"Sherlock" The Hounds of Baskerville (TV Episode 2012) Poster

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When offered a cup of tea, Sherlock replies that he'd need something stronger - 7% stronger. The original Sherlock Holmes used a 7% solution of cocaine when he didn't have a case and "wanted to stimulate his mind."
In the original script, John was supposed to be driving the Land Rover with Sherlock as the passenger. But Martin Freeman does not know how to drive.
Sherlock knows that Lestrade just returned from holiday because of his tan. In real life, Rupert Graves was tan because he had just returned from Guadeloupe while filming Death in Paradise (2011). His tan was written into the script.
The quote "Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true" (from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Sign of the Four') is used by Sherlock. A minute later Watson jokingly calls him "Spock." In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Spock uses the same line, stating that an ancestor of his used the same quote.
Sherlock's tobacco craze and impulsive announcement that he is "going to Dartmoor" is straight from the opening of the Holmes short story, "Silver Blaze"
John tells Sherlock that he has just solved a case by "harpooning a dead pig". This is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes short story "The Adventure of Black Peter".
Young Dr. Franklyn in the picture Sherlock finds is actually Michael Price, one of the series' soundtrack composers.
Watson's reference to Holmes as "Spock" is interesting as a number of plot lines in the various incarnations of Star Trek have circled around Sherlock Holmes, including both Spock and Data uttering Holmes' most famous quote: "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." This highlights the similarities between these Spock and Holmes, and how ingrained each is in popular culture.
In the original script, John was to see the hound in a meat locker, but while scouting the location, the producers determined it would be too expensive to film there and too cold for Freeman.
The glowing rabbit's name is Bluebell. In real life, the pub (located in St. Hilary, Wales) is right next to Bluebell Wood.
The major in Baskerville say that they have a couple of aliens and they call it "Abbott" and "Costello", exactly the same names of the aliens in "Arrival" (2016).
Russell Tovey's nephew, Nathan, auditioned to play the young Henry but was deemed too young for the part.
The dog in Hounds of Baskerville was named Whiskey after Mark Gatiss' own childhood dog. Kirstie's pet was an homage to Mark's husband Ian's childhood pet, a rabbit named Bluebell.
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Clive Mantle was also in Without a Clue (1988), a movie re-telling of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock explains the bet he had with Watson about the presence of a hound to get information from the "monster" tour guide. In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", Sherlock holds a bet with a salesman to get the true source of a sold goose.
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Watson jokingly calls Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) 'Spock'. In Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), Cumberbatch plays Khan, alongside Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original script, Dr. Mortimer was to be killed by Henry but this idea was discarded.
Russell Tovey plays a victim who is haunted by a giant "Hound" which eventually is revealed to be partly in his head. In Being Human (2008), Tovey plays a werewolf.
In the scene where Sherlock is looking through the information on H.O.U.N.D.S when the screen says "frontal lobe damage" Jim Moriarty's screaming face briefly shows up among the other faces that flash by.

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