He is impulsive, idealistic, ready to risk his life for a worthy cause. He hates tyranny and oppression and anything that is anti-life. He never gives in and he never gives up, however overwhelming the odds against him.
The Doctor believes in good and fights evil. Though often caught up in violent situations, he is a man of peace. He is never cruel or cowardly.
In fact, to put it simply, the Doctor is a hero.
Itís hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes are important. Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History books tell us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now, but heroes tell us who we want to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me
. But, you know, when they made this particular hero up, they didnít give him a gun—they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didnít give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didnít give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray. They gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts, and thatís an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we donít need a hero like the Doctor.
Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fictionÖ At best, Doctor Who is a fairy tale, with fairy tale logic, about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem.
No, look, there's a blue box. Itís bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it's meant to go. And when it turns up, there's a bloke in it called the Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed cos he's awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch "Blink"
Tonight's show is about a man... who's not really a man. He's a Doctor, but he's not really a doctor, like Dr. Phil, but AWESOME
! Most people in the United States of America have not heard of him. He's just like me in that regard
! [later, while singing along with the theme music]
One thing is consistent though
and this is why the show is so
beloved by geeks and nerds...
It's all about the triumph of intellect and romance
over brute force and cynicism! [speaking again]
And if there is any hope for any of us in that giant explosion in which we inhabit, surely that's it, intellect and romance triumphs over brute force and cynicism... right, Doctor? Matt Smith: [stepping in from stage right]
It's completely terrifying!
But it's so, so exciting!
He said I was brilliant and I could change the world,
So many places I've been, there's so much more more to see!
We got galaxies and planets and moons,
And an awful lot of running to do-ooooooooh-ooooooh-oooooh-ooooooh,
Such secrets to be told,
Alien man, running from the days of old.
Out of his world, with nothing left to lose.
Traveling man, coming down to rescue you!
has a reputation for attracting a certain class of obsessive, socially stunted fan. But when the latest Trek
fan film isn't geeky enough to fully satisfy the escapist yen of your Linux-loving, Zaurus-toting, polyester-wearing ass, there is only one fully pedigreed alternative suitable for your viewing needs — the one and only Doctor Who
(Unless you're British, in which case loving Doctor Who
comes as naturally as loving Seinfeld
does to Americans.)
Watching Doctor Who
is like having a relationship with God
For every inexplicable time pretzel or hmm-hummer it presents, though, itís one of the most distinct shows I watch: itís mercurial protagonist, who can flip between Implacable Intimidator and Goofy Ultrapacifist in a harrowing instant is one of the more intriguing things about it. Itís a romp, for lack of a better term. Itís a joke that youíre in on, and if you donít watch it enough to pass through the membrane and get to that inside portion, youíll probably feel like the show is teasing you most of the time. Youíll see those ďspecial effectsĒ and probably be insulted by them, when for the regular audience they are, in their amalgamation, a kind of ďwink.Ē You can see the strings and stagey bits, and if you agree to believe it, youíre off to the races. Itís a show you must meet half-way, which I do, and Iíve been repaid for it many times over.
There are many things that are brilliant about Doctor Who
—the likability of a clever and unpredictable hero, the flexibility of the format, several of the monsters and concepts. But in the end, this is, I think, what made the show great. The fact that it is a profoundly delightful blow against the cruelty of "the way things are."
Listen girl to what I say
About the man from Gallifrey
He can show you the planets
He can show you the stars
He can love you more because He's got two hearts
Doctor Who, Doctor Who,
Doctor Who, whatcha gonna do
Doctor Who, Doctor Who,
Doctor Who, whatcha gonna do
From the nearest world to The farthest,
he'll take you there in his TARDIS
Who will you find? Are you a risk-taker?
Will it be David Tennant
or Colin Baker
As you travel through the void
Your adventures will be great
But as you experience the freedom of time,
there's no escaping your ultimate fate
For though you fly through the
Galaxies at supersonic speeds
You only lie in wait to hear the word
To hear the word
To hear the word
is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters
is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek
can turn your brains to puree of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who
! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!
, recalling an address to science-fiction fans, in his Introduction to a series of Doctor Who
novelizations published in the US in the late '70s.
The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who
Do you wanna come with me? 'Cause if you do, then I should warn you, you're gonna see all sorts of things. Ghosts from the past.
Aliens from the future. The day the Earth died in a ball of flame.
It won't be quiet, it won't be safe, and it won't be calm. But I'll tell you what it will be: the trip of a lifetime.
Ninth Doctor, 2005 trailers
The Ninth Doctor's first word
s to Rose Tyler, "Rose"
Rose Tyler: Is it always this dangerous?
: [eyes light up]
I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at 1,000 miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurtling around the Sun at 67,000 miles an hour and I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go... That's who I am.
Ninth Doctor, "Rose"
The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn't get through those doors. And believe me, they've tried
Ninth Doctor on the sturdiness of the TARDIS, "Rose"
Everything has its time and everything dies.
Ninth Doctor, "The End of the World"
Ninth Doctor [on the Gelth]: Did it say anything? Can it speak? I'm the Doctor, by the way.
: What's wrong
with this jumper? note
"The Unquiet Dead"
Dalek: I am waiting for orders.
Ninth Doctor: What does that mean?
Dalek:: I am a soldier. I was bred to receive orders.
