Up Next: Whooping Cranes Who Look Like David Tennant

An excerpt from Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch: A Visual Examination by Red Scharlach.




  1. Actually, the otter is more reminiscent of the lovely gentleman who played Watson in the Basil Rathbone Holmes movies. (wish I could remember his name!)

  2. calculusgirl says:

    The best part is that he knows about these images and is amused by them.

  3. pushy mcshove says:

    nigel bruce.

  4. wuyizidi says:

    A Scandal in Belgravia was very clever, The Hounds of Baskerville – just meh.

    p.s. Dear BBC, a television “season” here in U.S is more than 3 episodes [shake tiny otter fist].

  5. OMG…you mentioned David Tennant? I think I love you.

  6. Fird Birfle says:

    I’m not much of a pushover for otters however somehow I recently wound up with my teevee watching me, from the pbs station and watched an epi of this edition of Sh. Holmes ….it were quite enjoyable, I must say …..

  7. Thanks!!!

  8. Next up, Koalas who resemble Russell Tovey. If we’re going down the Russell Davies route.

    I will say the series is freshingly canon compared to those rd movies.

  9. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    The British are into quality, not quantity. I’ve always admired that. I completely enjoyed “Scandal” — I think it’s the best of the five I’ve seen so far. “Hounds” was uncomfortably similar to an episode of “Scooby Doo,” complete with the villain reveal at the end.

  10. I have no idea who David Tennant or Benedict Cumberbatch are. Have I mentioned that I don’t watch tv? (hardly ever…)

  11. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    They’re British actors from British TV shows, so they may be obscure to a lot of our readers. I thought that might be an issue, so I apologize to anyone who feels left out.

  12. skippymom says:

    ceejoe, I had no idea who they were either. I think we non-current-tv types may need to go and stay with Fird Birfle for a while and get caught up. I’ve already told her I will bring snacks.

  13. Nigel Bruce

  14. skippymom says:

    Excuse me, are you insinuating something about the artistic merits of “Scooby Doo”?

  15. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:


  16. wuyizidi says:

    Lol, that Scooby Doo music and the footstep sound effects were definitely playing in my head when when I saw the characters running through the fog.

  17. skippymom says:

    I’ll have you know that my young library patrons consider Scooby films to be some of the highest achievements of the cinematic art form.
    I mean, have you actually sat down and watched “Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders” lately? Perhaps you need to educate yourself, Mr. Snobbypants Tom Nom or whatever your name is.

  18. also, Benedict Cumberbatch is delightfully fun to say

  19. I love both David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch but I squeeeee for otters!!

  20. baaahhhhahahahahha oh man… got landed in moderation for typing the man’s name… *facepalm*
    SIGH. Shoulda known…

  21. wuyizidi says:
  22. Give the otter a sonic screwdriver and a trenchcoat and he be ready for battle against the Daleks.

  23. Don’t worry, there’s a lot geeks and anglophiles on this board who get the references.

    Y’know, the ones who are prone to make rererences about “the spice must flow,” “a moose once bit my sister,” “that parrot has passed on,” etc.

  24. Saffron says:

    I haven’t seen it yet. Do you mean Sherlock catches the villain with the help of those meddling kids?

  25. Must see David Tennant! Please hurry! Time is running out. 😉

  26. Hurry, Watson! The game is aflipper!

  27. So THAT’S why I’m in moderation, the man’s name. I wonder if he know his name is a no no on web site!! ROFL!!!!

  28. Theresa says:

    Benedict is more of a leucistic otter, I think. He is one pasty dude.

  29. victoreia says:

    *stifled giggles behind skippymom’s back*

  30. Theresa says:

    Believe me, I say this with all the love in the world, but If the Brits are “into quality” how do you explain . . . THIS???

  31. kittycrap says:

    Has anyone else noticed that said otter is actually a river otter, not a sea otter, and therefore would not have just gotten back from Monterey? Benedict Cumberbatch obvi has no clue.

  32. victoreia says:

    Okay, you all…..David Tennant played the 10th (?) incarnation of Dr. Who in the BBC series. (If you’re a Harry Potter fan, he also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in the “Prisoner of Azkaban” movie.)

