Transcripts, transcripts, and more transcripts
You’re the second person to say that to me today
For years people have been asking, “Why hasn’t Ariane made the transcripts available to download?” To which my answer has been along the lines of, “You know why she’s here? She’s not paid or anything.” And, to be honest, the last thing I wanted was people taking the downloads and scurrying off without even bothering to post a comment at the bottom of my Livejournal pages.
But, three and a half years after starting to write Sherlock transcripts, I finally relented and made the transcripts available to download.
PLEASE NOTE: All downloads listed below go up to and include the Special. Season 4 downloads will not be available for some months. I will announce on LJ and on Tumblr when they do become available.
Update, February 2016
These are deep waters, fandom. And I shall have to go deeper still
Back in September 2015 it was fairly straightforward – if time-consuming – putting together all the transcripts up to the end of Season 3; but then came The Abominable Bride. Adding that to all the different files listed below was annoying but necessary and I was getting on with the job until I suddenly realised: there might be people out there who’ve downloaded earlier versions of the files and then have edited and/or annotated them to death. The last thing they would need is to have to download a new version and then transfer all their notes.
So did I shrug and think, “Not my problem”? To be brutally honest, I should have but because I’m
an idiot a heroine a martyr to the cause stupidly OCD about such things, I have not only added TAB to every file, but I have made separate files of TAB only, for the benefit of those who don’t want to mess with their original downloads but would like to add the new transcript at the end.
This means that next time I find that I’ve misquoted a character in TAB, I’ll have to update five Word files, re-convert them to pdf, and then re-upload all ten. You might think that that’s unlikely to happen after all this time but just this morning, 15 February, I realised I’d got a line wrong. So it could happen again ...
I imagine people have already warned you to stay away from transcripts, but I can see from your left hand that’s not going to happen
So here they are at last. One single file containing all the episodes (including the pilot, Many Happy Returns and the Special). 474 pages, with a page index and everything!
All episodes: Word (.docx, c.1040KB) / PDF (c.3200KB)
The Abominable Bride only: Word (.docx, c.125KB) / PDF (c.500KB)
I’ve got Miss DeVere on semi-permanent mute
Do you trudge through part of a transcript looking for a particular conversation or just one line, but are constantly fed up with having to skim past all the descriptive stuff written by your dedicated and humble transcriber? Don’t you wish there was a version with just the dialogue?
Now there is. No descriptions of the scenes or voice tones, and none of DeVere’s snarky asides. One single file containing all the episodes (including the pilot, MHR and the Special) with just the speaker and the spoken words. A mere 213 pages!
All episodes: Word (.docx, c.460KB) or as a PDF (c.1700KB)
The Abominable Bride only: Word (.docx, c.66KB) / PDF (c.300KB)
I guarantee you – on behalf of the Sherlock fandom – that materials will be found on your computer hard drives resulting in your immediate ability to find the required line of dialogue. Don’t reply – just look delighted and flail wildly
You’re planning a fic or a meta, or you want to prove a point by quoting that particular line that Mycroft said in ... dammit, which episode did he say that line in? You can’t remember and so, especially if you can’t remember the quote well enough to do a word search, you’ve got to plough through all the transcripts to find it.
Not any more. I have given myself chronic RSI by cutting and pasting the lines spoken by all the major characters so that, for example, all of Mycroft’s lines from every episode are listed together. I’ve selected 25 of the major characters who appear in all or several episodes (e.g. Mycroft, Jim, Molly, Greg, Mrs H ... Oh, and those Sherlock and John characters too), and some others who either appear in just a couple of episodes, or appear in only one episode but in more than one scene (e.g. Irene, Janine, Henry, Wiggins ...). Of course, it might not help much if you’re looking for a quote from Sherlock (who says 4527 lines) or John (2747 lines), but it might be useful for other characters. So here it is: one single file containing a list of lines spoken by 25 of the characters throughout all the episodes (including the pilot, MHR and the Special). 179 pages, with a handy page index so you can easily see who’s included and then jump to the appropriate character’s lines.
Available as a Word (.docx, c.400KB) or as a PDF (c.1800KB)
And no, I’m afraid there’s just the one edition of this version, with the lines from TAB now incorporated.
Oh, you mean it’s actually Christmas
And just a reminder that also available is a file with a side-by-side comparison of the broadcast episode and the pilot episode of A Study in Pink. This sets out identical/similar scenes side-by-side and lines up each identical or similar line, plus shows where the two episodes were different. If you want to see an example of what I’m talking about, go here.
Available as a PDF (1040KB)
I can’t tell you how glad we are, Ari. All that time people thinking the worst of you. We’re just so pleased it’s all over.
So, that should keep you busy for a while. If there are no more questions for Miss DeVere, I’m going to bring this session to an end. You may bow down and worship me as you see fit. If you don’t ... I’ll make you into shoes. ;-)
The original transcripts, together with DVD commentary summaries/transcripts, and transcripts of the DVD special features can be found here.