Ninth Doctor: Well, you're never gonna get any. Not ever.
Dalek: I demand orders!
Ninth Doctor: They're never gonna come! Your race is dead! You all burned, all of you! Ten million ships on fire: the entire Dalek race wiped out in one second!
Ninth Doctor: I watched it happen! I made it happen!
Dalek: You destroyed us?
Ninth Doctor: ....I had no choice.
Dalek: And what of the Time Lords?
: Dead. They burned with you. The end of the Last Great Time War...everybody lost.
Ninth Doctor: Don't you see it's all gone? Everything you were, everything you stood for.
Dalek: ...Then what should I do?
Ninth Doctor: Alright then. If you want orders, follow this one. Kill yourself.
Dalek: The Daleks must survive!
: The Daleks have failed! Why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe of your filth! Why don't you just DIE!
The thing is, Adam, time travel is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook, you've gotta throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers—or is that just me?
Ninth Doctor, "The Long Game"
Who said you're not important? I've travelled to all sorts of places, done things you couldn't even imagine. But you two? Street corner, two in the morning, getting a taxi home. I've never had a life like that.
The Ninth Doctor to a married couple, "Father's Day"
Ninth Doctor: Sonic blaster, 51st Century... weapon factories at Villengard?
Captain Jack Harkness: Yeah. You've been to the factories?
Ninth Doctor: Once.
Captain Jack: They're gone now, destroyed. Main reactor went critical, vaporised the lot.
: Like I said, once. There's a banana grove there now. I like bananas. Bananas are good.
"The Doctor Dances"
Ninth Doctor: Dr. Constantine, never left his patients. Back on your feet, constant doctor. The world doesn't want to get by without you just yet, and I don't blame it one bit. These are your patients, all better now.
Dr. Constantine: Yes, yes, so it seems. They also seem to be standing around in a disused railway station. Is there any particular reason for that?
: Yeah well, y'know...cutbacks
"The Doctor Dances"
Ninth Doctor: History says there was an explosion, who am I to argue with history?
Dalek: Alert! Alert! We are detected!
Dalek: It is the Doctor. He has located us. Open communications channel!
Dalek: The female will stand! Stand!
[the communications channel opens]
Dalek: I will talk to the Doctor.
Ninth Doctor: Oh, will you? That's nice. Hello!
Dalek: The Dalek stratagem nears completion. The fleet is almost ready. You will not intervene.
Ninth Doctor: Oh, really? Why's that then?
Dalek: We have your associate! You will obey or she will be exterminated!
Ninth Doctor: ... No.
[everyone present, Daleks included, turn and stare at the Doctor]
Dalek: Explain yourself!
Ninth Doctor: I said no.
Dalek: What is the meaning of this negative!?
Ninth Doctor: It means "No".
Dalek: But. She. Will. Be. Destroyed!
Ninth Doctor: No! 'Cause this is what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna rescue her! I'm gonna save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet! Then I'm gonna save the Earth! Then, just to finish off, I'm gonna wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!
Dalek: But you have no weapons! No defences! No plan!
Ninth Doctor: Yeah. And doesn't that scare you to death? ...Rose?
Rose: Yes, Doctor?
You know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? The Oncoming Storm
. You might have removed all your emotions, but I reckon right down deep in your DNA there's one little spark left. And that's fear. Doesn't it just burn
when you face me?
Ninth Doctor, "The Parting of The Ways"
Ninth Doctor: Rose Tyler, I was going to take you to so many places. Barcelona! Not the city Barcelona, the planet Barcelona. You'd love it, fantastic place. They've got dogs with no noses! [laughs] Imagine how many times a day you end up telling that joke and it's still funny!
Rose: Then, why can't we go?
Ninth Doctor: Maybe you will. Maybe I will. But not like this.
Rose: You're not making sense.
Ninth Doctor: I might never make sense again! I might have two heads, or no head. Imagine me with no head, ha! And don't say that's an improvement... But it's a bit dodgy, this process. You never know what you're going to end up with.
Ninth Doctor: Stay away!
Rose: Doctor, tell me what's going on—
Ninth Doctor: I absorbed all the energy of the time vortex, and no one's meant to do that... Every cell in my body's dying.
Rose: Isn't there something you can do?
Ninth Doctor: Yeah. Doing it now. See, Time Lords have this little trick, it's sort of a way of cheating death. Except, it means I'm going to change. And you're not going to see me again. Not like this. Not with this daft old face. And before I go—
Rose: Don't say that!
Ninth Doctor: Rose... before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!
[the Ninth Doctor regenerates]
: Hello! Okay. ...New teeth. That's weird. So where was I? Oh, that's right—Barcelona!
The regeneration of the Ninth Doctor begins, "The Parting of the Ways"
By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this...it is defended
— Tenth Doctor to the defeated Sycorax leader, "The Christmas Invasion"
I'm sorry, I am so, so, sorry.
— Tenth Doctor, every other Series 2 episode
: If I don't like your plan, it will end. Mr. Finch
/ Brother Lassar
: Fascinating. Your people were peaceful to the point of indolence. You seem to be something new. Would you declare war on us, Doctor? Tenth Doctor
: I'm so old now. I used to have so much mercy. You get one warning. That was it.
