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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who

By benjaminkillam Feb 26, 2014 653 Words
The Hound of Baskerville
The Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a very unique story, but just how unique is it? The series Doctor Who originally created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber and Donald Wilson contains many of the same elements our famous detective’s story has. The series Doctor Who is the story of an advanced alien time traveler known as The Doctor. Throughout the series The Doctor goes through time and space accompanied with his companions solving countless cases; this is similar to the way Sherlock and Watson go about London. Just as Sherlock obviously outshines Dr. Watson our Doctor Who’s companions suffer in equality as well. The Doctor is commonly seen as an ordinary looking man, the same goes for Sherlock, but the abilities within these two beings are truly inimitable.

To begin with, The Doctor and Mr. Holmes share very similar qualities. During Sherlock’s case he encounters an issue with two of his three major leads on his case. He was unable to find newspaper remains at the hotel dumpster that were suspected to have be used for making a threating letter to Sir Henry saying “As you value your life, or your reason, keep away from the moor“. Sherlock responded to this situation of not finding the newspaper remains dramatically saying “there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you”; surely not everything was going against him, The Doctor seems to also respond to counteractions similarly. In season five, episode seven The Doctor encounters an issue where two of his companions, Rory and Amy, are caught in a trap that causes them to fall into a slumber, and each time they awake in an alternate reality. The Doctor handles this situation with panic and doubtfulness, he does succeed in the end but for a being with such power he seems to lack faith in himself at times, as does Mr. Holmes too.

Another relation between The Hound of the Baskervilles and Doctor Who is the relationships between the characters. Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor are looked at as superior creatures, Watson and The Doctor’s countless companions greatly rely on the two advanced men throughout their adventures. An example of Sherlock’s superiority is shown in the first chapter of the book: Watson and Holmes find a cane and begin to make observations on it; Watson begins with his but as soon as he finishes Sherlock blows them out of the water with his advanced observation skills. The Doctor’s companions fall into this situation many times throughout their adventures. With the vast exploration contained in space and time travel The Doctor exposes them to much of the unknown. His knowledge becomes a necessity for their survival. This occurs in almost every episode.

The final relation between The Hound of the Baskervilles and Doctor Who is their uniqueness. The Doctor is blatantly different for many reasons. The largest one is the fact that he is the last of his kind; he appears human but has many strange attributes such as having two hearts and immortality. The Doctor appears to be some sort of super hero just as Sherlock does too. All super heroes have a super power and Sherlock’s is the best of them all, his intellect and the ability to observe immensely is a superb talent and just as a super hero relies on their power Sherlock does too.

In the end The Hound of the Baskervilles and the television series Doctor Who can be looked at as very similar. The two main characters constantly outshine their loyal partners but they still seem to play a large and applicable role in their adventures. Also, the qualities between the two main characters are almost identical and their pursuits come from the same inspiration: to use their advanced abilities to help others.

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