Showtime's new Penny Dreadful combines the screenwriter of Gladiator, London's seamy Victorian underground and one of the greatest travelers who ever lived. We're impressed.
John Logan, Gladiator and Skyfall screenwriter among many other illustrious credits, has used one of the greatest travelers to ever live as the inspiration for his lead character in the new Showtime series, Penny Dreadful.
The Gothic-infused pastiche of characters from our collective unconscious is lead by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) whom Logan says is based directly on the great traveler Sir Richard Francis Burton (above).
Burton (once played by Patrick Bergin in the under-rated period flick Mountains of the Moon) was a fascinating character. He translated the Kama Sutra for a hidden cult of Victorian porno readers, searched for the source of the Nile with his partner John Speke (played by Iain Glen, a.k.a. Ser Jorah Mormont in Mountains of the Moon) and translated a rare Indian vampire novel among other achievements.
From the first two episodes, Penny looks more promising than last season's Dracula.
Logan and his characters are inspiring us to re-visit our favorite haunting grounds in olde London...stay tuned for a Penny Dreadful-inspired itinerary in Old Blighty. Meanwhile visit our friends at VisitEngland.com and VisitBritain.com for all your Gothically inspired London needs.