A wealthy businessman, Morland Holmes typically operates in the shadows and keeps a low profile. His flaws and mistakes stem from the secrecy he's surrounded by. So far, these problems have only been translated through his son. "Because we have spent the last three years with Sherlock and not with Morland, we're predisposed to side with Sherlock," explained Executive Producer Rob Doherty. "There are two sides to every story, and one of the reasons we wanted to see Morland this season is to tell both sides."
While the two characters may share some mannerisms, they won't sound exactly alike. According to John Noble, that can be attributed to their divergent life paths and, to an extent, the fact that Sherlock wouldn't want to speak like he's father. Noble said he'll play Morland as a "very well-spoken man of the English upper class, while Sherlock is much more grounded."
Morland is new to the Sherlock legend, which means audiences will finally see the type of parent who could have brought their beloved detective into the world. "I love leaning on canon," said Doherty. "It was, for me, a little frightening to create a character who would be this important to our franchise but never appeared in any of the original stories."