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Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes was known to history for his part in the Catholic plot to blow up Parliament and kill the Protestant King James I on 5 November 1605.


Early life[]

Guy Fawkes hailed from Yorkshire.

Guy Fawkes served as a soldier in the Spanish service, (PROSE: The Plotters) where he fought against Dutch Protestants. During this time, he learned to use gunpowder. (GAME: The Gunpowder Plot) Later, Fawkes served as a wandering mercenary. (PROSE: The Plotters)

The plot[]

Guy Fawkes became embroiled in the Gunpowder plot in the early 16th century, having been recruited by Robert Catesby for his renowned practical skills. At the time, Fawkes was based in France, and so Catesby had sent a man to France to talk with him. Not long after, Fawkes returned to London using the assumed name of "Johnson" and rented a house near to the Houses of Parliament, with the aim of tunneling from the rented house to the parliament grounds. (PROSE: The Plotters)

The Eleventh Doctor posed as a fellow conspirator. He nicknamed Fawkes "Guido" and assisted him in finding fuse wire which Fawkes had previously thrown over London Bridge to allay suspicion. The Doctor, for his part, wanted to learn about the involvement of the Rutan known as Lady Winters and for history to proceed according to its known course.

Fawkes was trapped in a locked room filled with barrels of gunpowder beneath Parliament. He lit five of them in another room to launch Lady Winters' Rutan ship as the Eleventh Doctor briefly put Parliament safely in orbit. (GAME: The Gunpowder Plot) When attempted to set off the remaining thirty-six, King James' men came for him. (GAME: The Gunpowder Plot) Moments before he was captured for his crimes, the Eleventh Doctor appeared in TARDIS and took him to Amy and Rory's home in 21st century London. The Doctor asked Fawkes to set off fireworks for them, but he blew up Amy's shed with them instead. The Doctor suggested they leave because Amy was working herself into a fury. (COMIC: Gunpowder, Time Lord and Plot) Eventually, Fawkes was captured for his crimes. (GAME: The Gunpowder Plot)

Another account suggests that after the collapse of the plot, Robert Catesby and Sir Thomas Percy fled to Holbech House in Staffordshire. They were shot and killed by the Sheriff of Worcester's men. Also killed was the genuine Guy Fawkes. The presence of the First Doctor and his companions had altered history so Fawkes died a year early. Sir Robert Cecil, King James' chief minister, immediately seized upon the political opportunity inherent in a dead Fawkes. He fingered his political rival, Robert Hay, as Fawkes, allowing for Hay's execution under Fawkes' name the next year. History thus healed itself. (PROSE: The Plotters)

Missy met up with him in her plan to make the Gunpowder Plot go right. He was concerned with Missy. He didn't trust Missy giving them dynamite. (AUDIO: Treason and Plot)


Fawkes' failure was celebrated yearly on Bonfire Night, when effigies of him were burned. During one of these celebrations, an alien animated the dummies to attack the crowd. Following the death of the alien, they returned to normal. (PROSE: The Night After Hallowe'en)


Susan Foreman compared the snowmen created by the children to the effigies created on "Guy Fawkes Night".  (PROSE: Time and Relative)

When the TARDIS was attacked with explosives by the Chumblies, the First Doctor stated, "I guess Guy Fawkes must have been resurrected, hmm..." (TV: Galaxy 4)

Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart surmised the circumstances of his getting to the Dark Tower on Gallifrey as "like a cross between Guy Fawkes and Halloween." (TV: The Five Doctors)

Clyde Langer objected to letting Sky Smith, who could manipulate electronic devices, enter a power station, comparing it to a "Houses of Parliament tour with Guy Fawkes". (TV: Sky)