Much to the fans’ delight, our very loved creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss slipped on a very subtle reference to the most loved detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, in ‘Dracula’.
Thanks to the episode’s twisted ending, it isn’t entirely baseless to think of a crossover. Just to keep you updated, this isn’t the first time there has been a mention of the detective on Dracula. Read on to decode the clue!
- Dracula: The most popular vampire of all time
- Sherlock Holmes: The consulting detective
- Is a crossover possible?
‘Dracula’: The most popular vampire of all time
Created by Sherlock’s maker, and portrayed by the Danish actor Claes Bang, the modern take on ‘Dracula’, by Netflix, is trending now. Centred around the story of the most infamous villain vampire of all fiction, Dracula, and placed in a 2020 supernatural version of the Victorian Budapest, the BBC-Netflix series tries to create a modern take on the old fable. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created this out of the classic novel, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, it became an instant hit with its debut in 2010.
When you’re remaking a classic like this, it becomes very difficult to balance the surprise element, while keeping the Dracula element not so different. But the makers managed to keep the audience hooked until the last moment, while also keeping the obvious element intact until the very end. Written in 1987, the remake of the classic is laid out over three 90-min episodes, from Jonathan Harker’s arrival at Castle Dracula to the famous vampire’s eventual pilgrimage to London.
Filled with acting of the finest scale and highly provocative modern horror techniques, Dracula emerges after being underwater in a coffin for 123 years and is then trapped in a modern medical facility specifically designed for a vampire, very similar to how the gothic castles were used to imprison victims. The writers have already proved with ‘Sherlock’ that they are more than capable of drawing a modern storyline out of a British classic, but with ‘Dracula’, the writers have come out of their comfort zones to create a spectacular horror and compelling story.
The showrunners of Dracula and Sherlock never let the audience fall short of a surprise. And with them dropping in subtle hints, it isn’t wrong to expect a crossover, sooner or later.
Sherlock Holmes: The consulting detective
Created out of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories, and written by the writers of ‘Dracula’, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the primary character, Sherlock Holmes, and Martin Freeman as his faithful friend and assistant Doctor John Watson. The show debuted in 2010. The modern ‘Sherlock’ was very well received by the audience and thereby gained an instant and huge fan base.
Though originally it was planned as 6 episodes per season, an hour-long each, BBC was not happy and hence the format was changed. With seasons of three episodes of 90 mins each, the idea was to create each episode to act as a standalone movie. The show ended its fourth season back in 2017, with what seemed like a series finale. However, with a lot of source material still available, and social issues left unattended, there is some huge possibility of a comeback. But as the co-creator shared in early 2017, though the actors are ready to come back for the 5th season, their schedules are not permitting them to do so.
Is a crossover possible?
Given that both the shows are created by the same people and both are based on bringing the plot of a 19th-century story to the 21st century, and that the showrunners aren’t completely opposed to the idea, there is a possibility for a crossover. When Sister Agatha finally revealed to Jonathan Harker (Jonathan Heffernan) that the quiet little nun sitting in on their interview is none other than his fiancée, Mina (Morfydd Clark), she explains that it was easy to track her down. “I have a detective acquaintance in London.” Oh, really?
Does she mean Sherlock Holmes? Only time can answer this question. However, if there is a crossover, we can give you an expected scenario. Since the last and final episode of ‘Dracula’ ends with him living in 2020 in London, who knows we could end up seeing Sherlock solve a series of crimes committed by Dracula.
Though the possibilities are not very practical right now, with the schedules of the actors and the ongoing pandemic,
When it comes to ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Dracula‘, you’re never short of a surprise.
While you’re awaiting new episodes, you can binge-watch the shows on Netflix. ‘Dracula’ here and ‘Sherlock’here. Let us know what you think of a crossover between the two shows. Share your views with us in the comments section below!