Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have already lined up their next tantalising project with the news that the pair will return to the literary shelves of their respective childhoods with a mini-series adaptation of Bram Stoker’s seminal horror classic, Dracula.
The 1897 Gothic horror novel, told in the epistolary format, tells the story of one man’s struggle to move country. Okay, he also happens to be an ungodly count with a penchant for draining virgins of their life force but still, it’s not like he can call upon the help of A Place in the Sun.
According to The Telegraph, adapting the notorious count, the pair will use the same model employed to bring Sherlock to our screens, the ‘quality over quantity’ method (Dracula: Series 2 coming 2025!) although there’s no news on whether Alucard will be brought into the modern world (“I don’t drink…Starbucks”).
Other things not confirmed yet include who will play the Dracula or whether Gatiss will choose to appear in the show much like he did in Sherlock where he played Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft.
The BBC have quite staked a claim for the drama yet (talks are ongoing) but it seems a good fit for the soon-to-be Doctor Who-less Moffat, who previously adapted that other cornerstone of horror The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with 2007’s Jekyll, (who also loves a good Victorian drama) and Gatiss, who has professed a love for the 1958 Hammer Horror classic Dracula, which featured an iconic performance by Christopher Lee and the titular blood aficionado, and his turn as Count Dracula in Big Finish’s 2016 adaptation of the novel.
As for what this might mean for Sherlock well, there’s no more news since, earlier in the year, Gatiss, Moffat and Cumberbatch said they were all theoretically keen to return for a fifth series if the scheduling gods would deem it so. Quite when that will be remains to be seen…
Of course, there’s still the small matter of the series 10 finale of Doctor Who which kicks off with a multi-Cyberman mash up in World Enough and Time which airs this Saturday on BBC One at 18:45.