Former Who companion joins Showtime's new horror series Penny Dreadful

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Sep 16, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT (Updated)

A former Doctor Who companion is headed back to the genre — after her upcoming pit stop back in the TARDIS for the 50th anniversary, of course. 

Billie Piper, best know to sci-fi fans for her beloved turn as Rose Tyler on Doctor Who, has signed on to star in Showtime’s new horror series Penny Dreadful. It’s good timing for Piper, who will be popping back into the mainstream with her upcoming role in the 50th-anniversary episode of Who in November.

Penny Dreadful is described as a “psychosexual horror series [that] features some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.” Piper joins a cast that already includes Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway and Reeve Carney.

The former companion will play an Irish immigrant who winds up in London while trying to escape a dark, secret past. Judging by the proposed tone, she should fit right in.

Filming on the buzzy new series is set to kick off in October, and it could likely debut next year.

(Via Deadline)

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