— "School Reunion"
Sarah Jane Smith
: Goodbye, Doctor. Tenth Doctor
: Oh, it's not goodbye
... Sarah Jane Smith
: No, say it. This time, say it
. [beat] Tenth Doctor
: Goodbye... my Sarah Jane!! [picks her up off the ground and hugs the living daylights out of her]
— Sarah Jane rights a wrong three decades old, "School Reunion"
: Must be a spatio-temporal hyperlink. Mickey Smith
: What's that? Tenth Doctor
: No idea, I just made it up. Didn't want to say "magic door".
— Tenth Doctor
channeling the Cat from Red Dwarf
, "The Girl in the Fireplace"
: Even monsters under the bed have nightmares. Young Reinette
: What do monsters have nightmares about? Tenth Doctor
— "The Girl in the Fireplace"
: Madame de Pompadour! You look younger every day. King Louis
: What the hell is going on? Madame de Pompadour
: Oh. This is my lover, the King of France. Tenth Doctor
: Yeah? Well I'm the Lord of Time.
— "The Girl in the Fireplace"
I. Am. TALKING! Tenth Doctor:
And I'm not LISTENING!
Now, you, Mr. Connolly, you are staring into a deep, dark pit
of trouble if you don't let me help. So I'm ordering
, tell me what's going on!
— "The Idiot's Lantern"
Men in black? Vanishing police cars? This is Churchill's
England, not Stalin's Russia
Monsters, that boy said... Maybe we should go and ask the neighbours. Tenth Doctor:
That's what I like about you: the domestic approach. Rose:
Thank you...hold on, was that an insult?
— "The Idiot's Lantern"
But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods, bad gods, demigods, would-be gods, and out of all that, out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing, just one thing, I believe in her!
— The Tenth Doctor, on Rose Tyler, "The Satan Pit"
Hang on though, Doctor. You never really said... you two, who are you? Tenth Doctor:
Oh... [glancing at Rose]
the stuff of legend.
— "The Satan Pit"
Doctor, they've got guns. Tenth Doctor:
And I haven't. Which makes me the better person. They can shoot me dead, but the moral high ground is mine.
"Army of Ghosts"
You're completely mad! Tenth Doctor:
You're right, I look daft in one shoe...
"Smith and Jones"
Crossing into established events is strictly forbidden...except for cheap tricks.
— Tenth Doctor, "Smith and Jones"
Blimey, do you have to take a test to fly this thing? Tenth Doctor:
Yes, and I failed.
— Martha Jones on the TARDIS, "The Shakespeare Code"
Good mistress, this poor fellow has died from a sudden imbalance of the humours. A natural, if unfortunate demise. Call a constable, have him taken away. Dolly:
Yes, sir. Lilith:
I'll do it ma'am. Martha:
And why are you telling them that? Tenth Doctor:
They've still got one foot in the dark ages. If I tell them the truth, they'll panic and think it was witchcraft. Martha:
OK, what was it then? Tenth Doctor:
— "The Shakespeare Code"
Ohh, how to explain the mechanics of the infinite temporal flux? I know, Back to the Future. It's like Back to the Future
The film? Tenth Doctor:
No, the novelisation
. Yes, the film!
— "The Shakespeare Code"
Queen Elizabeth I
: Doctor! Tenth Doctor [questioningly]
? Queen Elizabeth I
: My sworn enemy! Tenth Doctor [confused]
?! Queen Elizabeth I
: Off with his head! Tenth Doctor [incredulous]
: Never mind what, just run! [they start running] Queen Elizabeth I
: Stop him! Martha:
See you, Will. And thanks! Queen Elizabeth I
: Stop that pernicious Doctor! Guard
: Stop, in the name of the queen. Martha
: What have you done to upset her? Tenth Doctor
: How should I know, I haven't met her yet! That's time travel for you. Still, can't wait to find out, that's something to look forward to...
— "The Shakespeare Code"
And that's it, I'm afraid. There's no more from you on the transcript, that's the last I've got. I don't know what stopped you talking but I can guess. They're coming. The Angels are coming for you, but listen: your life could depend on this. Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead
. They are fast
, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink
. Good luck.
— Tenth Doctor, "Blink"
Look at you! The hat, the coat, the crickety-cricket stuff, the.... [unenthusiastically] stick of celery, yeah
.... brave choice, celery, but fair play to you, not a lot of men can carry off a decorative vegetable.
— Tenth Doctor to the Fifth Doctor, "Time Crash"
I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm 903 years old, and I'm the man who's gonna save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?
— Tenth Doctor, "Voyage of the Damned"
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... Youíre not falling, Astrid; youíre flying.
— The Tenth Doctor scattering Astrid's atoms across the universe; "Voyage of the Damned"
Health and safety... film department.
— The Tenth Doctor, spying through a projection room, "Partners in Crime"
: Hold on, hold on, hold on, one more thing, before...dying. Do you know what happens if you hold two identical sonic devices against each other? Miss Foster
: No. Tenth Doctor
: Nor me. Let's find out!
— "Partners in Crime"
You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up genocide and youīll see a little picture of me there and the captionīll read "OVER MY DEAD BODY!"
— The Tenth Doctor, doing his job, "The Doctorīs Daughter"
I never would. Have you got that? I never would. When you start this new world; this world of Human and Hath, remember that. Make the foundation of this society a man who never would.
