Martin Freeman was once considered for 'Doctor Who' lead

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Those of you out there hoping for a "Sherlock"/"Doctor Who" crossover coming from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it likely isn't happening any time soon. "Sherlock" star Martin Freeman tells reporters at TCA 2014 winter press tour that he hasn't heard talk of that sort of nerdy crossover from the two executive producers.

But, somewhat surprisingly, Freeman once almost had a role on "Doctor Who." He tells Zap2it that he had been in the running for the role of The Doctor at one point in time, though the chances of him appearing on the BBC series now are slim.

"Not that I know of. No, I don't think there's ever been any -- no," Freeman says when asked if Moffat and Gatiss have a role for him on "Doctor Who" now. "I think my name was on an extremely long list once for a Doctor, but they've not asked me. I like the show, though."

The current rumor is that "Sherlock" could return by Christmas 2014, but Freeman says that's news for him. He's been asked about the report repeatedly by journalists while promoting his new FX series "Fargo" on Jan. 14, but isn't spilling any details if he does know them.

"People have told me that today. If journalists have told me that, it must be so," he says of the rumored return date. "I haven't read any new scripts. All I know is that we all like the show and we all want to keep doing it for as long as we want to do it, as long as we enjoy it."

As for when he could find time for "Sherlock" to fit into his schedule, Freeman quips, "Between me, Benedict [Cumberbatch], Moffat and Gatiss, I have no idea."

Thanks to "Sherlock" and "The Hobbit," Freeman is at the height of his fame. "Sherlock" fans have no need to fear, though: Their John Watson is quick to say that they are much more intense than the fans of "The Hobbit."

As for the Cumberbatch-mania taking over the world, Freeman responds, "I started it. ... I'm just glad it's got off the ground."

In "Sherlock" Season 3, Freeman's real-life parter Amanda Abbington plays Watson's love interest Mary Morstan. The couple has worked together before in the past, but Freeman says having Abbington on board brings a comforting aspect to "Sherlock."

"I've done it a few times with Amanda before, but nothing as sustained as this," he says. "I love it. It made the day go even quicker, it made the evening more enjoyable. We have a natural kind of rhythm and chemistry together that I love. I really appreciate that part of my day."

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