05/05/2016 09:14 BST | Updated 25/07/2016 13:14 BST

‘Sherlock’ Series 4 Spoilers: Benedict Cumberbatch Spotted Filming With New Sidekick

Out with the old, in with the new!

It looks like Watson may be temporarily replaced in the upcoming series of ‘Sherlock’, as Benedict Cumberbatch has been spotted filming with a new sidekick.

The cast are currently in London, where the actor was joined by a four-legged friend, instead of his trusty companion Watson, played by Martin Freeman.

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We miss you Martin, but just look at their little faces!

As always, ‘Sherlock’ bosses are keeping tightlipped on the scenes being filmed, so we’ll have to wait months to find out how Sherlock ends up paired with a (rather cute but suitably fierce) dog.  

Fans of Martin needn’t worry too much though, as he has also been spotted filming.

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Some on-set bonding

An exact air date for the much-awaited series four hasn’t been confirmed, though last month, Martin hinted that the episodes will be airing on BBC One around Christmas.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who pen the show, have given us very little hints at what to expect. 

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There he is! Looks like Watson is left holding the baby while his new sidekick assists Sherlock

However, when filming began, they did say: “Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake.

“This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax.”

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