— Tenth Doctor on taking revenge for the death of his daughter, "The Doctor's Daughter"
[The Doctor is poisoned and makes muffled noises while making a shaking motion] Donna Noble:
I can't understand you! How many words? [The Doctor holds up one finger] Donna:
One! One word! Shake, milk-shake, milk! Milk! No? Not milk! Um, shake, shake, shake! Cocktail shake! What, d'you want a Harvey Wallbanger? Doctor:
Harvey Wallbanger?! Donna:
Well, I don't know! Doctor:
How is Harvey Wallbanger one word?! Agatha Christie:
What do you need, Doctor? Doctor:
Salt! I was miming salt! I need salt! I need something salty! Donna: [Donna grabs a bag from the counter]
What about this? Doctor:
What is it? Donna:
That's too salty! Donna:
Oh, that's too salty!
— The Doctor, Donna and Agatha Christie averting an attempt on the Doctor's life in "The Unicorn and the Wasp".
: You're not archaeologists, are you? Tell me you're not archaeologists. River Song
: Do you have a problem with archaeologists? Tenth Doctor
: I'm a time traveller. I point and laugh
at archaeologists. River Song
: Ahh. [shaking the Doctor's hand] Professor River Song, archaeologist
— "Silence in the Library"
: These are our forests. They are our meat. [the shadows grow] Tenth Doctor
: Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I liked, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor and you're in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up. [beat] [the shadows recoil]
— "Forest of the Dead"
: You alright? Tenth Doctor
: I'm always alright. Donna Noble
: Is "alright" special Time Lord code for "really not alright at all?" Tenth Doctor
: Why? Donna Noble
: 'Cause I'm alright too.
— "Forest of the Dead"
: You don't have the courage to bear arms, Doctor. Tenth Doctor
: Oh, there are lots of other things I'll bear, and bravely, too. I'll bear witness; I'll bear the blame! Bear ridicule, bear fruit, Goldilocks and the Three Bears
. I can bear a burden, bear inspection; I can bear pain; I can grin and bear it. I may be a bearer of little brain
, General, but what you should bear in mind that I don't care to—and don't need to—bear. Arms.
— Pest Control ("New Series Adventures" audiobook)
: I hope you're as good as Ms. Smith says you are. Tenth Doctor
: Well, you know, reporters, they tend to exaggerate, but, yeah, I'm pretty amazing on a good day.
: I've wired up an integrator. I thought it could measure the energy signature. Tenth Doctor
: No no no that'll never work... Malcolm Taylor
: It's extraordinary though... I'm measuring an oscillation of 15 malcolms per second! Tenth Doctor
: Fifteen what? Malcolm Taylor
: 15 malcolms—it's my own little term; a wavelength particle operating in 4 dimensions equals 1 malcolm. Tenth Doctor
: You named a unit of measurement after yourself. Malcolm Taylor
: Well it didn't do Mr Watt any harm. Furthermore, 50 malcolms equals 1 bernard. Tenth Doctor
: Oh, is that your dad? Malcolm Taylor
: Don't be silly... that's Quatermass
. Tenth Doctor
: Right... But—um—before I die of old age, which in my case would be quite an achievement so congratulations on that, is there anyone else I could talk to?
— "Planet of the Dead"
: State your name, rank and intention. Tenth Doctor
: The Doctor, doctor, fun.
— "The Waters on Mars"
Still not ginger!
— One of the first things the Eleventh Doctor says after regenerating, The End of Time
Trust me. I'm the Doctor.
— Eleventh Doctor, "The Eleventh Hour"
: I thought, like, well I started to think that maybe you were just a mad man with a box. Eleventh Doctor
: Amy Pond, there's something you'd better understand about me because it's important and one day your life may depend on it. I am definitely a mad man with a box!
— "The Eleventh Hour"
: I grew up. Eleventh Doctor
: Don't worry. I'll soon fix that.
— "The Eleventh Hour"
: You're worse than my aunt! Eleventh Doctor
: I'm the Doctor, I'm worse than everybody's aunt! [beat]
And that is not how I'm introducing myself.
— "The Eleventh Hour"
: [To Rory & Amy]
Leaving is good. Never coming back is better. [To Atraxi]
C'MOOOOONNN, then! The Doctor will see you now! [The Atraxi scan the Doctor] Atraxi
: You are not of this world. Eleventh Doctor
: No, but I've put a lot of work into it. [compares a few ties]
I dunno. What do you think? Atraxi
: Is this world important? Eleventh Doctor
: Important? What's that mean, important? Six billion people live here. Is that important? Here's a better question. Is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Well c'mon, you're monitoring the whole planet. Is this world a threat? [The Atraxi scan the history of the Earth] Atraxi
: No. Eleventh Doctor
: Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crimes, by the laws of the Atraxi? Atraxi
: No. Eleventh Doctor
: Okay! One more, just one. Is this world protected? Because you're not the first lot to have come here, oh, there have been so many. And what you've got to ask is, [softly]]
what happened to them? [The Atraxi's scanning shows images of all of the Doctor's nemeses, followed by images of all ten previous incarnations of the Doctor, before the Eleventh Doctor steps through the hologram] Eleventh Doctor
: Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically..... run.
— "The Eleventh Hour"
All of time and space, everything that ever happened, or ever will. Where do you want to start?
