My two pence:
Although a fan of his for awhile, this is the day when I began to truly adore Benedict Cumberbatch. I stood right next to him while he was absolutely mobbed by fans. Although I have been assured from friends of his there was no real danger to his safety, on the day it was so crazy it could’ve easily gotten out of control. You’d never know it from Ben though. He was so calm and reassuring. Didn’t seem nervous in the least. Save for the few autograph hunters who were very pushy and rude, everyone else was quite lovely and waited in turns to get items signed.
I’m sure everyone’s either seen the pics or heard the story of the wonderful fan that held her mustachioed umbrella over Ben while he was signing autographs so he wouldn’t get rained on. This one act sums up what this fandom signifies to me. A solidarity and a feeling of protectiveness for Benedict. Don’t get me wrong, I think Ben can protect himself but it’s nice to know your fans will stick with you thru thick and thin.
I’m so happy he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves. It’s been a long time coming. :)