I’ll be honest, crossovers make me super nervous. While it can be really cool to imagine and create crossover stories in fanfiction, I get really nervous about making crossovers canonical. If you’re reading a crossover fanfic, you can suspend your disbelief quite a bit–after all, it’s fan fiction and nothing more. However, I feel like our critical lense as fans gets a bit more intense when some crazy, world-altering stuff like crossover stories happens in an official sense. For a crossover to happen successfully, it has to be perfect. The interaction of characters can’t feel forced, and their connection has to make logical sense–like Flash/Arrow crossover events. It makes perfect sense for those two worlds to come together, and their interactions seem totally natural. They’re also always a TON of fun.
So I’m this week I’m taking a bit of a different road for our Fandom 5 prompt. I’m going to talk about those crossovers that I’d love to see, but these are also the crossovers that would make me CRAZY nervous because they would have to be nothing short of flawless.
By now, you’ve all probably seen this Youtube WhoLock video:
While the faces get a bit wonky at times, the video does a great job at capturing the moods you’d expect of Sherlock and the Doctor, should they ever meet–and it’s pretty fantastic. Canonically speaking, since Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffatt are both so heavily involved in both shows, a crossover should probably be great. So why am I so hesitant to be fully on board seeing WhoLock become canon? Because while you can totally explain why Sherlock would become interested in the Doctor–after all, spotting Time Lords IRL is something most Whovians try.
Still, Sherlock is a man of science, logic, and reason. He’s severe, he’s serious, and he’s in no mood for “wibbly, wobbly, timey-wimey” antics. I just don’t see how that kind of a man could have an interesting–or fun to watch–adventure with the Doctor. Of course, now with Twelve helming the TARDIS, they may get a long better, but still, the heart of Doctor Who is fun, alien adventures, while Sherlock is based on logical, deductive reasoning from a high-functioning sociopath. Sure, the two worlds could meet, but it would be so easy to make their meeting a canonical disaster rather than a fun crossover episode.
If WhoLock worries, me, SuperWhoLock scares the ever-loving daylights out of me. Seeing three of my favorite shows work together? Awesome. But if there would be obviously conflicts in tone between Sherlock and Doctor Who, think about the huge conflicts between those two worlds and the craziness of the Supernatural universe. As with any good crossover, there are TONS of fanfics, gifsets, and videos online suggesting possible storylines. This one is one of my favorites, using the “crack in the wall” from Amy Pond’s room to suggesting why the three worlds are colliding.
I really love this trailer, but of course they’re using pre-existing footage. Still, it does show how you can intertwine the shows. I just feel like there is SO much room for error, that I’d spend the entire episode being nervous. Of course, I felt the same way about the Supernatural musical, and it turned out being amazing. So you never know, I guess.
This one has a few more legs to stand on, I think–mainly because both shows delve into the supernatural.
…and they both have dealt with this troublemaker.
Of course, with any crossover there are concerns, but the biggest here would be bringing back an older, well-loved TV show. I’m nervous enough about the X-Files revival, having them crossover with Supernatural–however awesome it may be–would make me even more nervous.
Supernatural/American Horror Story
This is another no-brainer, especially since they’ve both dabbled in demon deals (except for that awkward moment when Jessica Lange’s character turned out to not have a soul to deal with), and they even featured a brand of hunter on American Horror Story: Coven. Even better, with the nature of American Horror Story, the Winchesters could easily make a brief, one-episode appearance on the show for a crossover episode and leave. AHS already does stuff like this, bringing on characters briefly and taking them away (like the was she/wasn’t she Anne Frank in AHS: Asylum). The only thing is that AHS is so very dark and twisted. Even though Supernatural can be a gutting show, they really don’t dive too deep into the utter awful depravity that AHS does. So while both shows play with supernatural stuff, I’m not sure I’d like the blending of those two.
The Walking Dead/ Left 4 Dead
This one is kind of goofy, but I would love if the survivors on Left 4 Dead 3 (a game which will probably never happen, but whatevs) were Walking Dead characters…or even if Left 4 Dead zombies showed up on The Walking Dead. I mean, Daryl’s tough…
…but could he handle THIS:
Of course, as cool as it would be to watch the gang deal with witches, boomers, jockeys, hunters, and the like on Walking Dead, I can’t help but think it would be a bit goofy to watch the gang deal with highly evolved, super-zombies like a tank after several seasons of dealing with walkers that only vary in their gross-out level, not their special skills. But still you can’t deny this is kind of great…
What are some crossovers you’d like to see? What crossovers would you definitely NOT like to see happen? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!