Facts about M.D. Watson
John H. Watson, M.D. Biography
Dr. Watson debuts in A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story (published in 1887). He joins Holmes in his bachelor lodgings at 221b Baker Street in London and accompanies the detective on the first of his many adventures. Eventually Dr. Watson began his own medical practice, married and moved out of the Baker Street flat; in still later stories, after the untimely death of his wife, Watson moves back in with Holmes.
Though often played as a buffoon in the movies (most notably by Nigel Bruce in the series of films starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes), in the original stories Dr. Watson is a dependable and intelligent man and offers a warmhearted counterpoint to Holmes’s cool cynicism.
Sherlock Holmes never actually says “Elementary, my dear Watson” in any of Doyle’s stories… Other actors who have played Dr. Watson include James Mason (Murder by Decree, 1979, with Christopher Plummer as Holmes), Patrick Macnee (Incident at Victoria Falls, 1991, with Christopher Lee as Holmes) and Ben Kingsley (Without a Clue, 1988, with Michael Caine as a bumbling Holmes)… According to A Study in Scarlet, James Watson received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of London in 1878, and was “struck on the shoulder by a Jezail bullet” while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan… Dr. Watson is no relation to real-life musician Doc Watson.