After over fifty years of adventures, it's indisputable that Doctor Who has been warming the hearts of its audiences so much that they keep coming back for more. Not only does the Doctor have countless companions that have proven to be heartwarming to varying degrees, but thirteen different faces that have all told a different story of how kind he is at heart(s), too.
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An Unearthly Child
- Ian and Barbara helping to heal Za despite The Doctor's protests.
- Many little moments which show the care Ian and Barbara have for Susan, such as reassuring her when she can't find her grandfather, and gently explaining why Hur lashes out in jealousy when Susan tries to help Za. Despite the shocking revelation that Susan is not from their world, and the fact that, with good reason, they don't yet trust the Doctor, they clearly still regard her as a student in their care.
- The Doctor is genuinely contrite when the group are trapped in the Cave of Skulls, and tries to comfort Barbara.
Doctor: Fear makes companions of us all, Miss Wright.
- In the last episode of the serial, Za asks Ian if he is the leader of his "tribe". Ian nods towards the Doctor and simply says "No. He is." It's often a CMOH when people first decide to trust the Doctor, but much more so for Ian, who was effectively kidnapped by the man and so recently saw him attempt murder. A little moment which gains so much more weight with hindsight.
- At the start of the story, Barbara is dismayed to find that the TARDIS hasn't returned to Earth, and horrified by the suggestion that the Doctor may not even be able to bring her and Ian home. Then this exchange shows why Ian/Barbara is the original Doctor Who OTP.
Barbara: I counted so much on just going back... to things I recognise and trust. But here there's nothing to rely on, nothing.Ian: There's me.
- When the Doctor is told the Daleks plan to wipe out the Thals and he exclaims: "That's sheer murder!" It's one of the first times we see the Doctor show compassion for anyone besides Susan.
- Ian's frantic and unfortunately misunderstood attempt to pull the Doctor away from the controls. Despite his delirium and the fact that in their last coversation the Doctor accused him and Barbara of sabotage, his only concern is protecting the Doctor.
- The Doctor and Barbara's reconciliation.
Doctor: We must look after you, you know? You're very valuable.
- Mostly, when The Doctor acknowledges his threatening to throw her and Ian out the TARDIS was out of line. His epiphany leads him into loosening up and acting more like the Doctor we all love and know later on.
- During his rant about all the reasons he should throw Ian and Barbara off the TARDIS, the Doctor mentioned that his machine is "very valuable". After he reconciles with Barbara, he helps her put on a warm coat for the cold weather, and as he does so, this is nicely echoed with:
- While not much attention is drawn to it (during or after the crisis), it's possible that Barbara was contacted by the TARDIS because it likes her. Making Barbara the first companion the TARDIS ever grew to like.
- The Doctor hugging Susan when the danger is over, telling her she was very brave and that he's proud of her.
- The final scenes of everyone preparing to go out onto the snowy mountains. The Doctor helps Barbara with her coat and gives her his arm, the two lightheartedly compliment Ian on his dashing new ulster, Susan lobs a snowball at Barbara and cheerfully urges everyone outside - in short, the TARDIS team just looks like a proper family just going out to have fun in the snow together.
- When Barbara discovers that Susan and her new friend Ping-Cho have wandered out of bed and been caught up in a desert sandstorm, she has to be physically restrained from running headlong into the storm after them.
- The Doctor defending Ian in court and the following. It's so touching.
- The Doctor's inability to leave Cameca's seal behind.
- The Doctor's evident relief on seeing Ian alive after thinking he'd been trapped inside the tomb by Ixta.
- High Priest Autloc freely gives away his entire worldly wealth in exchange for Susan's life, despite knowing her very briefly and having doubts about the identity of "Yetaxa".
- The opening scene with the T.A.R.D.I.S. crew remarking on their adventures and how much fun they've had together. It's hard to imagine that they were antagonistic towards each other in the first serial.
- Barbara cradling John as he cries like a child, saying "Don't be afraid. We'll take care of you." This is in stark contrast to the danger Maitland and Carol feared John might pose to Susan and Barbara.
- While Barbara and Susan are trapped with the seemingly deranged John, the aliens telepathically induce John to try and frighten the girls, thus making them easier to control. Despite obviously being drained of strength and will, he fights off the Sensorites when Barbara says she trusts him to protect them.
Barbara: John, we're not afraid.John: ...Not afraid?Barbara: Not while we have you to protect us.
- When John's finally restored to normal, poor Carol was reduced to tears.
- Little Jean-Pierre if for nothing else, saving the First Doctor from being burned to death.
- In what is overall a pretty bleak serial, set as it is during one of the darkest periods in French history, the selfless, heroic efforts of Jules and his friends to rescue innocent strangers from the guillotine stand out in relief.
- Made even more heartwarming when it is eventually revealed that, contrary to Ian and Barbara's assumptions, Jules is not a member of the nobility, and in fact his social class would make him a natural ally of the revolution. He is nonetheless saving lives and trying to subvert the tyranny ruling France because it is the right thing to do.
Planet Of Giants
- The Doctor almost immediately apologises to Barbara for snapping at her during an emergency. It serves as a nice reminder of how far his Character Development has come.
The Doctor: Oh my dear Barbara was I rude to you just now? If so, Iím so sorry. I-I always forget the niceties under pressure. Please forgive me.Barbara: (smiling warmly) Thereís nothing to forgive.
- The Doctor behaving like a kindly grandfather to his human companions, particularly Barbara - constantly reminding them to be careful, telling Barbara to rest, climbing up the brick instead of her, insisting "Now, now let me do it, you might hurt yourself. You just rest easy." These are the people he kidnapped because of mistrust, and whom he willfully endangered and threatened back in season 1, and now he's as protective of them as we would expect from the Doctor we know and love.
- One more little moment comes in the second episode when he encourages Susan, saying they have to constantly remind themselves that Ian and Barbara need their help. FirstSeason!Doctor probably would have left them without a second thought.
- Susan is unable to hide her joy on discovering that the TARDIS arrived in the wrong time to drop off Ian and Barbara.
Susan: I'm sorry Barbara. Is it selfish to want us all to stay together?
- The Doctor convinces Tyler to spare the life of a Roboman. Just in case there was the slightest scrap of doubt that he has Taken A Level In Kindness since An Unearthly Child.
- The Doctor decides to leave his granddaughter Susan behind so she can marry a nice young resistance fighter and have some stability in her life. This scene is often viewed as the defining moment for the First Doctor's kindness and the show's future in general.
The Doctor: One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan.
- The Doctor is passing out directions and stops cold when he starts to say something to Susan, who is no longer there. Barbara offers to let the Doctor show her what needs to be done.
- The Doctor's first one-on-one conversation with Vicki. He comforts her and assures her that they are not there to ruin things for Vicki as she fears they will. He also convinces her to forgive Barbara for Barbara's Hands Off My Fluffy! moment.
- The way Vicki immediately takes to the Doctor is pretty sweet. When he explains that in the same situation, he might also have killed Sandy, she protests "No! You haven't got the sort of face that kills things."
Vicki: Itís funny, but as soon as he walked in, I felt that you could trust him.
- Vicki the Heartwarming Orphan becoming the first person the Doctor invites onto the TARDIS. Made doubly heartwarming when he enters the TARDIS to let her consider her choice and Ian and Barbara, who are already inside and have not heard the Doctor's conversation with the girl, immediately start to ask if it's possible to bring Vicki with them.
- The Doctor taking Vicki onboard marks the moment his character softened. Without prompting from Ian or Barbara he takes on an orphaned teenaged girl stuck on a crappy planet because it's the right thing to do. Really shows how far he's come since the first episode.
- Ian and Barbara's playful Ship Tease moments in the villa at the start and end of the serial.
- The ending. After five episodes of torment and tension from the threat of the psychic superpower Animus, the Zarbi, who had been mind controlled, are at peace with the heroes (Barbara even pets a Zarbi larva) and the Optera, who had been living in constant pain underground, playfully prance around in the daylight. When they leave, the Menoptra deliver a "they shall be remembered" speech on par with the Ood remembering the Doctor Donna.
"Their deeds shall be sung in the temples of light. Viktos shall remind us of the time as it circles Vortis. Every time it points to the needle of the kings, as it does now, we shall weep songs to praise the Gods of light, and thank them that they sent the Earth people to save us from the Animus."
- When the Doctor agrees to leave Vicki in the care of Princess Joanna, she's worried that he sees her as a burden and he might disappear. He reassures her, tells her he's just trying to keep her as safe as possible, and they cuddle.
- Ian and Barbara use a Dalek time machine to return home, followed by a picture montage of them lollygagging around London, complete with Ian freaking out upon seeing a police box then finding out it's a real one.
- At the beginning of the episode, Vicki and the Doctor are mulling over Ian and Barbara's departure, the latter doing a very poor job of hiding how sorry he is to lose them, and the Doctor takes Vicki aside to ask her if she also wants to go home.
Doctor: I just wanted to ask you, are you sure you didn't want to go home too? I didn't give you very much time to consider now, did I? I should hate to think that you're just staying for the sake of an old man.Vicki: Oh, Doctor! I made my decision. I wanted to stay.
- And then they hug.
- Dodo coming aboard the TARDIS towards the end of the story. Steven realising Anne may have survived after all, the Doctor highlighting her resemblance of Susan, and Steven forgiving the Doctor and returning to the TARDIS. The preceding serial has been so utterly bleak and tragic for both of them (as was the one before it, given the deaths of Bret, Katarina and Sara), that it's wonderful to see some form of hope return - in the form of the young girl with the soon-to-be-revoked Mancunian accent.
- In the final episode, when Johnny Ringo is holding Dodo as a hostage, Doc Holliday, who has throughout the serial been presented as an unscrupulous, self-interested outlaw, throws down his gun to save her. Luckily, she's a Plucky Girl and manages to return the favour before Johnny shoots him.
The Evil of the Daleks
- The humanized Daleks. Thought the salt shaker monstrosities could never, ever be cute? Think again.
The Doctor: Jamie! They're taking me for a ride! They're playing a game!
- Jamie calling out the Doctor for manipulating him to use in his plan against the Daleks. It's the first real argument the pair have. Their reconciliation, as well as the Doctor's explanation of his actions, definitely deserves a place here.
Jamie: You don't give that much for a living soul except yourself!
The Doctor: I care about life. I care about human beings. Do you think I let you go through that Dalek test lightly?
Jamie: I don't know....(softens) Did you?
- The Doctor explaining to Alpha, Beta and Omega (the newly humanized Daleks) that he and Jamie are their friends.
Alpha, Beta, Omega: Jamie. Doctor. Friends.
The Tomb of the Cybermen
- The Doctor's speech to Victoria where he comforts her over her recently deceased father.
Victoria: You probably can't remember your family.
The Doctor: Oh yes, I can when I want to. And that's the point, really. I have to really want to, to bring them back in front of my eyes. The rest of the time they... they sleep in my mind and I forget. And so will you. Oh yes, you will. You'll find there's so much else to think about. To remember. Our lives are different to anybody else's. That's the exciting thing, that nobody in the universe can do what we're doing.
The Mind Robber
- Despite acknowledging them all as fictional, Zoe expresses concern for all of the characters they've encountered throughout the story as they leave, acknowledging them as "our friends". Made even better when the Doctor confirms they will be A-Ok.
- The Second Doctor's heartfelt goodbyes to Jamie and Zoe.
Doctor Who and the Silurians
- "Hello. Are you a Silurian?"
- The Doctor has escaped the destruction of the parallel Earth in and meets Sir Keith, who was only slightly injured in his version of the car accident his counterpart died in. The Doctor realises that "Free will is not an illusion" and that therefore this Earth can still be saved.
- The last scene where the Doctor has another argument with the Brigadier and storms off in the TARDIS, only to turn up seconds later covered in dirt from the local dump. The usually proud Third Doctor is forced to sheepishly ask the Brigadier for some help recovering his TARDIS. The Brigadier repeats one of the Doctor's insults, but in a lightly mocking rather than vindictive manner. Let's face it: the Doctor may be smart, but there are times where without the Brig, he'd be lost. And he knows it.
Terror of the Autons
- The Doctor not being able to fire Jo despite her earlier mistake. And the glare he gives the Brigadier for forcing him to show his softer side.
- The final scene after the Master calls the Doctor to taunt him:
- The Doctor: He's got his TARDIS back. He's free to come and go as he pleases while I'm stuck here on Earth. With you, Brigadier!
(The Brigadier gives him a smile that says, "I love you too, man.")
- Azal is almost swayed by the Doctor's eloquent defense of humanity and offers him the power to rule them instead of the Master. The Doctor of course refuses, and Azal angrily decides to kill him. Jo, in an almost insane act of courage offers herself in the Doctor's place. Unable to comprehend self-sacrifice, Azal literally suffers a Critical Existence Failure as a consequence of both the Doctor and Jo's selflessness.
- Also the Doctor's response to Jo's action. Sure, he calls it ridiculous and foolhardy... But the way he looks at her...
- The fact that, when the Master thinks he's actually killed the Doctor, he looks upset at the thought of a universe without his best enemy.
- "You see, Jo? There is magic in the world after all".
The Time Monster
- The Doctor opens up to Jo about a dark day in his childhood and how a wise hermit helped him to see the beauty in life again.
The Doctor: It was the daisiest daisy I'd ever seen.
Planet of the Daleks
- The Doctor's speech to Codal about the true meaning of bravery.
Codal: Why didn't they kill us straight away, Doctor?The Doctor: Oh, I expect they're saving us for interrogation. They'll want to know what we're doing on this planet. You know, what you did back there, leading the searchers away from us, was very courageous.Codal: I just didn't give myself time to think. If I had, I certainly wouldn't have taken the risk.The Doctor: Oh, I don't know. I think you're doing yourself rather an injustice there. If you hadn't acted the way you did, we'd have all been captured. They give medals for that sort of bravery.Codal: Bravery? I've been terrified ever since I landed on this planet. It's different for Taron and Vaber, they're professionals. They've seen action before.The Doctor: And do you think they're any the less brave because of that?Codal: They know how to deal with fear. They're used to living close to death. I'm not. I'm a scientist, not an adventurer.The Doctor: Well, forgive me if I'm wrong, but aren't you a volunteer?Codal: Yes.The Doctor: Then you must have known what you were getting into?Codal: No. None of us did. We're not a warlike people, Doctor. We've only just developed space flight. No one had attempted a voyage of this length before, but every man and woman from my division volunteered. Over six hundred of them. You see, I didn't even have the courage to be the odd man out. What are you laughing at?The Doctor: Ah, you, my friend. You may be a very brilliant scientist but you have very little understanding of people, particularly yourself. Courage isn't just a matter of not being frightened, you know.Codal: What is it, then?The Doctor: It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway, just as you did.
Planet of the Spiders
- Tommy, a mentally disabled man with a Heart Of Gold, having his mind cleared and healed by the Metebelis crystal, making him intelligent with no drawbacks. He has an overjoyed reaction when he finds out he can read with ease.
- The Doctor's regeneration, a major shift from the Tear Jerker Two got, but especially his final line:
"A tear, Sarah Jane? No, don't cry. While there's life, there's..."
- Sarah's acceptance of the jelly baby at the end of the story. Heck, the final scene of "Robot" altogether!
- After Sarah takes the jelly baby, the Doctor gives her an absolutely Adorkable smile.
- Sarah defending K1 after it'd had a minor mental breakdown after being ordered to kill. Asking it if it was all right, and treating it like a fellow sentient being.
- The Doctor's famous Homo sapiens speech, acknowledging that the human race is one of the most extraordinary species he's ever met.
- Noah and Vira's heartfelt exchange when Noah is revived.
- Despite being The Stoic for most of the story, when Sarah Jane is going into the air vents and is clearly nervous, Vira gives her a warm "good luck" and a genuine smile.
- The Doctor turning up at the end after being thought dead and acknowledging that it's thanks to Rogin's sacrifice.
- Noah using his last grip on humanity to lead the other Wyrrn into the self-destructing shuttle and sending Vira a goodbye message just before it explodes. Vira is awed at his act while the Doctor is stunned.
- Vira notably becomes less stoic after this point, now that humanity's future has been saved.
- Sarah and Harry accompanying the Doctor down to Earth, even though he didn't ask them and was probably hoping to keep them out of danger.
- Vira, who has been an Emotionless Girl for the entire story, happily accepting a bag of jelly babies from the Doctor at the end.
- Harry and the Doctor, both of whom are usually cool in the face of danger, are visibly appalled at Styre's experiments on Sarah.
- Vural's comrades refusing to kill him, even though they know he's a traitor. Styre is quite nonplussed at this.
- Harry's absolute refusal to leave the Doctor after he's stood on a landmine.
- The Doctor hugging Sarah and Harry when they are reunited, thinking they'd been killed.
- The "big one", of course, which serves as the ultimate proof of the Doctor's nigh limitless compassion:
Sarah: Well what are you waiting for?
The Doctor: Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished. (pause) Have I that right?
Sarah: To destroy the Daleks you can't doubt it!
The Doctor: But I do. You see, some things could be better with the Daleks. Many future worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.
Sarah: But - But it isn't like that -
The Doctor: But the final responsibility is mine. And mine alone. Listen, if someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to become a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?
Sarah: (pause) We're talking about the Daleks. The most evil creatures ever invented. You must destroy them! You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!
The Doctor: Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other, and that's it: the Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word "Dalek".
Sarah: Then why wait? If it was a disease or some sort of bacteria you were destroying you wouldn't hesitate!
The Doctor: But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent lifeform, then I become like them. I'd be no better than the Daleks.
Sarah: But think of all the suffering there will be if you don't do it!
(Gharman then appears and tells them that Davros has agreed to negotiate.)
The Doctor: I'm grateful to you Gharman. More grateful than I can tell you.
(Rips the wires out of the socket.)
- The fact that despite the endless war, the majority of Kaleds not only see the Dalek project for what it really is, but actually revolt against it and demand a new leader and a new democratic system.
- The final shot of the three friends drifting off together at last:
Sarah: You don't seem too disappointed. We've failed. Haven't we?
The Doctor: Failed? No, not really. You see, I know that while the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also that out of their evil must come something good.
- The look of relief on the Doctor's face when he gets the transmat working and saves Sarah's life.
Planet of Evil
- The anti-matter creature proving itself to be neither pure evil nor a mindless beast by returning Professor Sorensen with his mind and body intact and no memory of the horrors he's faced. The Doctor also makes sure he doesn't go back to his old studies and make the same mistakes again.
- Yet another for the Doctor and Sarah Jane, though a brief one:
Doctor: I have had several [heads.] I had an old grey model before this. Some people liked it.Sarah Jane: I did.
- The Doctor introducing Sarah Jane as his best friend.
The Hand of Fear
- Sarah Jane refuses to be left behind when the Doctor goes to confront Eldrad, first saying that she worries about him, and then listing all the reasons why she deserves to be involved.
The Doctor: Yes, but...
Sarah Jane: Oh, but what?
The Doctor: I worry about you.
- Professor Watson's phone call to his family is surprisingly understated, yet quite moving.
- Castellan Spandrell refusing to let Engin cut the power to the Matrix while the Doctor is still inside:
Engin: The circuits!
Spandrell: No you can't! If you cut the power the Doctor will die in there.
Engin: But the circuits are blowing. If there's a fire in the whole panatropic net, thousands of brain patterns will be destroyed forever.
Spandrell: But they're not alive, the Doctor is I hope!
- Borusa gives the Doctor "his mark" for solving an assassination, exposing a traitor and saving Gallifrey: "Nine out of ten" The Doctor bursts out grinning - that's probably the best mark he's ever gotten.
- While Mr. Jago and Detective Litefoot are being held prisoner, Mr. Jago admits he's not very brave and usually very cowardly. Mr. Litefoot is kind enough to point out that everybody gets scared sometimes, and that doesn't make one a coward.
Horror of Fang Rock
- Leela, after having continually given bad suggestions and proven her technological ineptitude over the course of the story, gives the Doctor the idea to take out the Rutan mothership by turning the lighthouse light into a laser beam. The way her face lights up when the Doctor tells her it's a good idea is wonderful.
- Leela has unquestioning, absolute faith that The Doctor's superior brain will help them defeat the alien monster. Likewise, The Doctor seems to greatly appreciate her complete faith in him.
- Leela's interactions with Cordo, from being the first to try and stop his attempted suicide, to the hug of relief they share when she's rescued from the steamer, to this moment when he volunteers to go with her to break the Doctor out of the correction center when members of the Undercity refuse.
Cordo: I'm not brave and I can't fight, but at least I can show you the way.
- As the Doctor leaves Gallifrey alone, Leela asks K9 if he'll be lonely. Cut to the Doctor in the TARDIS with a huge cardboard box. The camera pans down to reveal K9 MII written on the side. Cut back to the Doctor who looks straight at the camera ... and his sombre frown breaks into his trademark toothy grin.
Season 16 / The Key to Time
The Ribos Operation
- The Doctor tells K9 they're going on vacation. "You'd like that, wouldn't you?" "Affirmative! Affirmative! Affirmative!" Pretty much the only time we see K9 get excited about anything; the Doctor even has to calm him down!
- That same serial contains one of the most quietly powerful scenes in Doctor Who history:
- Unstoffe: Thank you. Thank you for helping me escape.
Binro: Oh, it was nothing.
Unstoffe: Why'd you do it?
Binro: Well, I know what it's like when every man's hand is against you.
Unstoffe: Binro the Heretic.
Binro: Oh, you heard that. Well, it wasn't much of a heresy, my friend. Just a little thing.
Binro: Oh, it was many years ago now. Have you ever looked up at the sky at night, and seen those little lights?
Unstoffe: Mmm hmm.
Binro: They are not ice crystals.
Unstoffe: Go on.
Binro: I believe they are suns, just like our own sun. And perhaps each sun has other worlds of its own, just as Ribos is a world. What do you say to that?
Unstoffe: It's an interesting theory.
Binro: What? Hey, a broad-minded man. Perhaps in the north, they are a different people after all. You see, my friend, I have taken measurements of those little lights and of our sun, and I can prove that Ribos moves. It circles our sun, travelling far away and then returning. That's the reason we have our two seasons, Suntime and Icetime.
Unstoffe: Nobody believed you.
Binro: Nah, those blockheads. They prefer to believe that Ribos is some sort of battleground over which the Sun Gods and the Ice Gods fight for supremacy. They said that if I did not publicly recant my belief, the gods would destroy our world.
Unstoffe: And did you?
Binro: In the end. See these hands? Useless for work now. That's why I live here.
Unstoffe: Binro, supposing I were to tell you that everything you've just said is absolutely true. There are other worlds, other suns.
Binro: You believe it too?
Unstoffe: I know it for a fact. You see I come from one of those other worlds.
Unstoffe: I thought I should tell you, because one day, even here, in the future, men will turn to each other and say, "Binro was right."
- The Doctor exploding at the Captain when he finds out what his collection is. Beware the Silly Ones indeed:
The Captain: My trophies, Doctor. Feast your eyes on them, for they represent an achievement unparalleled in the universe.
The Doctor: What are they? Tombstones? Memorials to all the worlds you've destroyed?
The Captain: Not memorials. These are the entire remains of the worlds themselves.
The Doctor: You come here on the wanton destruction you've wreaked on the universe.
The Captain: I come in here to dream of freedom.
The Doctor: Did you just say the entire remains of the worlds themselves?
The Captain: Yes, Doctor. Each of these small spheres is the crushed remains of a planet. Million upon millions of tons of compressed rock held suspended here by forces beyond the limits of the imagination. Forces that I have generated and harnessed.
The Doctor: That's impossible! That amount of matter in so small a space would undergo instant gravitational collapse and form a black hole!
The Captain: Precisely.
The Doctor: What? But Zanak would be dragged into a gravitational whirlpool.
The Captain: Why doesn't it? Because the whole system is so perfectly aligned by the most exquisite exercise in gravitational geometry that every system is balanced out within itself. Which is why we can stand next to billions of tons of super- compressed matter and not even be aware of it. With each new planet I acquire, the forces are realigned but the system remains stable.
The Doctor: Then it's the most brilliant piece of astro-gravitational engineering I've ever seen. The concept is simply staggering. Pointless, but staggering.
The Captain: I'm gratified that you appreciate it.
The Doctor: Appreciate it? Appreciate it? What, you commit mass destruction and murder on a scale that's almost inconceivable and you ask me to appreciate it? Just because you happen to have made a brilliantly conceived toy out of the mummified remains of planets!
The Captain: Devil storms, Doctor! It is not a toy!
The Doctor: What's it for? Huh? What are you doing? What could possibly be worth all this?
- As The Doctor prepares to infiltrate Count Grendel's castle, Farrah offers him his sword. Considering the young man had been, to put it lightly a bit of a Blood Knight. It was an immensely kind gesture on his part.
- When Romana has been captured by the Shadow:
Romana: Doctor, no. Don't give into him; it doesn't matter what happens to me.
Doctor: Well, of course it matters!!
City of Death
- The light-hearted bantering between the Doctor and Romana, and how she looks at him for his approval, really shows how much she's grown, not to mention the friendship between the two.
- The Doctor and Romana bickering over the Doctor's old junk, like ... well, an old married couple.
The E-Space Trilogy and season 18 in general has a much more subdued Tom Baker, resulting in many beautiful moments — especially with Romana: State of Decay
- This exchange:
- The Doctor: What time vehicles?
Romana: Oh, I don't know, I forget. Type 40. I think.
The Doctor: Psst! The TARDIS is a Type 40.
Romana: Is it? Oh.
The Doctor: Yes. (pause) Psst! You are wonderful.
Romana: Me? Wonderful? (The Doctor nods) I suppose I am. I never really thought about it.
- After Romana's departure:
- Adric: Will Romana be all right?
The Doctor: All right? She'll be superb.
- "You were the noblest Romana of them all".
- Adric and Nyssa meet for the first time, and smile at each other.
- Adric hears Nyssa calling his name off in the distance and runs to her. Her reappearance in this scene is completely unexpected and, even though Adric isn't always the most upbeat of companions, he just looks so damn happy...
- During the Fourth Doctor's death, he first has visions of his enemies... then all of his companions and friends who've helped him.
- The Doctor at the end assuring his companions that he's completely recovered.
