Some people were horrified at the idea, others were enthusiastic and some were not moved either way. However, I recall more than one internet commentator suggesting that the Victorian era had been done to death and that a modern setting was the best way of grabbing the attention of the "youth" who were, supposedly, less keen on period offerings. Steven Moffat's "...to hell with the crinoline." remark also suggested that he felt similarly towards the Victorian adaptation.
Yet we have seen all this exposed as a nonsense. Firstly, if my Twitter observations are anything to go by, the aforementioned youth (well a good chunk of them) went positively gaga over Downton Abbey and now they are in a similar state over the Victorian Sherlock special (check out some of the trailer reaction videos on YouTube). Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss ultimately could not resist the pull of the Victorian setting either ("on with the crinoline!" perhaps?).
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It's amusing to imagine what it would have been like if Sherlock had always been in period and the special had been made contemporary...
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