Doctor Who and Sherlock’s Steven Moffat announces his next project
Although his run on Doctor Who is not quite complete, current showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed what his next project will be. He and fellow Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss are planning to reunite to create a new Dracula TV series for the BBC.
Moffat and Gatiss are both in the middle of working on other projects so work has yet to begin on the new series. The current plan is to mimic the Sherlock format, with the show presented as a mini-series with three episodes, each of feature length. No target air date has been announced, and it’s not yet clear if the show will stick to the original Victorian time period of Bram Stoker’s novel, or follow the Sherlock route and update it for modern times.
In most cases money would probably make a huge impact on that decision, and it still might, but if any network can pull off a Victorian era show without breaking the bank it’s the BBC. Plus, Moffat and Gatiss have a healthy resume, which when paired with a well-known property like Dracula should be enough to encourage the BBC and its producing partners to gamble on a relatively big budget for the episode.
Before work can begin though, both Moffat and Gatiss will first need to finish up their current obligations. Gatiss is currently co-starring in an upcoming mini-series titled Gunpowder, based on the Guy Fawkes plot to assassinate King James I in 1605. The mini-series stars Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington, a show in which Gatiss also has a small, recurring part.
As for Moffat, he is currently finishing his six-season run on Doctor Who. The tenth season has two more episodes left to air, then his final episode will air on Christmas Day. That episode will also see the final starring appearance of the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and the debut of his replacement. Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens will then take over for season 11, although no word yet on when we might see that (probably Fall 2018 or later).
This news might also be the final nail in the coffin of Sherlock. Moffat and Gatiss have both said they don’t currently have plans to write anymore although they are open to it, but with the increasingly crowded schedules of the actors and now the showrunners, barring the odd Christmas or New Year’s Day special it seems more and more likely that we won’t be seeing a season five. And if that somehow changes it likely wouldn’t be for several years at least.
Again, no word on when we may see the Dracula TV show, but late 2018 or 2019 seems like a possibility.