Fascism was a political ideology.
In the 1930s, Cecelia Pollard was a member of the League of English Fascists. (AUDIO: A Blind Eye) Conversely, her father Lord Richard Pollard considered them to be "a rum lot". (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard)
Nazi Colonel Oskar Steinmann claimed Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and France all welcomed German rule both before and during World War II because of the Nazi commitment to uniting the world under a strong fascist ideology. (PROSE: Just War)
By 1938, nazism (a branch of fascism) was present in Germany. (TV: Let's Kill Hitler) The Seventh Doctor's companion Ace was disheartened and frustrated when she contemplated the survival of fascism beyond the Second World War despite the defeat of the Nazis, even though she believed the war should have been the war to crush the ideology. She cited the murder of her friend Manisha Purkayastha at the hands of racists (TV: Ghost Light) as well as some of her own encounters with fascists and neo-Nazis (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, Silver Nemesis) as regrettable evidence of its survival. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)
Tommy Connolly remarked how his dad, Eddie Connolly, fought against fascism during World War II while serving in the British Army so people could "say what they want and do what they want". (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)