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Comic-Con fans told not to expect Doctor Who, Sherlock crossover

Steven Moffat pictured on July 9, 2015.
Steven Moffat pictured on July 9, 2015. Ethan Miller / Getty Images

SAN DIEGO — It’s unlikely Sherlock Holmes will ever share a pipe with a Time Lord.

Doctor Who and Sherlock mastermind Steven Moffat is up for an encounter between his leading men, but he reiterated to crowds at Comic-Con on Thursday that he doesn’t think a crossover will ever become a reality.

“I have no problem with them meeting,” the showrunner told the Hall H crowd during the pop-culture celebration’s Doctor Who session. “It’s all the rest of them that have got a problem. I’d do anything for a laugh.”

How would the time-traveling Doctor respond to an encounter with the scarf-clad crime solver?

“More cleverly,” said Peter Capaldi, who portrays the 12th iteration of the Time Lord on the long-running sci-fi series.

Moffat later noted Thursday afternoon during a Sherlock panel in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center that there’s a precedent for the Doctor running into fictional characters. He crossed paths with Robin Hood last season.

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“I’m willing to do it because I’m such a please-anybody tart,” joked Moffat. “We can bring in Doctor Doom as well, and Spider-Man, all the Batmans. It would be the best program ever!”

Moffat revealed to Sherlock fans that he actually already crafted a crossover between the characters. In his youth, he cast his sister to play both Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes in a home movie.

“I made it years ago,” he said. “I’m over it.”