- The Doctor and Adric making up after their earlier argument.
- After all the time they spent bickering, Tegan is the one who suggests going back to save Adric.
Arc of Infinity
- Omega proves to be very sympathetic near the end of the story. Once he's gained a new body, he walks around and takes in the sights of Earth. In fact he does absolutely nothing evil at all (save the murder of the groundskeeper to steal his clothes), no killing people on mass, no attempts to kill the Time Lords.
- While it looks a little creepy, Omega briefly sharing a smile with the boy as they watch the street performer is surprisingly adorable.
- Nyssa's departure. She reassures a tearful Tegan that she'll be okay and she kisses the Doctor goodbye.
The Doctor: You're a very brave person and I wish you the best of luck.Tegan: She'll die here.Nyssa: Not easily, Tegan. Like you, I'm indestructible.
- The fact that she left the Doctor to help others. And according to the Expanded Universe, she became a humanitarian.
- The Doctor, observing Tegan's misery and sets the coordinates for Earth. "You don't have to pretend. It's a shame, of course..." and he talks on through Tegan's protests. The many wonders he'd wanted to show her. ("You still can!") The Eye of Orion... but she wants to return home. ("No I don't!" "You don't?") They sort it out and he agrees to show her the Eye of Orion. As he turns away, Tegan asks if he's not going to reset the coordinates.
The Doctor: No — that's where we're going.
- And he gives a rare, genuine, gaps-between-the-teeth smile and walks off.
The Five Doctors
- The seminal Doctor Who special "The Five Doctors", wherein the first Doctor sees his following selves and remarks "It's reassuring to know my future is in safe hands."
First: This is Susan.Fifth: (with evident delight) Yes, I know.
- The same special also has a lovely moment between the Fifth Doctor and his granddaughter, Susan, where the two share a smile after (on his part) many centuries apart.
- Susan's reuniting with the First Doctor is just as, if not more adorable. One takes a step back stunned, while Susan eagerly embraces him and gives him a hug.
- When we first see the Brigadier, he reminisces about The Doctor.
Brigadier: Wonderful chap... all of them.
Brigadier: (to Three and Five) Splendid fellows, all of you.
- The Brigadier says this again later, this time to the Doctor's themselves.
- Just before the Doctor's depart, all the Doctor's incarnations part on (relatively) good terms.
Resurrection of the Daleks
- Stien finally breaking free of the Daleks' control and releasing the Doctor.
- Turlough's leaving comment to Peri is a CMOH in itself - "Look after him. He gets into terrible trouble." (this from Turlough, who only joined the TARDIS to kill the Doctor).
- After Sharez Jek makes clear his less-than-noble intentions towards Peri, the Doctor does all he can in following scenes to place himself between the two, physically shield her, and draw Jek's attention to himself. This despite Jek's repeated threats to kill him if he is too wilful.
- The Doctor hijacking Stotz's ship and plunging it towards Androzani Minor, fighting his spectrox toxemia and calmly telling Stotz what he's doing ... all just to save Peri's life.
- His clear concern for Peri's wellbeing throughout the story is one massive CMOH that just keeps on growing as the situation becomes more dire. He throws himself in front of an android guard. He runs through war zones and crawls through tunnels teeming with boiling mud. He does all this while enduring the agony of spectrox poisoning, and risking permanent death. All to save the life of one little human he has only just met (if one ignores the Big Finish audios).
- Like his predecessor, the Fifth Doctor has visions of his former companions as he lies dying on the TARDIS floor, all of them pleading with him not to die.
- The Doctor's reunion with his old Time Lord friend Azmael. Once he recognizes Azmael, he scoops the poor old man off his feet in a Bear Hug, he even adds a little spin to it. In fact, it's the first time the Sixth Doctor has done anything that can be called genuinely heartwarming since his appearance.
- After spending his entire first appearance insulting Peri both to her face and behind her back. When they must separate, the Sixth Doctor states with complete honesty:
"Such a nice girl."
The Mark of the Rani
- A little moment towards the end. The Doctor has just disappeared in the Rani's TARDIS and Peri is sulking outside by a coal mine shaft. He rattles a chain and grins at her, and this follows:
Peri: I could have been stuck in the 1800s forever!
The Doctor: Did you really believe I'd abandon you?
- Also this (paraphrased):
The Rani: (Peri) isn't important.
The Doctor: She is to me!
- Made all the better when you've seen "The Big Bang" and a similar exchange happens between the Doctor and Rory.
- The Sixth Doctor's reunion with Jamie.
Doctor: (to Peri) I seem to remember I was always rather fond of Jamie.
- The Doctor brusquely orders Peri out of the TARDIS... so he can use it to stop the missile en route to Karfel via Heroic Sacrifice. Quite reminiscent of various "Doctor tricks Companion for their own safety" situations in the new series, and very indicative of the fact that despite his poor people skills, the Doctor is very devoted to doing good. In spite of their frequent arguments, Peri is quite distressed about his apparent demise and overjoyed when he turns up alive.
Season 23 / The Trial of a Time Lord
The Mysterious Planet
- A particularly bittersweet example occurs when the Doctor tries to console Peri upon their learning that the ruined planet Ravalox is actually a far-future Earth:
"Planets come and go. Stars perish. Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds. Nothing can be eternal."
- Heartwarming because the Doctor's attempt to comfort her shows how the relationship between the two has warmed since the sniping and bickering of the previous season; bittersweet because although he can see she's upset and genuinely wants to make her feel better, he's still too alien to fully understand how.
- The Doctor's reaction to Peri's ďdeathĒ. He can't comprehend that his friend is not only dead but was killed by his own people. This soon gives way to anger and a grim determination to find out the real purpose of his trial.
- The Doctor's furious speech when he realises that it was the Time Lords that almost destroyed the Earth just to keep their technological secrets safe. It's the Doctor at his most morally outraged:
The Doctor: So that's why Earth was renamed Ravalox. That sanctimonious gang of hypocrites were covering their tracks! They put an ancient civilization like the Earth to the sword for the sake of a few miserable scientific advances?! In all my travellings throughout the Universe I have battled against evil, against power mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilization: decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core. Power mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen ... they're still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power. That's what it takes to be really corrupt!
- The Time Lady presiding over The Doctor's trial is kind enough to inform him that Peri is alive and well, living with King Yrcanos, as warrior queen no less. The Doctor looks immensely relieved and happy even if he can't see her again (like with Jamie and Zoe), at least she's happy and safe.
Time and The Rani
- When Mel and The Doctor bump into each other in The Rani's lab. Both of them spend a few moments not recognizing each other. Once Mel accepts that he is the Doctor, The Doctor gives her an adorable Headbutt of Love.
- When the Kangs, Rezzies, and Caretakers all band together. Also, Pex's funeral, which all survivors attend.
- The final shot of the same serial. Two words: PEX LIVES.
Remembrance of the Daleks
- During the army's assault on "Foreman's Yard", the Dalek appears and starts firing on them. Group Captain Gilmore tells Dr Jensen to get out of there: "Go now Rachel!" It's the only time in the story he refers to her by her first name. The novelisation marks this well and reveals that they got married a few years later.
- Even though it ends very badly, Ace's budding relationship with Mike is very sweet early on.
- In keeping with this being the anniversary season, there are numerous nods to the show's past. As well as obvious ones like the Daleks, there are more subtle ones like Ace's ignorance of 1960s currency and finding the French Revolution book, showing the level of care and devotion the showmakers have put into the story.
- The Doctor's little moments where he "tests" Ace (asking her what the burn marks mean, telling her to explain the Daleks racial hatred to the scientists) feel like this if you know about the producers' plan for the Doctor to send her to Gallifrey and become a Time Lord. It shows how much the Doctor thinks of her if he believes she's up to the challenge.
- Ace comforting the sobbing little girl after the Daleks' control over her breaks, even though moments ago she was trying to kill her.
- Ace and the Doctor confiding in each other at the end of the story. You can tell they both need some consolation:
The Doctor: Yes.
Ace: We did good, didn't we?
The Doctor: Perhaps. Time will tell. Always does.
- The various moments when a character defies Terra Alpha's rigid system and opens up to their emotions: Susie Q's story of her disillusionment; the sniper being unable to shoot to Doctor whilst looking him in the eye; Helen A weeping over Fifi's body.
- Ace's anger when Harold V is murdered:
Ace: I wanna nail those scumbags. I wanna make them very, very unhappy.
The Doctor: Don't worry Ace. We will.
- Susie Q becoming genuinely happy by the end of the story, compared with her suicidal resignation at the beginning.
- Even though she's a caricature based on the producers' loathing of Margaret Thatcher, the Doctor still tries to reason with Helen A by the end, to make her see why negative emotions are important. It says a lot for his faith in humanity that even the worst kind of dictator can be appealed to.
- When the Doctor and Ace are going after the Cybermen, Ace confesses that she's genuinely scared. The Doctor apologizes and suggests she return to the TARDIS. Despite her fear, Ace doesn't hesitate to refuse.
- The Doctor and Ace's joy at being reunited with each other in the caravan and showing it in their own ways: Ace shouting "Doctor!" and the Doctor silently pinching Ace's nose. Also this:
The Doctor: You're absolutely right. Clowns can be creepy.
- The Doctor's unshaking faith that Deadbeat knows a lot more than he's letting on, even if Ace is not convinced:
Ace: (laughing) He's off. He's gone. I knew people like him in Perivale.
The Doctor: (sharply) Listen Ace!
Ace: What to?
The Doctor: The answers.
- Kingpin's mind being restored by the amulet.
- Mags refusing to be swayed by Captains Cook's talk of "survival of the fittest" and only caring for the people he sends to be executed in the ring.
- The Doctor reassuring Mags that he has a plan once he returns to the cage.
- When Mags is transformed into a werewolf, the Doctor tries to appeal to the humanity within her rather than resorting to violence.
- The Doctor's rage at the Gods of Ragnarok for the way they've turned the Psychic Circus (which used to be a happy place) into a cynical nightmare. Made even better that it's aimed at the BBC executives at the time:
The Doctor: How many people have you destroyed, I wonder, before Kingpin was lured down here? Poor Kingpin. That's what you like, isn't it? Taking someone with a touch of individuality and imagination and wearing them down to nothingness in your service.
Gods of Ragnarok: Enough. You have said enough.
The Doctor: Enough? I've hardly started!
- The Doctor assuring Mags that she's finally managed to beat the animal inside her. His tenderness nicely foreshadows his treatment of Ace in Survival.
- In a meta-sense, the ending is one of the most uplifting moments in the show's history, because like the Psychic Circus, Doctor Who did survive.
- The Doctor finds Ace after Morgaine and her Destroyer threaten her for Excalibur.
The Doctor: Where's Excalibur?
Shou Yuing: There was this woman with a pet demon. She seemed to want it very badly... so we gave it to her.
The Doctor: Good.
Ace: But it wasn't her fault, it—What do you mean "good"?
The Doctor: Exotic alien swords are easy to come by. Aces are rare
- The Doctor breaking down when he thinks the Brigadier has been killed.
- Control evolving from a snarling animalistic creature to an overexcited Adult Child to a dignified lady. Her relationship with Redvers is also very touching despite its strangeness.
- Mrs Pritchard and Gwendolyn getting their memories back
- It's implied that the Doctor carried Ace, who had fallen asleep, exhausted, into a room so she could get some sleep.
- And then he lets her sleep in, despite the metaphorical Advancing Wall of Doom situation they've got.
- The scene where the Doctor tries to get Ace to open up to him. Not only is it a turning point in their relationship, it's also one of those moments that beautifully encapsulates who the Doctor is:
Ace: Don't you have things you hate?
The Doctor: I can't stand burnt toast. I loath bus stations. Terrible places, full of lost luggage and lost souls [...] And then there's unrequited love. And tyranny. Cruelty.
Ace: Too right.
- And then, after she's told him the story of how her friend's flat was firebombed by neo-Nazis:
Ace: I didn't care anymore.
The Doctor: I think you cared a lot, Ace.
- And then there's the final scene, when Light has been dispersed:
Ace: I felt it here in a hundred years' time.
The Doctor: An evil older than time itself.
Ace: So I burnt the house down.
The Doctor: Any regrets?
(Ace thinks for a moment.)
The Doctor: Yes?
Ace: (lightly) I wish I'd blown it up instead.
The Doctor: (grins) Wicked.
- Redvers's giddy excitement at the thought of exploring the whole universe.
- The Doctor's horror at Commander Millington's plan to eradicate Soviet cities with poison gas. It's more than just your average supervillain plan - it's an exact replica of the Doctor's plans against the Daleks and the Cybermen: let the enemy steal a superweapon which is booby-trapped to destroy them. That the Doctor finds this utterly reprehensible shows he's grown a lot from the man who talked a Dalek into committing suicide.
- The Doctor repeating the names of his companions to create a barrier of faith against the Haemovores, even though it's so inaudible that most fans have to have it explained to them. Other fans will take it upon themselves to find whole episode transcripts online.
- This scene is especially powerful when you realize exactly what that entails. Other characters in this serial use their faith in things like goodness or justice to hold off the Haemovores, and it just barely stops them advancing. The Doctor thinks about his companions, and the Haemovores actually become frightened and back off. Think about that for a minute. This is the guy who travels all across time and space fighting for truth and justice and the greater good, and yet when he's faced with a situation where having absolute faith in something is the only way to survive, instead of choosing to think of any of those things mentioned, he thinks of his companions. He has more faith in them than in any other thing in the universe.
- Captain Bates and Vershinin realising they're just pawns in someone else's game (Millington's, Fenric's, the Doctor's) and joining together as comrades.
- After the absolutely brutal Break Her Heart to Save Her routine he put Ace through at the climax of that episode, the Doctor's gentle "It wasn't true. None of it was true." And the way he gently taps Ace's nose, telling her silently that everything's going to be all right again...
- The scene with the Doctor and Ace on the beach has so many beautiful things about it. First there's the Doctor encouraging her to jump into the water (which she's been afraid to do) to let go of her conflicting feelings about her mother. When she gets out, the Doctor is there to meet her on the beach, because he's the Doctor and he's always there for his friends. Ace happily tells him that she's not afraid anymore. And when they see a sign warning of "Dangerous Undercurrents", the Doctor declares: "Not anymore! Nyet!" And then the two friends walk off with their arms around each others' shoulders.
- The final scene of the last broadcast story of the classic series:
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace. We've got work to do!"
- The scene just before, when Ace - believing that the Doctor is dead - is slumped sadly on the ground, wearing his hat and holding his beloved umbrella. The Doctor merely walks up behind her, gently plucks the hat from her head and murmurs "Mine, I believe." The sheer look of relief and joy on Ace's face hits right in the heart.
- Ace standing up directly after that and saying "Let's go home". By which she means the TARDIS, even though the pair arrived back at her home at the start of the serial. After her wretched childhood and after getting lost half-way across the universe, Ace finally feels at home.
Doctor Who ( 1996 TV movie)
- From the 1996 film:
The Doctor: Grace, don't you see? I have thirteen lives.
Grace: Please! Okay, you're trying to tell me you've come back from the dead.
The Doctor: Yes.
Grace: No, sorry. The dead stay dead. You can't turn back time.
The Doctor: Yes, you can.
Grace: I'm not a child; don't talk to me like I'm a child. Only children believe that crap. I am a doctor!
The Doctor: But it was a childish dream that made you a doctor. You dreamed you could hold back death. Isn't that true?
[Grace looks back at the Doctor for a moment, astonished and then begins to walk away]
The Doctor: Don't be sad, Grace. You'll do great things.
- While it's brief, one of the first memories to come back to The Doctor is that of a pleasant day from his youth on Gallifrey. A memory of watching shooting stars with his father one night.
- The Doctor kissing Grace when he remembers who he is comes across as surprisingly adorable.
Doctor: (kisses Grace) I am the Doctor!Grace: Good! Now, do that again.
- Just after Grace and Lee have come back to life, thanks to the TARDIS.
The Doctor: Well, congratulations. You've both been somewhere I've never been.Grace: It's nothing to be scared of, Doctor.The Doctor: (smiles) I'm glad to hear it.
- The Doctor showing Grace and Lee a view of the universe. Then he shows Grace what Gallifrey looks like.
- Near the end of the movie, when Eight and Grace hug.
Series 1 / Season 27
The End of the World
- Something of a meta-example. After Rose sees Lady Cassandra, a woman who has had so much vanity-induced plastic surgery she's literally just a piece of skin stretched over a frame (Rose calls her a "bitchy trampoline".) Cassandra recommends a few procedures for Rose. Rose understandably says she'd rather die, and begins to tear into Cassandra, saying she's never want to become something like her. The Heartwarming comes into play when you realize that Billie Piper suffered from low body image and horrible eating disorders in her teenage years. Knowing that, the scene turns into Piper, as Rose, defiantly putting that awful part of her life behind her.
- In-story, there's the Doctor's eulogy / homage to the human race and its ability to survive against the odds despite all doubts and insecurities.
- The Doctor: You lot. You spend all your time thinking about dying. Like you're going to get killed by eggs or beef or global warming or asteroids. But you never take the time to imagine the impossible. That maybe you survive.
- Charles Dickens, in a moment of self-doubting vulnerability, asks the Doctor whether his books will still be read in the future:
The Doctor: Oh, yes!
Charles Dickens: For how long?
The Doctor: Forever!
- Let's not forget this gem of a line after Rose becomes sad to learn Dickens has about a year of life left.
The Doctor: But in your time he's already dead. And here he is alive. More alive than he has been in years, thanks to us.
- Let's not forget this gem of a line after Rose becomes sad to learn Dickens has about a year of life left.
- There's also the moment in "World War Three" when the Ninth Doctor is beginning to relate his plan to Jackie and Mickey over the phone, and then he stops and looks up at Rose and says, "I could save the world, but lose you."
- "Stop worrying. I'll see you in ten seconds' time."
- The Doctor affectionately saying "Look at you!" to the Cyberman head in Henry van Statten's collection and referring to it as an "old friend" before reminding himself that more accurately, it's an old enemy. The fact that the doctor carries a nostalgic fondness for the things he has met over the centuries, even the dangerous ones, can be seen as a touching nod to the older fans watching, who likely view the iconic monsters of the classic series in much the same way the Doctor does.
- The episode is just full of tear jerkers. But, near the end, when Rose is telling Pete how he was a wonderful father, and then Pete's decision at the end.
- A subtle one, but the episode even manages to redeem a character who never (really) appeared. At the beginning, Jackie mentions to Rose that the person driving the car that hit Pete Tyler sped off after doing so, and no one figured out who he was. At the end, after time is fixed, it's revealed that in the altered course of events the driver this time stopped to try and help, and it turns out that he was just an inexperienced young man who (presumably) just panicked in the first time line.
- "Just this once, Rose. Everybody Lives!" This is the first time in the series since the Fifth Doctor that there hasn't been a single fatality, death being a constant element of Doctor Who. Seeing the Doctor's ecstatic reaction brings home how painful all those deaths have been for him. This also manages to be a Moment Of Awesome. More than a few fans have listed this as their favourite moment of the entire series.
- Particularly effective since the episode is set during WWII, a period not traditionally associated with happy endings. Included is the idea all the ailments the victims suffered, like one woman who had lost her leg before, have been healed and are back to the peak of their health. Even better, since the episode (and the first half of the two-parter, "The Empty Child") contained a fairly good amount of terror, what with Creepy Child vibes and the Nightmare Fuel when you see for the first time exactly what the transformation looks like. Eye Scream, anyone?
- Rose bends the rules a bit and assures Nancy that, even as bad as things are right now, the good guys will win in the end. Just the look of blossoming hope on Nancy's face as she looks at all that's happening and knows that things will get better.
- Also at the very very end, when the normally dour Nine is dancing up a storm and grinning like a total goofball. Jack is in his ship, all ready to die, given up hope, and then... VWORP-VWORP
- At the beginning of "The Parting of the Ways", when Rose is brought back onto the TARDIS, the Doctor strides over and hugs her tightly. But it's Jack's greeting that really sums up everything about this trio, as he sweeps her up in a hug and simply says "Welcome home."
- "Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a fantastic life."
- "Rose, before I go, I just want to say... you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!" Oh, Nine, we hardly knew ye...
- The bit where Jack kisses Rose and the Doctor goodbye. Oh, Jack...
- This bit
"Rose? You are worth fighting for."
- It really shows the dynamics of their relationships there. It's so cute.
- The Big Damn Kiss between Rose and the Doctor, and then the moment when she wakes up and everything seems like it's going back to normal - but then it's not.
- There's the underrated moment when Rose finally tells her mother about visiting her father. Jackie tells her to shut up and runs off...only to come back with a truck, ready to help Rose open the heart of the TARDIS.
Series 2 / Season 28
The Christmas Invasion
- What was earlier portrayed as funny turns into one of these when they're about half an hour away from all out invasion, the Doctor is unconscious and completely out of it, and Jackie is just sitting with him, in a stark contrast to their usual relationship, trying to get him to tell them what's wrong with him and how they can help. She calls him sweetheart. And falls asleep besides him.
- When Rose says "Help me" in the Doctor's ear while he's asleep from post-regenerative trauma, he springs awake IMMEDIATELY and stops a killer Christmas tree.
- Just as The Doctor is promising that the journey for him and Rose is going to be great, he doesn't say Brilliant or fun or anything else. He says it's going to be fantastic. The Ninth Doctor, showing up one last time to let us know it's all going to be alright.
- The Doctor picking out his costume and joining Rose, Mickey and Jackie for Christmas dinner. The original track "Song For Ten" is what really brings out the warmth of the moment.
- The Doctor sees Mickey on the Sycorax spaceship. His reaction? a very happy "Mickey, ello!"
- "New Earth" drew happy tears from the moment the lever was pulled onwards. It was at that moment that all of the fear and doubt about Tennant replacing Eccleston melted away in a flood of happy tears.
- When one of the recently cured and, to be honest, not "all there" new humans (part of a subspecies which has spent their entire lives being used as lab rats for every disease known to mankind, fed through tubes, and have never even been touched) reaches out to the Doctor for a hug, and he obliges immediately... Cue the d'awwww.
- "Can I just say-travelling with you-I love it."
- While talking with the Doctor after their arrival on New Earth, Rose refers to the events of "The End of the World" as "our first date".
- When the Doctor arrives in 19th-century Scotland, he uses "Dr. James Mc Crimmon" as his alias. Jamie Mc Crimmon (who came from 18th-century Scotland) was one of the Second Doctor's companions. It's heartwarming on a meta level as well as in-universe, to see an old companion remembered.
- Ten rushing in to save Rose after realizing they are about to be bitten and turned into werewolves. He still stops and stares at the werewolf, calling it beautiful, before noticing how much trouble he is in and rushing out of the room.
- The ending to "School Reunion":
Sarah Jane Smith: Say it, just this once.
The Doctor: Goodbye... my Sarah Jane! (big hug)
- From the same episode with a different old companion:
The Doctor: [sadly] Goodbye, old friend..
K-9: Goodbye, master.
The Doctor: (affectionately stroking K-9's "snout") You're a good dog.
K-9: (wagging his "tail") Affirmative!
- And, later, when it's shown that Ten rebuilt him with a new model, leaving Sarah Jane with a partner once again. Her reaction to this ends the episode on a euphoric note.
Sarah Jane: Come on, you. Home! We've got work to do.K-9: Affirmative!(The two walk off)
- From the same episode with a different old companion:
- Ten's face when he meets Sarah Jane. His unqualified, undisguised joy at seeing his beloved Sarah again is simply heart-melting.
- Once more, he's similarly gleeful when she shows him K-9 for the first time in so long. Solidified further in how excited he is that K-9 recognizes him.
- Rose is jealous and threatened by Sarah because it proves that she's not the first companion. Later, this shared experience becomes common ground for them to bond over. The scene ends with them laughing at The Doctor's eccentricities.
- After the school is blown up, Kenny reveals he was partly responsible for it. The other students cheer for him and start chanting his name.
- A quote from the episode:
Madame de Pompadour: ''"But you and I both know, don't we, Rose? The Doctor is worth the monsters."
- When all is said and done and the Doctor is obviously upset, it's not Rose that decides to give him space to be alone. It's Mickey, the guy that at this point he's not got the the best relationship with, who nonetheless shows compassion in distracting Rose to let him grieve.
- The Doctor has an adorable Humans Are Special moment with the acting Captain who is deeply in need of some reassurance.
- "Just stand there, because I'm going to...hug you, is that all right?"
- Rose kissing the Doctor through his helmet visor before he goes into the Impossible Planet's core.
- The Tenth Doctor's "I believe in her" speech said straight to the Devil himself as he knocks the Impossible Planet from orbit.
The Doctor: "If I believe in one thing, just one thing... I believe in her."
- Right at the end, the captain starts listing the dead and we hear as he begins 'Also, Ood 1 Alpha 1'. After all the stuff about slave races and everything the series ever said about the badness of humans, the captain takes the time to list every single Ood and say they died with honours.
- Rose giving Toby a hug while he's having a panic attack after being possessed by the beast.
- After they defeat the Ood, Rose, Danny and Toby all give each other happy victory hugs.
- Zach and Danny's relieved reaction when the Doctor reveals Ida is alive.
- For such a (comparatively) silly, lighthearted Breather Episode, "Love & Monsters" can be surprisingly heartwarming. Especially when you find out that the members of LInDA (the sweet, eccentric, Adorkable ones, not Victor Kennedy) were based off the show's fandom.
"Turns out I've had the most terrible things happen. And the most brilliant things. And sometimes, well, I can't tell the difference. They're all the same thing. They're...they're just me. You know, Stephen King said once, he said, 'salvation and damnation are the same thing.' And I never knew what he meant. But I do now. [...] When you're a kid, they tell you it's all...grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid, and that's it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It's so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better. "
- When Elton remembers his mother.
- Jackie swearing that she will never let Rose down, and will protect both Rose and the Doctor.
- In "Fear Her", when Chloe and her mother defeat the drawing of Chloe's abusive father (and re-bond in the process) by singing together.
- The scene where Jackie and Alternate Pete run into each other. First there's an awkward moment where they contemplate that the other is not 'their' Pete or Jackie; then they decide they just don't care and hug each other. Awwwww...
