Sherlock writers tease “most evil villain we’ve had” on series 4
Sherlock writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have teased information about new Sherlock series 4 villain, who will be played by Toby Jones, in a new interview with Collider.
Comparing Jones’ character to previous villains on Sherlock, Moffat said: “He’s completely different. It’s a completely different character. He’s the darkest villain we’ve had.
“There was always something charming and engaging about Moriarty. There was something fascinating and actually amoral, rather than immoral, about Charles Augustus Magnussen.
“This guy is the purest evil. Sherlock is actually appalled by him. He’s the most evil villain we’ve had. I don’t think that when you see it, you will disagree. He’s horrific.”
Gatiss agreed, also contrasting Moriarty’s charm and Magnussen’s chilling demeanor with Jones’ new character: “We made our Moriarty very different to Doyle’s. He’s Irish, and he brings all his charm, his twinkle and his humour to it while he’s also terrifying.
“Magnussen was a very blank, chilling business man. He doesn’t see what he’s doing as evil.
“Toby is doing something very interesting. He’s an avuncular, funny seeming man with terrible teeth. We’ve given him terrible teeth, which are symbolic of the rot inside him. It’s a great complex, shaded character. You’re not quite sure what the relationship is with him.”
Dad’s Army star Toby Jones was announced as the new series 4 villain in May, when Moffat referred to his character as “one of Doyle’s finest villains.”
Fans have speculated he could be portraying Colonel Sebastian Moran, Moriarty’s right-hand man. Other contenders from Doyle’s literature include Henry Peters, Brigham Young, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, John Clay and Jonas Oldacre.