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Spanish Inquisition

John Bentley faces the Spanish Inquisition. (COMIC: Dr. Who's Time Tales)

The Spanish Inquisition was an inquisition tribunal which created a reign of terror in 16th century Spain.


It was founded by Torquemada. (PROSE: Managra) Agonal stirred up the Spanish Inquisition to resume religious persecution. (PROSE: Blood Harvest) The Canavitchi gave the Spanish Inquisition ideas about how flat the Earth was. (PROSE: The King of Terror)

When she looked into the sphere, Ace saw a vision of the Spanish Inquisition's doings: "she was on a balcony overlooking a bakingly hot city square scattered with blazing bonfires. Eager crowds watched human figures writhing in the heart of the flames." (PROSE: Blood Harvest)

The First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Vicki visited Spain during the time of Torquemada. During this incident, Steven was captured and tortured by the Spanish Inquisition. (PROSE: The Empire of Glass) The Sixth Doctor would later imply that he had witnessed the Spanish Inquisition. (AUDIO: Project: Twilight)

Another time traveller, John Bentley, was imprisoned by some armed Spaniards after they witnessed his time machine's materialisation and thought him to be practicing witchcraft. A tribunal of Inquisitors interrogated him, trying to get him to admit that he "wasn't human" but rather a sorcerer. Bentley managed to escape by claiming that if they allowed him to get back inside his "cabinet", actually the time machine, he could help them find many other sorcerers — and, naturally, leaving the time period as soon as he was inside. (COMIC: Dr. Who's Time Tales)


The Black Coven reminded the Seventh Doctor of the Spanish Inquisition. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

Kyle Dale cited the Spanish Inquisition as an example of people using their religion as an excuse to persecute others. (PROSE: Placebo Effect)

Elizabeth Evershed stated that she "didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition". (PROSE: Contributors)