- The Doctor and Rose's last meeting is this bittersweet thing; it's goodbye but it's also closure and doubles.
"I'm burning up a sun just to say goodbye."
Series 3 / Season 29
The Runaway Bride
- The ending of the special:
Donna: Just promise me one thing. Find someone.
Doctor: I don't need anyone.
Donna: Yes, you do.
- The Doctor talking to Peter Streete.
- The "Daily Contemplation" scene.
- The bit at the end, where the Doctor is describing Gallifrey to Martha. Same effect in "The Sound of Drums", when we get to actually see it. It's aided by the absolutely gorgeous music that plays in both scenes (titled "This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home", for the curious).
- The Doctor with the kittens.
- We see as many as three married couples in this episode and they're all raising families in their cars without tearing their hair out.
- The ending of "Evolution of the Daleks", when Laszlo's dying:
Tallulah: Doctor, can't you do somethin'?
The Doctor: Oh, Tallulah with three Ls and an H... just you watch me. What do I need? Oh, I don't know, how about a great big genetic laboratory? Oh look, I've got one. Laszlo, just you hold on. There've been too many deaths today. Way too many people have died. Brand new creatures and wise old men and age-old enemies. And I'm telling you. I'm telling you right now, I am not having one more death! Got that? Not one! Tallulah? Out of the way. The Doctor is in.
- Tallulah's reaction to Laszlo after he's been deformed, she just looks at him so tenderly as she strokes his face.
- John and Joan dancing at the party in "Human Nature".
- The Tenth Doctor thanking Martha at the end of "The Family of Blood" for looking after him.
- The whole montage of John imagining himself marrying Joan and growing old with her.
- One year later when the War finally hits, Timothy remembers the vision he had of a bomb dropping and is able to save himself and the classmate who mistreated him earlier from being killed.
- Fast-forward to present day, and a much-older Timothy sees the Doctor and Martha again from a distance, watching over him as he attends a World War I Remembrance Day ceremony. He smiles warmly at the two, and then we see that he still keeps the fob watch as a memento.
- Professor Yana introduces himself to The Doctor not in a calm and dignified fashion, but by approaching as giddy as a child on Christmas. Then after he asks The Doctor if he is a Doctor, and the Doctor says yes. Yana happily pulls The Doctor along behind him, while The Doctor himself just smiles and rolls with it. The fact that "This is Gallifrey" gently plays as Yana approaches just makes him all the more adorable.
- It's brief, but the Master scrambling for his phone (he'd had it in his pocket and on speaker) when he hears the Doctor's voice, holding it to his ear with an expression that looks something like relief is somewhat sweet. Of course, he gets straight into setting off his next plot, but not before swallowing and quietly asking about Gallifrey, genuinely concerned about what happened, at least for a moment.
- The beginning of the Master's defeat in "Last of the Time Lords": the Doctor, having absorbed the power of the Master's psychic field via Clap Your Hands If You Believe, is advancing on the Master, who is screaming, crying, and clawing at the walls in fear of the epic wrath of God that is about to descend on him in retribution for all the horrible things he's done, and the Doctor proceeds to give him a hug. Shortly thereafter it turns into a first-rate Alas, Poor Villain.
- Martha leaving her phone with the Doctor as she leaves the TARDIS, telling him that the very minute it rings, he'd better answer. He did.
- The fact that Martha leaves on her own terms, not being forced out of the TARDIS, but accepting that it's time to grow up and move on.
Series 4 / Season 30
- The Tenth Doctor's speech to the Fifth Doctor, in which he says that he loved being him as he felt young and exciting, and how in his current regeneration he is trying to live up to him and has copied some of his traits.
- Especially when you know that it was David Tennant himself talking there: he was finally getting to work with the man he idolized as a child, the man who made him realize that not only did he want to be an actor himselfóhe wanted to be the actor who played The Doctor.
- Part of what makes the final scene so absolutely adorable is you're not sure where the line is drawn. After a while, you're not sure if the Tenth Doctor is fanboying to the Fifth Doctor, if David Tennant is fanboying to the Fifth Doctor, or if David Tennant is fanboying to Peter Davison, but that just makes it all the more endearing. And on top of all this, Davison and Tennant are in-laws because of Tennant's marriage to Georgia Moffet! It can be viewed as a compliment to his own extended family.
- Astrid's send off:
The Doctor: Astrid Peth, citizen of Sto, the woman who looked at the stars and dreamt of travelling... there is an old tradition. Now you can travel forever. You're not falling, Astrid. You're flying.
- "NO! Bannakaffalata STOP! Bannakaffalata PROUD! Bannakaffalata... CYBORG!" also qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Awesome because it's a "World of Cardboard" Speech too.
- Mister Copper can have a house, with a garden! And a kitchen! With plates! He's skipping in his final scene.
- Morvin, when Foon confesses how she won the tickets.
Morvin: You drive me barmy. I don't half love you, Mrs Van Hoff.
- Wilf's cheering and little happy dance when Donna flies off with the Doctor in. Really, any of Donna and Wilf's interactions. It's a Daddy's Girl like relationship.
- Donna is extremely happy to see The Doctor again, and the feeling is mutual. Despite flying all over time and space, The Doctor remembers his first encounter with Donna.
The Doctor: Just like old times!
- The ending to of the episode, where the Doctor goes back to save Caecilius and his family, admits to Donna that she was right — sometimes he needs someone to stop him — and seeing the family six months later, happy and successful, giving thanks to the Doctor and Donna. Not to mention the virtual fourth-wall breaking moment from the Doctor:
The Doctor: Come with me.
- This scene becomes even more Heartwarming in Hindsight with the revelation in "The Girl Who Died": He remembers Caecilius, and chose that face to remind himself that "I'm the Doctor, and I save people!"
- Virtually anything about the ending.
- The Ood's liberation. The Ood song, although beginning as a massive Tear Jerker, slowly ends up becoming one of the most uplifting tracks ever.
- "You will never be forgotten. Our children will sing of the Doctor Donna. And our children's children. And the wind and the snow and the ice will carry your names forever."
- Martha saying she "learnt from the best" to the Doctor and later "I can see why he [The Doctor] likes you" to Donna.
- When Donna's grandfather tells the Doctor to take care of Donna, he replies that it's Donna who's been taking care of him.
- When Jenny revives the first thing she does is steal a space ship so she can travel to new worlds and saves civilizations. The Doctor was right; she's a chip off the old block.
- Watching the Doctor go from refusing to acknowledge Jenny's existence to accepting her as his daughter and inviting her to travel with him.
- "You're going to be great. You're going to be more than great, you're going to be amazing!"
- Jenny has the opportunity to shoot Cobb but finds herself unable to do it. When she gets back to the Doctor, she excitedly tells him that she couldn't kill him and the Doctor hugs her, every bit the proud papa.
- Martha's friendship with the Hath. It's adorable how they interact, and what's more, Martha is totally fine befriending with an alien fish-man.
- Lux is not a jerkass protecting his patent. He's a guy protecting his child-like aunt.
- River Song's trust in The Doctor. They must have quite a history.
- When the Doctor literally saves River Song:
"When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it'll never end. But however hard you try you can't run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever for one moment, accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives."
- The singalong scene shows that, despite the bad situation, these people are still enjoying themselves with their neighbors.
- At the end of the episode, where Donna is querying absent-mindedly why she was chosen as the focal point of the alternate universe.
- Doctor: It's like something's binding us together.
Donna: Don't be so daft. I'm nothing special.
Doctor: [instantly and enthusiastically] Oh, yes you are. You're brilliant!
- The opening, where the Doctor and Donna are just goofing about on an alien planet. No chases, no monsters, no terror, just two friends hanging out and doing whatever they feel like.
- A ten minute section: First the hug between Martha and her mum (and the latter's response, "You came home. At the end of the world, you came back to me.") Then Harriet Jones's return - especially her admitting she'll die trying to save the Earth. Then the whole "Calling the Doctor" scene. Then Harriet's theme coming in full blast when she says her last words. Then the Doctor's conversation with his companions.
- Harriet Jones herself, despite every thing The Doctor did to her, ruining her career over a fairly petty disagreement, treating her like a monster. She was still one-hundred percent loyal to him and willingly risked her life to call him for help.
- Then again about five minutes later when they made a Meadow Run that wasn't full of Narm.
- The Subwave system was developed by whom? Mr. Copper! One assumes that after he had sufficiently loaded up on plates the nice fake historian dedicated his winnings to protecting the planet whose history he so enjoyed and developed the one thing that helped bring the man who saved his life back to Earth one more time.
- The Children of Time flying the TARDIS the way it's meant to be flown, towing Earth home, and then everybody hugs. The music playing over it just makes it feel perfect.
- Sarah Jane's line at the end of Journey's End:
Sarah Jane: You know, you act like such a lonely man, but look at you! You've got the biggest family on Earth!
- Wilfred Mott's "I'll look up at the stars, and think of you" at the end of "Journey's End" is heartwarming, awesome, and Tear Jerker all in one. The brilliant character portrayal by Bernard Cribbins (genuine voice-faltering and tears) made the scene extraordinary.
- This quote:
Jackson Lake: I know that man, that Doctor on high. And I know that he has done this deed a thousand times, but not once, no sir, not once has he ever been thanked. But no more, for I say to you that on this Christmas morn: Bravo, sir! BRAVO!!!
- Especially heartwarming is that you have to consider this came on the tail of the events of "Midnight" and "Journey's End". After such emotional gut-punches, the Tenth Doctor finds himself being openly cheered on and applauded by a thankful populace. The look of dawning gratitude and joy on his face just says it all.
- Earlier on, even AFTER Jackson Lake had it proven to him he wasn't the Doctor, but merely a man who had been convinced he was, the real deal tells the despondent Lake that his memories might have been altered, but the courage and determination he showed in the role was above and beyond what he would have expected from anyone. "Jackson, if anyone had to be the Doctor... I'm glad it was you."
- Jackson remembering that he has a son, and discovering soon after that he's still alive. After everything he's lost he still gets at least one part of his family back.
- Jackson's sheer delight at the TARDIS ("But this is nonsense. Complete and utter, wonderful nonsense. How very, very silly.") and his response to the Doctor's loneliness:
- "That offer of Christmas dinner. It's no longer a request, it's a demand."
"Oh... go on then."
"Just this once. You've... you've actually gone and changed my mind."
- The Doctor's interactions with UNIT personnel. It's humanizing for all parties involved. Especially with Malcolm. To put it in context, Malcolm is a Fan Boy for the Doctor, and talking to him on the phone is obviously a massive dream come true. However, the really heartwarming moment happens during their first talk:
- The Doctor: "And Malcolm?"
Malcolm: "Yes Doctor?"
The Doctor: "...You're my new best friend."
- When the passengers of the 200 are starting to panic because they're trapped on an alien world with seemingly no hope of getting back, and death approaching in some unknown form. For a minute, it looks like it's going to be a repeat of "Midnight". But then the Tenth Doctor interrupts, asking each of the passengers in turn what they were planning to do when they got home. It's pretty casual stuff—going home, watching TV, cooking up dinner, and so on. But the Doctor's response to all that?
- The Doctor: "...Just think of that. Because that planet out there, with three suns, a wormhole, and alien sand; that planet is nothing. You hear me, nothing. Compared to all those things waiting for you, back home...food, home, people. Hold onto that. Because we're going to get there. I promise."
- He was true to his word. Everyone on that bus (with the exception of the bus driver, who died prior to this speech) made it back alive. After some of his previous adventures, that's a wonderful achievement.
- The Doctor helping Christina escape the police and everyone cheering as she escapes in the flying bus.
- Subsequently, the Doctor and Christina's parting words.
- Christina: "We could have been so good together!"
The Doctor: "Christina. We were!
- The End of Time Part Two, Tennant's last hurrah as the Doctor.
- Ten spends his last few hours going back and revisiting all previous companions. Each with a kind of sad good-bye and Ten calls that his reward, seeing them happy and safe. Aww...
The Doctor: I think you're going to have a really great year.
- The Doctor's visit to Rose before she meets the Doctor and it's even more so when you realize that, out of all the people he's loved and gone to see, the only visit that's made him smile is Rose.
- The completely non-verbal scene between Ten and Jack in the alien bar. Seriously, just look at Jack's state when the Doctor finds him... he's not Narmy about it, but you just know this is hot on the heels of the utter horror that was Children of Earth, and he's completely broken...until he gets that note from the Doctor. Seeing his dialogue with Midshipman Alonso, and watching the old Jack everyone knew and loved start to come back, made this Last Minute Hookup a mix of this and Fridge Brilliance.
- Apply some Fridge Logic to his last meeting with Donna (and Donna's parents.) He went back in time to borrow a quid from Geoffrey Noble (Donna's late father) and bought Donna a lottery ticket so Donna could live Wealthy Ever After. He was able to let Donna's father buy her a wedding present even after he passed away.
- His farewell to Sarah Jane. The last heroic act the Tenth Doctor ever performed was to save her son from being hit by a car. That's a really big deal. And no words are exchanged between the Doctor and Sarah. No words are needed. The way he smiles at her and waves and the knowing look on her face....it just speaks volumes about the chemistry those two have. Even more so when you consider that, among all the people he visited (at least the ones shown on screen), she was probably one of the only ones who actually realized what was about to happen.
- The episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, "Death of the Doctor", turned that whole sequence into an even bigger moment of heartwarming. The Doctor tells Jo Grant that he didn't just revisit all the companions from his tenth incarnation. He revisited all of them, every single one, from his first life to his tenth. And given that he visited the descendant of someone who wasn't even a companion, who knows how many people important to him he may have appeared to...
- "We will sing to you, Doctor. The universe will sing you to your sleep."
- Every single one of the Tenth Doctor and Wilfred Mott's scenes together. Each scene reminded viewers why they loved Tennant's Doctor so much and showed what an awesome character Wilf is, and it gave them a great, sweet relationship.
Wilf: Nine hundred years? We must look like ants to you.
The Doctor: I think you look like giants.
- One that truly stood out from Part 1:
The Doctor: I'm going to die.
Wilf: So am I, one of these days.
The Doctor: Don't you dare!
Wilf: Alright, I'll try not to.
- And from Part 2:
Wilf: You let him go, you swine!
The Master: (to the Doctor) Oh, your dad's still kicking up a fuss.
Wilf: No, but I'd be proud if I was!
The Doctor: I'd be proud.
Wilf: Of what?
The Doctor: If you were my dad.
- The whole scene, really. Damn you, Wilf!
"Wilfred. It's my honour."
- The Doctor sacrificing himself to save Wilf is made even more heartwarming by the fact that he doesn't act like the sacrifice is nothing to him, like he sometimes does. When he realizes that it's his only option, he starts ranting about how it's not fair, how his life should be worth more, and seems to be getting dangerously close to another "Time Lord Victorious" moment, which the last episode showed us can happen all too easily... and then he pulls himself together, goes ahead, and makes the sacrifice anyway.
- Also when they first arrive on the Vinvocci ship. Wilf has spent his entire life staring at the stars and hoping to see them (an impossible dream for all but a select few.) Now he is, and he's staring out the window at planet Earth, completely overwhelmed. Bonus points to the Doctor, who, despite the seriousness of the situation, takes the time to gently lead Wilf away from the window. Those two have the amazing ability to do some seriously gut-wrenching scenes.
- One that truly stood out from Part 1:
- The Master forming a tag-team with The Doctor against Rassilion. Despite all their fighting, these two used to be great friends, and moments like this show they still can be.
The Master: "Get out of the way."
- When Rassilon is about to destroy the Master.
- This wonderful moment between the Doctor and the Master in Part 1?:
The Doctor: You're a genius. You're stone cold brilliant, you are, I swear, you really are. But you could be so much more. You could be beautiful. With a mind like that, we could travel the stars. It would be my honour. 'Cause you don't need to own the universe, just see it. Have the privilege of seeing the whole of time and space. That's ownership enough.
The Master: Would it stop then? The noise in my head?
The Doctor: I can help.
The Master: I don't know what I'd be without that noise.
The Doctor: I wonder what I'd be without you.
- The Doctor pointing the gun at the Master and saying, "Get out of the way." The Master's shocked, hurt face...then his smile. It says more than words ever could.
- That moment when Donna is being menaced by the copies of the Master in the streets behind her house. She collapses, releasing a blast of energy that knocks the Masters out. The Doctor assures Wilf that she's fine, just sleeping.
The Doctor: Did you really think I'd leave my best friend without a defense?
- A slightly meta-example when the Doctor goes to visit Joan Redfern's grandaughter, her name is given as 'Verity Newman'. This is a nod to the creators of the original Dr Who series: Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman. Awww! Very sweet on Russell T Davies' part to acknowledge them.
- 'This song is ending, but the story never ends'. His 'song' may be ending, but the 'story' of the Doctor, across all his incarnations, never will.
- The Ood standing by the Doctor to sing for him as he regenerates.
"The universe will sing you to your sleep."
- Ten spends his last few hours going back and revisiting all previous companions. Each with a kind of sad good-bye and Ten calls that his reward, seeing them happy and safe. Aww...
Series 5 / Season 31
The Eleventh Hour
- The part where the aliens scan Earth and confirm that it's not a threat almost the counterpoint to the Tenth Doctor's Humans Are Bastards spiel to Harriet Jones.
- Fridge Heartwarming: Look at the images in the scan. They start with marching Nazis and nuclear weapons — and end with Gandhi.
- The Doctor's feelings towards Earth, summed up in one exchange:
Atraxi: You are not of this world.
Doctor: No...but I've put a lot of work into it.
- Add this to the episode's run through of all ten previous Doctors leading up to the present day.
- When the Doctor is handcuffed to the radiator and asking older-Amy what happened to Amelia and if she's okay. The sheer depth of concern he had for this little girl he'd only just met and barely knew.
- Also, the Doctor's "just trust me for twenty minutes" speech, and giving Amy back the apple.When you think about it, that scene was virtually shot in real time. So it wasn't just Amy who had to believe in this Doctor for twenty minutes, it was the audience, some of whom had yet to be won over by Tennant's replacement. We were asked to believe for just that short time, that this guy was up to the task. He was.
- Near the ending of that episode, after the Atraxi have fled and the Doctor gives his "sexy" new TARDIS a spin. Cut to seven-year-old Amelia still waiting in the garden as the sun rises. She looks up and smiles as she hears the TARDIS materializing.
- The scene where Amy finally sees the inside of the TARDIS is full of beautiful, childlike wonderment. Eleven's line is what seals the deal:
- The "Oh, you sexy thing!" was a Heartwarmer all on its own, along with the whisper of "thanks, dear," when the TARDIS presents the Doctor with his new sonic screwdriver. Companions come and go, but the TARDIS will always be the girl who stole the Doctor's hearts.
- The Doctor's line "All of time and space. Everything that ever happened or ever will. Where do you want to start?". After a while, you realize he isn't just asking Amy. He's asking us to join him on his incredible adventures.
- Hundreds of years previous, when a dying UK was approached by a Star-Whale, a Queen authorized its capture and torture, to coerce it to carry the country, now a space colony, on its back. Most of the population chose to be mind-wiped of the info, for the sake of the colony, and legends instead arose of the Star-Whale's being dangerous, including a rhyme used to scare children. Later, though, after seeing parallels between its initial arrival and the Doctor's behavior throughout the episode, Amy releases the Star-Whale, having realized it was "very old, and very kind," had actually approached so that it could help, and need never have been forced. Just before the closing credits, over footage of the now-loved-and-revered Star Whale still carrying the colony, Amy recites the new legend:
In bed above, we're deep asleep
while greater love lies further deep
this dream must end, this world must know
we all depend on the Beast Below.
- The Doctor's conclusion that something is very, very wrong because no-one is comforting a single crying little girl, and the fact that he instantly noticed this fact. Also his immediate flouting of his "rules" to comfort her. Which just goes to show how very little (or how very much) it takes to make him break the rules of time travel.
- Amy Pond: You never interfere in the affairs of other peoples or planets... unless there's children crying?
- This becomes even more heartwarming as of "Listen".
- The Doctor's reasoning behind why it was so very wrong for that one little girl to be crying pulls on the heart in all the right ways.
"Children cry because they want attention—because they're hurt, or scared. When a child cries silently it's because they just can't stop. Every parent knows that."
- Winston Churchill to the android Bracewell, "Now, I don't give a damn if you're a machine, Bracewell... Are you a man?" The question is asked more or less the whole way through, and the fate of earth depended on the answer. By the end of the episode the answer is yes enough and the Doctor is able to leave Bracewell behind to enjoy his thoroughly human life. Such a shockingly happy ending for an AI.
- The Doctor tries to use memories of loss to save Bracewell. Amy uses memories of love. That's right! The Power of Love overcame Dalek technology!
- The way the Doctor and Amy leave him at the end, telling him that while he must be deactivated since he is Dalek technology, he still has half an hour to get his affairs in order. Remember how long five minutes are by the Doctor's standpoint.
- Bracewell is the one who brings up the matter of deactivation; the Doctor and Amy had no intention of doing so and just wanted to say goodbye.
- Amy begs the Doctor to leave her and go save the others when she thinks her hand has turned to stone and the Angels are rapidly approaching. The Doctor refuses to leave her, leading to this exchange:
- Amy: You've got to go. Those people up there will die without you. If you stay here with me you've as good as killed them.
The Doctor: Amy Pond, you are magnificent, and I'm sorry.
Amy Pond: (steeling herself for death) It's okay. I understand. You've got to leave me.
The Doctor: Oh, no, I'm not leaving you. Never. I'm sorry for this. (bites her hand; she yelps in pain and jerks it away) Ha! See? Not stone. Now run.
- When Amy is attacked by (and defeats) an Angel, and is understandably a little freaked out:
- The Doctor: River, hug Amy.
The Doctor: Because I'm busy.
- Amy and the Doctor have been doing a fair bit of forehead pressing and forehead kissing and it's just too cute for words. Especially in "Flesh and Stone" where Amy is stuck sat in the middle of a dangerous forest, and can't open her eyes without dying on the spot, and they have to just leave her with the soldiers otherwise she'd be more at risk on the move. The Doctor vanishes for a moment, then comes back and takes her hands and asks her, once again, to trust him. Not even the ending of the episode could possibly ruin that scene.
- The Doctor takes names very seriously. Not only does he chew out the Big Bad for not knowing the names of the girl's she's converted but he takes the time to learn the name of the Cake Girl he replaced ("Lucy") and that she's diabetic.
- The Doctor has taken Davros' Breaking Speech to heart and is trying to prove him wrong. He really doesn't want Amy to be a Reverse Mole and tells both her and Rory to go back to the T.A.R.D.I.S. when things get too dangerous.
- The fiasco with Rose and Mickey will not be repeated. Immediately after Amy tries to seduce the Doctor, he snags her fiance to be his second Compansion so they can stay together.
- The titular choice itself, as to which world Amy thought was real. The only world that was real to Amy, or at least the only world she wanted to be real, was the one in which Rory was still alive. This leads to the first real on-screen kiss between Amy and Rory. And then before that, Rory asks what had happened to him (he had been disintegrated), and Amy just says nothing and hugs him, because she was just so happy to see him again.
- When they ask why the psychic spores made a dark side of the Doctor but not them. "Well, if they tried to feed off of you two, they'd starve to death in an instant. I choose my companions with great care."
- Rory telling Alaya that he trusts the Doctor with his life. It really shows how much their friendship's grown.
- Nasreen staying in suspended animation with a mutating Tony, with both promising to help with future negotiations between Humans and Silurians.
- A bit of a Fridge heartwarming moment. The Doctor sets the reanimation timer for a thousand years. Several short stories and novellas set in the future show the Reptiles as fully recognized inhabitants of Earth alongside humanity. After all those conflicts and close calls throughout the show's history, it's heartwarming to know the two races do eventually have a future together.
- The death of the Krafayis. Think about it. The Doctor is comforting an accidentally-child-killing creature that was just blind, scared, and alone and he can't even SEE it because it's invisible.
- The stargazing.
- The Doctor: I've seen many things, my friend, but you're right- nothing quite as wonderful as the things you see.
- Also Visual Effects Of Awesome, as the three of them hold hands and look up... and the night sky transforms into The Starry Night.
- After Vincent van Gogh spends the entire episode casually talking about how terrible his paintings are and how no-one will ever want them, the Doctor bends the rules and takes him forward in time to see his work displayed in an art gallery and hear an expert call him 'the greatest artist of all time'. Vincent cries tears of joy. Shortly thereafter, it's revealed that he dedicated one of his paintings to Amy.
- Vincent truly breaks down when he hears the expert speak of not just his art but of him as a PERSON. For a man that was mocked and belittled, made to feel like a freak and an outcast... to have someone say that he understood him and that Vincent was not just the greatest artist but a GREAT MAN... imagine for a moment what that must be like. To finally have someone UNDERSTAND him, to accept him, and love him for his flaws. Tears of joy indeed.
- Bonus heartwarming: the dawning incredulity on the docent's face as he seems to realize who the strange man who just kissed his cheek really was. Imagine spending your adult life admiring and studying one powerful artist, being moved by his work, learning every possible detail about this wonderful human being you have never and will never meet, but whom you feel you know intimately, maybe wishing that there was some way you could tell him what he's meant to you...and all of a sudden, beyond all possibility, he's right there. And you've just made him cry from pure joy.
- When Amy and the Doctor stop in front of Van Gogh's Sunflowers;
Amy: We didn't make a difference at all.
The Doctor: I wouldn't say that. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. [Amy starts tearing up] Hey. [hugs Amy] The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things. And, if you look carefully, maybe we did indeed make a couple of little changes.
Amy: No Krafayis.
The Doctor: No Krafayis.
(Amy sees a change in the "Sunflowers" painting. It has For Amy, Vincent written on the vase.)
Amy: If we had gotten married, our children would have had very, very red hair.
The Doctor: The ultimate ginger.
Amy: The ultimate ginge!
Amy (quietly): Brighter than sunflowers.
- "For God's sake, kiss the girl!"
- The following "complete ruination of their friendship".
- When Eleven gives Rory back the ring.
Doctor: The universe is vast, and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, impossible things just happen, and we call them miracles. 900 years, I've never seen one...but this'll do me just fine.