— Eleventh Doctor, "The Eleventh Hour"
: You look human. Eleventh Doctor
: No, you
look Time Lord. We came first. Amy
: So there are other Time Lords, yeah? Eleventh Doctor
: [face adopts a pained expression]
...No, there were
but there aren't...just me now. Long story. It was a bad day
, lots of bad stuff happened, and you know what? I'd love to forget it all, every last bit of it, but I don't. Not ever. 'Cause this is what I do; every time, every day, every second. This!
Hold tight. [big grin]
We're bringing down the government.
— "The Beast Below"
: What does "hate" look like, Amy? Amy
: Hate? Eleventh Doctor
: It looks like a Dalek.
— "The Victory of the Daleks"
YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY! And I am yours! You are everything I despise. The worst
thing in all of creation. I've defeated you, time and time again I've defeated you. I sent you back into the void. I saved the whole of reality from you. I am The Doctor and you are the Daleks! Dalek CORRECT!
— "The Victory of the Daleks"
: The writing, the graffiti [on the home box]: Old High Gallifreyan, lost language of the Time Lords. There were days, there were many days, that these words could burn stars, and raise up empires, and topple gods. Amy
: What does this say? Eleventh Doctor
: ..."Hello, sweetie."
— "The Time of Angels"
: There are six billion human colonists [on this planet]. Eleventh Doctor
: You lot, you're everywhere, you're like rabbits! [grins like a kid on Christmas morning] I'll never get done saving you.
— "The Time of Angels"
: There's one thing you never put in a trap. If you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never ever put in a trap. Angel Bob
: And what would that be, sir? Eleventh Doctor
— Eleventh Doctor to an entire army of Weeping Angels, "The Time of Angels"
: Amy, you've got to start trusting me. It's never been more important. Amy
: But you don't always tell me the truth. Eleventh Doctor
: If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me.
— "Flesh and Stone" and "The Big Bang".
Then why am
I here? Eleventh Doctor: Because
...Because I can't see it anymore... Amy:
See what? Eleventh Doctor:
I'm 907. After a while you just can't see it
? Eleventh Doctor:
Everything. I look at a star and it's just a big ball of burning gas, and I know how it began, I know how it ends... and I was probably there both times. You know, after a while, everything is just stuff
. That's the problem. You make all of space and time your backyard what do you have? A backyard
. But you can see it. And when you see it, I see it.
— "Meanwhile in the TARDIS 2"
They're just friends. Chums, pals, mates, buddies... not mates
, forget mates
And out of all those...friends, how many would you say, just out of curiosity, were girls? Eleventh Doctor:
Oh... some of them, I suppose. Must've been. Amy: Some? Eleventh Doctor:
It's hard to tell; it's a grey area. Amy:
Under half? Over half? Eleventh Doctor:
Probably... slightly... little bit over? Amy:
Young? Eleventh Doctor:
Everyone's young compared to me. Amy:
Hot? Eleventh Doctor:
No, no, no, no, no. None of them, not really. Not at all... probably not. Maybe one or two. I don't really notice. Amy:
Well, this big old machine must have some kind of visual records? Eleventh Doctor: Oh God
— I mean no, and anyway, they're voice-locked. Amy:
Voice-locked... so I would just have to say "show me all visual records of previous TARDIS inhabitants"? Eleventh Doctor:
No, no, no, no, I mean voice-locked
would have to say "show me all visual records of previous TARDIS inhabitants
Awww... thank you. Eleventh Doctor:
No! No! No! No! No! Amy: [sees images of various companions]
Haha! Ooh, Gandalf! Eleventh Doctor: [to the TARDIS]
Thanks. Thanks, dear. Miss out the metal dog, why don't you?
— "Meanwhile in the TARDIS 2"
Yours is bigger than mine. Eleventh Doctor:
Let's not go there.
This ends today. I will tear down the House of Calvierri stone by stone. [...] And you know why? You didn't know Isabella's name. You didn't know Isabella's name.
— Eleventh Doctor, "The Vampires of Venice"
There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick.
— Eleventh Doctor, "Amy's Choice"
The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.
— Eleventh Doctor, "Vincent and the Doctor"
Less of a young professional—more of an ancient amateur...
— Eleventh Doctor, "The Lodger"
Has anyone ever told you you're a bit weird? Eleventh Doctor:
They never really stop
— "The Lodger"
People fall out of the world sometimes, but they always leave traces. Little things we can't quite account for. Faces in photographs, luggage, half-eaten meals, rings. Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely. And if something can be remembered, it can come back.
— The Eleventh Doctor tries to get Amy to remember Rory, "The Pandorica Opens"
: So why am I here? Eleventh Doctor
: Because you are. The Universe is big; it's vast and complicated and ridiculous and sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. 900 years, never seen one yet, but this'll do me.
— "The Pandorica Opens"
Now the question of the hour is, who's got the Pandorica? Answer — I do. Next question, who's coming to take it from me? [Beat]
Come on! Look at me: no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else I don't have: anything! To! Lose
! So if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceships, with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, aaand then
, do the smart thing! Let somebody else try first.
— Eleventh Doctor
to an entire army of Doctor Who
villains, "The Pandorica Opens"
It's a fez, I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.
