Obviously it’s Sherlock’s show but there’s far more parity [in Sherlock] than I think there often is [portrayed] in that relationship [between John Watson and Sherlock Holmes].
I know [creators] Steven [Moffat] and Mark [Gatiss] primarily wanted the show to be about that relationship as much, if not more, than anything else.
[It’s about the relationship] and how it develops and how it changes and the things that wind each other up, the things that they genuinely sort of love about each other as well.
It’s the gayest story in the history of television… People certainly run with that, which I’m quite happy with!
But we all saw it as a love story. Not just a love story, but those two people who do love each other — a slightly dysfunctional relationship, sometimes, but a relationship that works. They get results.
Martin Freeman, to reporters after winning the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ BAFTA in 2011 for his work in Sherlock.
(Digital Spy report, May 2011 [x])skulls-and-tea)