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Assassination was a specialised form of murder, in which the victim was a prominent individual — often the leader of a government.

Known instances Edit

In 1400, there was a failed plot to assassinate King Henry IV of England and restore the deposed Richard II to the throne. The conspirators included the author Geoffrey Chaucer and his son Tom. (AUDIO: The Doctor's Tale)

In 1628, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham was assassinated by John Felton. (AUDIO: The Church and the Crown)

In April 1865, the Fifth Doctor averted an assassination attempt upon the life of President Abraham Lincoln in Richmond, Virginia. (PROSE: Blood and Hope)

During the 19th century, there were several attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

In 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia triggered a series of events that rapidly escalated into Earth's first global conflict: World War I. Unknown to the general populace, however, the start of the war was influenced by the Nemesis. (TV: Silver Nemesis, The Family of Blood)

The Ninth Doctor and James Stevens were present at the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy, TV: Rose)

In 1981, there was a failed attempt to assassinate the Pope. (PROSE: The Assassin's Story)

In 2002, Stephen Keyser and Walter Jacobs made separate attempts to assassinate Sherilyn Harper, both of which failed. (AUDIO: The Fearmonger)

The Fourth Doctor was accused of assassinating the Lord President on Gallifrey. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)

Kevin was a hired assassin sent by Drel McCavity. (PROSE: The Resurrection Casket)

The Master used the Toclafane to assassinate President Arthur Coleman Winters. (TV: The Sound of Drums)

The First Doctor witnessed the assassination of President William McKinley. (PROSE: Byzantium!)

"Executive action" was old CIA terminology for assassination. The pharmaceutical company The Pharm granted Billy Davis executive action for dealing with test subjects for Reset. (TV: Reset)

Like World War I, World War VI was also sparked by an assassination. The assassination of Ingrid Bjarnsdottir, commissioner of the Icelandic Alliance, by the Peking Homunculus began a war between them and the Supreme Alliance of Eastern States led by Magnus Greel in the year 5000. (TVThe Talons of Weng-ChiangPROSEDoctor Who and the Talons of Weng-ChiangAUDIOThe Butcher of Brisbane)

In an alternative timeline, Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was assassinated by her fellow Conservative Party politician Heathcliffe Bower in 1984. However, the proper timeline was restored by the Fifth Doctor. (PROSE: The Assassin's Story)

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