BBC's Dracula implies the vampire sleeps with both men and women

Is Dracula bisexual? New BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror alludes to the vampire having ‘intercourse’ with a man – but creator Stephen Moffat insists blood-sucker has ‘always fed off men AND women’

  • The new take features a scene in which human Jonathan Harker is questioned about ‘having intercourse’ with the Nosferatu 
  • Co-creator Steven Moffat claimed that Dracula’s interest was purely predatory and said: ‘He’s not actually having sex with anyone’
  • He said: ‘He’s drinking their blood. You might need to delete your Tinder, if that is what you think. Dracula has always fed off men and women 
  • Little is known about author Bram Stoker’s sexuality, but the vampire’s implied promiscuity with both sexes seems to reflect theories the writer was homosexual
  • A fiercely private man, Stoker was close with Oscar Wilde, and even went on to marry his former love Florence Balcombe in 1878
  • But it has since been hypothesised that the author was gay

The exciting new BBC adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic begs the question – is the new Dracula bisexual?  

And the new take on Dracula seems to suggest the blood-sucking count is interested in both sexes, as it features a scene where human Jonathan Harker is questioned about ‘having intercourse’ with the Nosferatu.

According to The Telegraph on Thursday, the first episode opens with the character being asked by the ‘Atheist Nun’ about his night in the vampire’s castle, as she inquires: ‘Did you have intercourse with Count Dracula?’

‘Dracula has always fed off men and women’: New BBC adaptation implies the vampire sleeps with both sexes, it was reported on Thursday (pictured, Claes Bang as the character)

Interested: The Telegraph claimed it opens with Jonathan Harker being questioned about his night in Dracula’s castle, as a nun asks: ‘Did you have intercourse with Count Dracula?’

She then refers to a ‘contagion’ that the Count (played by Claes Bang) gives to his victims that puts them in an ‘incurable’ state of desire.

Despite the insinuated transgressions, co-creator Steven Moffat claimed during a screening in London that Dracula’s interest was purely predatory: ‘He’s not actually having sex with anyone. 

‘He’s drinking their blood. You might need to delete your Tinder, if that is what you think. Dracula has always fed off men and women.’

More to come: Viewers will also meet a new female character called Dorabella (Lily Dodsworth-Evans) in the three-part series

Violent: Despite the insinuated transgressions, Steven Moffat claimed during a screening in London that Dracula’s interest was purely predatory as he’s ‘drinking their blood’

Little is known about Dracula author Stoker’s own sexuality, but the vampire’s implied promiscuity with both sexes appears to reflect recent theories that the writer was homosexual.

A fiercely private man, Stoker was close with Oscar Wilde, and even went on to marry his former love Florence Balcombe in 1878, but it has since been hypothesised that the author was gay.

In 2011, the author’s private journal was found by his great-grandson Noel Dobbs, and his cousin Dacre Stoker, a professor in South Carolina, wrote a book about his famous ancestor based on the journal soon after.

Not the case: Of the claims, Steven hit back, ‘You might need to delete your Tinder, if that is what you think. Dracula has always fed off men and women’

Claims: Little is known about Dracula author Stoker’s own sexuality, but the vampire’s implied promiscuity with both sexes appears to reflect recent theories that the writer was homosexual

Theory: A private man, Stoker was close with Oscar Wilde and even married his former love Florence Balcombe, but it has been claimed that he had an erotic relationship with the author 

Analysis: Author Talia Schaffer claimed Stoker identified with homophobia in the wake of Wilde’s imprisonment ‘partly to disguise his own vulnerability as a gay man’

Admitting that the journal held ‘very few truly personal comments’, Dacre said in the introduction: ‘A careful reading of the entries in light of what we do know about Bram’s life and relationships reveals much more than initially meets the eye.’

While author Talia Schaffer wrote an academic journal about ‘the homoerotic history of Dracula’, in which she claimed Stoker fell in love at first sight with actor Henry Irving, and had an erotic relationship with Wilde.

