pits a mad man in a box and all his companions against aliens, monsters, demons and everything else the universe has to throw at them. Having a "powerful" way with words just comes naturally.
- In "Dalek", a lowly soldier Dalek has been trapped and tortured on Earth after escaping the Time War, and believes that it is the last of its kind. After tricking Rose into freeing it, killing its torturer, disabling its prison and draining half of America of power, it lets out a single cry.
Dalek: THE DALEKS SURVIVE IN ME!
- At the end of "Bad Wolf":
No! 'Cause this is what I'm going to do: I'm going to rescue her! I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet! And then I'm going to save the Earth! And then, just to finish off, I'm going to wipe every last stinking
Dalek out of the sky! Dalek 1: But you have no weapons! No defenses! No plan! The Doctor: Yeah! And doesn't that scare you to death?
Yes, Doctor? The Doctor:
I'm coming to get you.
- Rose gets one in "The Parting of the Ways" when she absorbs the Time Vortex and returns to rescue the Doctor:
Rose: I looked into the TARDIS and the TARDIS looked into me. I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words... I scatter them, in time and space. A message, to lead myself here. I want you safe, my Doctor. Protected from the false god.
Dalek Emperor: You cannot hurt me, I am immortal!
Rose: You are tiny. I can see the whole of time and space, every single atom of your existence. And I divide them. Everything must come to dust. All things . . . everything dies. The Time War ends.
- From the same episode, the Ninth Doctor gets one:
"Do you know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? 'The Oncoming Storm'. You may have removed all your emotions, but I bet that deep down in your DNA there's one spark left, and that's fear. Doesn't it just burn when you face face me."
- In "The Christmas Invasion", Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (Yes, we know who she is) is speaking to somebody Locked Out of the Loop about an oncoming invasion, and he's surprised at her speaking of aliens as being so common. We then get this:
Harriet: There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography.
- From "The Girl in the Fireplace":
The Doctor: [whilst chasing a Clockwork Robot] Even monsters have nightmares!
Reinette: What can monsters have nightmares about?!
The Doctor: [as he chases it back through the fireplace] ME!
- Later subverted when Rose is captured by some clockwork robots, and the Doctor is elsewhere. She tries (unsuccessfully) to basically redo his "Oncoming Storm" boast by proxy, but gets drowned out by a (seemingly) very drunk Doctor bursting into the scene just in time.
Rose: Oh, look what the cat dragged in. The Oncoming Storm.
The Doctor: You sound just like your mother!
- From "The Satan Pit", The Beast:
"I shall never die! The thought of me is forever! In the bleeding hearts of men, in their vanity and obsession and lust! Nothing shall ever destroy me! Nothing!"
- The Beast is quite fond of these.
The Beast: This is the Darkness. This is my domain, you little things that live in the light, clinging to your feeble suns... which die. Only the Darkness remains.
- Then she pulls it off right in "Doomsday". After the Daleks and Cybermen verbally joust (read below), the Daleks wonder why one man in the picture makes Rose's heart race. When she finally admits it's the Doctor, all the Daleks in the room roll back a bit: their way of taking a very nervous step backward.
Rose: Five million Cybermen, easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared.
- Rose herself gets to make a particularly effective boast (though it does pale in comparison to the Doctor's, it still gets points for being intended as a Defiant to the End boast and for successfully pissing off Dalek Sec):
Rose: I met the Emperor. And I took the Time Vortex and poured it into his head and turned him into dust. D'you get that? The God of all Daleks and I destroyed him. HAH!
Dalek Sec: YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!!
- Nearly everything the Daleks say for the Villain to Hero variety. Or in the case of "Doomsday", Villain to Villain:
Cyber Leader: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen. Dalek Sec: This is not war — THIS IS PEST CONTROL! Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you? Dalek Sec: Four
. Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks? Dalek Sec: WE WOULD DESTROY THE CYBERMEN WITH ONE DALEK! You are superior in only one respect. Cyber Leader: What is that? Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!
- In this case, Dalek Sec is not only boasting, but making an objective statement of fact. The odds really were that one-sided. In spite of the Cyber Leader calling in reinforcements, the Daleks later gunned them down with impunity.