— Eleventh Doctor on his new hat, "The Big Bang"
When you wake up, you'll have a mum and dad, and you won't even remember me. Well you'll remember me a little. I'll be a story in your head. That's okay. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? 'Cause it was, you know. It was the best. A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it; I was always gonna take it back. Oh, that box. Amy, you'll dream about that box. It'll never leave you. Big and little at the same time. Brand new and ancient, and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Woulda had. Never had. In your dreams, they'll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond, and the days that never came.
— Eleventh Doctor to Amelia, just before he's about to be erased from time, "The Big Bang".
Christmas Eve on a rooftop, saw a chimney, my whole brain went "What the hell!"
— Eleventh Doctor, after dropping down through a chimney, "A Christmas Carol"
: Who's she? Kazran
: Nobody important. Eleventh Doctor
: Nobody important. Blimey, that's amazing. D'you know, in 900 years of time and space, I've never met anyone who wasn't important before.
— "A Christmas Carol"
I'm being extremely clever up here and there is no one to stand around looking impressed! What is the point of having you all?
— Eleven, a mite cross with his companions' secret meeting, "The Impossible Astronaut"
I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilise, street maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve Jammy Dodgers and a fez
— Eleventh Doctor, having just barged into the Oval Office with guns pointed at him and a solution to President Nixon's mystery caller, "The Impossible Astronaut"
: ... Dr. Song, you've got that face on again. River Song
: What face? Eleventh Doctor
: The "he's hot when he's clever" face. River Song
: It's my normal face. Eleventh Doctor
: Yes it is.
— "The Impossible Astronaut"
You just raised an army against yourself! And now, for a thousand generations, you're going to be ordering them to destroy you every day. How fast can you run? Because today's the day the human race threw you off their planet. And they won't even know they're doing it. I think the word you're looking for right now is "Oops
— "Day of the Moon", part of the Eleventh Doctor's
requisite Kirk Summation
: Fear me, Doctor. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords. Eleventh Doctor
: Fear me
. I've killed all of them.
— "The Doctor's Wife"
I've reversed the Jelly Baby of the neutron flow! Would you like a doctor?
— The Eleventh Doctor's ganger duplicate getting adjusted to his regenerations in "The Almost People"
Doctor, I'm frightened. I'm properly, properly scared. Eleventh Doctor:
Don't be; hold on. We're coming for you, I swear. Whatever happens -- however hard, however far -- we will find you. Amy:
I'm right here... Eleventh Doctor:
No you're not; and you haven't been for a very, very
— "The Almost People"
Hello everyone! Guess who? Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax; you're only human.
— The Eleventh Doctor, having infiltrated an amassed army formed for the sole purpose of killing him; "A Good Man Goes to War"
: No. Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men "run away." Colonel Manton
: What? Eleventh Doctor
: Those words. "Run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Runaway. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the people I LOVE!
...is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name. [Beat
] Look, I'm angry, that's new. I'm not really sure what's going to happen now. Madame Kovarian
: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules. Eleventh Doctor
: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
— "A Good Man Goes To War"
Imagine you were afraid, a long way from home, in terrible pain. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse... you looked up, and saw the face of the devil himself. [beat]
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Wedding of River Song
Whatever you want, I can get it for you. Whatever object you desire. The Doctor:
Did the Silurians beg you to stop? Look Solomon. The missiles. See them shine, see how valuable they are? And they're all yours. Solomon:
You wouldn't leave me, Doctor. The Doctor:
Enjoy your bounty.
— The Eleventh Doctor
and the Villain of the Week
in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," just before the Doctor leaves Solomon's ship (with Solomon on it) to be blown to bits by missiles.
Oh, you like to think you're a god—but you're not a god. You're just a parasite, eaten out with jealousy, and envy, and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss, and birth and death, and joy and sorrow. So. So come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you've got a big appetite, because I've lived a long life. And... I've seen a few things. I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe, and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me. I've walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman. I've watched universes freeze and creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn't believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on, then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!
— The Eleventh Doctor, "The Rings of Akhaten."
: I trust the Doctor. Captain Ferring
: You think he knows what he's doing? Clara
: I wouldn't go that far.
— "Nightmare in Silver."
The War Doctor
: What I did, I did without choice. The Doctor
: I know. The War Doctor
: In the name of peace...and sanity. The Doctor
: But not in the name of the Doctor!
— The Eleventh Doctor and the War Doctor, "The Name of the Doctor"
: Look at you. The three of you. The warrior, the hero... and you. Eleven
: And what am I? Clara
: Have you really forgotten? Eleven
: Yes. Maybe, yes. Clara
: We've got enough warriors. And any idiot can be a hero. Eleven
: Then what do I do? Clara
: What you've always done. Be a doctor. You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise? Ten
: Never cruel or cowardly. War Doctor
: Never give up. Never give in.
— "The Day of the Doctor"
You will die now, Doctor. This is the end of you! The rules of regeneration are known. You have expended all your lives! Eleven:
Sorry, what did you say? Did you mention the rules? Now, listen. A bit of advice: tell me the truth if you think you know it, lay down the law if you're feeling brave, but, Daleks, never ever tell me the rules! Dalek Commander:
Emergency! Emergency! The Doctor is regenerating!
