“Did you have intercourse with Count Dracula?”

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The BBC’s new blood-soaked and high camp Dracula premiered last night to universal praise. Starring Danish actor Claes Bang as the Count and Dolly Wells as Sister Agatha, the writers of the three-part series drummed up pre-broadcast publicity by announcing a homoerotic element to the production.

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Some speculate, of course, on the sexuality of original Dracula author Bram Stoker, a close friend of Oscar Wilde. However, thus far, the new series reads more camp than gay.

“You do look rather drained,” says Dracula to Jonathon Harker, most recent victim of the Count’s nocturnal blood-guzzling.

But some of the best lines come from Sister Agatha.

This Bride of Christ comes across as just a tad godless.

“Like many women my age, I am trapped in a loveless marriage, maintaining appearances for the sake of a roof over my head.”

And she brings a novice nun as her chaperone when she interviews Harker.

“I can’t be trusted around men.”

Previously, the episode opened with her asking Harker, “Did you have intercourse with Count Dracula?”

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Of course, you can’t please everyone and some precious darlings felt triggered by a bisexual Dracula.

Co-creator Steven Moffat said, “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.”

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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