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Several Familiar British Faces Sign on for Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Series

A veritable festival of fabulous British actors have signed on to take part Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful in some capacity or other. The premium cable network is likely hoping that this horror-heavy genre piece will appeal to the same fanbase that flocked to its flagship Dexter series for the past seven years – and given that it’s Showtime, you know the series quality qill be quite high. So, win-win all around, really.

Penny Dreadful is being positioned as a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror stories into a new kind of adult drama. The general premise is that several of literature’s most iconic and frightening figures – including Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, classic figures from the Dracula novel and more – are all grappling with alienation and their own personal demons in Victorian London. Sounds kind of fascinating, huh?

Oh and did we mention this show’s going to be packed with British actors? Get details and watch the first teaser trailer below.

First 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Details (and Poster!) Revealed

Fans the world over are basically counting the minutes (seconds? milliseconds?) until November 23, when iconic science fiction series Doctor Who officially turns 50. And now, finally, with the big day looming just over two months away, we finally have a few concrete details about what the anniversary special will look like.

The episode’s title has been revealed – it will be called The Day of the Doctor, which seems fitting given that there are at least three versions of the character running around in this installment. The episode will be 75 minutes long, and will feature Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor somehow coming into contact with David Tennant’s Tenth incarnation, as well as the return of former companion Billie Piper as Rose. Oh, and theoretically we’re going to get some answers to that whole “and John Hurt is also a Doctor” cliffhanger from Series 7 as well.

The official poster for the episode has also been released online by BBC America, and if this isn’t enough to push your anniversary excitement levels into truly dangerous territory, well. Despite the fact that Tennant’s Ten is sporting a much, much less fluffy hairdo than we may remember, this poster is awesome