Dracula: 10 References And Easter Eggs You May Have Missed

Digging up Dracula's secrets.

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Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are back and are taking on an even bigger literary icon with the BBC/Netflix series Dracula.

Claes Bang chews both the scenery and many necks in a delicious performance as the "bloody legend" (the show's term, not ours) with a nice line in witty snark from Dolly Wells as his nemesis Sister Agatha Van Helsing. Across three feature-length episodes Gatiss and Moffat give us a bloody romp with twists, scares and quips aplenty, which, like its hero, only suffers a little from being not quite as clever as it thinks.

And, just like that smug clever hero, Gatiss and Moffat just can't help showing off. Which means that, like Sherlock, their Dracula absorbs the flavour of the character's whole bloodsucking cinematic career as well as just Bram Stoker's original novel. And that the show is as packed with references and Easter eggs as a crate packed full of Transylvanian dirt.

There are references to past Draculas, to the writers' other work, and to horror classics in general. Here are just a few you might have missed.

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