— "The Time of the Doctor"
: It all just disappears doesn't it? Everything you are, like breath on a mirror. Any moment now... He's a coming... Clara
: Who? Who's coming? Eleven
: The Doctor. Clara
: [tears up]
You. You are the Doctor. Eleven
: Yep. And I always will be. But times change, and so must I. [...]
We all change. When you think about it, we're all different people all through our lives, and that's okay, that's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me
. [A woman suddenly steps down from the balcony of the TARDIS... Amy Pond, as the Doctor knew her best] Amy Pond
: [lovingly caresses his cheek while he does the same with her]
Raggedy Man... Good night. [The Doctor no longer sees Amelia or the crayon drawings in his TARDIS. He removes his bowtie and lets it drop to the floor.] Clara
: No, no! Please don't change. Eleven
: Hey. [grins one last time and suddenly flings backward, regenerating]
— "The Time of the Doctor"
: Exterminate all Humans! Second Dalek
: Exterminate all Humans! First Dalek
: Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy! Daleks conquer and destroy!
All Daleks: Daleks conquer and destroy! Daleks conquer and destroy! Daleks conquer and destroy! [repeats until the out-of-step chanting blends [[together]
The Power of the Daleks
It's a great pity you're not a prince. You'd have made rather a good one.
Princess Rupanzel to Jamie, The Mind Robber
Oh, don't underestimate them, Jimmy. They may look like amateurs, but that man has an incredible knack of being one jump ahead of everyone.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, The Invasion
I am the Master
, and you will obey me.
The Master, Terror of the Autons
There is no point in further discussion. Discussion is for the wise and the helpless, and I am neither.
Leela, The Invasion of Time
Romana: They taught me at school how to stop my hearts.
Tyssan: Hearts? How many have you got?
: One for casual, one for best.
Destiny of the Daleks
: My dear, nobody
could be as stupid as he
Discussing the Fourth Doctor, City of Death
Duggan: You know what I don't understand...?
: I expect so.
City of Death
Fifth Doctor: All this carnage isn't necessary.
: It's survival, Doctor. Just as these primates
kill lesser species to protect themselves, so I
. [turns to leave]
Fifth Doctor: That's hardly an argument!
It's not supposed to be argument! It's a statement!
Splendid fellows, all of you.
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
, to the First through Fifth Doctors, The Five Doctors
The Master: I am the Master!
So what? "I'm Perpugilliam Brown, and I can shout just as loud as you can!"
Planet of Fire
You have the mouth of a prattling jackanapes. But your eyes: They tell a different story.
Sharaz Jek speaking to the Fifth Doctor, The Caves of Androzani
Your sense of humour will be the death of you, Doctor. Probably quite soon.
Sharaz Jek, The Caves of Androzani
The truth? Hex wants the truth. Where to start? The most important truth you never learned, Hexxie boy, is that when the chips are down, the Doctor only ever thinks about himself. You see, it's just a chess game for him. He is the King — All clever and very impressive but very hands-off with the nitty-gritty. He sits at the back and sends everyone else rushing about, doing his dirty work, all those plans and strategies and tinkering, sending wave after wave of pawns to die while he keeps his conscience clean.
Clive: The Doctor is a legend woven throughout history. When disaster comes he's there. He brings a storm in his wake and he has only one constant companion.
Rose: Who's that?
Are you my mummy?
The Child, "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances"
Captain Jack: Captain Jack Harkness.
Lynda: Lynda Moss.
Captain Jack: Nice to meet you, Lynda Moss.
Ninth Doctor: You mind flirting outside?
Captain Jack: I was just saying hello.
Ninth Doctor: For you that's flirting.
: I'm not complaining.
You are tiny. I can see the whole of time and space, every single atom of your existence. And I divide them.
Bad Wolf in one of the show's great Badass Boasts
, "The Parting of the Ways"
Sarah Jane: The Doctor likes traveling with an entourage. Sometimes they're human, sometimes they're aliens and sometimes they're tin dogs. ...What about you? Where do you fit in the picture?
: Me? I'm their man in Havana. I'm their technical support. I'm—oh my god. I'm the tin dog!
Ricky: You see? No earpods. While the rest of the world downloads from Cybus Industries, we, we, have got freedom. You're talking to London's Most Wanted, but Target No. 1 is Lumic and we are going to bring him down.
Mickey: From your kitchen?
Ricky: Have you got a problem with that?
: No, it's a good kitchen.
"Rise of the Cybermen"
Y'know, 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's so much stranger than that, and so much darker, and so much madder, and so much better.
Elton Pope, "Love & Monsters"
Dalek: You will identify!
Rose: All right, then. That's the Doctor.
: Five million Cybermen, no problem. One Doctor... now you're scared
"Army of Ghosts"
Cyber Leader: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Dalek Sec: Four.
Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
Cyber Leader: What is that?
: You are better at dying!
But of all the strange, strange creatures
In the air, at sea, on land,
Oh, my girl, my girl, my precious girl,
I love you
, you understand.
Neil Hannon singing "Love Don't Roam", "The Runaway Bride"
You are not alone.
The Face of Boe to the Tenth Doctor, "Gridlock"
Dalek: Daleks have no concept of "worry".
Diagoras: Yeah? Well, lucky you.
Dalek: This day is ending. Humankind is weak. You shelter from the dark. And yet, you have built all this.
Diagoras: That's progress. You gotta move with the times or you get left behind.
