❝ The key ingredient to a hit is the people who make it love it. You should, you should only work on things you love. And in a way—in a mutinous, selfish way—you kind of shouldn’t care if anyone else does. Enough that you do. ❞
❝ I don’t know. If I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. When I do know, what I know will change, so I won’t really know then either. Then it will change again, so I still won’t really know. And if, secretly, I’d really known all along, I’d still be telling you I don’t know, because everything I said I knew, could be wrong, so I’d never really have known in the first place. I don’t know and it’s a secret. I’m glad I’ve been able to clarify this for you. ❞
[ 30 DAYS OF CUMBERBATCH ] [ Day 21: Favourite Real Person Ship ]
The clincher with Martin was, the chemistry was instant. Martin’s presence in the room changed the way Benedict played the part. — Steven Moffat
I suppose, like with John and Sherlock, chemistry either happens or not and you can’t really manufacture it, and you can’t really do anything but hope it’s gonna happen. I’d liked Benedict from a distance. I’d liked his work for a long time and I was looking forward to working with him, but then there’s no guarantee that you’ll sort of work well together, and thank God, we have, really, you know, because, yeah, we’re two quite different people. — Martin Freeman
It’s such a close relationship, Watson and Holmes. And I think, for all their adversity and the prickliness of Holmes and how that does often come … well, sometimes comes to a crisis, at least, with Watson and Holmes, in order for that to really work onscreen, it’s got to be with two actors who get on very well. — Benedict Cumberbatch
I think there’s a friendship instantly between Martin and Benedict. They’re not at all like the parts they play. At all, really. But the relationship between them really informs the much pricklier onscreen relationship, because obviously Sherlock’s a quite cruel man at times and John’s quite a put-upon man at times, and you won’t buy that, you won’t enjoy that unless you absolutely feel in every scene and in every heartbeat that there is that proper, underlying warmth, that real proper solid friendship. And that friendship has actually happened between Benedict and Martin. And that’s what - the value of that you get on screen. — Steven Moffat
+ Although I absolutely have to mention that I am also very much in love with Benedict/David Tennant or Benedict/Jonny Lee Miller… ♥ Well, the truth is, Benedict seems to have great chemistry with all co-stars and since I have my slash goggles on more often than not… I might ship a few more ;D
"The Girl Who Waited" writer Tom MacRae on working with Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat
Digital Spy: Are there any big differences between working under Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat?
MacRae: I think the main difference between them is, Russell is very much about big, bombastic brush-strokes. It's a real thrill going through one of his stories and very emotionally elating. With Steven, those clockwork robots of his represent his brain, really. He's very much about the individual pieces clicking together. But that said, there's a huge crossover between the two, because 'Midnight' was very much a Moffat-y sort of script, and something like 'The Beast Below' was very much like a Russell script. So there's a big, shared common ground between them, and they're both fantastic. They have a slightly different approach, but both love the show and they're brilliant to work with. In that respect, it's not really very different at all.
Steven Moffat: “Don’t you think my life is confusing enough? And listen, if John Simm could hear you, you would not live another hour. He came up to me after the press [junket] for the End of Time where he’d been saying ‘I think now that David has left as The Doctor, I would have to leave as The Master’ but then he pulled me aside and said ‘I didn’t mean that! And look at me, I’m fit! I’m OK!’ So Benedict has to wait in line probably. But how confusing would it be? All four cheekbones at once! I tell you, I stood between [Matt Smith and Benedict] in a photograph once. It’s a really good way to look extra ugly.”
The reason I love Steven Moffat is that there are about a dozen huge plot threads that he has to wrap up in the next six episodes of Doctor Who, and the answer to all of them is probably going to be in a single scene, and it is probably going to involve a funny hat.