Former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper in Sky Atlantic's Penny Dreadful

Billie Piper: “Daleks Don’t Scare Me”

When it comes to facing down the universe’s deadliest foe, Rose Tyler herself Billie Piper isn’t about to turn tail and run; in fact, she’s not in the least bit scared of those pepper pot despots.

Risking the wrath of Skaro, Piper, speaking at the premiere for Sky’s new drama, Penny Dreadful, told the Radio Times that the horrors she faces in the new series are much scarier than Doctor Who‘s tank-like villains:

I’ve never been scared by the Daleks myself… As much as [Penny Dreadful] has all these supernatural elements [like Doctor Who] I think it’s largely about mortality.

Penny Dreadful, a dark and violent thriller set in Victorian London, explores both the very real horrors lurking on those cobbled streets and those that dwelling in nightmares of the now flesh and blood literary characters of Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Grey and Dracula.

Needless to say, it’s a perilous existence for Piper’s Brona Croft, a troubled, terminally ill prostitute:

It’s about lots of people existing on the outskirts of society and becoming one and living with demons and darkness – and I think all of that is pretty scary. Far scarier than a Dalek!

A co-production production between Sky Atlantic and Showtime, Penny Dreadful starts on 20 May at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic and stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Rassilon himself Timothy Dalton and Harry Treadaway.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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