Cumberbatch will never be replaced as Sherlock, writer claims
Sherlock won't return without Holmes himself.
Benedict Cumberbatch will never be replaced as Sherlock, series writer Mark Gatiss has claimed.
In an interview with the Daily Star, Mark Gatiss said the Sherlock and Doctor Strange actor would never be replaced in the role, even if that meant no more episodes.
"We couldn't do it without him, of course not.
"We couldn't recast Sherlock. It's not a show we're just churning out. It's a special thing and we couldn't do it without Benedict."
Sherlock is a modern adaptation of Arthur Conan-Doyle's mystery stories, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman starring.
The show has just finished its 4th series, with fans unsure when the 5th will emerge.
As well as co-writing, Gatiss also stars in the show as Sherlock's brother Mycroft, and has described the two leads as “the definitive Holmes and Watson of our age”.
The end of the 4th was the first without a cliffhanger, with Gatiss admitting that this was incase the show would not be returning.
“We're not planning it to be [the final series] but it might be, it's possible, and we could end it there.
"We couldn't have ended it on any of the previous series, but they always ended on walloping great cliffhangers!"
You can still watch all of Sherlock series 4 on BBC iPlayer now.
Source: Digital Spy