...but I do find myself wondering at the creator, John Logan's, choices when it came to source material.
At the time of writing I've only seen the first two series but I have read ahead to see the characters due to feature in the third, and sadly final, series.
The first two series took characters from the works of Mary Shelley (Victor Frankenstein, the monster et al.), Bram Stoker (Mina Murray), Oscar Wilde (Dorian Gray) and others.
It appears that for the third series Dracula and other Stoker characters will feature along with Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Henry Jekyll.
Logan created additional characters as well but given the period he chose I'm surprised he elected not to touch on the works of Conan Doyle.
Given Sir Malcolm Murray's explorer character it would have been an obvious idea to bring in Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger. Given that Conan Doyle took Challenger into the world of Spiritualism he would have been a shoe-in to the Penny Dreadful world.
Perhaps this is the problem with Holmes. Is Holmes too rooted in the logical world to fit into the Penny Dreadful world? In a clearly supernatural world would the logical and sceptical Holmes have appeared as a foolish character in denial or was is it simply the case that he's a bit overused on TV at present?
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