23. What 19th century literary figure is infected with alien technology in "Haunting of Villa Diodati"?
From Quiz The Haunting of Villa Diodati
Answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley finds a quicksilver object in Lake Geneva, which turns out to be cyber technology. The Cyberman threatens to kill Shelley in order to get the technology back, so the Doctor uses a Jedi (oops Time Lord) mind trick to show Shelley his own death, forcing the cyber technology to leave his body.
The Doctor's mind trick probably didn't take too long, as Shelley only lived for six more years, dying in a boating accident in 1822. Byron did not last much longer, dying in 1824. Mary actually made it to age 53, dying in 1851.
Mary was married to Shelley, but not until after the story in "Villa Diodati" took place. Byron would have been there. Austen could have been, she didn't die until 1817, but didn't travel in those circles.