This December, the queues leading up to the Mumbai Film and Comic Con (MFCC) will get longer with fan boys and girls clutching on to their Sherlock and Doctor Who merchandise. Mark Gatiss, co-creator and writer for these popular series on BBC, will be a special guest at MFCC, to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon East from December 19-21.
Jatin Varma, founder of Comic Con India, says, “We were in touch with BBC for a year and wanted to invite someone from the Sherlock team, because of the massive following it enjoys in India. A few months ago, they confirmed that Mark is available during these dates, and also very excited to visit the country and meet his Indian fans.”
Gatiss was a part of the comedy sketch troupe The League of Gentlemen, and went on to write for the modern television revival of Doctor Who. Later with Steven Moffat, he created and produced BBC’s Sherlock, a modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. He also played Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s astute and influential brother. Next year, he will join Game of Thrones as the character Tycho Nestoris.
In a statement released by MFCC, Gatiss says, “Stage Two of World Domination complete!’I’m thrilled to be coming to India, a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and I can’t wait to meet all the Doctor Who and Sherlock fans in Mumbai.”
Varma says the British actor-writer-producer will attend all three days of the Comic Con “He will be part of two sessions; one on his work, and the other dedicated to Sherlock.” MFCC is also planning a special screening of Doctor Who with Gatiss.