Anonymous said: Hello dear Tiger! May I ask who is your favorite Dr Watson?
If you’re asking strictly film/television adaptations, there’s absolutely no contest. It’s this delicious Watson right here
He’s My Watson.
But, if we’re talking about every possible incarnation, nothing and no one will ever beat the original.
There’s so much reading between the lines that you need to do to fully appreciate Watson in the books. But the man is incredible. Amazing.
He argues poetry, and can shoot with marksman skill. He is a proud soldier, and finds war foolish. He thinks he’s an idiot, and does forensic pathology as a hobby. He considers himself old, broken down, and weak, and Sherlock Holmes relies on his good looks to get information.
John Watson is beautifully complex, in that he presents himself as pure simplicity. He is an unreliable narrator, not just in how he portrays Holmes as a brilliant genius without equal. Watson seems to genuinely think that there is nothing special about him. Despite Holmes frequently trying to correct him (and by extension, us as the reader), Watson downplays all of his skills, strengths, and abilities.
He’s so broken and barely stitched back together, but he still takes everything that’s handed to him in his stride.