Despite reassurances from the cast and creators, it seems unlikely that season 5 of Sherlock is going to happen anytime soon, and even if it does, it’ll be yet another looooong wait. Not to mention that Steven Moffat is still the showrunner for Doctor Who until he hands over the reins to Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) at the end of this year.
There was hope amongst fans that Moffat and his creative partner Mark Gatiss would have some free time to work on season 5 once the former had no more Doctor Who obligations. Which is why it was a bit of shock when Variety reported that the pair are in talks with the BBC to develop yet another series based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, another classic of Victorian literature. It also reported that Sue Vertue’s (who happens to be married to Moffat) company would produce the series, as it has done with Sherlock.
Dracula will have the same format as Sherlock, with a miniseries of feature length episodes. But since Moffat and Gatiss are still working on their individual projects, work on their new venture has yet to start, with no actors cast and no scripts written. However, I should point out that Gatiss had this to say:
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 20, 2017
Sherlock isn’t the only other project Moffat has worked on that was based on a Victorian literary classic. He’s also the brains behind BBC’s Jekyll, which was based on R L Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. While this is a continuation of a pattern with Moffat’s work, it also seems like a natural extension of Gatiss’s fondness for classic horror movies. In fact, Sherlock season 2’s “The Hounds of Baskerville” is one of my favourite episodes purely because Gatiss knew exactly how to ramp up the suspense with all of his favourite elements of classic horror.
I would love to be excited or even cautiously optimistic that this new series will turn out to be another fantastic modern adaptation of a literary classic, but the last season of Sherlock was so disappointing to me that I’ve just about given up on the pair’s treatment of yet another Victorian novel. But I’m sure plenty of fans will be looking forward to this, and I do hope we end up with another great show to watch.
Would you like to see the Sherlock creators doing a Dracula adaptation? Tell us!