"The Abominable Bride"
This episode is set in Victorian Times.
(The name was mentioned in passing in Arthur Conan Doyle's story "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" as "the case of Ricoletti of the club foot and his abominable wife"). For more information see the video below on "What does it mean?" from PBS Masterpiece.
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Since they announced they were filming this, it has variously been referred to as "The Christmas Special", "The Holiday Special", etc.

w. Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat     d. Douglas Mackinnon
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Originally Broadcast on BBC One: January 1, 2016 and a few hours later on PBS Masterpiece on a special day and time (Friday, January 1, 2016 at 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT check your local PBS online schedule as some cable schedules aren't listing it yet: mine finally updated December 27.)

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After the episode showed the internet sparkled with discussions including from As a summary, we would guess that a majority of fans and professional critics were as confused as we were by the plot and the reasons for doing it. We did find the first half to be quite entertaining, but the second half fell down a series of plot hole following Alice.

A Fan on Tumbler Explains the Episode Minute to Minute.
Editor's note: the analysis seems to explain just what is happening in a possible way although we would never have seen these things without having them pointed out. The foundation of the explanation is that until the end of the episode when Sherlock leaves the plane, the only things that are real are things happening when Sherlock is seated in the plane. If he is not sitting down, we are seeing what is in his Mind Palace (or his imagination), including when he is lying down in the plane. The analysis also makes points about symbolism.
We just watched the episode for the second time and the tumbler explanation gives sense to the whole thing.

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