If you’re at all familiar with the world of Tumblr or are a simply a 21st century geek chances are you’ve heard of the phenomena known as SuperWhoLock. If you’re not familiar with this term I can most easily describe it as a thing (picture, video,story etc..) made by fans that expresses enthusiasm for three different fandoms. These fandoms are Supernatural, Doctor Who and Sherlock. While I have not personally contributed to the vast ocean which is SuperWhoLock and have decided to dedicate a blog post to expressing my love for each of them.
Supernatural is an American television show which has recently started its tenth season. Monster hunting brother Sam and Dean Winchester are the focus of the show. They travel around America (for the most part) hunting down and destroying threats to humanity. The first few seasons consisted largely of standalone stories with a new monster each week (not unlike Doctor Who) but as the series progressed the story arc became more complex resulting in multiple apocalyptic conflicts. My personal favorite character in the series is Charlie Bradbury(Felicia Day). She is a lesbian, a nerd and a totally geeky bad ass. She turns average episodes into very good ones and very good episodes into great episodes.
Doctor Who is definitely the fandom I am most strongly associated with in my personal life. This is because as Matt Smith’s Doctor would say, it’s cool. It’s a British science fiction program which originally ran from 1963 to 1989. Their was a TV movie starring Paul McGann in 1996 and it returned as a weekly series in 2005. On November 23rd 2013 it reached it turned fifty and it’s still looking good. The shows longevity is remarkable. It has survived because it’s a story machine that thrives on change. Doctor Who is about an alien called the Doctor who travels through space and time in a ship called the TARDIS which is disguised to look like a blue box.
The Doctor picks up people he likes and they travel around in the TARDIS having adventures and saving the day on a regular basis. Thirteen versions of the Doctor exist within the program’s canon. This is because the Doctor is an alien who rather than dying regenerates changing his physical form and certain aspects of his personality. This plot device allows for a new actor to put their own spin on the role and keep the series going. Because of this their is no end in sight for the popular franchise.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation Sherlock Holmes has been popular all over the world for over a hundred years now. It is safe to say that he is one of the most iconic characters of all time. Sherlock’s keen observational skills have helped to revolutionize crime investigation protocol and the stories in which he originally appeared have inspired countless other and shaped the mystery genre as we all know it today. Now in the 21st century Holmes and Watson are back at it again in the popular British show Sherlock.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is incredibly captivating and true to the character. Cumberbatch’s Holmes can at one moment come across as cold, calculating and in control and the next seem like an angry and alienated child. His character is complex. He is brilliant but not always and he’s selfish but he cares more than he likes to let on. While he would never admit to it he is most certainly a hero. Martin Freeman’s Dr Watson has wonderful chemistry with Cumberbatch’s Holmes and their relationship always come across as being very real. They are two very different men who understand each in a very unique and important way. They depend on each other and they both have many invisible scars.
A possible explanation for why the series Doctor Who and Sherlock share so many loyal fans perhaps lies in the writers. Gatiss and Moffat (the co-creators of Sherlock) have both written for Doctor Who. Moffat is actually Doctor Who's current headwriter. I think their's something more to it though. Supernatural, Sherlock and Doctor Who all have their own unique appeal but they are each in their own way about freaks and monsters and trying to deal with the chaotic world in which we live. I think that really clicks with a lot of people. Feel free to share your feelings in the comments.