Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jul. 25, 2010
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC One TV Network

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Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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4.59/5 (44 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 01, 2014 on BBC One
Summary: A couple of years after the shocking effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has managed to move on with his life. London is under threat of a huge terrorist attack and Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so easily to him.

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Guest Stars

Howard Shilcott played by David Fynn
Laura played by Sharon Rooney
Torturer played by Tomi May
Bonfire Dad played by Rick Warden
Zoe played by Trixiebell Harrowell
Reporter 1 played by Lovelace Akpojaro
Reporter 2 played by Jim Conway (IX)
Reporter 3 played by Nicole Arumugam

Episode Quotes

Dr. John Watson: You'd have to be an idiot not to see it. You love it.
Sherlock Holmes: Love what?
Dr. John Watson: Being back. Being Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: I don't even know what that's supposed to mean.
Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty slipped up. The one person he thought didn't matter to me was the person who mattered the most. You made it all possible.
Torturer: You broke in here for a reason. Just tell us why and you can sleep. Remember sleep? Huh?... What? [the captive whispers in his ear]
Mycroft Holmes: [In disguise] Well? What did he say?
Torturer: He said that I used to work in the Navy, where I had an unhappy love affair. That the electricity isn't working in my bathroom... and that my wife is sleeping with our next door neighbor, the coffin maker. And if I go home now I'll catch them at it. [Runs out of the interrogation room] I knew it! I knew there was something going on!

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): Towards the end, when Sherlock and Mary are driving to save John, a brief scene before they arrive at the police barricade clearly shows a shadow of the camera/crew on the ground.
  • Goof (continuity error): The train shown on security footage is 1996 Stock train for Jubilee line. The wagon found by Sherlock and John is 1972 Stock for Bakerloo line. And the interior for that wagon was borrowed from D78 Stock for District line.

Trivia

  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • SPOILER: Writer Mark Gatiss is a known admirer of Clive Barker's work and has narrated the "Books of Blood" series for BBC Radio. The episode contains references to the series; the London Underground scenes are influenced by the 'Midnight Meat Train' (a boy disappears on a railway carriage with no feasible way of exiting) and the bonfire scene is influenced by the book 'The Forbidden' (a girl is within a bonfire that is set alight in front of children and their parents).
  • Mark Gatiss has said that they changed the solution to how Sherlock survived the fall from Series 2 due to the layout of St. Bart's Hospital. "We were going to do it as a two-stage trick. There was going to be a platform, like a window-cleaning platform, which Sherlock would hit, then another body would drop out of it. That's why there's a reference in the newspaper to the refit of a historic hospital, then we changed our minds because Toby Haynes, the director of Reichenbach, noticed that the ambulance station was at exactly the right point."
  • The name of the abandoned tube station "Sumatra Road" is a subtle reference to The Giant Rat of Sumatra, a case that is mentioned in 'The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire' as one of the many adventures Holmes and Watson have that does not appear in the novels.
  • SPOILER: Sumatra Road tube station does not exist and was fabricated for the story. Sumatra Road itself does exist and is approximately five miles away from the Palace of Westminster. There is, however an underground station near Sumatra Road called North End (colloquially known as 'The Bull and Bush') which was built but never opened to the public due to planning issues above ground.
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