Answer: No one was safe from the guillotine.
The Martyrs of Compiègne were the 16 members of the Carmel of Compiègne France: 11 Discalced Carmelite nuns three lay sisters and two externs (or tertiaries).They were executed by the guillotine towards the end of the Reign of Terror at what is now the Place de la Nation in Paris on 17 July 1794. They are the first martyrs killed during the French Revolution recognized as saints.
In the serial the First Doctor (William Hartnell) his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and teachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) arrive in France during the period of the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror where they become involved with prisoners and English spies.
Enlightenment thought emphasized the importance of rational thinking and began challenging legal and moral foundations of society providing the leaders of the Reign of Terror with new ideas about the role and structure of gove…