See Her Tonight
Billie Piper on Penny Dreadful
(10:00 PM EST, Showtime)
Sunday night is always a big deal for the See Her Tonight column, and we’re very interested in rumors about Neve Campbell returning to Mad Men–but then there’s the debut of Penny Dreadful, which manages to appeal to our geeky side while also offering up Eva Green and Billie Piper. Actually, those two are both geeky sex symbols in themselves. Plenty of guys got turned on to Eva in the recent 300: Rise of an Empire, and Billie Piper is a former pop star who got lots of guys geeking out over her sappy tunes.
You shouldn’t judge Billie by her brief pop career, though. She was just a teenager when Billie became a dance sensation–and she’d been lured away from her theatrical studies to enjoy the brief fame. That all fell apart by the time that Billie became an adult, and she was soon back rebuilding her image. Billie concentrated on stage productions and indie Brit films, before finding herself in the midst of a major comeback with a role in the 2005 edition of Doctor Who.
Billie followed that up with a very mature role in the series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Now she’s showing up in Penny Dreadful, which is a steampunky kind of show about psychic investigators in Victorian London. Geeks are hoping that this will be the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen done right–but you don’t have to know the sad story of that film adaptation to get excited over Penny Dreadful. Just check out these pics of Billie to see why you’ll be dreading the idea of missing Penny Dreadful tonight–and then look for Neve Campbell on the Mad Men repeat…