Mark Gatiss’ Lot No. 249 is a Sneaky Sherlock Prequel

On this story Professor Prestbury, an older man just lately engaged to a younger lady, sporadically behaves unusually following a visit to Prague. The professor’s private secretary, (who’s engaged to the professor’s daughter), approaches Holmes after Prestbury shows odd behaviour, together with rising possessive and furtive with sure objects, crawling round on his palms and ft and inexplicably showing outdoors his daughter’s window on the second flooring. 

Holmes deduces that Prestbury has grow to be hooked on a drug that makes him behave like an ape – strolling on all fours, clambering up the creeper outdoors his daughter’s window and tormenting his personal canine. The professor takes the drug, which is obtained from a selected sort of monkey, to rejuvenate him forward of his marriage to his a lot youthful fiance. The outdated dawg.

By the way, the chronology of those circumstances is a little bit of a fudge. Within the Sherlock universe Holmes meets Watson in 1881, after Sherlock has moved to Baker Avenue. “Lot No. 249” was set in 1884 however in Gatiss’ model, Holmes has but to maneuver or to satisfy Watson – although their assembly is foreshadowed: when Holmes asks Smith if he would possibly think about being his lodger Holmes says “a health care provider would make a fantastic companion to any man.” “The Journey of the Creeping Man”, nonetheless, is one in every of Holmes’ final circumstances (in response to Watson), earlier than the detective retires in 1903. 

Not that it actually issues, since Doyle’s “Lot No. 249” wasn’t a Sherlock story within the first place. Nonetheless, it’s a enjoyable Easter Egg for followers of Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Sherlock, which as soon as memorably took their modern-day tackle Doyle’s character again to the Victorian period in festive particular “The Abominable Bride”.

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