She also claimed Stoker identified with widespread homophobia in the wake of Wilde’s imprisonment ‘partly to disguise his own vulnerability as a gay man’ and to justify his belief ‘in the value of the closet.’ 

Icon: Dracula has been portrayed by 87 different times, the most famous actor to take on the role was Christopher Lee, who played the blood-sucking count ten times from 1958 to 1976

Classic look: Bela Lugosi is also one of the actors best associated with playing the character, which he portrayed in 1931’s Dracula

Recent: More recent versions of the character include Gary Oldman’s take in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, opposite Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder

Original: The first iteration was the unauthorised adaptation Nosferatu – a silent film released in 1922 that renamed the titular character Count Orlok

Dracula has been portrayed by 87 different actors over the years, the first iteration was the unauthorised adaptation Nosferatu – a silent film released in 1922 that renamed the titular character Count Orlok.

The most famous actor to take on the role was Christopher Lee, who played the blood-sucking count ten times from 1958 to 1976 in a series of Hammer Horror films.

More recent versions of the character include Gary Oldman’s take in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula opposite Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, and Luke Evans’ very different take on the character in action-flick Dracula Untold.

Very different take: In 2014, Luke Evans played the character in action-flick Dracula Untold

On the box: Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the vampire in 2013 NBC TV series Dracula

Supporting role: Rudolf Martin portrayed Dracula in Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 2001

Unexpected: In another take on the story, Shadow Of The Vampire saw Willem Dafoe portrayed actor Max Schrek, an actor who becomes obsessed with his role as the Count in 2001

Modern: Gerard Butler played  Dracula, and Judas Iscariot, in Dracula 2000

Despite the ambiguity surrounding Dracula’s sexuality in their show, Steven told The Times: ‘He’s bi-homicidal, it’s not the same thing. He’s killing them, not dating them.’

This comes after Steven’s co-creator Mark Gatiss appeared on Wednesday’s edition of Lorraine to discuss the show, where he claimed they had created a ‘dark, sexy’ version of the iconic villain.

Of the story’s enduring legacy, he explained: ‘I think there’s a vampire myth in almost every culture it must mean something, just the fear of being fed upon or our blood being drained you can interpret it endlessly.

‘The version of Dracula we’ve arrived at is a public decision, it’s a combination of Bram stoker’s book and the play by Hamilton Deane. Dracula is a much more dark, sexy figure than Nosferatu now.’

New take: Steven’s co-creator Mark Gatiss appeared on Wednesday’s edition of Lorraine to discuss the show, where he claimed they had created a ‘dark, sexy’ version of the iconic villain

Trials: Mark also said that lead star Claes Bang ‘had all the same problems Christopher Lee had’ during filming as ‘his contacts hurt, his fangs hurt, [and] his cape got in the way’

Mark also went on to say that lead star Claes ‘had all the same problems Christopher had’ during filming as ‘his contacts hurt, his fangs hurt, [and] his cape got in the way.’

Last month the duo told Radio Times magazine that the mini-series is ‘not for kids’ because of its gore.

The former Doctor Who showrunner said: ‘This is not for kids. Any kid who stays up to watch it will be properly frightened, but it won’t disturb them – it’s cracking good fun.’ 

Blood-soaked: Last month the duo told Radio Times magazine that the mini-series is ‘not for kids’ because of its gore

Dark: Mark supported the horror on show, as he added: ‘We’re just pleased it’s as gory as it is’

While Mark also supported the horror on show, as he added: ‘We’re just pleased it’s as gory as it is. It’s certainly not underselling the fact that it’s Dracula. And that fingernail shot is what gets everyone – without exception.’

Kicking off in Transylvania in 1897, the three-part series sees the bloodthirsty Count Dracula travel from his hometown to London, leaving a trail of corpses in his wake.

The three-part Dracula series begins airing on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 9pm. 

Out soon: The three-part Dracula series begins airing on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 9pm

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