Then from the 1971 serial Terror of the Autons, Doctor Who had his Moriarty figure, but after Frontier in Space, Roger Delgado, who played the role of the Master with such grace, died in a car accident, thus rendering the Doctor’s arch-nemesis making a long absence until The Deadly Assassin (1976).
It was during Tom Baker’s era that one story entitled The Talons of Weng Chiang, would see many fans witnessing a story that was actually a Doctor Who adaptation. In this serial, the fourth Doctor and Leela are in Victorian London, girls are going missing and the evidence is poiting at Li H'sen Chang’s magical show, and not to mention there’s a giant rat living in the sewers of London.
The influences of Sherlock Holmes in this serial can be seen in the clothing worn by the Doctor. Instead of his signature image of frock goats, a fedora and an extremely long scarf, the Doctor is seen in the clothing that many readers would situate with Sherlock Holmes, also the conversation between the Doctor and Professor Litefoot too is that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, there is even a housekeeper called Mrs. Hudson.
Originally, the idea of the serial’s main antagonist was going to mark another return of the Master, where many audience members would see him absorbing the youth of the young girls, giving him a new body to live in, but the idea was abandoned.
1981 marked a new era for Doctor Who. A new producer, new title music and a new TARDIS interior. However, there were two things missing - a new Doctor and a new companion (or companions should one say?) The 1981 serial Logopolis marked the second instalment in the E-Space Trilogy. It also marked the return of The Master and the departure of Tom Baker as the Doctor in a true Sherlock Holmes style!
Like the scene in The Final Problem, the Doctor and the Master are seen in daring attempts to defeat each other but sadly, due to both of their stubborn attempts, the main character is seen plummeting to his would-be death, but instead of Sherlock and Moriarty falling to their deaths at the top of Reichenbach, only the Doctor is seen falling to his death. Which then leads to his regeneration into a much younger, blonde gentleman. The fourth Doctor has gone and then the audiences were introduced to Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor.
Many Whovians can often easily pick out the references to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was in the pilot episode of the modern-day twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes novels, that Doctor Who fans have managed to decipher the credits of the episode in question to reveal a certain classic Doctor Who story: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, but that isn’t the only influence that Sherlock and Doctor Who have on each other.
It can also be perceived that Jenny and Madame Vastra in the current series of Doctor Who are the Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century audience. But does that mean that the Sherlock Holmes influences stop there or are we going to witness the Doctor having a one to one with the creator of the infamous detective? Who knows eh? Who knows.