Lifetime horror fan (and writer of some very spooky Doctor Who episodes) Mark Gatiss is about to get a bit batty, with the Sherlock co-creator set to play iconic Vampire Count Dracula in a brand-new audio adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel.
“It’s a part I’ve always wanted to play,” Gatiss said of the Big Finish production, “and I’ve been rehearsing for forty-eight years. You may be able to tell that in the relish and bloodied glee in which I approach this role!”
“We started talking about tackling Dracula not long after finishing work on Frankenstein,’ said producer/director Scott Handcock “and I always knew I wanted Mark to be my Count. Thankfully, he didn’t disappoint. From the instant the project was mooted, through to recording and beyond, he’s been nothing short of incredibly enthusiastic. He has such a distinctive voice, and brings a real sense of dread and brooding menace to proceedings.”
You can listen to a preview of Gatiss’ performance above, though eagle-eyed sci-fi/fantasy fans may remember this isn’t the actor’s first time donning some pointy teeth. The League of Gentleman star previously popped up in BBC3’s acclaimed supernatural houseshare drama Being Human as Mr Snow, a 3,000-year-old vampire who was killed in the 2012 series finale. We wonder if there’ll be any similarities…
Dracula will also star Deirdre Mullins, Joseph Kloska, Nigel Betts, Rupert Young and David Menkin, and is written by Jonathan Barnes. It will be released in May 2016, 119 years after the original novel’s publication.