    Benedict Cumberbatch….I’ve no clue. (Wonder if his name will send me to the Mod Lounge?)

  33. Theresa says:

    I resemble that remark. 😯

  34. victoreia says:

    Yup. Mr. Benedict C’s name is a Mod Lounge password……

  35. Theresa says:


  36. we can’t even ask Sharpy to docu*ment the problem for their records!
    Here, Gigi, have a pre-pickled pickle. & I’ve just made up a fresh batch of fizzy boy-chicken-tales 🙂

  37. eep! tails, I mean. Boy-chicken-tails.
    Though I bet they do have some stories…

  38. The Original Jane says:

    Is it okay to like them both? Sherlock and Scooby?

  39. I don’t watch TV, either. I just happen to know who he is because he’s going to be in the Hobbit movies, the first of which is coming out this December!!!

  40. Sasha's Mum says:

    But you can’t post those without his sidekick: Hedgehogs that look like Martin Freeman

  41. Sasha's Mum says:

    Ooh, wait til you see Reichenbach Fall. Completely awesome!!

  42. Sasha's Mum says:

    For Benedict Cumberbatch fans … if you missed the National Theatre Live broadcast of Frankenstein last year, they’re rebroadcating — and both versionsl with BC as The Creature this time as well as him playing Victor (which was the version I saw last year). Coming to a movie theatre near you in June. http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/63286/productions/frankenstein.html

  43. Sasha's Mum says:

    Oh, silly me, should have noted the name=mod lounge warnings … *sigh.* It’s Friday afternoon, and a long weekend here. What’s on tap?

  44. 😆 I would love a fizzy boy-chicken-tale!!

  45. Thanks!! Got the Nigel but got stuck on the Bruce. Shoulda consulted IMDB like a proper geek.

  46. Martha in Washington says:

    Do we have to say it three times really fast? Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch. I just love saying it anyway. (I wonder if it’s his “real” name?)

  47. Martha in Washington says:

    *see above comment (when it finally makes it through the moderation anyway)

  48. Martha in Washington says:

    My friend calls me a David Tennant “fangirl”. Is that a bad thing? I love him so much! And Benedict Cumberbatch was in the movie “War Horse” too. I like him a lot also.
    And otters are adorabuhls.
    Mike is batting a thousand today!

  49. Yup yup skippy’s right NOMTOM…mmmhmm. I myself am a connoisseur of Scooby. And agree…it is the highest blah blah blah…ooooh scooby snax!

  50. hmmmm wow. Today’s post has the lounge filling up.
    *puts up a sign :
    no made to order sammiches today…either pick a mater and mozz sammich or fresh beast of the day
    chips/veggies….wine by the tap

    walks away…ready to take orders. *

  51. bwahahaha wine. Sasha’s mum…wine 🙂

  52. I understand he holds the Guiness World Record for “Most English Name Ever”.

  53. Well, it’s no Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson.

  54. Jasmerrin says:

    The David Tennant thing already exists, he doesn’t look like a whooping crane. HE LOOKS LIKE AN OWL.

  55. David played the tenth regeneration of THE DOCTOR, not doctor Who. Doctor Who was in movies in the 60’s and couldn’t regenerate :P.

    Benedict plays Sherlock in the modern-times adaptation made by Moffet, who is currently also running Doctor Who with the wonderful Matt Smith. He’s also someone many consider perfect to play the next incarnation of The Master.

  56. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

  57. Benedict was also in Starter for Ten. Watch James McAvoy try to headbutt him….

  58. stbernardmom says:

    Is this Benedict looking at himself in the mirror at the Baskerville animal lab? I think he would fancy himself as an otter!

  59. kodalai says:

    Tracy, really! Show a little circ*mspection, will you! 😉

  60. kodalai says:

    You can still see him if you hurry, but you’ll have to RUN! RUUUUUNN!

  61. dgerish says:

    That IS the best part. I needed a good snort of laughter after the Winston news. These images are just killing me.

