petition for a doctor who episode where the doctor travels back in time to meet arthur conan doyle and accidentally happens to mention how popular sherlock holmes is even 130 years later and poor acd almost breaks down crying
"Doctor before you leave…just tell me one thing."
"My books, the Sherlock Holmes books…do they die out?"
"No, Arthur. People love them. They carry on for hundreds of years."
"Damnit. God damnit. Fuck."
"It seems I have much work to do.” ACD mutters as The Doctor makes his goodbyes. The Tardis disappears and we are left with the sight and sound of ACD furiously writing his next Holmes story.
Flash forward to ACD turning in the manuscript to his publisher, a slight grin as he tells the man that “This might just be my best one yet.” The camera pans down to the title of the story: “The Final Problem”.
*camera pans up to see scene has changed to a modern-day London bookshop*
The companion closes the book she’s holding and places it back on the shelf. “But….Holmes didin’t die. ACD wrote more after The Final Problem.”
The Doctor gives a brief explanation why ACD revived Holmes, ties it in a neat bow with some remark about fixed points and how Earth will always need a Sherlock Holmes…and just as he’s about to leave, he pauses at a display and snatches one of the deerstalker caps from the Sherlock display, placing it on his head before walking out of the store.