Dracula: Steven Moffat promises a “Sherlock-y” reinvention

Steven Moffat has opened up a little about his Dracula TV series, which he is writing for the BBC with his Sherlock collaborator and regular Doctor Who contributor Mark Gatiss. With Moffat vacating the Doctor Who showrunner hot-seat and Sherlock seeming to be on pause, fans of The Moff are keen to see what this Dracula series will be like.

Speaking to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, Moffat teased that he and Gatiss have reinvented Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire yarn “in a Sherlock-y way.”

“But not in exactly the same way,” Moffat hastened to add. “We’re not modernising it or anything, but we are doing a version of Dracula.”

It’ll be interesting to see what this means. If the Dracula story isn’t being moved to the modern day, how exactly are Moffat and Gatiss reinventing it? Perhaps the pair’s whip-smart humour and eye for twisty narratives will play a part in making Dracula seem fun and exciting again.

Moffat did reveal one way in which Dracula will be like Sherlock: the show’s first series is said to consist of three 90-minute episodes.

Apparently, Moffat and Gatiss have begun work on their Dracula series. But with no casting yet to be announced, we may have quite a while to wait before we can watch it. In the meantime, fans of Moffat may want to check out his new novelisation of Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary episode, The Day Of The Doctor. The book is out now.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about Dracula.

BBC Radio 2 [h/t Digital Spy]