Does that mean we’ll get to see baby Mycroft?

Baby Mycroft is just Mark Gatiss in a CGI reduction, he’s never been any different [laughter]. I’m pretty sure that’s true of Mark as well, he was just a mini Mark in a three-piece suit with an expression of distaste [laughter]. Don’t tell him I said that!


— Steven Moffat, His Last Vow Q&A [x]

Figure 1 is a still from the trailer of His Last Vow, showing a hand in what is presumably a hospital bed.

Figure 2 is from A Scandal in Belgravia and is the best image I could find of Mycroft’s left hand.

Looking at those fingers, the nails, the veins, they appear to be the same hand. I may be wrong, but I’m rather worried about Mycroft now.


Also more sinister is Gatiss’s own character of Mycroft. His emotionless potency is a stark contrast to the eccentric English gent routine brought to the role by Stephen Fry in Guy Ritchie’s latest Sherlock Holmes film.

“Mycroft is like James Bond,” Gatiss says.

“He fulfils a need that we all have to believe there is a someone in control when in fact there isn’t. We live in a howling void of chaos.”


— Mark Gatiss, Sunday Times, 2013 [x]

Sorry to venture off-topic for a moment, but Mark Gatiss re-tweeted this, so it is now relevant to my blog. Sorry about that.

The National Media Museum is an interactive museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and amongst the most visited attractions in the north of England. It houses many items of historical significance and is the host for the yearly International Film Festival.

It is also threatened with closure, due to Government cutbacks, which would be a huge tragedy for the city of Bradford.

I was born in Bradford, and was at the Media Museum only last week.

If you have a moment, please sign the petition to save it. It would make Mark Gatiss, John Hurt and me very happy.

wallenstone: Hi! I really love your blog! So, very weird ask: Mycroft Holmes is my face claim / avatar in a forum based roleplay. [He is the president of a nation, heh.] Now I am searching for images I can use. Can you come up with any, maybe not so well-known? Perhaps from the set? I could really need some images usable for official functions. Have a nice day! :)

Hello my dear. Always happy to support RPers.

The difficulty with Mycroft is that he’s not on outdoor sets very often. Thus far, he’s only been spotted outside 221b in Scandal, and during the recent filming. In these shots he’s usually not in character and, while it’s lovely to see Mycroft laughing uproariously or eating a banana, I don’t think they’d be of use to you. I’m sure you’ve probably seen these shots before, as they’ve been floating around for a while.

The other problem is that Mark Gatiss is fiendishly good at growing facial hair, so a lot of his other roles are not suitable for for Mycroft-purposes.

Really, your best bet might be certain photoshoots:


Sorry I can’t be more help!

May 27   8 notes   # asks  Mark Gatiss 

A late addition for Gatiss Wednesday.

Hello Anon! The question of that ring has been addressed before, but it is worth doing again.

Mark Gatiss himself has answered this question through Twitter, and has said, categorically, that Mycroft is not married. In the United Kingdom, wedding rings are worn on the left hand, and Mycroft’s ring is worn exclusively on the right. Therefore, it is not a wedding ring.

Mycroft wears this ring throughout the series, and can be seen most prominently in Pink and Scandal. It is always worn on the ring finger of the right-hand and has been featured in several scenes. Its presence is as constant as his umbrella and his three-piece suit. It is also known to be a part of the Mycroft costume - although Mark Gatiss wears a similar ring on the same finger, he has stated that the ring seen in-series is a prop and is not his own.

Mark Gatiss has said he likes to think there’s a story behind the ring, which may be something that is revealed to us in time - I’m sure there will be a reason, otherwise he wouldn’t tease us so! That Anthea wears a similarly plain, gold band on the same finger when we see her in Pink, is extremely suggestive, but is by no means conclusive. It could also be something familial; it is not uncommon for a son to wear his late father’s ring. Or something else entirely.

Steven Moffat has joked that there is a laser in it, so its purpose really is open to interpretation!


Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Gatiss!

Hello my dear! Now there is a question I’ve not had before!

Like Mycroft’s ring, diet and sibling feud, the origin story of that ubiquitous umbrella is, most likely, something that will always be left to headcanon/fanon.

It’s true that we rarely see Mycroft without his umbrella - in terms of his personal wardrobe, it adds to his flamboyant, dandified manner of dress. In times gone by, a man such as Mycroft might have carried a cane, something that would be entirely anachronistic in a modern setting, so an umbrella it is. Also, an umbrella is a sensible item for a British gentleman to constantly carry - I’m sure you’ve heard the rumours; it rains a lot in this fair country of ours, and the weather is exceedingly unpredictable.

On this subject, Mark Gatiss had this to say:

It originally came from wanting to create a good silhouette in the first scene in ‘Pink’ where Mycroft and John meet. I wasn’t trying to invoke John Steed but there’s something very Establishment about it- and that’s what Mycroft is. The Dark Government and the Old School Tie. I think it’s his comfort blanket. He may even sleep with it. The umbrella comes from a wonderful old shop in New Oxford St. They still advertise ‘dagger canes’ and ‘sword sticks’ but, to their great regret, are no longer allowed to stock them!

Comfort blanket, you say? Oh Mark! There’s probably something to that, though. He carries that umbrella like it is an extension of himself. He leans on it, plays with it, gestures with it, thumps it against the ground to emphasise a point. He keeps it close at hand, and it certainly seems to provide him with a certain security. Just look at the way he switches his attention from John to his umbrella when describing his “difficult” relationship with his brother to John in Study in Pink.

But, as Gatiss intimates with his comments on swordsticks, there may be more to it than that. Warning - I’m wandering into headcanon territory here. There may or may not be a concealed weapon inside it - but, canonically, Sherlock Holmes had some skill in single-stick fighting, which, if the opportunity were to arise, I could certainly see Mycroft partaking in. He holds it very defensively at times - particularly in the scene when John confronts him during Reichenbach, where Mycroft keeps it close and  upright at all times. He had had it in his left hand as he entered the room but, when he sees John, he transferred it back into his dominant right hand before he sits down, almost as if he were half-expecting John to attack him, in light what he was forced into “confessing” to. Given what little we know of Mycroft’s background or training, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it turned out to be weaponised or, if not, that Mycroft was capable of inflicting terrible damage with the stick of the umbrella alone.

I think, like his suits, it is something he adopted when he entered into his ‘minor position’ in the British government and is, therefore, linked to his role as an overseer and protector. As Mark Gatiss says, it is very establishment. But, from the way he carries it - keeping it close at hand, almost consistently by his side - I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were something more to it than that.

And…I’m not certain I answered your question so much as rambled for a bit there!