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Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots, was a Queen of Scotland.



Iris Wildthyme claimed to have met Mary, Queen of Scots in Edinburgh while travelling with the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, during which she saved the Doctor's life. Mary crocheted a seat cushion for her. (PROSE: Verdigris) When King James I was a babyhis father was killed, as James later claimed, by his mother. He later revealed to the Thirteenth Doctor that his mother left him when he was under one year old and was made into a scapegoat. (TV: The Witchfinders)

Imprisonment and demise[]

Mary was subsequently imprisoned and ultimately beheaded. (PROSE: Girl Power!, The Scarlet Empress; TV: The Witchfinders; AUDIO: The Flames of Cadiz) Although her death would later be seen as the martyrdom of a Catholic at the hands of the Protestant English, (AUDIO: The Flames of Cadiz; TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo) Elizabeth I, her cousin, actually ordered the execution because she suspected that Mary was plotting against her. (PROSE: Girl Power!) Elizabeth confessed to the Tenth Doctor to a blasé attitude to condemning people to decapitation, light-heartedly joking that "it was usually her who [took people's head off]". (TV: The Day of the Doctor)

After Mary was imprisoned but before sentence was carried out, her son James had the opportunity to see his mother, but never visited, as he did not forgive her for abandoning him. After her death, James was raised by regents, and he later redirected his anger toward his mother into witch hunts. (TV: The Witchfinders)

Iris Wildthyme witnessed Mary's execution. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)


In 1587, Philip II responded by building up his armada for an invasion of England, with a promised reward from the Pope for doing so. (AUDIO: The Flames of Cadiz) According to a National Portrait Gallery poster in a Coal Hill Academy history classroom, Mary was remembered not only a Scottish ruler, butas a Catholic martyr and a talented golfer. (TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo)

In the far future, the creators of EarthWorld confused her with Marie Antoinette, proclaiming the latter to be Queen of Scotland. An android replica of Mary was built and executed, despite its pleas for mercy. The Eighth Doctor corrected them and told them that Mary died with dignity and it took more than one blow to sever her head. (PROSE: EarthWorld)

Undated events[]

The Doctor once advised Mary, Queen of Scots to change her muckspreader. (PROSE: Tragedy Day)

Mary Stuart was involved in Missy's plan to befriend several Tudor women in an effort to prevent the reign of James I, who created the charter for St Luke's University, thereby preventing her imprisonment in the Vault. Uncovering Missy's scheme, the Twelfth Doctor suggested, amongst other methods, that she intended for James' mother to get rid of Darnley before they "did the dirty". (PROSE: Girl Power!)

The Ninth Doctor claimed to have once had afternoon tea with Mary. He described taking the last slice of Dundee cake from her and only found out upon nearly having his finger cut off that it was her favourite type. (AUDIO: Girl, Deconstructed)

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