Many viewers were shocked in season one when they discovered that Moriarty and Natalie Dormer's Irene Adler were actually one in the same, and that Elementary was gender-swapping yet another classic Holmes character. But Doherty says that was part of the point.
"It seemed appropriate, given the plan to have a female Watson. There was symmetry to the plan that I liked," Doherty said of also making Moriarty a female. "It also seemed the best way to break our Holmes was to say he made the mistake of falling in love once. Moriarty was devious enough to romance him and break him down."
While fans of established characters like Sherlock Holmes can often get quite upset when such extreme changes are made, Doherty said that most of the backlash he experienced came even before the show ever aired.
"There was great skepticism about a female Watson, but once we were through that gauntlet, and people started to watch the show, and many of those concerns dropped away, I felt we had earned a lot of people's trust," Doherty said.
Unfortunately for fans of Game of Thrones' Dormer, who "was the only person" Doherty wanted for the role, she will not be back for the rest of the season. "We unfortunately will not have a second crack at her this year as she's very in demand," adding, "We could not adore her more."
However, several other esteemed English actors will be returning, including Sean Pertwee as Inspector Lestrade, and Rhys Ifans as Sherlock's brother, Mycroft.
Other Brits on Doherty's casting wishlist? Luther and Professor Snape!
"I love Idris Elba. I'm a big fan of Luther, and he's amazing," Doherty said, "At various times, for different characters, Alan Rickman's name has been bandied about. If the opportunity to work with him ever materialized, that would be great."
Jane Alexander to Guest-Star on Elementary
Jane Alexander will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Elementary, executive producer Rob Doherty announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday.
Alexander will play C, a pen pal of Sherlock's (Jonny Lee Miller) whom he turns to for help with a case. "She and Sherlock have been engaged in a certain brand correspondence for the past few years," Doherty tells TVGuide.com. "They trade erotic letters. They've never met face-to-face, but they will in the episode in which Jane appears. She works in antiquities, and Sherlock believes she may be able to help with a case that he and Joan [Lucy Liu] are investigating."
Question: Any Watson-related Elementary scoop? Please? —Henry
Ausiello: Keep your eyes peeled for Episode 15. “A small-ish case that Joan picks up on the side forces her to share with Sherlock a little bit more of her family history and life,” shares EP Rob Doherty. “It’s an episode with a few quieter scenes in the brownstone, and it brings a few things to the surface.” Can we get a few examples? “We’ll find out where the name Watson came from,” teases Doherty, “and we will learn a little bit more about her father.”
Source 1, 2 & 3