The following contains spoilers for the third season of Steven Moffat's Sherlock and Doctor Who #11 (Matt Smith).
I just watched S3E3 of Sherlock, the Sherlock Holmes interpretation by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. I couldn't help but notice a Doctor Who reference, when Sherlock refers to Mary as "the wife of the Doctor", which is the title of a Doctor Who episode with and about River Song. There are similarities between Mary and River:
- both came out of nowhere
- both killed the main protagonist, because they had to, but ultimately didn't
- Mary shooting the coin is impressive to us, but for her it's as natural and simple as River Song shooting the fez.
The entire scene from setting to story is just odd and reference enough that I would interpret it as Moffat's moment of saying: "From here on it's all mine."
I'm not familiar with the original stories and Google only gives summaries, teasers and reviews. Hence my question here. Does that scene i mention really mark where Moffat goes far beyond any existing Sherlock Holmes story?
(If it does, I'd consider it a glorious move!)