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story of the same name.

What are some of YOUR favorite Sherlock meta references?

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