- The whole quote that goes along with that:
- In a weird way, the Alliance's existence. Wrong or not, it's still every "evil" race and group we've ever seen working together to save the universe from being destroyed by the Doctor.
- In its dying moment, the TARDIS itself commits one last heroic act: it explodes across every single point in time simultaneously, keeping Earth warm for the entirety of its existence...
- Not only that, the TARDIS instigated a time loop inside itself to save River. While it only resulted in River running into a rock wall and not making it to the Doctor, the TARDIS was doing everything she could to save her only child.
- Auton-Rory spends just shy of 2,000 years protecting a box. Cultures rise and fall around him, and he is nothing more than a historical curiosity associated with another historical curiosity. He never wavers, he never falters, he never leaves the Pandorica. He dragged the Pandorica out of a German firebombing, knowing that if he ever was damaged, he could never, ever be repaired. The Doctor warned Rory that he would probably be mad by the time the Doctor's gambit reached its end. But Rory? He was sane. He was unharmed. And he was still... right... there. Working security for the Pandorica Exhibition, keeping Amy safe. Like he did for two thousand years.
The Doctor: Your girlfriend isn't more important than the whole universeó
- Even before Amy's memory of the Doctor is triggered, she's wearing a red necklace. Look closely. It's an apple.
- "Something old...Something new...Something borrowed...Something Blue!"
- "Raggedy Man... I remember you and YOU ARE LATE FOR MY WEDDING!!"
- "The boy who waited - good on you mate."
- At the wedding party, Amy half-lying in Rory's arms while they watch the Doctor dance like a monkey, and he kisses her hair, and it's just total and utter contentment.
- Earlier on the phone, when she tells him she loves him ó the first time she's said it all season ó in a casual tone that makes it obvious that in the "fixed" universe she says it all the time.
- Prior to the rewind, the Doctor never asks Amy to remember him. He wants her to concentrate the whole of her being on remembering the family she should have had instead.
- And it's made even more heartwarming/breaking by his bedraggled state: In what he and Amy both think is the last conversation they'll ever have, he's her Raggedy Doctor again.
- This is the first genuinely, completely Happy Ending of the season finales -first series the Doctor regenerates, everyone on the station dies except Jack who now has to live forever after just being abandoned, second series he loses Rose to another dimension, third series he's the last of his kind again and Martha leaves him probably with a horrible case of Post Traumatic Stress, fourth season the fate of Donna. Specials? He gets told he's going to die, goes crazy, and finally regenerates. But now we have a wedding, a celebration, silly dancing, the Doctor saved via telling a story, and a death count into the minuses. Repeat, the minuses— people survive this story who were already dead when it started. Only Steven Moffat could pull that off in a Doctor Who finale. Hats off to the man.
- Rory punching the Doctor for telling him that Amy wasn't more important that the rest of the universe and the Doctor's reaction to getting punched.
Rory: SHE IS TO ME!
The Doctor: WELCOME BACK RORY WILLIAMS!
- The end of "The Big Bang":
Doctor: This will have to be goodbye.
Amy: Yeah, I think it's goodbye. [to Rory] Don't you think it's goodbye?
Rory: Definitely goodbye.
[Amy opens the TARDIS door and waves to the world.]
- Amy's face of pure joy as she finally gets her happy ending, and sets off in the TARDIS with both Rory AND The Doctor. See for yourself.
Series 6 / Season 32
A Christmas Carol
- All of it. All of it.
- One in particular for its universal appeal and revelation of just who the Doctor is. After being told a young woman is "nobody important," he immediately becomes more interested, because, as he says "In over nine hundred years of time and space I've never met anyone who wasn't important."
- This represents a large amount of Character Development from Ten's comments about the significance of certain people in "The Waters of Mars". He seems to have learned his lesson about the "Time Lord Victorious" thing.
- The star cruiser is about to crash, killing the thousands on board. They are losing control and suddenly the most lovely singing is heard and the clouds stabilize. "Can you land?" "I can even land well."
- The look on Kazran's face as the beautiful love of his life sings to him for the last time.
- The Doctor has decided not to go to 1969 just because someone wants him to, and ignores River asking him to trust her, since he doesn't know who she really is yet. Amy asks her to trust her, and he tells her to swear on something that matters. She answers with "Fish fingers and custard." which causes the Doctor to place his life in her hands.
- When Amy calls Rory "stupid face". The previous time he heard her use the phrase telling "stupid face" she loved him he didn't know whom she was speaking to.
- Rory's statement of "She can always hear me" when Amy has been kidnapped. This is Immediately followed by a callback to his actions in the finale of last season: "Wherever she is, she always knows that I am coming for her—do you understand me? Always."
- Amy telling the Doctor that he's her best friend.
- During the finale when they're left with a choice of either leaving Rory on the alien ship or risking his death by drowning since the ship is basically keeping him alive, he opts to leave, telling them that all they have to do is resucitate him when they get back. He wants the person who does it to be Amy, not the Doctor, for one specific reason.
Rory: Because I know you'll never give up.
- It's even more meaningful when you remember Rory's a nurse. Accuracy aside, we're supposed to think that he surely knows the odds but he still trusts her more than the Doctor. For everyone who has ever wondered why Rory was willing to wait 2000 years for a girl that a number of people don't think deserved him? This whole damn scene is the answer.
- This exchange.
Doctor: You didnít always take me around to where Iíve wanted to go.
Idris/TARDIS: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.
- A severely understated one is the Doctor's reaction upon receiving the Corsair's distress signal. Not only is there another Time Lord still out there, it's one of his friends. Too bad it's a trap.
- Russell T. Davies' "Ood created by Russell T Davies" credit is quite the touching memento of his legacy, when you realise that sort of thing's normally only seen on classic series monsters such as Sontarans or Daleks.
- When Amy is trying to communicate the meaning of the password to the TARDIS systems to access the secondary control room, her mental imprint of the word 'delight' is her and Rory's wedding day.
- When Idris mentions "the pretty one," the Doctor assumes she means Amy, and instead she communicates to Rory, the best-hearted of the trio.
- The exchange when the TARDIS, inside the body of Idris, makes the Doctor understand just who she is.
- Idris/TARDIS: I was already a museum piece when you were young. And the first time you touched my console you said—
The Doctor: I said you were the most beautiful thing I'd ever known.
Idris/TARDIS: And then you stole me. And I stole you.
The Doctor: I borrowed you.
Idris/TARDIS: "Borrowing" implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?
The Doctor: You're the TARDIS? My TARDIS?
Idris/TARDIS: My Doctor.
- "Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you."
- Then, her last words to the Doctor: "I love you."
- This exchange, where we find out that even an immortal, sentient timeship thinks that human beings are awesome:
- Idris/TARDIS: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris/TARDIS: So much bigger on the inside.
- The episode in general. Despite all the Mood Whiplash of the episode, the Doctor has something new and positive at the end: the assurance that, no matter what, the TARDIS is there and listening, and always has been. Nine was alone at the end of the Time War? Ten regenerated alone? Nope, the TARDIS was there. She'll be there when all of his companions leave. Sure, we knew that before, but this is an entirely new perspective on their relationship.
- This combines heartwarming with tearjerkers.
Idris I've been looking for a word. A big complicated word. So sad. I've found it now.
Doctor What word?
Idris Alive. I'm alive...
Doctor Alive isn't sad.
Idris Its sad when its over.
Doctor You okay?
- And the follow up:
Rory No. I watched her die. I shouldn't let it get to me, but it still does. I'm a nurse.
Doctor Letting it get to you. You know what that's called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now. That's all that counts!
- The TARDIS's last words to the Doctor: "I love you." Despite everything, despite all the times he has smacked her with a hammer, made her spark, driven her into missles, smashed a hole into her console with an axe, she's still there, she still cares for him, she still loves him and, more importantly, he knows it and their relationship is better than it ever was.
- The ending, where the TARDIS controls flare back to life; just a second ago the Doctor thinks she can't hear him, then the Doctor is practically dancing around the console room with the biggest grin on his face! She may not be able to speak — but she's still there.
- Seeing how very, very relieved Amy is when the real Rory finds her, after she's been weeping in horrified grief over his fake "corpse". Even after all the many, many times he's died before, she'll never take his return for granted, and the implication that he'd died hating her had really gotten to her.
- Rory giving the upset and confused Ganger Jennifer a hug.
- At the end, the humans and (most of) the Gangers finally accepting that they shouldn't be fighting, and the fact that the survivors included two Gangers, who were treated no differently than the human survivor. A particularly heartwarming moment comes when the dying Original!Jimmy gives his Ganger permission to go home and be a father to his son.
- That the Doctor had unquestioning, absolute faith in his Ganger, and that likewise, his Ganger had complete faith in the Doctor.
- "We are not talking about an experiment that needs to be mopped up. We are talking about sacred life. Everybody clear on that? Everybody? Good."
- The episode contains more of these moment than other moments.
- At the beginning, Moffat kind of screws with the audience's heads a little bit, before Amy delivers on the heartwarming to her newborn daughter Melody:
Amy: 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'll 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.
- When River Song is revealed to be Melody Pond, the sheer joy on the Doctor's face as he realizes, among other things, that he is no longer the last Time Lord is a CMOH if anything is.
- Although Rory is often a hero, he hardly ever gets to make really cool, dramatic, heroic gestures. In this episode, he gets to be the real live Knight in Shining Armor that we always suspected he was:
Amy: They took her, Rory. They took our baby away.
Rory: (Walks in holding the baby) Now, Mrs. Williams, you know that that is never, ever, ever going to happen.
- Rory starts to cry from sheer joy.
Rory: Oh God, I was gonna be cool. I wanted to be cool, look at me.
- The Doctor letting Amy and Rory's daughter Melody use his crib is several kinds of heartwarming.
- The Doctor comforting Lorna in the aftermath of the battle. She met him as a child, but from his perspective he hasn't met her yet. She's also dying. The Doctor lies to her and acts as though he knows who she is, only dropping the act and asking who she was when she's finally been able to pass on peacefully.
- Vastra and Jenny's entire relationship. A Silurian and a human, not only working together but loving each other. The Doctor's plan during "Hungry Earth" was not a hopeless endeavor. It can still happen. According to the wiki, Vastra saved Jenny from a Chinese gang, so there's that, too.
- The entirety of the Colonel Runaway speech is this, while doubling as a Moment of Awesome. We all know that the Doctor loves Amy and Rory, but this is perhaps the first time that he outright says so. While, at the same time, being ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. Coming at the Doctor through the people he loves is not in any way a good idea!
- Strax, in his own... special way, provides bedside manner for his patients. When he says he wants to slaughter you for the glory of the Sontaran Empire, he means that he wants you to get better soon.
- At the beginning, Moffat kind of screws with the audience's heads a little bit, before Amy delivers on the heartwarming to her newborn daughter Melody:
- With "Good Night." Amy remarks that companions must be small parts in the life of the Doctor. He immediately corrects her.
- Doctor: You are enormous parts of my life. And you are all I ever remember.
- All of the flashbacks concerning Amy, Rory, and their best mate Mels. She grew up with them, learned all about the Doctor, was the reason Amy and Rory eventually got together after she made Amy realize Rory wasn't gay, and dreamed of marrying the Doctor when she grew up. When she does meet him, she gets shot by Hitler and starts to regenerate. Turns out, she's River Song, who went to be with her parents after regenerating into a toddler in New York. Amy even named her daughter after her, meaning Melody Pond was named after herself.
- The ending, where River is in hospital, having just sacrificed her remaining regenerations to save the Doctor's life. The nurse says that she will be fine. The Doctor however says she won't just be fine, she'll be amazing, and then presents River with a diary, the iconic TARDIS diary River is seen with later on in her lifetime.
- The TARDIS voice interface conversation when the Doctor's dying. He goes from himself to Rose, then Martha, next Donna, and refuses them all, due to guilt. Finally, he says "There must be someone left in the universe I haven't screwed up yet", and gets the 1996 Amelia Pond. He constantly refers to her as the real Amelia Pond, cueing the VI to coldly and emotionlessly say "I am not Amelia Pond. I am a Voice Interface", and tell him how long he has left to live. Finally, as he gives up hope, the voice says clearly, with some emotion finally, "Fish Fingers and Custard". Immediately, the Doctor gets hope, and uses that same phrase to go off and be a badass.
- As the Doctor is dying, he whispers a message for River Song in Melody Pond's ear. Her response is a small, sad smile and the words "I'm sure she knows that." Three guesses what he said.
- Alex (George's dad) realizes that the reason George can't face his fear is that they accidentally gave him an inferiority complex because he heard them talk about sending him away. His response? Jumping into a group of Peg Dolls that were trying to hurt him and shielding George from them. Cue goosebumps.
Alex: Whatever you are, whatever you do, you are my son.
- Followed by the little boy saying in the smallest voice ever heard, "...Dad!" D'awwhhh.
- George may not be human, but his dad has proved once and for all that he is.
- Seeing Mr. Purcell, the asshole landlord, return home after being trapped in the doll house, and the first thing he does is hug his menacing-looking dog for comfort, proving that even the people we think are the worst still are capable of affection, and still love something or someone, and need comfort.
- Rory trying to save both versions of his wife despite the Temporal Paradox that he knows will result.
- The Rory!Bot is Fridge Heartwarming. The AV Club review says it best:
- Amy's naming of her "pet" robot after Rory, and Rory's reaction when he finds out, is kind of their relationship in microcosmóa simultaneously sweet and slightly demeaning gesture on her part that's deeper than she's willing to admit it is, accepted by him with a silent, slightly wounded stoicism that's nevertheless thrilled that she remembered him.
- In a silly-but-still-cute example, the bot giving the original his glasses back. Either human or robot, Rory's a sweetie.
- Both Amys have to concentrate on a powerful memory to cross into the same timestream. It starts a bit weird when they both start doing the Macarena, but then it turns out that Amy and Rory had their first kiss while doing just that.
- "I don't care that you got old. I care that we didn't grow old together." Oh, Rory...
- The Doctor leaves Amy and Rory on Earth, with a brand new house and car. For the first time in ages, a companion leaves the TARDIS without undergoing some horrendous Tear Jerker.
- The fact that the Doctor deliberately refused to allow Amy to go through what his previous companions did just shows how much he loves he.
- Due to Rory having no fear that can be exploited, instead of rooms containing fears, he only sees fire exits. To put it another way, he's refusing to leave Amy or the Doctor, despite the building literally showing him the way to safety.
- Despite all the innocent people it murdered, despite the fact that it had to murder people like that in order to eat to survive, the Doctor holds no malice or hatred toward the Minotaur, gently patting it affectionately on the head to comfort it as it finally dies.
- Craig knows that the Doctor is Doom Magnet and he still insists on sticking with him. There are three reasons for this: 1.) He believes that the Doctor always wins and it's the safest place is next to the guy kicking baddie ass. 2.) Staying away isn't safer because Innocent Bystanders have already died. 3.) The Doctor needs a friend.
- Fighting for his life with the Cybermat, as the Doctor breaks in to rescue him, Craig's first words to him are "Where's Alfie?" This proves he has the priorities of a dad straight despite his protests to the contrary.
- When the Doctor sees Amy and Rory again in the shop. There's just so muchÖ love on his face.
- "Petrachor - For The Girl Who's Tired of Waiting." Look how proud he is at Amy's success!
- Craig takes The Power of Love to amazing when the sound of Alfie crying gives him the will to resist and turn back the Cyberman-making process. Yes, he definitely proved he's a dad.
- The Doctor giving Alfie a view of outer space on his ceiling, and giving him a little pep talk. There's something to be said about a thousand-year old alien who can confide his insecurities and find something to relate to in a baby.
- The Doctor, knowing he has only a short time left to live, chooses to save the Earth one last time before he goes. No matter how he tries to convince himself, he just can't leave to enjoy himself, knowing that humanity is in danger. Then, he proves just how good of a friend he is to individuals by losing more time making sure Craig's house is tidied and fixed up, so he doesn't have to explain to Sophie. Just reminders of what kind of a man the Doctor really is, no matter how cruel he can sometimes seem.
- There's a great joke early in the episode about how Alfie, named by Craig, prefers to be called Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All instead of Alfie. After his dad saves the world with love for his son, the kid decides he'd rather be called Alfie.
- The Doctor sums up his relationship with humanity:
- "I'm the Doctor. I was here to help. And you are very, very welcome."
- Craig insists that if he can't save the Doctor from his impending doom, he should at least let him face it properly dressed, by giving him a stetson to wear for his appointment at Lake Silencio, USA. A small gesture, but the 11th Doctor, ever the fan of stylish headgear, appreciates it immensely.
- The Doctor's reasoning for having his companions see his death.
Doctor: I had to die. I didn't have to die alone. Amy and Rory, the Last Centurion and the Girl Who Waited. However dark it got, I'd turn around and there they'd be.
- When the Doctor talks about all the things he can do with his time machine, many of them are about his companions.
Doctor: I could help Rose Tyler with her homework. I could go to all of Jack's stag parties in a single night!
- The death of the Brigadier, one of the Doctor's closest friends, is what finally convinces the Doctor to face his fate. He knows the Brigadier wouldn't run from death but do what needed to be done.
- It's briefly implied that when time got all thrown together the Doctor stopped Cleopatra from committing suicide.
- Rory not taking his malfunctioning eyepatch off because he's no use to Amy if he can't remember. Best husband ever, and they're not even married in that reality.
- River and Amy send out a message to the rest of the universe that "The Doctor is dying. Please, please help." They get more than a trillion replies saying what amounts to "Yes, of course we'll help" from every corner of the universe. The Alliance that imprisoned the Doctor in the Pandorica may have hated him and may have thought that he would cause the end of the universe, but there are just as many if not more beings out there who would help the Doctor in any way they can.
River: You've touched so many lives, saved so many people, did you think that when your time came, you'd really have to do more then ask?
- River: You've decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn't agree!
Doctor: River, no one can help me. A fixed point has been altered. Time is disintegrating!
River: I can't let you die...!
Doctor: But I have to die!
River: Shut up! I can't let you die without knowing that you are loved by so many, and so much—and by no one more than me.
Doctor: River, you and I—we know what this means. We are Ground Zero of an explosion that will engulf all reality. Millions upon millions will suffer and die...
River: I'll suffer, if I have to kill you.
Doctor: More than every living thing in the universe?
Doctor: River, River, River... Amy, uncuff me. Now.
they proceed to get married, snog each other senseless, and save the day]
- When all the ships arrive in answer of River and May's signal. River sums up the situation quite well.
- In "The Pandorica Opens", a million enemy ships showed up to imprison the Doctor. In this episode, a million times that many show up to save him.
- "You are forgiven. Always and completely forgiven." Oh, River...
- The Teselecta ends up saving the Doctor's life by morphing into the Doctor's form and hiding the real Doctor safely inside of it. This was definitely the destruction of the highly advanced robot. What's more, if the plan failed, the fire would've killed whatever was left of the crew inside after the energy blasts. The Teselecta crew still went through with the plan, just for the chance to save the Doctor. River was right; all he had to was ask.
- The ending scene with the Ponds. River making her mum feel better, sharing some wine, Amy wearing Rory's jacket from "Let's Kill Hitler" and the three's utter joy at the Doctor still being alive.
Series 7 / Season 33
The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
- The very beginning of the episode. A ship of alien invaders orbits Earth and announces "People of Earth, you stand alone" right before the Doctor blows it up. No, mysterious alien invaders, we are not alone.
- The entire story is due to the Doctor simply wanting to give a great Christmas present to two kids, because their mother helped him out.
- Doctor: And you can't help but think "What's the point of them being happy now when they'll be so sad later?" and the answer, of course, is "Because they'll be sad later."
- It was a beautiful scene when Reg showed up at the end.
- The ending, where the Doctor shows up on Amy and Rory's doorstep for Christmas dinner. Even though it's been two years since the Doctor supposedly "died", the fact that those two still set a place for him just... guh. Then he cries happy tears and... and... Okay, yeah, the d'awww never stops.
- Remember how many episodes involve the Doctor either dealing with incredible loneliness or realizing how much damage he does (turning companions into weapons, for example.) In this scene, when he's standing awkwardly in their doorway, it hits him that he's actually done some good, and that he's truly loved. Matt wasn't the only one crying then.
- When Amy answers the door, she has a squirt gun in case of annoying carolers. When she sees it's the Doctor, she's momentarily stunned, and then she squirts him anyway because he stayed away for two years (again). She also refuses to hug him, and then does so anyway and says they've already set a place for him at the dinner table.
- A subtle one: the Ponds painted their door TARDIS blue.
- The Doctor struggling with his anger and prejudices when he finds out the bitter secret behind what poor Oswin's become. Even though he finally opts for Brutal Honesty and tells her what's really happened to her, you can tell that he has nothing but admiration for how long she resisted her new nature and fought to preserve her own inner humanity. Even while comforting her, he has an immense urge to look at what she's become with hatred, but his previous respect for her and compassion for others wins out and he does his best to be nice to her and trust her, as awkward as the whole situation is.
- Oswin, though heartbroken over the revelation, still manages to hold onto her mind and compassion until the very end and does all she can to help the Doctor and his companions get safely off the planet. Before they part, she has a short Badass Boast reaffirming her humanity. Moments before death, she relaxes with a knowing, happy smile on her face.
- Rory bluntly noting that Amy still doesn't seem to trust him and his feelings towards her, but following it up with confirming that he'll always love her and always stand by her, regardless. Amy, while she broke up with him for a good reason that she hid until then, ashamed, realises that it wasn't necessary at all and her husband will always be supportive of her. At the start of the episode, the two of them were getting divorced. By the end, they have not only reconciled, but are determined to stay with each other no matter what. Despite the fact that, as Amy revealed to Rory, she can never have children again. Rory, while saddened, calms her and says they'll try to be a happy couple in spite of that.
- That fist pump at the end before entering the house with the woman that is still his wife. It was adorable.
- Queen Nefertiti asks Amy if she is the Doctor's queen, prompting the reply:
- Amy: No, no, I'm Rory's queen. Wife! I'm his wife. Please don't tell him I said I was his queen, I'll never hear the end of it.
- The Doctor going totally fan-boy over the dinosaurs, going so far as to befriend the Triceratops like any child would. It's a far cry from "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" when he seemed to hold little to no interest in them.
- Amy deliberately imitates the Doctor when she investigate the ship's archives, right down to speech patterns and having "companions". If her faith in him was broken during "The God Complex" then it is fully repaired now.
- Pond men bonding.
- Brian's favour from the Doctor, and the corny postcards he sends Amy and Rory. On that note, the postcard showing where the dinosaurs ended up, honouring the Silurians who saved them.
- In the beginning narration, a resident of Mercy talks warmly about her town's mysterious protector. At first it sounds like she's talking about the Doctor, but by the end we realize that she's talking about the Gunslinger.
- When a mob of Mercy residents, led by a 19-year-old, comes to the Marshall's office to capture Jex and hand him over to the Gunslinger, the Doctor refuses to hand him over so that the young man won't become a cold-blooded killer.
Resident: Is he worth [the risk]?The Doctor: I'm not sure. But you are.
- While the Gunslinger is hunting down Kahler Jex, he finds a group of people hiding inside in a church and leaves them all unscathed.
- While it comes in the middle of an otherwise dark and painful scene, there's something heartwarming in the Doctor's complete lack of fear when Amy points a gun at him. He's so sure that she'd never actually hurt him that she might as well have been holding a banana.
- That scene is also a reminder of who Amy is and who the Doctor is. No one knows 11 better than she does, both because she met him at the start of his life (twice!) and because she remembered him back into existence. She really is his best friend, and the one who draws him back from the dark place he's found himself in by being alone for so long.
- Though the mutual tension (and loathing) between the Doctor and Kahler-Jex over their Dark and Troubled Past is palpable, they both realise that they're Not So Different: Both of them are veterans of a horrific war and both of them are trying their best to be The Atoner. When they decide to team up against the gunslinger, it's noticeable that they've earned each other's begrudging respect, even if neither of them particularly likes the other one.
- Kahler-Jex is certainly an Anti-Villain, but there's something oddly uplifting about the calm way he chooses to kill himself rather than to perpetuate the Cycle of Revenge between him and the Gunslinger. It's a very drastic decision, but you do feel Jex was so fed up with the prolonged aftermath of the war he and the Gunslinger took part in that he decided to put an end to all the hatred and the "eye for an eye" approach to reconciling with the war's horrors.
- After Kahler Jex dies, the Gunslinger feels he is a weapon without a purpose and decides to go self-destruct in the desert. The Doctor convinces him otherwise and makes the Gunslinger a protector of Mercy, complete with a Marshal's badge and a new-found sense of purpose. In addition, even after everything he'd been through, the Gunslinger looks genuinely happy at the end of the episode.
- First, the moment when the Doctor reveals that he knows who Kate Stewart really is; then, the moment when, leaving, he salutes her with profound respect.
- Doctor: Don't despair, Kate. Your dad never did.
- The Doctor's reaction every time someone gives him a kiss on the cheek in the episode. For some reason it happens a lot, and he seems quite happy about it every time. Especially cute with Rory, who took at least twelve episodes to warm up to him.
- The Doctor, Amy, and Rory sitting together, eating fish fingers and custard. Especially when you note that they're all double-dipping—from the same bowl. Now that's closeness.
- The Doctor and Amy's heart-to-heart conversation by the Thames. Accompanied by particularly beautiful music, the whole scene is touching, but of particular note is this exchange:
The Doctor: I'm not running away. But this is one corner in one country in one continent in one planet that's a corner of a galaxy that is a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And this is so much, so much, to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I'm not running away from things. I'm running to them before they flare and fade forever. That's all right. Our lives would never remain the same. They can't. One day, soon maybe, you'll stop. I've known for a while.Amy: Then why do you keep coming back for us?The Doctor: Because you were the first. The first face this face saw. And you were seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond. Always will be. I'm running to you and Rory before you... fade from me.
- River breaking her wrist and hiding it from the Doctor; her reason for doing so is an odd moment of Heartwarming.
River: When one's in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve year old, one does one's best to hide the damage.
- Though it winds up upsetting River, it is still pretty sweet when the Doctor heals her wrist with superpowered-Time-Lord-regeneration-energy-magical-phebotinum... and then wraps it up with a kiss to make it better.
