I was trying to make a comparison between Watson being Kirk and Sherlock being Spock, and it sort of fell apart. They’re both great double acts, they both need each other, they balance each other out: the impetuous, impulsive and emotionally-driven nature of Kirk, and the logical, calculating, cool calmness and politeness of Spock. With Watson and Sherlock, it kind of bleeds around a little bit. Watson wants danger, like Kirk does; he likes being impulsive and having action. But he also grounds Sherlock: he gives him a reasonable amount of empathy and an understanding that he is part of the world around him, not separate from it. Sherlock gives Watson a key to a world of adventure and excitement that he wouldn’t have if he was a retired army doctor. So … Spock and Sherlock. Zach [Zachary Quinto] and I talked about this, but Spock’s very polite. Sherlock is incredibly rude and makes no bones about it, especially if it’s to do with mediocrity or somebody he feels is in any way wasting his time. Spock’s concise, but he’s not impatient, so I think the comparisons kind of wane off. But they’re both great double acts, they’re both great partnerships, male partnerships.
Benedict Cumberbatch in response to a comparison of the characters Sherlock and Spock (x)
or when Benedict Cumberbatch started discussing and comparing my OTPs with hardly any prompting