While staying at the Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in Switzerland in June 1816, Byron challenged his friends Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley and John Polidori to a competition to see which of them could write the best ghost story. Mary Shelley's science based horror novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and Polidori's short story The Vampyre both came to be written as a result of the competition.
Following the arrival of a seriously wounded Eighth Doctor at the Villa Diodati and his apparent death shortly thereafter, Byron suggested conducting an experiment to determine whether the "corpse" could be reanimated by lightning. While both Mary and Polidori strongly objected, Byron performed the experiment with Percy's assistance.
Julius Otago believed that the Eighth Doctor was going for a Lord Byron look with his velvet jacket and stated that it would be tragic if it failed to impress the ladies. The Doctor told him that it was actually a Wild Bill Hickok outfit and that he had never had any complaints about it. (COMIC: Children of the Revolution)
In an alternative timeline created by the Master, the Fourth Doctor correctly identified the Eighth Doctor's clothes as a Wild Bill Hickok outfit. The Eighth Doctor commented that people often mistook it for a Lord Byron costume. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)
Lieutenant Mike Yates compared the Eighth Doctor's appearance to that of Lord Byron. (AUDIO: Foreshadowing) The Ninth Doctor thought of the Eighth Doctor, specifically his hair, as "Byron-esque", and felt that he looked much tougher than his predecessor. (PROSE: The Red Bicycle)
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- He was portrayed by Hugh Grant in the Spanish film Rowing with the Wind.