- Amy's final words to the Doctor, written in a book. The words themselves are Heartwarming, but the method in which they were conveyed and the circumstances are less so.
- Rory's final words to his father Brian in the minisode "P.S.". The words, and the circumstances around them are Heartwarming.
- In the minisode "The Great Detective", Vastra and Jenny (and Strax, who seems to have declared war on the moon in all seriousness), having discovered that something is very, very wrong with the Doctor, have apparently been trying to buck him up again by calling him in on increasingly more and more contrived "cases", simply because they're worried about him. It's uncertain how much they know about what caused the Doctor's sudden rage and depression; they just know their friend is in pain, and are trying to help him however they can.
Jenny: ...Merry Christmas...!
- And, as of "Vastra Investigates," they have been officially confirmed (as if it wasn't obvious already) as a couple. Not just lovers, not just existing to make tongue-in-cheek jokes.
- "The Snowmen" indicates that they are not even just a couple, but married.
- The Doctor has not recovered from the Despair Event Horizon of losing Amy and spends much of the episode looking miserable and promising that he's retired. Consequently, seeing his goofy, childlike grin light up his face once more feels incredibly uplifting. Not to mention the scene where he realizes he put his bowtie on. Hearing the catchphrase again is a huge relief.
- The Meet Cute opening scene between the Doctor and pert barmaid Clara is very charming and rather funny. All of this despite how we clearly see the Doctor struggling quietly with depression and the feeling he should never make new friends or find new companions, for fear of their death. The scene is helped by Clara's cheery and curious personality making it hard for the Doctor to brush her off easily before he returns to his solitude.
- Clara, while being tested by Vastra, is asked why the Doctor would help her. She replies 'kindness' as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. Clara barely knows him but manages to put her finger on the same thing that Amy did, way back in "The Beast Below"—the Doctor is very old, and very kind.
- When Clara's dying, look in the background. Jenny gives Vastra this lost, defeated look, and Vastra crosses the room to hold her hand.
- The Doctor's sheer joy and enthusiasm at realising that something impossible. odd and mysterious is going on with Clara, and that she had not lived in vain. You can clearly imagine the heavy burden of guilt and apathy being lifted from his shoulders. When he surmises she's still out there somewhere, he becomes so excited and overjoyed and so enthusiastic about finding her that his depression starts quickly dissipating. Curious and deeply thankful at the same time, he decides he'll simply keep looking until he finds her and will do whatever it takes to become a good friend to her. When he takes off in the TARDIS, smiling, he "answers" Clara's cryptic phrase "Run you clever boy, and remember" with a delighted and cheeky "Watch me run!". Bonus points for that particular set of scenes being scored with a very moody and sombre, but at the same time very hope-raising arrangement of the Eleventh Doctor's leitmotif.
- Madame Vastra: Perhaps the universe makes bargains after all.
- In the minisode "Demon's Run: Two Days Later", Jenny is incredibly sweet and gentle with Strax as she encourages him to wake up, and invites him to live with them. It swiftly becomes hilarious as in the space of less than three minutes she becomes completely exasperated with him and the dynamic we know and love is established.
- The prequel to the episode has young Clara comforting the Doctor as they sit on swings and talk about lost things and lost friends. The child Clara wishes him luck on finding his friend again. (Not knowing it's actually her, just many years in the future.)
- The Doctor's message to his enemies regarding Clara, Under My Protection.
- The Doctor, in general, being charming towards Clara in his own cockoolanderish way, tucking her into bed, leaving her snacks... He's just so happy to find her alive... somehow, and to get a chance to repay her for all she has done for him in the Dalek Asylum and victorian London.
- The Doctor having made a painting of Clara, just as he remembers her, while he's staying at the medieval Cumbrian monastery during his quest to solve her mystery. The abbot admits that the "mad monk"'s fixation on the mysterious woman borders on an obsession. Though that's quite a depressing implication, it also points to the Doctor having something of a genuine, adoring crush on Clara, and just really wanting to meet the original one and befriend her. He's done with his worldweary introversion and wants to start anew, with a girl he considers amazing as his new and trustworthy pal.
- The way Clara's parents met in "The Rings of Akhaten", with her father getting a leaf blown into his face, causing him to stumble into traffic and be rescued by her mother. He then tells her it's "the most important leaf in human history" because it grew and then fell off in just the right way to cause them to meet. It may feel Narmy, but hell is it adorable.
- Clara's gift with children, especially with Merry, the young Queen of Years.
- The Doctor makes two very important statements to Clara about how he handles situations when people are in trouble and need help.
- The Doctor: There's one thing you need to know about traveling with me, apart from the blue box and the two hearts. We never walk away.
The Doctor: We never walk away. But when we are carrying something precious—[looks at Merry]—we run. And we keep running, as far and as fast as we can, until we are out from under the shadow.
- Also, his Rousing Speech to Merry about how she's the result of a vast number of elements interacting in an exact way over countless millions of years.
- The Doctor: Hey, do you mind if I tell you a story, one you might not have heard? All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolation of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets, and on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing-wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together, to make you! You are unique in the universe. There is only one You. And there will never be another.
- Made all the better by his insinuations that no matter whether you view the universe in a purely scientific way or in religious awe, what always matters in your faith is simple happiness, sincerity, and fairness. "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gives to the Monster of the Week is an encapsulation of his views on why faith and worship should never be about blindly cowering in fear to appease someone (as the locals were forced to do). Fear only commands more fear, but understanding and compassion builds true respect—something that the self-serving villain lacked.
- As The Doctor goes to face the Old God, Clara and Merry try to think of something they can do to help him. Merry quickly comes up with a plan to sing to the monster and distract it long enough for the Doctor to defeat it. To add icing to the cake, Merry is quickly joined in her singing by all in attendance.
- The episode revealed a lot about Clara's hidden grief and anger over the death of her mother that occured years ago. Once she helps the Doctor defeat the antagonist, she loses the leaf she inherited from the parents, one of the few keepsakes she has from her deepest childhood. She's also selflessly given up the ring she inherited from her mother, just so she and the Doctor could rent a vehicle at the alien market. But at the end of the episode, the rather sad atmosphere surrounding Clara's past is broached by the Doctor, when he gives her back the ring and tells her that the locals are returning it to her as a sign of gratitude. He then smiles at her and reasures her that she's not just some silly girl and has proven several times today how brave and kind she can be. Clara is astonished, shyly lowers her head, deep in thought, but eventually cheers up and smiles back. Her eyes are full of quiet amazement and joy. After the epilogue of the episode, we start seeing Clara gradually growing braver, fighting her feelings of inadequacy and being more honest to herself both about her flaws and her good traits.
- Ice Warrior Skaldak, after some character-shaming from the Doctor and Clara, proves that (and by extension the Ice Warrior race as a whole) despite Orange And Blue Morality he isn't a Complete Monster. More than anything, he just wants to go home.
- Perhaps because she reminds him of his daughter, Skaldak is surprisingly gentle in his dealings with Clara. When he leaves his suit and declares his hostile intentions, he runs right by her. He manages to grab her by the head from above at one moment, but he seems to be bluffing, rather than planning to deal her any harm.
- When Clara wakes up, she's wearing an army jacket. One of the Russians gave it to her because she was only wearing a cocktail dress and would have been cold otherwise.
- One of the Doctor's pleas to Skaldak about showing mercy to humanity and not orchestrating a nuclear attack that would trigger a MAD scenario is based on comparing humanity to "frightened children". He speaks in defense of humanity, in a positive light, reminding Skaldak that the Time Lords and Ice Warriors were no less brash and prone to mistakes in their own past. The Doctor is often portrayed as a snarky critic of humans when it comes to the topic of war, but here, he's utterly determined to protect their lives and dignity even at the cost of his own life. This amazes even Skaldak, and the Doctor reiterates that he'd rather rig the missile fire controls with the sonic and blow the sub up along with everyone aboard, than to allow Skaldak to trigger a nuclear war.
- When confronted with the more chilling implications of time travel, Clara develops a bit of angst over the matter, outright stating to the Doctor that "We all must be ghosts to you. We must be nothing. What could we possibly be?" For someone as peppy as Clara, her voice is full of mounting sadness and despair. The Doctor just pauses and replies, "You are the only mystery worth solving." Though he's clearly talking about humanity and everyone he's helped as a whole, he's saying it in a way that reassures Clara that no one's life is meaningless. Even her life is invaluable; everyone's is. Back in the manor house, Clara confesses to Emma that she's grown pessimistic when thinking about her fear of death and her fears about how "everything ends". Emma, who has otherwise been warning Clara that the Doctor might be hiding a lot of sad and dark things from her under his friendly facade, just faintly smiles and comments that "No. Not everything ends. Not love, not always.". By the end of the episode, it's noticeable that though Clara still has fears, she's regained her optimism.
- Despite TARDIS' clear dislike of Clara, and Clara's rebuttal insults, the two of them work together to save the Doctor. This Teeth-Clenched Teamwork could be the start of a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship.
- The Doctor's and Clara's encouraging but not too pushy effort at getting Alec and Emma to reveal their hidden romantic feelings to each other. Bonus points for it coming to an upbeat but funny conclusion, instead of needless mushiness.
- Alec and Emma meeting and sheltering Hila, their descendant from centuries in the future.
- In an interesting twist, the episode's monsters are also reunited, since they were just seeking each other.
- In the opening, when the Doctor is trying very hard to help the TARDIS and Clara work out their differences by teaching Clara to fly her properly. It's important to him that the women in his life get along.
- There's a brief moment that's very sweet: After one of the salvagers callously rips off one of the TARDIS's core elements (ignoring the Doctor's pleas not to do so), the Doctor looks pained and briefly takes one of her remaining orbs in his hands reassuringly, as if to apologize and/or comfort her.
- The Doctor's pure, growing joy and amazement at the realization that Clara is just Clara. She's not a "trick" or a "trap" or anything evil or dangerous—she's exactly the amazing person he thought she was and he gets to keep her.
- The TARDIS's engine exploded. Despite this, she—as the Doctor puts it—"cupped her hands around the force," holding the explosion in stasis and prolonging her own inevitable death by doing so, to keep the people she cares about (and Clara) safe.
- The fact that the TARDIS, despite their past clashes and Clara's irritation at the situation, makes it a point to create an "echo room" to keep her safe, even when she herself is crippled and in pain.
- The salvagers' android (not really) frequently pleading with the others to leave the TARDIS alone, sensing that she is alive and in pain.
- The Doctor briefly panics after seeing the damage to the TARDIS engine room, unsure of what to do. Before he has a Eureka Moment and comes up with The Plan, Clara quietly comes up to him and gently grabs his hand to calm him down. She doesn't hug him, or give him pleasantries or even look at him, but by holding his hand, she gives him a clear message of "You Are Not Alone, I'm by your side".
- Vastra speaking of Jenny in terms of "the fittest and most beautiful" that Britain has to offer.
- The Doctor's tender care for Ada, and the way his concern for her, once they realize she's in trouble, is equal or greater to his concern for Clara.
- When the rocket goes up, the Doctor throws himself over Ada, turning her away from the blast and protecting her with his own body. He absolutely refuses to let her mother hurt her again.
- This entire scene:
Ada: My monster, you've come back! But you're...
Doctor: (incredibly softly) Warm, and alive. Thanks to you, Ada. You saved me from your mother's human rubbish tip.
Ada: No, I...
Doctor: What's wrong?
Ada: She does not want me, monster. I am not to be chosen. Perhaps it was my own sin, the blackness in my heart that my father saw in me...
Doctor: Ada, no, that's nonsense, stupid, backwards nonsense and you know it... you know it.
- The Doctor tenderly kissing Ada on the cheek when he leaves in the TARDIS, a particularly caring act from him. Her expression as she receives an actual physical act of care is a mixture of CMoH and Tear Jerker.
Ada: It's about time I step out of the darkness...and into the light.
Doctor: Good luck, Ada! You know, I think you'll be just (kisses her cheek) splendid.
- The Doctor is usually not that fearful for Clara, as he knows she's capable, but when he finds her and another of Mrs. Gillyflower's prisoners in a creepy form of suspended animation, he outright freaks out and smashes the glass case they were put in. After he manages to wake her up, he still shows childishly cute signs of worry about her well-being, made funnier by Clara still being somewhat dazed. Several moments between the two also show that they have gotten over their initial mistrust of each other and are very good friends now.
- The Doctor created an impregnable block around his memories of Clara. Mr.Clever, despite all that advanced Cyberman technology, cannot access anything about her beyond "Impossible Girl".
- The mutual trust of the previous episode pays off here. The Doctor puts Clara in charge of the soldiers because he knows she will keep a cool head and not doing any silly like blow up the planet. Clara insists on following the Doctor's orders because she has complete faith in him, even if he doesn't know what he's doing.
- When confronting the Great Intelligence, the Doctor takes the time to see if Jenny, who was believed to have been killed by the Whispermen, is alright.
Vastra: *almost crying, breathless with relief* I have not found it to be so.
- The Doctor kissing River and saying goodbye. This is a River that is post-death. He can still see her and he is still listening. Why? Because he's "always listening".
- When Vastra suddenly realizes that "a universe without the Doctor will have consequences", she keeps Jenny right at her side. For such a bold, practical character, seeing her having the very human instinct to keep her loved ones close in a time of crisis, even though there's nothing Jenny could possibly do to help, is incredibly touching.
- Any time Vastra and Jenny interacted. Their love for each other is palpable and it shines through so clearly.
- "Are you all right, my love, can you hear me?"
- Strax restarts Jenny's heart and is almost comforting when he assures Vastra that the heart is "very simple, really."
- When the Great Intelligence first encounters the Paternoster Gang shortly after Jenny's brush with death, Vastra keeps Jenny protectively behind her.
- Clara's sheer determination to save the Doctor is one thing that stuck with her even as she was torn apart by time itself and she could remember nothing else.
- The Doctor's heartfelt speech to Clara about wanting to save her after she saved him thousands of times during his life.
The Doctor: How many times have you saved me, Clara? Just this once! Just for the hell of it! Let me save you!
- The Doctor's positively anguished joy and relief at holding Clara in his arms again.
The Doctor: "Clara! My Clara..."
- The Doctor explaining to Clara why, even knowing that he should never go to Trenzalore, he has to anyway in order to save the Paternoster Gang, because they were always there for him.
- Easy to miss, but after Clara sets things right, Strax is shown apologizing to Vastra for attacking her beforehand. It just shows that, as violent and thick as he is, Strax does care the Madame and her wife.
- After the Whispermen allow the hearts of Clara and that Paternoster Gang to resume beating, The Doctor does a quick check on Strax and then hurries to pull Clara to her feet. As he walks over to her, there's a quick shot that shows the exhausted and scared Vastra and Jenny just huddled on the ground, leaning against each other as they each make sure the other is okay.
50th Anniversary Specials
The Night of the Doctor
- "The Night of the Doctor" gives us a few heartwarming moments in what is otherwise a Tear Jerker.
The Doctor: I'm a Doctor, though probably not the one you were expecting.
The Doctor: Charley... C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly... Friends, companions I have known, I salute you.
- The first is the return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, after 17 years off the screen.
- The second is the fact that the day Night of the Doctor was posted, 14 November, is McGann's birthday.
- Finally, in the final moments, the Doctor salutes his previous companions from Big Finish Doctor Who.
- The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors complimenting each other on their brainy specs.
Eleven and Ten: Oh! Lovely!
- The fact they seem to get along is quite heartwarming, considering in other multi-Doctor stories, the Doctors always bicker with each other.
- After reuniting from a long day's work (from Clara's end), we have a spinning hug between Clara and the Eleventh Doctor, it was so adorable.
- When they see Elizabeth's credentials, a 3D painting (actually an instance of time suspended in a time cube) of the fall of Gallifrey), the Doctor immediately grabs Clara's hand for comfort. Soon it's revealed that Clara's pretty much become the Doctor's confidant when it comes to talking about the Time War; she's grown empathetic over his pain and regret to the point that, when she's about to witness him burn down Gallifrey again, she's determined to convince him that there's another way.
Clara: (crying and in shock) Look at you—the three of you; the Warrior and the Hero. (to Eleven) And you.
Eleventh Doctor: (approaching her) And what am I?
Clara: Have you really forgotten?
Eleventh Doctor: Yes... Maybe, yes.
Clara: We've got enough warriors. Any old idiot can be a hero.
Eleventh Doctor: Then what do I do?
Clara: What you've always done. Be a doctor.
- And then Clara asking him what the promise of the Doctor's name stood for.
Tenth Doctor: Never cruel nor cowardly.War Doctor: Never give up, never give in.
- Better yet, while neither phrase had been used on the show before, both have a long history of being used by incredibly long-time Who writer Terrance Dicks in interviews, novels, and novelizations, making this not just a reaffirmation of character but a nice tip of the hat to the show's long and labyrinthine history.
- Just the fact that Billie Piper and David Tennant were coming back.
- The Moment. A superweapon so advanced it developed sentience and conscience, judging its would-be users. Because of that the Time Lords refused to use it, even with the Daleks besieging Gallifrey. When the War Doctor wants to use it, it not only tries to make him reconsider his plan, but even sets events in motion for him to see the outcome of his actions, including what it will do to him. It's quite heartwarming seeing a sentient super weapon trying to save lives, considering the usual portrayal of AIs in fiction.
- Tom Baker returning to the series after over thirty years.
The Curator: All I can do is tell you what I would do if I were you. (tears up) Oh, if I were you...
- And given how the Eleventh Doctor seems so overjoyed to be talking to him, you have to wonder if Matt Smith wasn't channeling how thrilled he was to be talking to Tom Baker.
- The very thought that the Doctor would get to retire peacefully one day. After all he's been through, he deserves it.
- The look of utter peace and serenity on John Hurt's Doctor as he starts to regenerate into Nine.
- Just before this; being more or less redeemed in the eyes of... himself, the War Doctor, however briefly, gets to be called The Doctor.
- Hurt's face appearing in the credits, making him as much the Doctor as any of the others.
- Plus: Every actor who played the Doctor (save the incoming Peter Capaldi) was listed in the closing credits, even though most of them only appeared briefly via archive footage.
- Saving Gallifrey. The New Doctors have been haunted by the destruction of his homeworld. But they managed to save it, even if all the Doctors but the last one forgets.
- The badass Time Lord General, fighting to save his people to the last. Shows that not all Time Lords are Omnicidal Maniacs, and that Gallifrey is a world worth saving.
- The Gallifreyan children playing, and one little girl clutching a toy rabbit. Most of the references we've seen to the Doctor's or the Master's childhoods have been rather cold and somber, so it's good to know that Gallifrey's staid, tight-laced social order didn't always stifle children's capacity for joy.
- In the beginning of the episode, the TARDIS opens for Clara when she beeps the horn on her motorcycle, and then it closes its doors at Clara's fingersnap. After all of the trouble the TARDIS had with Clara in the beginning, it seems to have grown (an honestly impressive amount of) affection for her following Clara's decision to jump into the Doctor's time stream to save him in "The Name Of The Doctor".
- Before they find a better way Ten and Eleven appearing to the War Doctor to press the Big Red Button with him.
- The War Doctor's utter joy when 10 and 11 realise that there's three of them, so they can pull off something one Doctor couldn't, and he doesn't have to push the button. It's very clearly a moment of immense relief for him.
- The Tenth and Eleventh Doctor's similar reactions upon the realization of that as well. Ten even high-fives the TARDIS.
- Also the Fridge Heartwarming realization, for viewers, that Nine - the most Time War-embittered and guilt-ridden of them all - must have also learned the truth when the Moment recruited him to work his share of the calculations. Imagine how he must have whooped for joy, when she told him Gallifrey stands!
- A somewhat meta-example: Not just the three main Doctors coming to save Gallifrey in the climax, but all of the past Doctors. Just hearing their voices again, even if they're from recorded clips, reminds us of just how rich a history the Whoniverse has. And for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, what could be a better salute than this?
The First Doctor: Calling the War Council of Gallifrey, this is the Doctor.
- This shot at the end.◊
- A very subtle one, but in the final credits Delia Derbyshire, who was never given credit by the BBC, finally gets the recognition she deserved for arranging the original Doctor Who theme.
- Unfortunately, it's gone again for Time of the Doctor, and was likely just there due to the use of the original theme at the start—which, honestly, is still a bit sweet, seeing as she never got credit for that version during its actual period of use.
- Given how bitter the Tenth Doctor was at being replaced in "The End of Time", it's so sweet as he's leaving the Eleventh Doctor to hear him say "Now I know my future's in safe hands."
- "Sorry, did you say Bad Wolf ?"
- The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, after expressing nothing but revulsion for their actions as the War Doctor, going back in their TARDISes and telling him he was always the best of them, then putting their hands on the button with him, so that this time, he doesn't have to make that terrible decision alone.
- And then another one a minute later, when they realize they can save Gallifrey, after all.
- As Osgood and her Zygon copy openly wonder which of them is the real Osgood they hit it off and start bonding, until one of them starts to cough. The now obviously real Osgood (she managed to get her inhaler back during a scuffle earlier) gives her Zygon double a mischievous smile and shushes her, just before she hands her the inhaler.
- Meta-Heartwarming, but when David Tennant wrote a foreword to the Complete Specials DVD, he wrote it as a short story where he went back in time to his younger self, and Older David has to disappoint Younger David by telling him that he never actually got to face the Zygons. That's not the case anymore.
- Before leaving him alone with the mysterious Curator who wanted to see him, Clara gently kisses the Eleventh on the cheek and tells him "she always knows", after he had asked her about her figuring out that the they wanted to have the conversation in private. Eleventh's expression is a mix of delight, astonishment and shyness. The way she kisses him gives off a clear sign of her joy over how he and his other incarnations were at their bravest that day and brought back hope for themselves and Gallifrey, instead of resigning to sacrifice it once again.
- This wonderful exchange:
The Moment: You know the sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning. That sound brings hope, wherever it goes.
War Doctor: Yes. Yes, I like to think it does.
The Moment: To anyone who hears it, Doctor. Anyone, however lost. Even you.
- One that is Heartwarming, now that we know the episode Rose is basically immediately after this episode. The TARDIS always takes the Doctor where he needs to go, so she took him to the one place he likes and the one place he can be safe and find the person to help him to begin to recover from the Time War: Earth. She also conveniently (read: deliberately) lands at the time where the Nestene Consciousness is there, just to take the Doctor's mind off the disasters of his past. Talk about a great friend.
- A small but important one when the Doctor briefly mentions his Time War incarnation. He now affectionately/teasingly refers to the War Doctor as "Captain Grumpy". This is a far cry from the Doctors previous attitude, thinking of him as the Un-person and The Dreaded.
- The Doctor stayed to protect the town of Christmas for centuries, fighting all of his worst enemies in the process.
- The Doctor promising Barnable that he would return to protect the town.
- Clara's response to the Question That Must Never Be Answered, Doctor Who? She tells the Time Lords that the question is WRONG, because The Doctor's name is The Doctor. That's what he is, what he always will be, and what they should care about him for.
- The Time Lords respond by giving the Doctor a new set of regenerations.
- Which is extra-Heartwarming for those fans who favor the theory that Time Lords' regenerations are limited because living too many lives eventually causes them to go mad and/or evil (e.g. the Master, Rassilon). If so, the Time Lords aren't just saving the Doctor, they're trusting him not to.
- The Time Lords respond by giving the Doctor a new set of regenerations.
- Clara's father tries his best to cheer her up when she resumes her family Christmas dinner. The family assumes she's crying about the Doctor dumping her, not knowing that she's actually crying about him leaving her behind again after she specifically told him to swear that he'd never do that again, especially since it is a prelude to his eventual death. Her grandmother also shares an uplifting story with Clara, about how no matter how hard one tries, one can't stop things from changing and that these things happen. And then she hears the sound of hope...
- Tasha picks up Clara after the latter gets returned home again, knowing the Doctor shouldn't be alone when he finally dies. Little does she know that this act inadvertently ends up saving the day...
- "I'd never have made it here alive without River Song."
- As much a Tear Jerker as Eleven's end is, he regenerates happier than any Doctor since the War Doctor, knowing not only that Clara and the town of Christmas were safe despite all the odds, but that he had saved Gallifrey once more and at long last the Time Lords have shown their gratitude by giving him the power to defeat the Daleks and granting him a new set of regenerations. To top it all off in his dying hallucinations he is finally able to see Amy again and say goodbye.
- Another mixed tearjerker/heartwarming moment is when Clara finds the incredibly aged and dying Doctor sitting in front of the crack and surrounded by the drawings and letters the children of Christmas had made for him over the centuries. What is he doing in this dark hour after centuries of constant war and bloodshed? Carving a wooden toy for a child as he has been doing for all the centuries he had been stuck there.
- One of the scenes that follows this previous one is the aged Eleventh Doctor comforting Clara one final time before he decides to go up into the bell tower to face the approaching Daleks all alone, hoping for the best. Naturally, Clara is grief-stricken and begging the Doctor not to go, or to at least allow her to accompany him in this Darkest Hour. The Doctor, as much as he values Clara's loyalty and bravery, tells her that he must face this final challenge alone. He had tried his best to keep her out of the fighting on Trenzalore and he would never forgive himself if he knew she died in vain. After a very heartfelt hug and gentle kiss on her hair, he bids her farewell and tells her to stay in safety, no matter what happens. As he explains to her shortly before ascending the staircase, he wants her to be "his last, final victory". You can hear all the weariness and pain in his voice as he says that, but there's still a hint of a cheerful hope in it about things turning for the better because Clara will live and he will not have to die with the feeling that he has failed to protect her.
- His last ever word is a single "Hey...", said tenderly and with a comforting smile to a teary-eyed Clara after she begs him not to change. You can see it in his eyes that he'd like to give her a friendly, loving hug at least one more time, but he can't due to the already ongoing regeneration.
- On Clara's side, while she is crying during the regeneration over losing the friend she had known, her Tearful Smile is evidence that her sadness is at least alleviated by her knowledge that the Doctor will live on and not die as both of them had originally feared. While it's still a loss for her, she hasn't entirely lost her good friend and knows he'll be there for her, even if there might be changes to their relationship once he regenerates and gets used to a new body.
