We know it, we read it, we make videos and gifs of it and we have imagined a hundred different scenarios. Superwholock is one of the biggest fandoms on Tumblr at the moment. And you know fans have gotten loud when they’ve actually reached not only the cast of those shows but also The Powers That Be. They know Superwholock exists and they know fans of the three shows are very passionate about it. But what are the odds of the CW and the BBC actually joining forces to bring the crossover to life?
Even though the crossover first appeared on Tumblr nearly 3 years ago, it wasn’t until recently that TBTP have started addressing the issue making the famous crossover even appear in important TV magazines. Something that seemed unthinkable when the crossover first appeared on the Internet as a mere joke.
Superwholock often gets divided into Superwho, Superlock and Wholock. For now, the more feasible one seems to be Wholock since they’re not only on the same network, but they share the same showrunner: Steven Moffat.
The popular TV writer showed his disapproval of the fandom idea mainly for two reasons:
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character in the world of Doctor Who.
He can’t bring the Doctor Who universe into Sherlock because Sherlock would have to start considering things such as time-travel when solving cases.
To sum it up, their universes don’t match. And the second reason Moffat stated would also be applicable to Superlock, because Sherlock would start having supernatural creatures in consideration as well. The only one that seems more plausible is Superwho. However, once again, it is less likely because they belong to different networks.
On the other hand, Wholock has won more fame after a Wholock musical video appeared on the web and later Steven Moffat addressed the subject once again. Only this time, it looked like he had changed his mind:
“Go speak to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, OK? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen. (…) You know in some ways, I think Mark [Gatiss] has got a point when he says that however good you imagine [the crossover], it would be almost better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met”. (x)
So let’s recap. Moffat said it could never happen last year. Now he says it’s not him, but the rest of the Sherlock cast and TBTP. Who knows what they’ll say next year. For now, TBTP knows about it. The cast knows about it (well, except for Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles). And the media knows about it. We’re not anywhere near a Superwholock episode happening, but we’ve seen a lot of progress in these last 2-3 years.
So what are the chances? It is unlikely. But it’s not as unlikely as it was before.
We have to remember Superwholock is a fandom thing. The general audience probably don’t know about it (although that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t approve it). The episode would take lots of work and Moffat-y things to make it logical and to make it make sense for the audience. On the bright side, they shouldn’t have to worry about ratings.