Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland in the 1650s.


He was born in 1599 and died in 1658. He was a general, a commander of the New Model Army. Cromwell became the Lord Protector soon after the execution of King Charles I in 1649.

He was stocky, with a ruddy complexion, thinning, shoulder-length hair, bulbous nose, warty skin and brilliant-blue eyes. In 1648, mistaking the Second Doctor for a medical doctor, he asked him to cure his boils. (PROSE: The Roundheads)

In July 1644, Cromwell routed the forces of Prince Rupert and other Royalists in the environs of the castle at Crook Marsham. Soon after, the castle, which had long been beset by phantasmagoria, was destroyed by a "strange fire". (PROSE: Nightshade)

He was the leader of the English army in Ireland in September 1649. During the Siege of Drogheda, Cromwell attempted to kill the Seventh Doctor's companion Hex after he had insulted him. He failed to do so. (AUDIO: The Settling)

In 1651, the Twelfth Doctor displayed an official pardon for Sam Swift from Cromwell on his psychic paper in order to stop Sam's hanging. (TV: The Woman Who Lived)

Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas. (PROSE: The Roundheads)


During World War II, "Cromwell" was the codeword for the German invasion of Britain. (PROSE: The Dying Days)