- And in "The Family of Blood", Tim Latimer makes a badass boast on behalf of the Doctor: "I've seen him. He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever... He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe... And... he's wonderful."
- From "Voyage of the Damned": "I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation Kasterborous. I'm 903 years old, and I'm the man who's going to save your lives, and all six billion on the planet below. You got a problem with that?"
- From "The Doctor's Daughter": "Well, you need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up 'genocide'. You'll find a little picture of me there, and the caption'll read 'Over my dead body.'"
- The new series shows that the Doctor can do these indirectly and evil will retreat. Case in point from "Forest of the Dead":
"I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."
- A quieter variation took place in "Planet of the Dead", where the Doctor calmed down the passengers of a bus trapped on a distant planet after their bus-driver died trying to pass through the wormhole, by reminding them of their lives back on Earth. This time around he was more able to keep his promise: "That planet out there, with three suns, wormhole and alien sand, that planet is nothing — you hear me, nothing — compared to all those things waiting for you. Food, home, people—hold on to that. 'Cause we're gonna get there. I promise. I'm gonna get you home."
- Similarly, from the Eleventh Doctor's premiere "The Eleventh Hour"...
One more question. Just one. Is this world protected? [As one of the Atraxi looks at records of various other MotW that have attacked Earth, ever.]
'Cause you lot aren't the first to come here. Oh, there have been so many. What you have to ask yourselves is: What happened to them? (The Atraxi get a montage of all Doctors from William Hartnell to David Tennant with Matt Smith emerging from the image of the last Doctor)
Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically... run.
- "The Time of Angels" has another, with his response to the Weeping Angels taunting him.
The Doctor: There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never, ever put in a trap.
Angel Bob: What's that, sir?
The Doctor: Me.
- The Doctor's timing for these is sometimes less than stellar. In addition to a couple mentioned earlier where he failed to make good on them, there's "The Lodger", where he hears somebody mention annihilating their enemies and immediately launches into one of his Oncoming Storm speeches about how he won't allow annihilation on his watch, only to belatedly realize they were talking about football.
- From "The Pandorica Opens", we have this speech, delivered to a swarm of hostile spaceships containing every single one of the Doctor's many enemies above Stonehenge.
The Doctor: Hello Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe! But, bad news everyone, 'cause guess who! HAH! You lot, you're all whizzing about, it's very distracting. Could you all stay still for a moment, because I! AM! TALKING! Now the question of the hour is who's got the Pandorica. Answer: I do. Next question: who's coming to take it from me? Come onnnnnn! Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else: I don't have anything. To. Lose. So! If you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica, tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, AND THEN, do the smart thing. Let someone else try first. [cue shot of spaceships flying away]
- What makes this Badass Boast pure Doctor? He opens his speech by dropping the microphone and then apologizing.
- The Doctor earlier makes a completely unintentional Baddass Boast, unaware that the creature he's describing is himself (made all the better when you recall all the times he's boasted about the things that fear him):
The Doctor: There was a goblin. Or a trickster, or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. Nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it -– one day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
- In "The Big Bang", River notes that she has the ability to kill a weakened Dalek, and the Dalek points out that records indicate the Doctor's companions always show mercy in such situations. "I'm River Song. Check your records again." The Dalek stops, then begs for mercy.
What happened to the Dalek? River: It died.
- In "The Impossible Astronaut", the Eleventh Doctor gets angry when his companions are hiding something from him, and he calmly warns them, "Don't play games with me. Don't ever, ever think you're capable of that."
- From "Day of the Moon", when the Doctor defeats the Silence:
The Doctor: And one whacking great kick up the backside for the Silence! You just raised an army against yourselves! And now, for a thousand generations, you're going to be ordering them to destroy you, every day. How fast can you run? Because today's the day the human race throws you off their planet, and they won't even know they're doing it. I think quite possibly the word you're looking for, right now, is... whoops, run. Guys, I mean us: RUN!
- From "The Doctor's Wife":
House: Fear me, Doctor. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords.
The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.
- In "A Good Man Goes to War", Matt Smith's excellent delivery of the 11th Doctor's retort to the assumption that he is a good man and good men won't do anything bad when angry makes the statement far more threatening than it would be otherwise.
