Characters


Original and official characters conceived, developed and written by Arthur Conan Doyle represented by The Conan Doyle Estate. Each character demonstrates core DNA that traces back to the life of the great man himself. For greater insight into Conan Doyle's characters these original 'shorts' have been penned by interesting names nominated by The Conan Doyle Estate who share similar professions or traits to the characters themselves.

Professor

Challenger

There is no evidence that Challenger is actually a professor, teaching students whether eager or intimidated. He is an independent scholar, as we now say, supported in his research by a series of inventions, and later by a rubber millionaire who leaves Challenger his fortune for the pursuit of science.

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Rodney

Stone

For most of Rodney Stone’s boyhood his father is absent at the war, fighting under Admiral Lord Nelson in the struggle against Napoleon. Though Rodney’s family are of modest means, his mother’s brother is Sir Charles Tregellis, a friend of the Prince of Wales, son of King George III.

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Captain

Sharkey

Described as having a clean-shaven face, corpse-like in its pallor, a high bald forehead, a long, thin, high-nostrilled nose, and perhaps his most distinctive feature filmy blue eyes, red-rimmed like those of a white bull terrier, from which strong men winced away in fear and loathing.

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Irene

Adler

An American-born opera singer with a European renown, Irene Adler is described as “having a face a man might die for” and being “the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet.”

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Professor

Summerlee

Toward the end of The Poison Belt, The Lost World’s sequel, Challenger derides his constant nay-sayer Professor Summerlee as “an unimaginative obstructionist,” but he was being unfair. All scientific inquiry needs a Summerlee, the sceptic whose first reaction is to question any novel proposal.

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The Scotland

Yarders

Quite a few Scotland Yarders take part in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, the initial pattern set by the two in the first tale, A Study in Scarlet—rival Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade.

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Brigadier

Gerard

Gerard himself is from Gascony in south-west France and fits the French stereotype of the Gascon – boastful, brave and wily; not unlike Richard Sharpe, his British equivalent in Bernard Cornwell’s novels and the 1990s ITV series. But what makes these tall tales rise above the ordinary is their humour and their historical accuracy.

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Mrs

Hudson

For a man who distrusts women, there are many women in Sherlock Holmes’s life — yet only one woman is there at the beginning and end: the indefatigable Mrs Hudson.

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The Baker Street Irregulars

& Billy the Page

Like Irene Adler, Mycroft Holmes, and the deerstalker cap, the Baker Street Irregulars are an indelible part of Sherlock Holmes’s world that in fact make few appearances.

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Sherlock

Holmes

If you have notions about twisting the character of Holmes to meet your own purposes, about reinterpreting him, however humorously, bizarrely, or subtly, you’re doomed before you start — doomed to the merciless bog reserved for those projects that have gone down the same path.

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Mycroft

Holmes

Heavily built and massive, there was a suggestion of uncouth physical inertia in the figure, but above this unwieldy frame there was perched a head so masterful in its brow, so alert in its steel-grey, deep-set eyes, so firm in its lips, and so subtle in its play of expression, that after the first glance one forgot the gross body and remembered only the dominant mind.

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Dr. John H.

Watson

Watson is the lynchpin. He provides the essential core of humanity that is often hard to find in Holmes. It would be difficult to listen to a story told by Holmes. Without doubt, it would be pedantic and perhaps even condescending. Watson is the one we’d like to hear. He reacts with the wonder that makes us love the near-miraculous deductions of Sherlock Holmes.

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Napoleon

Bonaparte

The great French-American historian and literary critic, Jacques Barzun, once wrote about the French painter Horace Vernet’s “Napoleonic scenes, which so captivated that Emperor-worshipper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

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Colonel Sebastian

Moran

At some point Colonel Moran had gone bad. Without any open scandal, India became too hot for him. He retired from the Army and came to London, where Professor Moriarty sought him out, and used him in particularly difficult criminal tasks.

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Lord John

Roxton

An Oxford alumnus and member of the renowned Oxfordshire-based Leander rowing club, Roxton’s “reputation as a sportsman and a traveller is, of course, world famous.” He is familiar with the countryside and language of central South America, and does not hesitate to volunteer for Professor Challenger’s dangerous foray into the uncharted rainforest.

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Ned

Malone

"I don’t think that I am a particularly brave man,” he confesses. “I have an Irish imagination which makes the unknown and the untried more terrible than they are. On the other hand, I was brought up with a horror of cowardice and a terror of such a stigma."

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Professor James

Moriarty

“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson,” says Sherlock Holmes of Professor James Moriarty, the celebrated Binomial Theorem expert and author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid.

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