  62. redvelvetrose says:

    Benedict is also going to be Smaug in the upcoming Hobbit movies. While the fellow who plays Watson to his Holmes (Martin Freeman) plays Bilbo.

    Wrap your heads around that for a few minutes. 🙂

  63. dgerish says:

    I love to slip in BritRefs (TM) just to see how many people catch it.

  64. dgerish says:

    Bless you for this. So wonderful.

  65. Fird Birfle says:

    Theresa, I’m usually fairly decently equipped for vocab moments but GEEZ

    wot tha (*)(*^&)*(&(U is “leucistic” ???

    Immature and Resentful of yer skillz
    (not too much)

  66. Fird Birfle says:

    just to state the obvy, Mr. Benedict has some *ahem* rather attractive eyeballs.

  67. bookmonstercats says:

    *Hangs Brit head in shame*

    Actually, Antiques Roadshow is practically a classic over here. I am proud to say, however, that I don’t even a third of the other names and have watched the occasional episode of only one or two of the others. I liked the original “Gladiators”, though. It were a right laff!

  68. bookmonstercats says:

    The mod machine has decided to go into overdrive. I’m in mod and I didn’t even type his name. Mater and mozz, please, Emmylee.

  69. bookmonstercats says:

    I don’t think even he would object to me saying that he is definitely one handsome man. But odd looking. very odd. All the more mesmerising to watch, of course.

  70. Oh my yes, that man’s eyes… *fans self*

  71. Theresa says:

    Can’t be. No hyphen. Most English name ever has to be something like Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps or Gussie Fink-Nottle.

  72. Theresa says:
  73. You never have to apologize here, NOMTOM. I will enjoy looking at the cute otter pics! 🙂

  74. calculusgirl says:

    He has some very attractive a lot of things.

  75. “it is an ex-parrot”

  76. skippymom says:

    But it has beautiful plumage!

  77. Yay! Jeeves and Wooster references!

  78. ” ‘e’s just pinin’ for the fjords”

  79. The Original Jane says:

    I noticed. Just got back from Monterey myself so it was on my mind. (and i like sea otters better than river otters – shhh!)

  80. Fird Birfle says:

    well-volleyed, c’girl 🙂

  81. Fird Birfle says:

    @ pyrit & Th.: THANKS !!! How groovy.

    I knew about albinism but I hadn’t ever even ENCOUNTERED the term “Leucism” or “leucistic” previously, never mind, having any familiarity with the idea of gradations among levels of albinism. I feel edu-camated, now. Appreciate the researchology you both did !!!

  82. Fird Birfle says:

    ok evidently I am distinctly *not* clevaire. I just went to that article and found a pikcha of Andrew Scott and I don’t quite understand how such relates to a person who is being ref to as Benedict somethingorother and yet the name David Tennant is mentioned in the title above. AND the fellow in the attached/ linked article ain’t got no pretty-boy leucistic glittering bright-blue eyes; they’re dark and probably brown.

    I haz a pout.

  83. Fird Birfle says:

    1: I like the rule about punctuating Brit names with a hyphen mark.
    2: Also I like the hyphened name “Fink-Nottle”.

    Thusly, Theresa gets an A+ for today.

  84. Fird Birfle says:

    to Angel & to skippymom:

    An Ex-Parrot Just Pinin' for the Fjords

  85. Fird Birfle says:

    I will cancel my pout regarding the part about David Tennant b/c I just noticed that victoreia provided that answer, above. The Rest of my Rant Remains, however.


  86. The Original Jane says:

    If you don’t get PBS I am more than sorry for you. That’s the one channel I’d actually write in protest about if they took it away.

  87. stbernardmom says:

    RVR: Are you serious?!?!? I had not heard that, what good news, so cool, cannot wait!!!

  88. That is, in fact, his real name. Don’t’ya love it?

  89. wuyizidi says:

    The name his female fans used to call themselves is his last name with one letter switched out, the ‘a’ in ‘batch’ is substituted with ‘i’.

  90. fleurdamour says:

    Ad hoc Sherlock otter spotter