- This one single episode redeems not one, but three elements of the Nightmare Fuel: The Silents turn out to be Good All Along and ally with the Doctor, the Cracks in the Universe are no longer threatening and serve as a way to save the day, and the Time Lords (treated as worse than Daleks by "The End of Time" and "The Night of the Doctor") become the Big Damn Heroes. Sometimes things aren't as dark as they seem!
- When the Eleventh Doctor is facing down the Daleks for the final time, he's a very old man, looking very much like William Hartnell and limping on a cane. He's far less jovial than normal and basically asks the Daleks to get it over with. But the second the Time Lords give him a new set of regenerations he's instantly back to his old self, hamming it up and swinging his cane around like a baton.
- Before he regenerates, the Doctor has one last meal: fish fingers and custard.
- Eleven's whole attitude to his regeneration quite frankly is a big heartwarming moment. During Ten's final days he never really took the idea of regenerating that well to put it lightly. Here, not only is Eleven at peace with the idea of regenerating (from his speech on how change is good but he will never forget his past selves), he actually regenerates voluntarily to use the excess energy to save the day, and laughs wholeheartedly during the whole thing! Love from Gallifrey boys indeed! Of course, it helps that this time around, the Doctor was starting a whole new cycle whereas Ten was on the verge of ending it.
- The fact that the Twelfth Doctor looks older than the Eleventh. In "The Day of the Doctor", it's implied that Ten and Eleven prefer to look young out of shame for what the War Doctor did. Now, after learning what the War Doctor actually did, the Doctor's no longer ashamed to be mature.
- In a meta example, Peter Capaldi once wrote a letter to a newspaper when he was six, saying that he wanted to become an actor because of his love of Doctor Who. One can only imagine his delight at the fact that he finally got to fulfill his childhood dream nearly fifty years later.
- Also, when the newest Doctor first appears he appears stoic and downright intimidating. No doubt many fans worried he was going to be a far darker version of The Doctor. The audiences fears however are quickly put to rest when the first word out of this new Doctors mouth is "KIDNEYS!"
- The TARDIS is so determined to get back to the Doctor that she travels non stop for three hundred years, with a shield up, with Clara holding on to her to get back to him. If he's going to die, she's going to be there with him at the end.
Series 8 / Season 34
- As brave as Clara is a lot of times, when she starts really getting afraid during the interrogation by the Half-faced Man, her fear really becomes palpable despite her effort at a stiff upper lip. Nevertheless, she insists, near-tearfully, that if the Doctor is who she thinks he is and if he is still her friend, he'll be by her side and come to her aid. She accompanies this by a subconscious gesture of moving her hand behind her back, wishing he was there to help her... And, sure enough, in a few seconds, he shows up in disguise, grabs her by the hand, frees her and starts nonchalantly sabotaging the villains' tech, all the while quipping dry-witted remarks.
- Clara's had it rough, transitioning between two different doctors (one sweet and kind, the other a work in progress). However, the greatest heartwarming comes at the end of the episode, where we find out why Clara had to hang up the phone line last episode. It turns out the Eleventh Doctor called her in the future to encourage her to stick with his new self.
Eleventh Doctor: Goodbye Clara. Miss ya.
- Also during the phone call, Eleven hears Twelve speak, and enthusiastically asks 'Is that the Doctor?' Twelve then asks the same thing. You can truly feel that they are the same person.
- This exchange:
Clara (sniffling, wiping a tear or two away after Eleventh's farewell call)Twelve: Well ?Clara Well what ?Twelve: He asked you a question. Will you help me ?Clara (reproachfully): You shouldn't have been listening...Twelve (disappointed): I wasn't. I didn't need to, that was me talking. You can't see me, can you ? You... You look at me and you can't see me. Do you have any idea what that's like ? I'm not on the phone, I'm right here. Standing in front of you. (desperate) Please, just... just see me.
Clara (in a chuffed, quiet voice, smiling): Thank you.Twelve (unsure): For... what ?Clara (nods): Phoning.
- Bonus points as Peter Capaldi was met with plenty of backlash for his decision. Perhaps the lifelong fan begging the audience "Please, let me be your Doctor. Let me live my dream"?
- And then there's the hug, when they reconcile.
Twelve: (feeling awkward enough for three) Ah, Ah, I don't think I'm a hugging person now.Clara (in a happy, slightly cheeky tone): I'm not sure you get a vote.Twelve (tenderly) : Whatever you say.
- In the first third of the episode, Clara is still shaken and dazed in the aftermath of the Doctor's regeneration, and she becomes something of a Butt-Monkey to the Paternoster Gang for expressing confusion over why the Doctor looks elderly now. She at first thinks they're misunderstanding her worries about whether he regenerated properly (she thinks that the older appearance might be a sign of illness or an error) and are being mean to her on purpose. It turns out it was just a ruse by them to test whether she's really still a friend to him and hasn't adopted a more shallow opinion on him. Even before this is revealed, Clara gets annoyed about Vastra's insinuations that she only ever liked the Doctor for shallow reasons involving his former youthful appearance, leading Clara to explode in a rare fit of anger and speak her mind very clearly about her intentions and ethics. Earlier still, we see small signs of her still being acceptive of the Doctor even after his regeneration - tucking him in his bed, sitting by his side and watching him closely. Though the two are Vitriolic Best Buds, it's one of the many times in Series 8 when both show their unconditional love for each other. It's very touching even in its complete minimalism.
- Vastra's Kiss of Life with Jenny.
- Strax is about to shoot himself, when Vastra calls for him to stop, endangering herself. Be it any of her compatriots, Vastra would sooner risk herself than see them die. The reason for Strax attempting that is heartwarming itself: It isn't so the clockwork robots don't have the chance to kill him, he was about to give in and breath again. He was trying to stop himself from giving them away. To protect his comrades.
- Jenny's "I don't like her, ma'am. I love her.".
- The Twelfth's first great "I am the Doctor" moment :
The Doctor "Those people down there. They're never small to me."
- Danny proves that he's Adorkable by reciting a could have been assertive response to Clara's offer for a date. Clara hears him and let him know his chances toward a get-together are excellent, and they go out on their date at the end of the episode.
- The Doctor gets one by showing just how much he values his Morality Chain; whenever Clara says What the Hell, Hero?, he praises her.
Doctor: Are you sure I don't pay you?Clara:You couldn't afford me.
- There's something just so oddly heartwarming (if chilling and tragic) in how Rusty describes his eureka moment when he saw the birth of a star, how he come to loathe his own species and saw their entire mission as pointless. There was the inevitability of life that even the Daleks couldn't snuff out and that changed him to the core.
Rusty: "Life... prevails...Life returns..."
- At the end, Clara earnestly assuring the Doctor that even when he fails, it doesn't mean he's not a good person. It's always the effort that counts and as long as he does his best, he can always strive to be a good man.
- A bit of Fridge Heartwarming. After being exposed to the Doctor's hatred for the Daleks, Rusty's Dalek conditioning ends up being flipped, so that it instead regards the Daleks as creatures who need to be wiped out instead of every other life form. This means that it likely sees every other life form they way it once saw other Daleks, meaning that Rusty now regards them as comrades or even friends.
- The final conversation between Robin and the Doctor.
Robin: History is a burden. Stories can make us fly.Doctor: Iím still having a little trouble believing yours Iím afraid.Robin: Is it so hard to credit? That a man born into wealth and privilege should find the plight of the oppressed and weak too much to bear...Doctor: No.Robin: ... Until one night, he is moved to steal a TARDIS? (The Doctor is left speechless) Fly among the stars, fighting the good fight? Clara told me your stories.Doctor: She should not have told you any of that.Robin: Well, once the stories started she could hardly stop herself. You are her hero I think.Doctor: Iím not a hero.Robin: Well, neither am I. But if we both keep pretending to be... Ha-ha, perhaps others will be heroes in our name. Perhaps, we will both be stories. And may those stories never end. Goodbye, Doctor. Time Lord of Gallifrey.Doctor: Goodbye, Robin Hood, Earl of Loxley.
- Clara's reaction to meeting Robin Hood counts as this, too. After being told by the Doctor that Robin Hood is only a legend, Clara's emotional reaction to finding out that Robin Hood is real after all is pretty great.
- The Doctor reuniting Robin with Marian.
- "When did you start believing in impossible heroes?"
Clara: (looks straight at the Doctor) "Don't you know?"
- A lot of what Clara does throughout the episode is noteworthy, but the standout moment comes at the end; when she encourages a very young Doctor to embrace his fears and even going so far as to have potentially given him his lifelong personal creed, in the very barn where he'd return as the War Doctor in what's probably the single most important decision of his lifetime.
- The Doctor's speech to young Danny, telling him how fear is a superpower and that it made him stronger. Considering the more aloof and grumpy nature of this Doctor, the fact he's still able to connect with children proves this is one aspect of the Doctor that transcends regenerations.
- Clara glomping the Doctor at the end. It's just too darn cute, especially considering what just proceeded it. The Doctor's dismay upon being hugged somehow makes him even more adorable than if he'd just accepted it.
- The particular way she just affectionalely rubs her face against his arm with an expression of pure bliss and appreciation.
- When Clara realises that they may have just gone and caused Danny's life as a soldier, she sighs in shock. The Doctor, who was previously in a rather happy mood instantly runs over and asks if she's alright.
- The Doctor using his "dad skills" to put Rupert to bed. The fact that he freely offers up this information might show that after what happened in the 50th, he's still holding out hope that his family is still out there.
- The entire premise of the episode can be summarized as Clara and the Doctor meeting each other when they are both in a bit of a state (Clara from her abysmal failure of a Date, the Doctor from whatever he's been doing out in the universe by himself) and, through means as unusual as you'd expect from them both, managing to provide each other with some measure of comfort and support.
- Finding out that the whole heist was a plot by the Doctor to reunite the Teller with its mate.
- The ending, with Team Not Dead standing around a console telling jokes and eating Chinese food.
- The Doctor Who Extra making-of episode covering "Time Heist" includes the heartwarming revelation from director Douglas McKinnon that he included a cardboard rocket ship made by his daughter among the treasure items in Karabraxos' vault, on the grounds that as far as he's concerned it is one of the most valuable objects in the universe.
- Courtney Woods might be a disruptive influence, but she really seems more like a Shipper on Deck trying to push Danny and Clara together with all her lighthearted teasing.
- Clara outright admitting in front of Danny and the Doctor that she loves her boyfriend. Danny later decides that he genuinely wants to be there for her if the Doctor pushes her too hard because he recognizes his officer-like personality, having been there himself. He has got Clara's back and even wants to prove to the Doctor that he's worthy of being her boyfriend.
- The Doctor and Clara get into an Adorkable finger-snapping match on the TARDIS, causing her to open and shut her doors in confusion because she fancies both of them.
- The Doctor compares Clara to Barbara, and Clara assures him she's the exact type of strong-willed teacher Barbara was.
Doctor: It's a scanner. I'm scanning. Why do I keep you around?Clara: Because the alternative would be developing a conscience of your own. Scanning for what?Doctor: Any alien technology in this vicinity should show up. I used to have a teacher exactly like you once.Clara: You still do. Pay attention.
- For once, the Doctor doesn't even bother to hide the secrets that he's an alien or a time traveler in a police box that's bigger on the inside. When Courtney Woods proves too cunning for any excuses to work on her, he just shows her the ropes of the fourth dimension and doesn't care less if she tells her friends or parents (given that she's a troublemaker, it probably won't lend her word much credence even if she blabs about the Doctor). Unfortunately, Courtney gets in-flight sickness and ralphs. But the Doctor doesn't complain—he just decides to adhere to his new-found niche as a caretaker and clean up a mess.
Courtney: You're weird.Doctor: Yes, I am. What about you?Courtney: I'm a disruptive influence.Doctor: Good to meet you!
- Similarly, the Doctor seems genuinely delighted that Courtney is a troublemaker, which is probably not a reaction Courtney gets especially often.
- The Doctor refuses to patronize Courtney by simply telling her that she's special. Instead, he goes on to make her special with a trip to the moon!
- Danny comforting Clara after she leaves the TARDIS, absolutely heartbroken and disappointed at how the Doctor had treated her (despite his perception that he was respecting her choices). The best thing about Danny calming Clara down? He doesn't revel in hearing about the falling out she had with the Doctor and even notes wisely that his own experience tells him that decisions made in anger are hardly ever permanent and might not reflect one's opinions accurately. You're not really done with someone until you're done with him.
- Clara's decision to save the innocent creature despite all of Earth turning their lights off in a signal to kill it and the creature flying off in peace as a result.
- The Doctor is being cold and calculating in order to figure out the mystery behind the mummy and what Gus has in store for them all, but despite this demeanor, he opts for a clever trick to give Maisie Pitt a fighting chance and divert the antagonist's attention to him, in order to save her life. Completely reckless risking of his own life, but with a succesful pay off. Very Doctor-y...
- When the real origin of the mummy is revealed and the Doctor ends the being's suffering, he pays his respects to it. This is despite the fact that the person who was originally the mummy belonged to a group that the Twelfth has shown a dislike for.
- The Doctor's and Clara's conversations in general. She assures him early on that she disagrees with him, but doesn't hate him (saying this while gently stroking his arm, in a gesture of friendly affection). Their conversations in the episode's finale, on the beach and in the TARDIS, particularly stand out. For the first time, we see the Twelfth openly admit that, as much as he feins heartlesness and as much as he has to often make unpleasant choices, he doesn't enjoy it and would prefer if he didn't have to sacrifice a single one of the lives he's determined to save. The fact that he ironically adresses Clara's insinuations (that he might be taking pleasure in being impersonal to a fault) just moments before he comes clean, drives the point further home. Clara's not entirely happy about the attitude, but it's clear she's happy that he was finally honest to her and isn't being mean on the surface just to spite others. Their friendship is bound to stay difficult, but they have an insight into their flaws now.
- The Doctor's bewildered, but delighted "Seriously ?". For maybe the first time since Twelfth's inception, his smile isn't sly and jaded, cheeky, or awkward, but seems genuinely pleased and pleasantly surprised. In an almost child-like way. The fact that he was slowly preparing himself on bidding a permanent farewell to Clara before she changed her mind about staying as his companion, makes it all the more heartwarming.
- Implied: Clara wakes up on the beach, wrapped in blankets and lying on a cosy, comfortable spot, while the Doctor is fooling around and patiently waiting. The TARDIS is quite a walk away from the two. The Doctor had apparently carried Clara all the way to that spot and tucked her in carefully so she could enjoy a calm nap while he waits for her to wake up. Given the conversation that follows, it's clear that the Twelfth is fighting his conflicted, outwardly cynical personality, and wants to show that he's just as caring and nice on the inside as he always was.
- Even though Perkins declined, the Doctor offered him something of a companion role, as he could use a mechanic in the TARDIS from time to time.
- Clara's decision at the end of the episode to tell a white lie to both the Doctor and Danny, since she wants to avoid making them both unhappy or at odds with each other again. Knowing the nature of the show, this little decision might backfire on her later, even if the overall intention is good.
- The actress Jenna Coleman is on record as stating that when Clara says "I love you" after talking to Danny, those words were directed towards the Doctor, not Danny. This is followed by Clara unreservedly forgiving the Doctor for what happened in "Kill the Moon", eliciting the first full-out cheshire cat grin the Twelve Doctor is ever seen doing.
- The Doctor is trapped in a siege-mode locked T.A.R.D.I.S and life support is failing. What are his last words? A message to Clara that she might never hear, saying what a splendid job she does being him. He tries being coy about this later, but then admits that yes, she did an "exceptional" job.
- The Doctor upgrades Rigsy's nickname from "fluorescent pudding brain" to "slightly talented fluorescent pudding brain".
- The Doctor's Kirk Summation to the Boneless, stating that he tried to understand them and find a peaceful solution, but now they've forced his hand. This is followed by a Declaration of Protection for an entire plane of existence. Are you sure you're not a good man, Doctor?
- "It's my world too, I walk your Earth, I breath your air." An Ironic Echo that's beautiful. And confirms what we've known for years about The Doctor/Earth.
- Related: For once, the Doctor gets his "trick the Companions to get them out of danger" routine we've seen so many times ("Timelash", "Parting of the Ways", "Time of the Doctor" etc.) performed on him - Once they reach the TARDIS, Clara reveals that she chooses to go down with the earth, but tells him to get out and save himself. It's not only a continuation of the common situation/ theme of role reversals (Security Clings, being dragged around by the companion for a chance...) they had going on the previous seasons, but shows how much deeper their understanding of each other has become since "Kill the Moon". So much is communicated through their expressions alone.
- Clara's and the Doctor's conversation at the end; The very fact that they're harmoniously musing about the universe again, their bond that was previously rather strained having grown stronger through the experience of getting a better look at each other's rougher edges but also what he says... He does surmise that the overnight forest incident will probably be explained away and that humanity is more likely to just go about their lives than have any greater epiphanies, but he admits that while remembering everything would probably stop all wars, it would also stop people from having babies; Basically, yes, the "Pudding Brains" are limited and imperfect, but they are the way they have to be to be the enduring survivors they are, and he'd terribly miss them if they were gone.
- The Doctor's interactions with Maebh and the rest of the children. Twelve may be colder and more serious than his predecessor, but he's still every bit the Friend to All Children and One of the Kids that he was when he was Eleven.
- Clara and Danny starting to properly sort out their previous misgivings and suspicions of each other. They reconcile enough that they're not even too bothered when they forget about kissing in front of their (obviously amused) pupils. While Danny's not happy that Clara's still been telling white lies lately, he sees she's been regretting it, and encourages her to think things over and be more open next time.
- Clara's recent habit of lying and being a bit two-faced reflects on her poorly during the first half of the episode, when even her love and worry for children is shown to have diminished somewhat. After she does some soul-searching throughout the course of the episode, the late scenes imply she's trying to rethink her behaviour. She even takes Maebh, who she previously overlooked and lost, by the hand and they both walk away together, Clara smiling as she leads her home to her mum. A simple, but very cute moment.
- The Doctor telling Clara that despite her betrayal of his ideals, he's still willing to help her reunite with Danny.
Clara: You're going to help me?The Doctor: Well, why wouldn't I help you?Clara: Because of what I just did. I just...The Doctor: You betrayed me. You betrayed our trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I've ever stood for. YOU LET ME DOWN.Clara: Then why are you helping me?
- After the Doctor notes that he won't give up on Clara even after she had angered him deeply, he is (at first) not particularly nice to her before they set off, but he's only being verbally strict to her in order to snap some sense back into her behaviour. It's a bit harsh at face value, but it's sound reasoning: If she'll just keep whining and sobbing, she'll be of no help to him or Danny. If she wants to help, she needs to pick up her courage and common sense again. The Doctor is strict to Clara because he loves her, and he doesn't want her to turn insane or reckless, even if her excuse is honest grief and heartbreak.
The Doctor (looks closely into Clara's eyes, encouraging her like she once encouraged him): "This is it, one of those days. The darkest day, the blackest hour. Chin up, shoulders back; let's see what we're made of, you and I."
- This exchange in front of the telepathic interface panel:
Clara (head lowered in shame, still sobbing a bit): I donít deserve a friend like you.
- When the Doctor starts becoming genuinely terrified of who Missy and her underlings might be, he moves his hand towards Clara's, signalling her to grab him by the hand. This is the first time the calm and rational Twelve has ever done such an emotional gesture towards her, hinting at how even he is starting to feel uncomfortable about where they are and what's going on. Clara shyly locks hands with him and it's clear from their expressions that, no matter their recent row, they have to attempt to help each other as friends and do their best to survive while trying to find and free Danny.
- Danny refuses to prove to Clara that it really is him when he realizes that proving it would cause her to do something drastic to try and rejoin him. He's been subject to horrible and calculated mental trauma and fear prior to that, and has no idea what to do in the situation he is in, but even then, he puts Clara's well-being first and foremost. It's all the crueler when you realise he has no concrete idea that Clara might be very near and could help him.
- A bit of weird example that crosses over with being a Tear Jerker and Nightmare Fuel, but near the end of the episode, after Clara's ended the call with Danny and he breaks down into tears as a result, Seb, the AI Interface that's been helping him deal with his death, offers him the chance to delete his emotions. Now, while this would normally be absolutely terrifying, and in a way it still is, it's a little bit heartwarming because Seb does it in a way that makes it seem like a favor, he doesn't force Danny to do it like how most other villains would and gently reassures him that it would "help him" in a way as he wouldn't have to deal with his "difficult feelings". He's surprisingly gentle with him and this really hammers him as being Affably Evil.
- Another sweet thing regarding Seb and Danny is how in the next episode, when he sees that Danny hasn't deleted his emotions, he's not angry or upset and doesn't even mention it! He's a surprisingly nice guy for someone who's working for Missy!
- The Doctor's horrified reaction at the reveal of the Cybermen is to run out into the streets and try to chase as many people away. This incarnation has been stoic and somewhat cold for the season, so watching him sprint around, shouting/pleading desperately to save a few lives, shows off his true colors nicely.
- Kate refers to Clara as the Doctor's associate. The Doctor corrects the word "associate" with "friend."
- The Twelfth Doctor's interactions with Osgood are absolutely adorable. She's the biggest Doctor fangirl there is in UNIT (and that's saying something), but he doesn't focus on that and instead focuses on her cleverness. When she offers speculation into what the Cybermen's plan might be, The Doctor quietly whispers "...All of time and space. Little something for your bucket list." Not to mention he compliments her bow-tie. Both of them know that Bowties Are Cool.
- The Brigadier, like Danny, proving the strength of his love for his daughter and his country by overcoming his Cyberman programming - and saving those two things he loves. Finally getting that salute and thanks from The Doctor himself is just icing.
- Likewise, despite his dislike of soldiers, the Twelfth Doctor still retains his respect for the Brigadier, and knew the Brig would be there for him in his "darkest hour" in the end.
- Keep in mind that Capaldi was a big fan of Three's era as a kid, making this his equivalent of David Tennant getting to give Sarah Jane a proper goodbye.
- The Master giving the Doctor a birthday present, though a truly twisted one. Especially heartwarming due to the fact that the Doctor doesn't even know it's his birthday, let alone expect a present.
- Also her entire reason for doing all of this? "I just want my friend back."
- When taunted about whether he is a good man by Missy, the Doctor replies with this mounting Patrick Stewart Speech:
Doctor: "I am not a good manÖ.. and Iím not a bad man. I am not a hero, and Iím definitely not a President. And no, Iím not an Officer. You know what I am? I, am, an idiot! With a box, and a screwdriver. Passing through, helping out, learning. I donít need an army, I never have, Ďcause Iíve got them, always, them. Because love, itís not an emotionÖ love is a promise. (points at an embracing Clara and Danny) And he, he will never hurt her."
- Danny's, Clara's and the Doctor's final moments together. There's much bitterness present, but also a lot of love and forgiveness, and sense of duty to your loved ones.
- Danny's Declaration of Protection.
This is not the order of a general, nor the whim of a lunatic. This is a promise! The promise of a soldier! (Turns to Clara) You will sleep safe tonight.
- Clara had, in a moment of quick thinking, confiscated the Master/Missy's weapon. After the Evil Plan is thwarted, Clara threatens Missy with the weapon, but the Doctor stops her (in an interesting reversal of the companion being the conscience that prevents the Doctor from committing pointless violence). He goes as far as to promise Clara he'll do the killing for her, as long as she doesn't do it - he doesn't want her to live with being a killer. Missy uses his act of kindness as another excuse to taunt the Doctor, mocking his effort of "saving Clara's soul" from becoming corrupted by a lust for revenge. Then the Doctor, dreading the thought that he'll have to kill Missy himself in order to end it all, gets help from an old friend...
- Danny uses his one chance at returning to life to instead undo the death of the young boy whom he had accidentally killed during his time as a soldier. Even in death, he wanted to stay honourable and a Friend to All Children.
- The Doctor's and Clara's (preceived) farewell embrace. After a whole series of the Twelfth's aversion to hugging, he finally caves in and returns Clara's affections, instead of just awkwardly bearing her hug. We also learn from him why he's had an aversion to hugging in the first place.
Clara: "Why don't you like hugging, Doctor?"Doctor: (teary eyed) "Never trust a hug. It's just a way to hide your face."
- The Stinger at the end qualifies, too. Santa Claus is not going to let things end that way for The Doctor, Clara, or the audience.
- Clara dreaming of an ideal Christmas where Danny is still alive and there to keep her company as her Santa Claus.
- The dream version of Danny suddenly sounding like he can think for himself and telling Clara she can miss him five minutes at a time each day, but to move on with her life. Maybe that was the real Danny reaching out to her in the dream. (Even if it wasn't, Clara subconsciously knowing that the real Danny would not want her to stay overriding the dream crab's trying to keep her in is nice.) Danny also corrects the Doctor about his dying to save the world.
"I died to save her. The rest of you just got lucky."
- Though the Doctor is abundantly clear on Clara's dream of Danny not being real, and snarking a bit at Danny even in-dream, he stands aside respectfully when Clara and Danny talk and pay each other a loving farewell. There's also the Doctor's little implied signs that he'd love to see the two of them be happy together, if it was still in any way possible outside of that one nostalgic Christmas dream.
- The fact that the Doctor was perfectly all right with deliberately getting attacked by a dream crab, just so he could enter Clara's dream and help her leave it. He's nonchalantly risking his own life to help his dear friend, and considers it something completely natural and obvious.
- Clara cuddling the Doctor in Santa's sleigh and declaring him her equivalent of Santa Claus. Twelve, still a wee bit squeamish about hugs, tries to fight it, but then gives in to the embrace.
- Shona, for being Adorkable and trying to exchange phone numbers before the dream ends. They can have a reunion in the real world!
- This exchange between Santa and Shona, which spells out the purpose of a Santa Claus:
Shona: You're a dream, that's trying to save us?Santa: Shona, sweetheart, I'm Santa Claus. I think you just defined me.
- The Doctor having a long overdue reunion with Clara, and then she admits she misses the sound of the TARDIS engines spinning about.
- In fact, the sleigh ride; all of it.
The Doctor: (absolutely astonished) I'm pulling a sleigh!!
- All of it is just pure sugar-coated Christmas joy, even if it is just a dream. Everyone cheering and hollering as the sleigh flies by a gonging Big Ben, the London Eye, and the rest of London, which has been CGI-rendered into a glorious snow-capped winter wonderland.
