Then there is the choice of ceiling: 1) Plasterboard (drywall), with seams and nail heads covered with tape and joint compound. 2) Blueboard with a skimcoat. 3) Ceiling tiles, either distinct square tiles or acoustical tiles with fissures (not round holes) that fit together without lines.
I think the Blueboard and skimcoat is the best, and probably the most expensive, but worth the effort. One more ceiling, a suspended one, is not considered in a Victorian house. Tiles are the best candidate for DIY, because the ceiling elements are small (12 by 12 inches) and easy to work with.