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Moffat would like a 'Wholock' crossover to happen, but don't hold your breath

Fans of both Doctor Who and Sherlock were no doubt salivating over the weekend at the possibility of some sort of crossover in which the Doctor and Sherlock match wits, but as great as it might sound, the chances of it becoming a reality are pretty slight.

 Steven Moffat attends the Cardiff premiere of 'Doctor Who' at St David's Hall on August 7, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.
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That’s not because Steven Moffat, a showrunner on both series, is against it. Quite the opposite, in fact. When asked about it at a recent Q&A for the season premiere of Doctor Who in Cardiff, the Moff said he would be open to it, even for just a one-off special, but don’t look at him for the reason it’s probably not going to happen.

“Go speak to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, OK?” he said, noted Variety on Sunday. “They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.”

Well, darn. There may be a bit of a bright side, however, when you consider that you won’t have to worry about it living up to your expectations. Moffat later added that fellow Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator/star Mark Gatiss may have a point in saying “it would almost be better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met.”

“They’d just both go off in opposite corners and sulk that there was someone cleverer than them,” he said.

If you need some cheering up after hearing this news or just want to keep living in a world where Wholock could be a thing, check out YouTube user John Smith's great fan-made crossover story (embedded above) that’s so far managed to rack up over three million views. It features some interesting special effects, which you can also see a breakdown of here. The breakdown video also includes a pretty sweet mashup of “I Am the Doctor” and the Sherlock theme.

As for the two wildly popular shows themselves, Doctor Who is set to make a triumphant return to TV when season eight premieres later this month with Peter Capaldi in his debut as the newest Doctor. Entitled “Deep Breath,” the premiere airs Aug. 23 on BBC One and will be screened in cinemas around the world.

Sherlock fans, meanwhile, are in for a lengthy hiatus once again. Last month, producers announced that season four will consist of a full-length special, likely airing around Christmas 2015 (though the exact timing is still unconfirmed at this point), followed by a three-episode series in early 2016. Filming for the special is said to be scheduled to start early next year.