- That moment of childlike glee that the normally serious Twelve gets from pulling Santa's sleigh.
- The Doctor gets a second chance for once and is able to right his mistake of lying to Clara from the previous episode.
- Clara giving the Doctor a thank-you smooch on the cheek on Christmas.
- Clara rejoining the Doctor on the TARDIS for more adventures.
- A tangerine has been left sitting conspicuously on Clara's windowsill, suggesting that the real Santa played a part in pushing the Doctor and Clara back together again. (See Books below for more on that...)
- The Doctor puts a paper Christmas crown on old!Clara's head, and she asks him how she looks. From his perspective, he doesn't see Clara as elderly, he still sees her as the young, joyous Clara we all know and love.
Clara: Can you really see no difference in me?The Doctor: Clara Oswald, you'll never look any different to me.
- Followed by this exchange:
The Doctor: Is there a Mister Clara?Clara: No. Though there were plenty of proposals.The Doctor: They all turned you down, though.Clara: I turned them down! I travelled. I taught in every country in Europe. I learned to fly a plane.The Doctor: No one ever matched up to Danny, eh?Clara: ...there was one other man. But that would never have worked out.The Doctor: (in a soft voice) "Why not?"Clara: ....he was impossible.The Doctor: (The Doctor holds Clara's hand to help her pull the cracker.) We should do this every Christmas.Clara: Because every Christmas is last Christmas.The Doctor: (The cracker is pulled, and the Doctor slumps, utterly defeated) I'm sorry, I was stupid. I should have come back earlier. I wish I had.Santa: (revealing by his mere presence that they're still dreaming): How badly do you wish that?
- It's both the fact that, even on her own, Clara would have lived a life of adventure and even find a way to juggle her job and her adventures without any time machine, and, well, the revelation that as much as she tried to ignore them or move on from them, her feelings for the Doctor remained unchanged all along even after the regeneration and her encounters with his edgier sides, and that she was at least able to tell him when she had nothing more to lose by it. Then, of course, you find out it's a dream and your reaction goes straight into happy excited squealing.
- As a bonus, the moment where the Doctor helps Clara pull the Christmas cracker is a Call-Back to The Time of the Doctor, when in a similar situation, Clara helped the elderly Doctor pull a Christmas cracker as well.
Series 9 / Season 35
The Magician's Apprentice
- There's something derangedly sweet that Missy is willing to put herself in UNIT's sights so that Clara will willingly talk to her with regards to saving the Doctor's life. Y'know, when she's not vaporizing people.
- The Doctor still considers the Master/Missy his closest friend after all this time, enough that he'd trust them with his will. When they're re-united she even starts participating in his rock show for medieval peasants.
- The Doctor playing "Pretty Woman" when he sees Clara, and her smiling over it. Even sweeter considering all the ugly jokes he aimed at Clara in Series 8. This moment marks a major turn for the character as he never insults her appearance at all in Series 9.
- Missy and Clara both insisting that they go with the Doctor to see Davros.
- This exchange between the Doctor and Clara:
Clara: How did you know I was here? Did you see me?
Doctor: When do I not see you?
Clara: What, one face in all of that crowd?
Doctor: There was a crowd too?
- The Doctor hugging Clara voluntarily after the exchange above. Really, that whole reunion was pretty heartwarming.
- Although the circumstances are dramatic, in retrospect (knowing the outcome) the fact the Doctor cares for Clara so much he's willing to go on bended knee to Davros to plead for her life.
- The triumphant reunion of the Doctor and Clara after a whole pile of gambits and counter-gambits on the Doctor, Davros, and Missy's parts!
- The Doctor and Davros sharing a heartfelt laugh together. There's something oddly touching about it.
- Davros expresses genuine joy that the Doctor has managed to save Gallifrey. A man, he notes, should belong somewhere, and have people to care about.
- The Doctor came to see Davros simply because he was dying and asked to see him. He shows compassion to his greatest enemy, even as he knows it can be used against him.
- Davros opening his eyes, and suddenly becoming so much more human (well, Kaled, but same difference) because of it. Still an evil old man, but he was a man and not just a freakish alien creature for that scene.
- The Doctor's quest to atone for being the cause of Davros's evil ends with him realizing that he wasn't. The friend he was saving in the previous episode's flash-forward cliffhanger? The final scene here reveals it to be not Clara, nor Missy, but young Davros. The Doctor instilled the concept of mercy in the boy by saving him at last, and though he still became a villain, and created the most evil of races, neither he nor they ever completely forgot mercy can exist.
- This also could fit with Tenth's theory that the Daleks can still turn good, and considering that Twelfth help instill the concept of "mercy" onto Davros, it's still a possibility.
- Given the scenes involving Clara and Daleks... In both Asylum of the Daleks and Into the Dalek, the Doctor had his prejudice towards Daleks rear its ugly head, before he reconsidered. In this episode, had he given into that old blind anger towards Daleks, he might have killed poor Clara. That he showed mercy to young Davros and to the Dalek casing that Clara was controlling helped him save lives from an even worse fate, even if he couldn't dispose of the Daleks or turn them to do good. In the end, mercy instead of hatred shown to an enemy guaranteed that he saved his best friend's life.
- Despite Missy provoking him verbally at the end, the Doctor's too busy at that moment helping a shaken Clara out of the Dalek shell and comforting her with kind words to bother focusing on raging at the Master. That he tells Missy with a hint of tranquil fury to just run and leave him alone says volumes about what's most important to him.
- Previously, the Doctor had repeatedly lamented that he's not sure if he's a good person anymore, or if he ever was one to begin with. Draw your own conclusions on that based on the following conversation at the end of this two-parter:
The Doctor: (reassuringly) Come on. I'll take you home.Young Davros: (still scared) Which side are you on ? Are you the enemy?The Doctor: I'm not sure if any of that matters. Friends. Enemies. So long as there is mercy. Always mercy.
- Though he snarkily orders her to do the exact opposite to the onboard systems after she succeeds in putting them back in order, the Doctor still praises O'Donnell for her tech skills beforehand. She's quite chuffed about this.
- It's obvious already in the first half of the two-parter that there's a deep bond between Cass and Tim Lunn. Not just professional, but also personal. They're an almost inseparable duo. When Lunn comes under threat in one particular scene, Cass is visibly relieved when told afterward that he survived and is all right.
- The Doctor messes up British Sign Language and admits his knowledge has gone rusty, but even despite that, he immediately recognises Cass as one of the most intelligent people aboard. It's only fitting that we learn later she's the actual commanding officer of the underwater facility.
- It has been pointed out that the Doctor actually does use real sign language twice: once when he accidentally signs "you're beautiful" to Cass, and later a number of fans have pointed out that during the scene described in the next bullet the Doctor places his right hand into the position of the ASL sign for "I love you". The fact he does this just before uttering "I have a duty of care" for the first time this season, given its revealed meaning at the end of the season, this may or may not have been coincidental.
- While he and Clara briefly check up on the TARDIS' state, the Doctor grasps the opportunity to stop for a moment and ask Clara if she's doing fine. Clara reassures him with a happy smile that everything's all right. He still shows genuine concern and worry over her current emotional and mental state, and tells her she shouldn't allow her entire life and world to shrink to adventures with him in the TARDIS. Early in Series 8, the Twelfth dismissively declared that Clara is his carer and cares for the human stuff so he doesn't have to. By now, he's changed his attitude and realises professional detachment isn't always for the best, especially if your best friend has been through a tragic loss and needs regular support. The poor fellow really wants her to be truly happy again, but he's often unsure whether he can help her in any meaningful way. Still, he tries, he worries, he cares.
- His statement "I have a duty of care" takes on a completely new context by the end of the season.
- This is a spooky two-parter with a genuinely ominous one-off villain. Nevertheless, the opening scene of this second episode features the Doctor walking around the TARDIS and apparently adressing the audience in a rather cheery manner, bringing their attention to the complexities of the bootstrap paradox. And then he plays a few tones from Beethoven on his electric guitar. And then we get a rock cover of the Doctor Who theme over the opening titles. A bit of lighthearted encouragement among all the darkness of this story.
- Despite her reassurances seen in the previous episode, Clara has a moment where she breaks down and begs the Doctor to not give up, because she needs a good friend like him and she's also completely fed up with his endless contemplating of his own survivor guilt. While she harshly calls him out on giving up easily, her criticism is very hearfelt and develops a timid dare to be badass encouragement. If he loves her, if he loves other people, and if he loves himself even just a bit, he should prove his love by not giving up. If he gives up on himself, he'll give up on her and other people as well. He can't leave her and the crew of the Drum in an unwinnable situation they can't get out of without his help. He needs to put his misgivings aside and try even the impossible. Together, they'll succeed, they just need to have a bit of faith in each other.
The Doctor: Listen to me. We all have to face death eventually, be it ours or someone else's.Clara: I'm not ready yet. I don't want to think about that, not yet.The Doctor: I can't change what's already happened. There are rules.Clara: So break them. And anyway, you owe me. You've made yourself essential to me. You've given me something else to, to be. And you can't do that and then die. It's not fair.The Doctor: Clara.Clara: No. Doctor, I don't care about your rules or your bloody survivor's guilt. If you love me in any way, you'll come back. Doctor, are you?The Doctor: I can't save Moran or Pritchard.Clara: No, but like you said, if you can, if you can find out why this is happening, maybe you can stop them killing anybody else, you can save us. And you can stop it happening to you.
- Though O'Donnell dies, the Doctor makes an honest attempt beforehand to convince her she shouldn't be risking and should wait for them in the TARDIS.
- Cass and Lunn caving in to Bennett's friendly plea to stop hesitating and tell each other about their feelings. Even if their happy embrace seems a little cheesy, it's relieving to see them admit to the close bond they've had for years. All the more heartwarming when you realise poor Bennett has just lost his own close friend and regrets never telling her that he secretly loved her.
- When realising what Bennett must be feeling like after the loss of Alice O'Donnell, Clara wastes no time in comforting him. She also tells him quite frankly that he'll need to move on one day. He should grieve, but not let grief destroy his will to live. This is the first time we see Clara neither grieving over Danny's death or trying to pretend she's over it, but instead harnessing her own sad experiences to help another person who's going through the same thing she had gone through not so long ago.
- Ashildr's challenging of the invaders is obviously foolhardy, but it shows her sheer bravery and determination to defend her home village.
- Ashildr reuniting with her fear-filled father and the Doctor reuniting with Clara.
- The reunion of Twelve and Clara involves an adorable spinning hug◊, in a Call-Back to the one from "The Day of the Doctor". The preceding gag involving Twelve hesitating about it for a second or two, before he merrily embraces Clara, makes it all the more lovely. The episode delved quite a bit into the Doctor and Clara fearing for how long they'll still be together, but it's occasions like this that show how perfectly happy they are enjoying gentle moments as two great friends.
- The Doctor translating the crying baby's words while him and Clara stand around at the centre of the village. At first, the Doctor's translating nonchalantly, in his typical detached manner. By the end, though, he's close to tearing up. Clara offers him a sad but knowing smile and tells him gently he's already decided about saving the village.
- Especially heartwarming seeing as how he was reluctant to save the village as it might - in his words - cause "ripples" to change into "tidal waves" as Earth would've become a point in space of strategic value if they somehow won. But as he knows that children would die and of course, because of the capacity of his compassion and love for Clara, he changes his mind. Quite the departure from his Series 8 self.
- The fact that the Doctor genuinely regrets Ashildr's death because if he was anything like his Series 8 self, he would've considered her death a "necessary sacrifice". But this time, he's very sad and upset. Really goes to show how much his personality has developed since last series. And even though it backfires for him horribly, he cares about Ashildr enough that he revives her.
- After a rather heart-to-heart conversation where the Twelfth Doctor uncharachteristically admits many of his fears and anxieties in front of Clara — including the Doctor outright declaring his feelings for Clara by telling her that when he loses her he'll miss her so much "I won't be able to breathe", he finally realises the purpose of his face being reminescent of Caecilius. Shortly afterward, we get one of his greatest badass boasts to date.
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor, and I save people. And if anyone happens to be listening, and you've got any kind of a problem with that, to hell with you !
- Even though we know he already regrets the decision he made about saving Ashildr with the alien auto-healing chip, the Doctor still goes through with it, living up to the above mentioned quote. Despite everything at the end of the episode implying that the Doctor's saving of the girl's life will rear its ugly head when he runs into her again, he's still proud of giving her a second chance at living.
- The Doctor's determination to save both the world as a whole and Ashildr/Me in particular from her bargain with Leandro, even as she gives him reason to doubt that she has any kindness left in her "rusted" heart, is quite affecting. They wind up parting as prickly friends: She will take The Slow Path to look after "the Doctor's leftovers", those whom he inevitably leaves behind in his wandering existence.
- Clara hugs the Doctor, just because, and he doesn't complain. In fact he clearly enjoys it.
- The fact that the Zygon who turned herself into Osgood bonded with her human counterpart to the point they became sisters. And they both kept their identities secret so they could both just be Osgood, the embodiment of the Zygon-Human Peace.
- The Doctor and Osgood's rapport is genuinely sweet and friendly much of the time. It's telling that regardless of her status as human or Zygon, the Doctor's offer of all of time and space extends to both Osgoods.
The Doctor: Oh, and you should know, I'm a very big fan.
- The Doctor's undisguised relief and joy at learning that Clara is still alive - to the point where he can't stop himself from grinning.
- It may make her a Karma Houdini, but the Doctor forgiving Bonnie the Zygon for her crimes, born of desperation to turn her away from the bloody path of war he walked far further down as the War Doctor so she and others will never have to feel torment and guilt like his, is an amazing gesture of compassion and empathy.
- In a deliberate echo of a similar scene from Series 7B, the Doctor asks Clara to hold his hand because he's scared.
- Rigsy has a new baby daughter, who the Doctor coos over.
- A small moment when they're looking for the hidden street; the Doctor is walking along and sees that a young boy's shoelace is untied. He immediately bends down and ties it up for him.
- When the elderly man is killed by the raven, one of Ashildr's right hand men immediately goes to comfort the man's grieving wife.
- Why was the man sentenced to death? He stole medical supplies for his ill wife.
- While the episode shows how Clara is prone to get doomed by her recklessness, it ultimately isn't recklessness itself that brings about her death. Instead, she commits a heroic sacrifice to ensure Rigsy's survival, convincing him to take the quantum shade away from him and reassuring him that she'll no doubt figure out the threat later, as long as he's safe. She's briefly distraught when told there isn't a solution to save her this time around, but even then, she keeps to her previous resolve, making it clear that she'll face even death if that's what it takes to keep Rigsy and the Doctor alive and safe from harm. She didn't even know Rigsy that long, but he was already enough of a friend and she felt heartbroken about his wife and baby daughter losing him, that she became fully willing to sacrifice her own life in order to protect his. Now that's friendship !
- In a somewhat meta-sense: Clara's intelligent, and her moments of recklessness had previously hinted at her craving to become a fearless, cunning and ingenious adventurer, like the Doctor. One would have every right to believe her becoming more Doctor-like would bring a dark and pointless end to her one day. Instead of such a scenario being played completely straight, it gets subverted: When Clara's confronted with the threat of Rigsy's death, she does everything she can to make sure he'll live. She thus opts to do what the Doctor does when threatened with the death of his companions. And remember, Rigsy was something of a pseudo-companion to her in "Flatline", where she had to step into the Doctor's shoes for much of the episode. By her completely selfless sacrifice for Rigsy, Clara finally became like the Doctor - not in the hinted-at dark way, but in a kind and truly idealistic way. Oh, Clara...
- There are plenty of scenes that suggest Ashildr has moved into full-on Anti-Villain territory. She has one of the trap street residents killed and then frames Rigsy for it, in order to use him as living bait to lure the Doctor and Clara in. Despite this, she's only willing to betray the Doctor. She even tells Clara already during their arrival that she'll make sure she's safe. Once she learns that Clara has already sacrificed herself for Rigsy, and realises she has no way of saving Clara from the process, poor Ashildr behaves genuinely shocked and remorseful, swearing that she didn't want either Rigsy or Clara getting hurt. Despite trodding increasingly down a villainous and callous path, Ashildr briefly shows she still has some humanity and shame left in her.
- the Friendship Moment when Clara's turn to face the raven, comes. The Doctor is demanding that Ashildr call off the Raven, and starts to make it clear exactly what will happen otherwise, even threatening to abandon his name and call in his mortal enemies to get the job done. Ashildr can't; an Anti-Villain by this point, she really would now that her plan's purpose has been served, but Clara was not its designated target at first, and changing that has changed the rules. Clara unwittingly "cut me out of the deal". Clara uses what would be the last moments of her life by saying that it was no one else's fault but hers for choosing to take the risk, and thinks mostly of the Doctor though she is clearly afraid. When the Doctor vows revenge, she tells him that if this is to be the last she sees of him, let it not be like this, and to be the Doctor, not a warrior. She calms the Oncoming Storm by telling him that You Are Better Than You Think You Are the way only one who knows him so well can. A few lines really don't do justice to one of the most heartwarming scenes in the entire series as the entire eight minutes qualifies. But it begins:
Clara: Doctor, stop talking like that.Ashildr: You canít.Doctor: I can do whatever the hell I like. Youíve read the stories, you know who I am. And in all that time, did you ever hear anything about anyone who stopped me?Ashildr: I know the Doctor. The Doctor would nevóDoctor: The Doctor is no longer here. You are stuck with me. And I will end you and everything you love.Doctor: No!Clara: I did this. Do you hear me? I did this. This is my fault.Doctor: I donít care!Clara: Liar. You always care. Always have. Your reign of terror will end with the sight of the first crying child and you know it.The Doctor: No I donít.Clara: I do. Listen, if this is the last I ever see of you, please... not like this.
- The Doctor implies to Ashildr that Clara didn't die protecting him and Rigsy, she also died protecting Ashildr from the Doctor's wrath.
- In a surprise post-credits scene, we see Rigsy was allowed to leave the trap street free and has spraypainted the exterior of the now-abandoned TARDIS, waiting quietly on a pavement. What did he paint onto the TARDIS' surface ? A colourful mural involving a portrait of a smiling Clara, framed with plenty of flower motifs. Rigsy finishes and then sadly walks away, but he's leaving behind a memorial to the fallen friend who saved his life.
- The Doctor, on the verge of giving up, is convinced to keep going by the memory of Clara Oswald. For two billion years. The subsequent episode reveals that it was actually closer to 4.5 billion. That's dedication.
- Once again we have the perfect demonstration of The Doctor and Clara's relationship. She makes him realize his attempts to revive her are ridiculous and that he needs to let her go.
- What do Gallifreyans do after they know that the Doctor has returned? They treat him as a hero, protecting him with their own bodies, refusing to move, while the military (at first) threaten him. Even the children. And when Rassilon orders assembled soldiers to kill the Doctor, they drop their weapons, and join him, alongside with their General. That's the spirit, Time Lords!
The General (to freakin' Rassilon): Get off his planet.
- The General's The Reason You Suck speech to the villain of the moment is this and a Crowning Moment of Awesome:
- Bonus points for when the Doctor goes back to the Barn and runs into an old woman there. She could be his mom or the caretaker from "Listen". When they met she warns him that the Time Lords will probably kill him, and then gives him a bowl of soup to eat.
- Ashildr meets The Doctor at the very end of time itself. He accuses her of letting Clara die. Her response is not only to deny guilt on her part, but to absolve the Doctor of the guilt she knows he feels.
The Doctor: You let it happen!Ashildr/Me: No, I didn't. And neither did you.
- A bittersweet moment, but Ashildr having finally made peace with the universe.
Ashildr: "I've been watching the stars die. It was beautiful."The Doctor: "No. It was sad."Ashildr: "No. It was both."
- Ashildr once again reiterates how sorry she is for accidentally causing the events that killed Clara. Clara says she forgives her and later takes her on as a companion.
- Why did the Doctor endure billions of years of torture in "Heaven Sent" when he could have just confessed about the Hybrid? Because tricking the Time Lords into believing that he knew the truth about the Hybrid was the only way for him to get the opportunity to save Clara. To the Doctor, 4.5 billion years of agony is an acceptable price to save his friend's life.
- And tying into an Alternate Character Interpretation, there was enough evidence to suggest that the other reason Twelve went though the billions of years worth of torture was that Twelve was actually in love with her.
- A meta-example: (and tying into the point immediately above): upon learning of the Doctor's sacrifice, and in an echo of the moment in "Before the Flood" when Bennett encouraged Cass and Lunn to say things to one another before it's too late, Clara tells the Doctor there are things "me and you should say to one another." What those things are, we do not know as the camera pans out to the strains of Clara's leitmotif, giving the two characters privacy. Afterwards, Ohila demands to know what Clara said to the Doctor, to which Clara tells Ohila (and the audience) that those words will remain private.
- After Moffat earlier didn't have the budget to recreate the original TARDIS set for "The Doctor's Wife," he was able to do it here. It also must have been like an early Christmas gift to Peter Capaldi, who's been a fan since the show's beginning. Even the episode's script mentions that Capaldi would probably be acting very excited during these scenes.
- The fact that even three thousand years into the future, mankind is still celebrating Christmas.
- The TARDIS put a pair of holographic antlers on the Doctor's head in an attempt to cheer him up.
- Twelve's huge grin when River pulls back her hood and reveals herself.
- Right after River proclaims that the Doctor never loved her, will never come for her and that he definitely won't be found standing next to her, she realizes that he's been with her all along and turns to find Twelve giving her a warm smile. "Hello, Sweetie" indeed.
- The above scene is also notable for indicating that River is mistaken in her assertion that the Doctor does not love people, both in the direct sense (her) and in the meta sense as we've just seen an entire season in which the Doctor's love for Clara Oswald was demonstrated repeatedly and in fact his very ability to finally let River go to meet her fate at the Library is a direct result of the lessons he learned from what happened with Clara (the memory of which he still possesses - "Hell Bent" dialogue only says he lost knowledge of her personality and certain key moments).
- River realizes it's the last time she'll see the Doctor before the end. The Doctor, however, gives a positive note about their last night:
River: So, assuming tonight is all we have left-The Doctor: I didn't say that.River: How long is a night on Darillium?The Doctor: Twenty-four years.
River: Happily ever after doesn't mean forever. It just means time. A little time.
- Then, it cuts to a black screen with the words "And they both lived happily ever after", as shown in the page image. Parts of the message begin dissipating into snow, firstly being the "ever after", then "And they both lived", making the message more meaningful as the word "happily" lingers on the screen for a moment before dissipating into snow as well. This makes River's words to the Doctor about a Happily Ever After more heartwarming. The GIF of this moment van be viewed here◊.
Series 10 / Season 36
The Return of Doctor Mysterio
- When Lucy tells Grant she'd prefer to see him in his superhero outfit, and then puts his regular glasses on his face.
- The Doctor, realizing that young Grant has mistaken him for Santa, gives him a "Ho! Ho! Ho!" and eats the cookies that Grant brought for him.
- Grant fawning over Lucy's infant daughter as if she were his own.
- She may as well be, since Grant has been watching over and protecting her mother for as long as he's known her, and has been her nanny ever since her father walked out.
- In addition, when asked if baby Jennifer is his, Grant answers, "I'm hers," before clarifying his position of her nanny. The fact she isn't biologically related to him is acknowledged but essentially discarded. He genuinely isn't pulling a Nice Guyô act on Lucy. Despite being in love with her, he works for her and shares a quasi-friendship with her with no expectation she eventually return his feelings/reward him with sex. When it comes to Jennifer, he has even less expectations. He loves her, dotes on her, protects her, and clearly plans on doing so for a long time to come, just as a good dad would. Or in other words, "I'm hers," and even when stopping a bomb, he'll instinctively cling to the device connecting him to her.
- Also, the Doctor holding the baby when Grant returned from being The Ghost, lecturing him on leaving the baby alone. Of course, given that Grant could return with unbelievable speed, the child was in no danger, but The Doctor doesn't mess around when it comes to caring for children.
- Nardole explaining to Grant and Lucy that the Doctor is a lonely man who needs company and especially at the moment because his wife recently died. When he does this he is absolutely sincere and caring. Now compare this with his more needling manner with speaking to the Doctor directly about this topic. He knows that the Doctor doesn't just need company, he needs someone to trade witty banter. He needs friends.
- Everything about Bill and the Doctor. He notices that she comes to his lectures despite not being a student. Not only does he help her get into the university he personally tutors her as well and she excels at her classes as a result.
- Bill gets the Doctor a rug as a Christmas present, and he replies that he didn't get her anything. She later mentions not having any photos of her late mother and wonders if having them would make a difference. The Doctor then travels back in time and takes photos of her mother before leaving them in a box in her house for her to find.
- When he's teaching at the University, whose pictures does The Doctor have on his desk in his office? River and Susan - his wife and grandchild.
- After the Doctor jokes with Bill about the alien sky being made of lemon drops, Nardole says, "You can be very silly sometimes," and the Doctor just grins. It's a small moment, but it's still good just to see the Doctor — especially this Doctor, especially after all he's been through — having fun and being light-hearted again.
- The part where the Doctor and Nardole are speculating on why the pilot is following Bill, as Bill wanders off and finds a puddle which the pilot-slash-Heather slowly rises up from, at least before it attacks. Nardole wonders what Heather was looking for, as they believe Heather's motivations are influencing the pilot:
Doctor: What, in the end, are any of us looking for? Weíre looking for someone whoís looking for us.Pilot Heather slowly smiles at Bill
- At the beginning the Doctor gives a young street girl passing out flyers for the Frost Fair his top hat, for no other reason than it's just thing to do.
- Later he gives the girl and her friends a proper meal and dotes on them like his own grandchildren.
- At the end of the episode he arranges things so that one of the children inherit Lord Sutcliffe's title and estate (it has to be a boy due to backwards inheritance laws) — ensuring they are well provided for.
- The Doctor, without hesitation, delivering a haymaker to Lord Sutcliffe's face when he shouts racist abuse at Bill. After so many years of the Doctor acting flippant or dismissive of human prejudice, it's nice to see him invoke Talk to the Fist to racism.
- The Doctor uses the TARDIS to help move Bill's things into the new house just like a dad would.
- The Doctor offering to have takeout with the prisoner inside the Vault and tell the about the events that occurred that day.