Madame Kovarian: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules.
The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
- Earlier in this episode, Amy got to Badass Boast on behalf of her husband Rory:
Amy Pond: [to her baby] I wish I could tell you that you'll be loved, that you'll be safe, and cared for, and protected, but this isn't the time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody, is very, very brave. But not as brave as they all have to be, because there's somebody coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me: he's on his way. There's a man who's never going to let us down, and not even an army can get in the way. He's the last of his kind. He looks young, but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds of years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you will never be alone, because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better... as the Last Centurion.
- Made even better because until the last two words, every viewer thinks she's talking about the Doctor, even when she mentions the "father" bit. And the Doctor does have a name. It's just that nobody save River and probably the Master knows it.
- From "The Rings of Akhaten", to a so-called god which feeds off of psychic imprints:
I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe, and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing
remained! No time. No space. Just me!
I've walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad . . . man
. I've watched universes freeze and creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn't believe
. I have lost things you'll never
understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze.
So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!
- Given that the Doctor later chants "home again, home again, jiggerty-jig", the Blade Runner reference was probably deliberate.
- Kate Lethbridge-Stewart gets in a good one in "The Day of the Doctor":
Kate: [to the Zygon who is impersonating her]
Somewhere in your memory is a man called Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. I'm his daughter. [Zygon!Kate's eyes widen in fear.]
- Another one from "The Day of the Doctor":
War Doctor: There's still a billion billion Daleks up there attacking.
Eleventh Doctor: Yeah, there is! There is!
Tenth Doctor: ... but, there's something those billion billion Daleks don't know.
Eleventh Doctor: ... because if they did, they'd probably send for reinforcements.
Clara: What? What don't they know?
Eleventh Doctor: This time there's three of us.
- Perhaps the most magnificent example also occurs in the 50th anniversary special, when the War Doctor, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors call the War Council of Gallifrey and assure them that they'll do everything they can to save the planet and its commoners, without so much as firing a shot. While the members of the council admire their bravery and resolve, they question the technical feasibility of the idea, and especially the reasoning of the Doctors. Cue the following lines from the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor:
- From "Mummy on the Orient Express":
"One minute with me and this thing would be over."
- From "Flatline":
The Doctor: I tried to talk, I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think that you just don't care! And I don't know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don't suppose it really matters now, you are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play, so it seems that I must play mine: The man that stops the monsters! I'm sending you back to your own dimension. Who knows? Some of you may even survive the trip, and if you do, remember this: you are not welcome here! This plane is protected! I am the Doctor! [catches his screwdriver] And I name you: the Boneless!
- In "The Witch's Familiar", he gets one that's not quite as long-winded as his most memorable speeches, but it gets to the point: He's taken Davros' chair, knowing that Davros has it equipped with a force field Dalek beams can't penetrate. When what the Daleks think is Davros arrives, and the door opens and it's the Doctor, and all the Daleks stop short, the Doctor says to them: "Admit it, you've all had this exact nightmare."
- Another line from the same episode:
- From "The Girl Who Died", after the Twelfth Doctor remembers where he got his face from:
The Doctor: I know where I got this face and I know what it's for... To remind me. To hold me to the mark. I'm the Doctor and I save people and if anyone happens to be listening and you have any kind of a problem with that: TO HELL WITH YOU!
- "Face the Raven" has the Doctor deliver one to Ashildr during his epic Freak Out! over the impending death of Clara in which he threatens to bring down the might of UNIT, the Zygons and even his mortal enemies the Daleks and Cybermen and "rain hell on you for the rest of time." He furthermore momentarily renounces his name and tells Ashildr "I will end you and everything you love". Clara spends the rest of her (natural) life talking him down from following through.
- But in the next episode, "Heaven Sent", the Doctor is now The Unfettered and issues the following threat to whomever is holding him captive:
The Doctor: If you think because she is dead, I am weak, then you understand very little. If you were any part of killing her, and you're not afraid, then you understand nothing at all. So, for your own sake, understand this. I am the Doctor. I'm coming to find you, and I will never, ever stop.