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    Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn't Pay Much Attention To The "Sherlock" Fanfiction And Memes

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Mark Gatiss, and Steven Moffat discuss the fourth series.

    Earlier this year, BuzzFeed UK spoke to the Sherlock cast. Here are the few non-spoiler things we learned.

    1. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) on the new episodes: "They catapult us into very new territory and explain a lot of long-thread story plot lines."

    2. Cumberbatch is also aware of, but does not actively look for, Sherlock fanfiction and memes on Tumblr.

    3. He says there are a lot of people across all generations who don't continually obsess over the show yet still watch it, so it's important to consider those people too.

    You can watch his full answer here:

    4. Amanda Abbington (Mary) says she tries not to follow the reactions to episodes online either.

    5. Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat say they are not influenced by their fans when writing new episodes.

    6. Martin Freeman (Watson) agrees with Gatiss and Moffat. He says that it's important not to pay too much attention to the internet when making the show.

    7. Freeman loved the Victorian Sherlock episode, and says that the show is at the stage where it can play with audience expectations.

    8. Cumberbatch says it took quite a long time to get used to playing modern Sherlock again, because his character in the Victorian episode was quite different.

    9. He misses playing 1800s Sherlock, though: "I really enjoyed him, and who knows – maybe he’ll come back.”

    You can see his full answer here:

    10. Gatiss, who plays Mycroft in Sherlock, doesn't write all of his character's lines. His lines depend on the writer for the episode. He also jokes:

    11. Cumberbatch takes time to get through scripts.

    12. Abbington says Gatiss and Moffat tease scripts a lot: "They leave you waiting until the eleventh hour and then go ‘Oh here you go’ and you just grab it." Referring to the new episodes, she says:

    13. In the new episodes Mary and John have a new baby daughter. They filmed scenes with both fake and real babies. Abbington is not fond of the fake babies:

    Sherlock: The Six Thatchers is on BBC One on 1 January 2017 in the UK. It is on PBS Masterpiece in the United States (check local listings).