- Why does The Doctor endanger not only himself, Bill, Nardole and risks the inhabitant of the vault escaping? Because four survivors have sent a distress call.
The Doctor: "The universe shows it's true face when it asks for help. We show ours by how we respond."
- The group hug. Bill starts it by hugging the Doctor, then Nardole surprises them by eagerly joining in, and the two of them cuddle the Doctor like a pair of kittens (pictured. Becomes a Crowning Moment of Funny at the Doctor's Reaction Shot.
- The Doctor simulation we've spent most of the episode with may not be real, but he is such a good copy of the genuine article, with all his cleverness and bravery, that he turns the information-gathering simulation on its head and manages to send the real Doctor an email transmitting all the information he found out on the enemy to warn him. Why? Because he doesn't need to be real to be the Doctor.
- The Doctor's pep talk to Bill so that she can go hook up with a girl she likes and enjoy herself before things get serious, which is sweet on several levels. First because he fears how dangerous their situation might become but he's taking the time to help Bill have a moment of happiness before that. Then because after several other moments comparing him and Bill to father and daughter or grandfather and granddaughter, because it feels like he's giving her the parenting she never got from her foster mother, who doesn't want Bill dating and doesn't even know she's gay. Last reason is because the Doctor knows Bill's gay, has absolutely never reacted to it like it was a big deal, and is showing her - and through her, all his LGBT viewers, no matter their age, who may have unsupportive parents like Bill's foster mom - his total support and affection.
Bill: She's out of my league.The Doctor: No.Bill: Sorry, what? No?The Doctor: No.Bill: What's that mean, "no?"The Doctor: It means I'm a scary handsome genius from space and I'm telling you no, she's not out of your league.
- The leaders of the three most powerful armies on Earth have been stuck in a precarious Mexican Standoff that could ignite World War III at any moment. Then they're given a look at the apocalyptic fate of the world in just one year, and within minutes they're all determined not to be the cause of it, declaring that they'll make peace.
- "I will not fight you." Followed by a handshake; simple yet powerful.
- "Did we just give peace a chance?" He sounds so happy and relieved it is difficult not to smile with him.
- Bill saves the world with the memory of her mother and the Imaginary Friend created from said memory. In other words, the Monks were defeated by Potts Sr and Potts Jr working together.
- Missy's tears as she recounts how she's remembering the names of all her previous victims. It might turn out to be a fake-out but, for now, it looks like the Doctor is making progress in redeeming his oldest friend.
- The look on Godsacre's face as Iraxxa praises him for his brave and noble Heroic Sacrifice is equal mixtures of happiness, relief, and fear as befits a My Greatest Second Chance for cowardice.
- Iraxxa is so impressed with this human's Ice Warrior virtues that she decides to recruit him instead of kill him.
- A lot of classic Whovians must have been leaping for joy when they heard (and saw) Alpha Centauri for the first time in years.
- The premise for this episode is a teacher and his student (and, basically, a teaching assistant) on a field trip about a historical mystery. How cute is that?
- Nardole is so successful befriending the Picts that he's wearing their face paint after two days with them.
- Pict warrior and Roman soldiers putting aside their animosity to face a common enemy. That's growing up.
- The reason Crows all over the world say "Kar?" They're remembering the Heroic Sacrifice of a Pict gatekeeper to save the world from eternal darkness.
- Despite being a truly terrifying episode, it contains a meta-example: the Mondasian Cybermen were brought back for Peter Capaldi's endgame as a farewell gift, the monsters being a personal favorite of his.
- Another meta example: The real world reactions to what Bill Potts and the Twelfth Doctor go through in this one. As of the Cliffhanger she is the first Cyberman, trapped and crying, and the Foregone Conclusion of this two-parter has it that the Doctor is Dying Alone in a snowy wasteland, not even in his warm TARDIS. Many fans were brokenhearted by these revelations and in the week between this and "The Doctor Falls" were vocally hoping and even demanding justice and healing for these characters, lest a giant Internet Backlash be unleashed.
- Although Bill is furious that the Doctor wasn't able to rescue her from being converted into a Cyberman when she comes to realize exactly what's become of her in the barn, and saddened to realize that despite his assurance that he can find a way to fix her he doesn't actually have any means of doing so, she doesn't hold anything against him. Indeed, she is loving and faithful to him to the end, from saving him at the hospital to being at his side as he appears to die. In the end, it's her tears that re-spark his regeneration ability, though she may never know this.
- For that matter, the Doctor is clearly heartbroken that he can't do more for Bill, but he (plus Nardole and Alit) treats her with compassion and kindness all along where everyone else fears or belittles her, regarding her as the same old Bill, and holding out hope that things could get better, hope born of nothing more than her tears.
- Missy shows that she can actually do HeelĖFace Turn, and stabs Saxon, her own previous regeneration. Unfortunately, it seems that he killed her too. For now.
- Before that, in the opening sequence, Missy doesn't flee up the shuttlecraft's ladder with Saxon, but tries to get a clear shot at the Cyberman that's attacking the Doctor. Even if her ego demands she backslide a bit and threaten to ditch him on the roof shortly afterward, her initial reaction is so instinctive that it's apparent she really doesn't want him to die.
- Nardole will undoubtedly struggle to help keep the solar farmers safe on the spaceship, as there are still Cybermen out there, but he is also in a place where he is needed and wanted — in more ways than one, as Hazran has taken a romantic interest in him — and has proven himself a true hero. Moreover, the Doctor often treated him as a nuisance, but in the end reveals via an Armor-Piercing Question that of the two of them, he believes Nardole is the stronger man who should be leading the farmers to safety rather than making a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Heather coming back to save Bill from her fate. The two kiss, and then leave to venture the universe.
- But not before they take the Doctor's body back to his TARDIS, as Bill knows he would have wanted.
- The Twelfth Doctor thinks of his companions as he begins to regenerate.
- And said montage of "companions" includes the TARDIS. The Doctor's longest-standing associate is granted equal standing with all the others.
- Even Missy is included in the montage, suggesting that on some level, the Doctor knows he got through to her after all.
- The First Doctor's appearance. Twelve has reached possibly his most desperate moment, stubbornly trying to stall his regeneration in a frozen wasteland, until a familiar face appears, and it's revealed that the TARDIS has brought him exactly to the person he needs to see...
The First Doctor: Who is that?The Twelfth Doctor: I'm the Doctor!The First Doctor: The Doctor? No, I don't think so, dear me, no... You might be a Doctor, but I'm the Doctor. The original, you might say...
- Not only that, but One's words as he's talking to himself, when Twelve first overhears him, make it sound like he's having a hard time facing the need to regenerate, too. Which rather implies that the TARDIS remembered One's reluctance, all those many centuries ago, and is trying to help both Doctors come to terms with the necessity! Sexy, you crafty, subtle, loyal girl!
- Twelve is the Doctor who's had the hardest time figuring out who he is, not only from being so old but from having a new regeneration cycle. He finally figures it out ("This is where I stand") only to have to regenerate again. Who comes to help him again? The original.
- The return of Bill Potts. She's simply overjoyed to find her beloved Doctor is still alive; and the trailer showcases her and Twelve having one final hug.
- From the audios: "Changing history, Doctor Smythe?" Said with such great affection and after we thought he was poofed and AWWWWWWW.
- Pretty much any time the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn are traveling together, at least one awww moment is guaranteed. It's one of the many, many reasons why Big Finish audio plays are Made Of Win.
- Also, any scene with both Evelyn and Rossiter in "Arrangements for War". A Cool Old Guy and a Cool Old Lady falling in love, and it's just perfect.
- Its companion/sequel, Thicker Than Water, continues the story and features Evelyn's final goodbye to Six.
- Another Six and Evelyn that this troper found especially heart-warming comes from '100 Days Of The Doctor, the final instalment of the '100' anthology, where Six tells Evelyn that "if I had met *you* out of all the pretty girls I would have remembered...". It just goes to show far that he has come since they first met, and how close they have become ever since...
- Pretty much any time the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn are traveling together, at least one awww moment is guaranteed. It's one of the many, many reasons why Big Finish audio plays are Made Of Win.
- Edith's speech to Charley in "The Chimes of Midnight".
- The ending, when Edith realizes she is not nobody; she is somebody, and she matters. After four solid episodes of being alternately shat on by rich assholes and being repeatedly murdered, it's incredibly good to hear.
- Eight reuniting with Susan in "An Earthly Child". You can literally hear them hug, it's beautiful.
- Somewhat tangentially, in the one audio Fitz is in, they do that audible-hugging thing twice in a twenty-five minute radio drama, once because they're splitting up to go face danger, and another time because they haven't seen each other in about eighteen hours. Either they care about each other very, very much, or they're just trying on purpose to break Two and Jamie's record for clinginess. Maybe it's both.
- Along the same vein, Eight's reunion with Lucie in Resurrection of Mars. Given that they last parted under very nasty circumstances, it's all the more heartwarming.
Doctor: I never thought I'd see you again.
Lucie: I never wanted to see you again.
Doctor: I know.
Lucie, rather fondly exasperated: Oh, give us a hug, you.
*Cue interruption by an Ice Warrior*
Lucie: Oi! Touching reunion going on here!
- Adric's parting words to Thomas Brewster in "The Boy That Time Forgot," not just because he's finally forgiven the Doctor for all the hell he's been put through, but because it's one of the only times that an old companion has gotten to give a new companion a Passing The Torch speech.
Adric: Goodbye, Thomas Brewster. Stay with the Doctor, won't you? If you don't belong anywhere, in any time, if you're an orphan, then the best thing to do is to stay with the Doctor!
- The end of The Gathering. Five reunites with Tegan, years after their TV adventures. Initially she's prickly and bitter, but by the end, she's glomping the Doctor with a huge goodbye hug and kiss.
- The Eighth Doctor meeting the Brigadier in "Minuet in Hell".
The Doctor: By the way, Alistair, thank you.
The Brigadier: Er Ė what for?
The Doctor: Looking after Charley, for a start. But also just for being here. I feel a lot safer now.
- Once, the Eighth Doctor travelled with Kroton, a Cyberman who had somehow retained his ability to feel emotions. Kroton had a lot of damn good moments like pummeling a patrol of Sontarans into submission, but he also had a lot of potential for Tear Jerkers given that he kept having flashes of his former life before becoming a Cyberman. In The Glorious Dead, Izzy, another of the Doctor's companions, gives him a memory crystal and forces him to use it so he can fully remember (It Makes Sense In Context). And he does, and the memories of his whole family are restored to him. His voice cracking as it all comes back, trembling through the pain and the sweetness of all he had lost, almost weeping in joy, is Kroton's true CMOH.
- There's the comic when a depressed Eight goes to a bar to drown his sorrows after a particularly nasty time, and runs into 'Bish, the bar's owner. Both have a chat together when a cheated robot barges in with an explosive threatening to blow up the bar. Eight suavely approaches her, and with genuine sorrow in his voice, reminding her of the flow of Time and how everybody longs for the past that is no longer with us, gets close enough to her and turns her and the explosive off. Everybody breaths again and the Doctor and 'Bish remain a while after closing. The Doctor thanks him for the heart-to-heart and leaves on a holiday. Due to an earlier interruption, 'Bish never learned the Doctor's name. Unfortunately, after the Doctor leaves, 'Bish drops his form as a tall bartender and reveals himself to be Frobisher, the Doctor's old DWM companion, who complains he never got to learn the man's name...
- At the end of IDW Comics' The Forgotten miniseries. The Tenth Doctor asks the TARDIS' matrix to appear as one specific Companion ó "You know who I need to see..." and it's Susan, so he can finally hug and say goodbye and apologize for leaving her so many, many years ago.
- Doctor Who Magazine's short gag comic Doctor Whoah! gets on in issue 433, the first issue released after the death of Nicholas Courtney. It shows all 11 Doctors facing the reader and saluting.
- This tribute comic to Nicholas Courtney by official DW comic artist Paul Hanley.
- The Doctor Who Magazine comic Hunters of the Burning Stone starring the Eleventh Doctor brings back some of The Doctor's first companions ever...Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Who, after an understandable amount of confusion (having left The Doctor before learning of his ability to regenerate) slowly come to accept that the young man piloting the TARDIS is in fact the same as the old man they traveled with before.
- The Doctor's appeal to Barbara.
Barbara: Who are you?
Doctor: (with a smile) Barbara Wright...The school teacher who became an Aztec god. Who braved the Gobi desert with Marco Polo. Who dined with Nero as Rome burned... Do you really not know me?
Barbara: (stunned silence)
- Later The Doctor is able to overcome a psychic assault, with the memories of the moment when Ian first persuaded the Doctor not to kill someone. The Doctor then tells Ian he inspired him to be a better man ever since. Ian then reassured the Doctor that he was a good man, and the two finally reconcile.
Ian: You're a legend alright, but not a dark one. You've been a thread of hope running throughout human history! Doctor, if you learn anything from me, learn that! I want you to see yourself through our eyes! Accept what you truly are...and forgive yourself.
Doctor: (sheds a tear, then smiles) Come along Chesterton. Let's go save the world.
- The best part comes at the end, especially if you're an original series fan. Ian and Barbara get married, with The Doctor as the best man!
- The Doctor's appeal to Barbara.
- In issue 11 of Doctor Who Ongoing comic "Body Snatched", The Eleventh Doctor and Amy get their minds swapped. Rory is completely supportive of Amy throughout the comic, freely giving hugs to comfort her while she's stuck in The Doctor's body.
- In Doctor Who: Four Doctors, the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors are shown alternative timelines created by the Voord and the Evil!Twelfth Doctor based on different decisions they made in their lives, which lead them to become their own antithesis. However, when they observe the Ninth Doctor and Rose having a drink in issue 5, they realize that the Voord couldn't find an alternative timeline for the Ninth Doctor because he can only ever be fantastic.
- The Eighth Doctor Adventures novel "Shadows of Avalon" has the Brigadier, in the aftermath of a screaming argument with the Doctor where both men virtually severed their friendship with each other over events in Avalon (basically the human dreaming). During the siege of a castle, the Brigadier, thinking the Doctor dead, realises that he was right, and tells the troops that their job is to save the day and do the right thing - just as the Doctor would have wanted. Naturally, being an attention tart, the Doctor trumps him by performing a chandelier swing into the middle of the room, but it doesn't detract from the emotion in the Brigadier's speech.
- Also from a Brigadier-Doctor scene... in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel The Dying Days, the Doctor hugs the Brigadier after surviving the exploding Martian ship, and for once the Brigadier doesn't push him away.
- The Doctor Who novel The Glamour Chase pulls one at the end, where Rory is upset about how unfair it is that one of the characters had to deal with the horrors of PTSD all alone, in a time before it was understood and before treatment was possible. The Doctor interrupts by hugging him and kissing his forehead, telling him not to lose that compassion, because sometimes, he forgets himself how important it is.
Doctor: He's a keeper, this one.
Amy: I know. That's why I'm marrying him in about seventy-five years time.
- Of course then it immediately becomes a Tear Jerker when the Doctor makes a throwaway comment about Rio and we realise what happens to Rory next.
- The Eighth Doctor's companion Fitz has been brainwashed into believing he's in love with one of the villains-of-the-week but somehow overcomes it when the Doctor's in danger, telling the woman who's been deceiving him "You forced me to love you. With him it's the real thing."
- In the Twelfth Doctor novel The Blood Cell, set on a prison asteroid, in order to figure out where Clara and one of the prison guards have been taken the Doctor must get information from Marianne, a prisoner who was horrifically maimed — both physically and mentally — in a botched escape attempt years before. He communicates with her telepathically. The reader and other characters only hear his side of the conversation that ensues, but that's enough to reveal how tender and compassionate he can be as he comforts her over her guilt for (in the backstory) helping start the process that got everyone in a mess in the present and even allows her to give him a hug — and this is set within Series 8!
- The Time Lord Letters has oodles of these, including:
- The Sixth Doctor's tributes to, in turn, Lord Azmael and Orcini, in which he expresses his wishes that both men will be honorably treated in death.
- The Tenth Doctor leaves Chloe Webber a note encouraging her to keep up her drawing, along with his own drawing of the TARDIS, which to him is a symbol of "safety and security and friendship." The explanatory notes reveal that as of her teens, her paintings are being exhibited in galleries...and every painting has the image of a blue box somewhere!
- The Twelfth Doctor's thank-you note to Santa Claus for helping him in a time of need and giving him the "Best Christmas Present Ever." (He lied to Clara about not knowing whom to thank for their reunion!)
- While Twelve's list of improvements to Coal Hill School in the wake of his tenure as caretaker is mostly funny, it says a lot about him that he's genuinely concerned about the poor job the teachers assigned to playground duty are doing — "standing and bantering to each other outside the main hall, while the fights happen round the corner by the bins." A shame the head teacher didn't seriously consider his ideas for a more regimented patrol...
- William Hartnell personally vouching for his successor:
"There's only one man in England who can replace me and that's Patrick Troughton".
- After becoming the first companion to depart the show, Carole Anne Ford visited the set of The Rescue to wish her successor Maureen O'Brien the best of luck.
- Shortly after the premiere of The Eleventh Hour, a man came up to Matt Smith on the street to congratulate him on his performance. This man was none other than Peter Capaldi, Smith's eventual successor as the Twelfth Doctor.
- Anneke Wills describes meeting David Tennant on the set of 'Daleks in Manhattan':
Heís a shining light. When he focuses on you, thereís nobody else in the room. I love that. Heís coming from his heart. Heís genuine. I stood in the TARDIS after all these years and said ĎDoctor, lovely to meet you,í and David said, ĎAaah, Polly!í My heart was fluttering away.
- During a Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con 2012, a 6 year old girl asks Matt Smith if he is afraid of the Weeping Angels. Smith then asks the little girl if she is and nods. Smith responds that he will fight them off, much to the delight of every fan there. You can view it here.
- Colin Baker's unending love for the show, even after enduring a fairly miserable tenure as Six. And it gets even better, thanks to Big Finish Doctor Who rescuing him from the scrappy heap in triumphant fashion!
- The Cracked article How Doctor Who Became My Religion, which so beautifully articulates why the show is so appealing.
- The interview with Matt Smith and David Tennant
Matt Smith: You gave me good advice.David Tennant: Did I?Matt: Advice that I will pass on. Not advice that I can repeat.David: Good (laughs)Matt: But what you did say, was that I'd have the most fun ever. And you know what? You were right.
- Additionally, their guest appearance on Graham Norton, where they come out together holding hands. Then, after sitting down, Graham makes fun of David for the... unorthodox hair that David had at the time (for a play), to which Matt counters by defensively shouting out "I like it!". Seen here.
- Outside the show: The "Fear Forecasters" (children who, with their parents, were shown advance screenings of episodes by the BBC so they can warn other children of how scary they are) watched "School Reunion". These comments occurred when Sarah Jane appeared on-screen:
One of the kids: She looks a bit old.
His father: She looks fantastic.
- The fact that after Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen died there were so many tribute videos. Of particular note is this one, uploaded just 3 days later.
- This video made by Matt Smith after he announced he was leaving the role.
- When the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, was announced, many fans went out of their way to make him feel welcome.
Matt Smith: I just wanna wish my successor all the best, and just say good luck. And good on you for getting it, 'cause I know he's both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy. And I think, the casting of it made me really excited, genuinely. And as a fan, I think it's a really canny choice, I think it'll be a hit. So good luck, man, it's going to be a thrill!
- From Capaldi's announcement, Matt Smith gives this message to his successor, while clearly overwhelmed with emotion:
- This message from Christopher Eccleston about the show's 50th anniversary.
- This story about Tom Baker meeting a fan.
- This multi-fandom farewell to the Eleventh Doctor, which a multitude of others have since joined, including the Supernatural fandom, the Avengers fandom, and even the sometimes-infamous Homestuck fandom. With all the rabid Fandom Rivalry going about on the 'Net, it's wonderful to see some simple kindness and solidarity for a change - on Christmas, no less.
- In the behind the scenes featurette of Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith's final episode, during the readthrough of his final lines Matt breaks down into tears, where we then see Steven Moffat and Jenna Coleman comforting him.
- As funny as it is heartwarming, the cast wrapping up David Tennant's run by performing "500 Miles", a song from his favorite band, The Proclaimers. Seeing the cast, the crew and even some of the off-set people (introducing Sue the Caterer and the Drivers) just rocking out and having fun is hilarious and warm at the same time. Especially when this subtitle pops up:
*While David is dancing with two particular people*: The Proclaimers and their Biggest Fan
- While filming the TV Movie, Paul McGann played with his young son while on set in full costume.
- The farewell hug◊ between Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman after they finished their last day of filming is somewhere halfway between "adorable" and "funny".
- A young autistic girl had the 11th Doctor as her imaginary friend who she went on adventures with, and had difficulty coping with his regeneration as she was afraid the 12th Doctor wouldn't like her. When Peter Capaldi was told about it, he took a moment between rehearsals to sit down with the girl and her mother and reassure her that the Doctor was still her friend, it was all very touching.
Peter Capaldi: I will do my very best to be the Doctor. Of course it will be different, 'cause I'm different (...) [Matt and Jenna] say it's okay for me to be the Doctor, so I hope you think it will be okay for me to be the Doctor too.
- After "The Night of the Doctor" aired, Paul McGann did an interview with Doctor Who Magazine and had this to say about the fans reaction to it:
"I have to say, all those years since 96 where perhaps I thought, as I did at one time, that the Eighth Doctor, by dint of the failed TV pilotÖ that the Eighth Doctor, though liked in some quarters, perhaps wasnít so liked in others, and was only tolerated in the scheme of thingsÖThereís no doubt now, in my mind, that the Eighth Doctor is part of it, that heís right there in the heart of it. He has earned his place, and thatís really gratifying.Ē
- When Lindalee Rose, a kid reviewer of recent Doctor Who episodes, met with Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith to do interviews with them, she gave Jenna a leaf very similar to that of Clara's. Reasoning ? She wanted to cheer Clara up, since Clara had to sacrifice the leaf she had as a family keepsake in the "Rings of Akhaten". Jenna was surprised and delighted by the unusual gift. And Matt joked about and he and Lindalee gave each other high fives.
- Peter Capaldi's personal condolences to the students of the Glasgow School of Art after a tragic fire consumed many beautiful works.
- During an interview with artist Alice Zhang, she can be heard apologizing for something. Peter Capaldi puts his arm around her and says, "Never apologize for being brilliant."
- The big reveal at the end of Series 8, for the way it provides a complete recreation of the era of the show that Peter Capaldi first grew to love as a kid.
- Capaldi gives another autistic child a heartwarming message after his gran passed away, this time in character as the Doctor.
- The fact that Sophie Stone, who played Cass in "Under the Lake"/"Before the Flood", is the first deaf actress in the show's history with a major role. Best of all, her character doesn't feature in the story "to tick boxes" or beg for cheap viewer sympathy. Though her disability is noted, Cass is perfectly competent on her own, has completely normal interactions with the rest of the cast, and her skills prove plot-relevant several times. All this without a single hint of demeaning or pitying subtext. One of the behind the scenes featurettes for the two-parter makes it even more heartwarming: Though Cass has no speaking lines, Sophie Stone is perfectly understandable in a conversation, not being let down one bit by her deafness. Awesome and encouraging.
- This deeply moving letter written to the Doctor by an unknown fan named Ariel that was found tucked inside a used Beatles book.
"...But most of all, I live. I donít waste my time with fear, trapped up in a safety box away from everything. I donít hesitate to live my dreams just because they may challenge the world or cause risk to myself. I go out and really live - because thatís what itís all about, right? The meaning of life? You showed me that, though I donít think you know it. Life is about living, feeling your blood rush and pump and feeling your heart swell with emotion. And thatís what I do. Everyday, without fail, I live."
- This message that Matt Smith left to a fan for his birthday.
- Peter Capaldi did not one but two personal in-costume replies to videos that groups of fans made for his birthday: one where he replied to a group of English-speaking fans and thanked each contributor individually, and a second where he thanked a group of international fans individually in their native languages.
- Also worth mentioning are his occasional in-character visits to the Doctor Who Experience, which look absolutely delightful. There's a great moment in the official video that toes the line between heartwarming and heartbreaking, when one of the children at the Q%A asks him who his favorite companion is. After a contemplative pause, he starts talking about Susan. You can actually hear Capaldi's voice crack a little when he says he promised he'd go back and see her again.
- In 2015, Christopher Eccleston reprised his role as the Ninth Doctor to record a special message for a 14 year old fan in hospital and another for a newly engaged couple. Considering his past history with the show, the fact that he did something nice for fans is Fantastic.
- Due to "The Doctor Falls" reviving Bill and giving her a Happy Ending with her lover Heather, there was obviously going to be people who would angrily criticise this action and deem it to be lazy, undeserving of the already grim fate that she already had, which was being fully Cyber-converted, and further proof that Steven Moffat couldn't kill off any main characters. But he knew that this was going to happen, and addressed this critique via an aftershow that firmly proves that no matter how many people trash his writing and creative choices with scorn, he continued to stick with his own beliefs and optimistic vision when it came to handling Doctor Who.
"Iíll just say this and Iíll get into terrible trouble with certain people... I donít think Doctor Who is that kind of show. Doctor Who is a big hearted, optimistic show that believes in kindness and love and that wisdom will triumph in the end. I donít believe itís the kind of show that says there are bitter, twisted, nasty endings because itís not. Itís not gritty; itís aspirational. It says, ĎIt can work. And wisdom and kindness will triumph. And love will always come through in the end.í I think there arenít enough people or enough shows saying that and Iím damned if Doctor Who is going to join in with the general chorus of despair. So, she doesn't die. She nearly dies and becomes something else."
- After 54 years, the show finally branched out from always casting the Doctor as a white man, with Jodie Whittaker becoming the Thirteenth Doctor. Her smile upon seeing the TARDIS in the announcement video carries the full weight of this historical moment.
- And when some people became upset over Whittaker's casting, many fans and professionals voiced their support for her, including her predecessor Peter Capaldi and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker. This article provides more examples.
- Adorable reactions like this.
- Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria and spoke a few times about her frustration at the lack of women involved in the show during that period, lived just long enough to see a woman cast as the Doctor, before her death from cancer just a few days after the announcement.