02 January 2020 12:46
Tonight saw the debut of the first episode of the new BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, from Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue. Minor spoilers before, holding fire on the big stuff, as I know plenty of people will be timeshifting this one. As is common for much fiction of the era, the story can't just be told, it has to be a collection of published letters – in Dracula's case, that includes letters, diary entries, newspaper articles and ships' log entries. The adaptation, from Doctor Who and Sherlock's Moffat, Gatiss and Vertue, has Jonathan Harker, played by John Hefferman, tell his story to nuns in the convent to which he has escaped from Castle Dracula, as he begins to piece his own story together. And even with his mesmerising tales of the vampire, played by Claes Bagn, is it Dolly Wells who plays Sister Agatha, who utterly steals this show.
And Sister Agatha wants the whole unvarnished truth from Jonathan, beginning with whether or not he had sexual intercourse with the Count. Because Sister Agatha is pretty atheist for a nun, she explains her calling was a very long time ago, she is known for a fascination with the occult and is seeking evidence of the divine in all the wrong places, with an analytical, straight forward and brash manner. Even as Dracula has the best puns – regarding Jonathan's invigorating presence within the castle as evidence of 'fresh blood', comparing vampires to lawyers or later, when Harker is crippled, saying that he looks 'drained' – it's Agatha who gets the best lines, putting everyone in their place and later getting the chance to stare down Dracula himself with pure logic. It's a familiar trait for a Moffat/Gatiss/Vertue production and Agatha takes this from subtext to fully blown text, after she talks about undertaking her own investigations, courtesy of a detective acquaintance of hers she knows in London. It begins with flies within eyeballs and plays up the grotesque The effects look real, CG is minimal, the body horror of Dracula's transformations are more in line with the physical effects of An American Werewolf In London or Company Of Wolves, they turn the stomach but never in an uncanny valley way.
Viewers were left terrified after watching the first episode of Dracula on BBC One last night, which featured a decapitated nun and blood-thirsty babies. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's blood-soaked adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic was so scary that some questioned whether they would be able to sleep after it ended. In the disturbing episode, a decrepit Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan) is questioned by Sister Agatha (Dolly Wells), as she tries to get to the bottom of what happened to the lawyer during his stay with Count Dracula (Claes Bang). Dracula left viewers terrified with its blood-soaked first episode on BBC One last night Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic aired yesterday evening Dracula is played by Claes Bang, while Sister Agatha is portrayed by Dolly Wells in the episode Full to the brim with horrific scenes, Harker was tormented during his stay at the castle as he one scene saw him be chased by undead zombies, while another saw one of Dracula's brides drain his blood. But it was the show's epic yet disturbing second half that made viewers' blood run cold, when the vampire burst out of the body of a wolf as he transformed from beast to man when attacking the monastery where Harker was being kept. Soaked in blood and fully nude, Dracula confronts Sister Agatha and her fellow nuns who thwart him temporarily, only to die brutally when Harker invites him into the holy building. But that wasn't all that would spook viewers, as the final moments of the episode saw Harker confront the vampire slayer and Harker's beloved Mina, only for him to be revealed as Dracula in disguise after his rips the former man's face off. Horrifying:The show made viewers' blood run cold when the vampire burst out the body of a wolf, before Dracula later ripped off Jonathan Harker's face to reveal himself underneath Taking to Twitter to share their fear with others, one viewer wrote: 'How the hell am I supposed to sleep tonight @BBCOne? Keeping things simple, one viewer describe the scene as 'a bit disturbing', which was reiterated by another fan who claimed they were 'officially scared'. Taking to Twitter to share their fear with others, some questioned whether they would be able to sleep after the show ended Despite the intense storyline and gory scenes, viewers couldn't help but focus on Dracula's accent when he first met with lead character Harker. As Harker told of how he met the Count, the audience were introduced to the blood-sucker in a much older state before he gradually regained his youth by draining the lawyer without his knowledge. During his early scenes, Claes used a thick accent to embody the Transylvanian count, which some found funny rather than unsettling. Very different: The audience were introduced to the blood-sucker in a much older state before he gradually regained his youth by draining the lawyer without his knowledge More to come: The three-part series continues on BBC One on January 2nd at 9pm One viewer shared an image of the Compare the Market meerkat and wrote: 'Dracula Go compare the Vampire... Sharing their amusement on social media while watching the episode, viewers even jokingly said the Transylvanian vampire looked like Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Amused: Despite the intense storyline and gory scenes, viewers couldn't help but focus on Dracula's accent when he first met with lead character Jonathan Harker While another added: 'This is lots of fun, but decrepit #Dracula is a little too distractingly like Tommy Wiseau...' Comparing Claes to Borat, one fan joked: 'This #Dracula is a Sasha Baron Cohen character, yeah'. While a separate viewer simply said: '#Dracula's accent keeps slipping into Alexander Meerkat'. Dracula continues on BBC One tonight at 9pm How Verizon Media and our partners bring you better ad experiences To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. We also use this information to show you ads for similar films you may like in the future. Like Verizon Media, our partners may also show you ads that they think match your interests. Learn more about how Verizon Media collects and uses data and how our partners collect and use data. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads. Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products. Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.