Dalek: My planet is gone. Destroyed in a great war. Yet versions of this city stand throughout history. The human race always continues.
Dalek: You have rare ambition.
Diagoras: Oh, I want to run this city, no matter what it takes. By any means necessary.
...I'll take that as a compliment.
"Daleks in Manhattan"
Hutchinson: Latimer, you filthy coward!
Oh, yes sir, every time, sir!
"The Family of Blood"
Tim Latimer: He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun.
John Smith: Stop it.
Tim Latimer: He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe.
John Smith: Stop it, I said stop it.
And... he's wonderful.
Tim Latimer describing the Tenth Doctor, "The Family of Blood"
Master [on the gasmask he's wearing]: Because of the gas.
: Anything I can do? I could make the tea—or isn't that American enough? I dunno, I could make grits
. What are
President Winters: If you could just sit?
The Master [to Lucy]
: Misery guts.
"The Sound of Drums"
Donna: I'm not drifting...I'm waiting.
Wilf: What for?
Donna: The right man.
Wilf: [chuckles] Same old story, a man!
Donna: No, I don't mean like that, but he's real. I've seen him. I've met him, just once, and then, I let him fly away.
Wilf: Well, there you are, go and find him.
Donna: I've tried. He's...nowhere.
Wilf: Eh? Not like you to give up. D'you know? I remember when you were six years old, your mother said "No holiday, this year". So off you toddled all on your own and you got on a bus to Strathclyde! We had the police out and everything! "Where's she gone, then? Where's that girl, eh?"
: ...You're right. 'Cause he's out there, somewhere. And I'll find him, gramps. Even if I have to wait a hundred years, I'll find him.
Donna Noble speaking of the Doctor, "Partners in Crime"
Donna: (answering the phone, whispering) Not now.
Sylvia: I need the car. Where are you?
Donna: I can't, I'm busy.
Sylvia: Why are you whispering?
Sylvia: What are you doing in church?
: Bit late for that, madam.
"Partners in Crime"
Donna: [clears her throat] Veni, vidi, vici. note
Stallholder: Huh? Sorry? Me no speak Celtic. No. Can. Do. Missy.
Donna: Yeah! [to the Tenth Doctor] How's he mean, Celtic?
: Welsh. You sound Welsh. There we are, learnt something.
Donna Noble tests out the TARDIS' recursive translation circuits, "The Fires of Pompeii"
He's like fire. Stand too close, and you get burned.
Martha Jones warns Donna about the Doctor, "The Poison Sky"
He saves worlds, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures, and runs a lot. Seriously, there's an outrageous amount of running involved.
Donna Noble describing the Tenth Doctor, "The Doctor's Daughter"
Jenny: And what's it like, the traveling?
When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will 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.
River Song, "Forest of the Dead"
Oh, you know nothing of any human. And that will be your undoing.
"The Stolen Earth"
Father Octavian: You promised me an army.
: No, I promised you the equivalent of one. This is the Doctor.
"The Time of Angels"
You know what's dangerous about you, Doctor? It's not that you make people take risks, it's that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don't want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you're around.
Rory Williams, "The Vampires of Venice"
[on the legend of "the Pandorica" and what's trapped inside it]
Eleventh Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy Pond: How did it end up in there?
: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.
"The Pandorica Opens" [the intended occupant of the Pandorica is later revealed to be the Doctor himself]
[River Song faces off against a very weak Dalek after said Dalek has killed the Doctor]
Dalek: You will be EXTERMINATED!
: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One Alpha-Meson burst through your eyestalk would kill you stone dead
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy, you are an associate of the Doctor.
River: I'm River Song. [points her weapon at the Dalek's eyestalk] Check your records again.
River: Say it again.
River: One. More. Time.
[cut to River Song walking alone through the halls]
Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
: It died.
"The Big Bang"
Raggedy Man, I remember you, and you are LATE FOR MY WEDDING!
Amy Pond, "The Big Bang"
The only water in the forest is the river...
Silence will fall (when the Question is asked).
Tick-tock goes the clock...
Amy: What's the matter with you?
Rory: You... called me stupid.
Amy: I always call you stupid.
Rory: No... but... my face.
Amy: (Sees the transmitter, and realizes that Rory heard her saying that she loves his "stupid face," which he thought was referring to the Doctor.)
Rory: I wasn't sure who you were talking about... You know, me or...
Rory: Well you did say "dropped out of the sky."
: It's a figure of speech, moron! (kisses him)
"Day of the Moon"
The Doctor: You know, since we're talking, with mouths—not really an opportunity that comes along very often—I just wanna say you have never been very reliable.
The TARDIS: And you have?
The Doctor: You didn't always take me where I wanted to go.
The TARDIS: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.
The TARDIS: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
The TARDIS: Do you ever wonder why I chose you, all those years ago?
The Doctor: I chose you. You were unlocked.
The TARDIS: There's something I didn't get to say to you.
: No. I just wanted to say... Hello. Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you.
I wish I could tell you that you'll be loved. That you'll be safe and cared for and protected. But this isn't the time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody, is very very brave. But not as brave as they all have to be, because there's somebody coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me; he's on his way. There's a man who's never going to let us down, and not even an army can get in the way. He's the last of his kind; he looks young, but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds of years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you will never be alone. Because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better... as The Last Centurion
, Badass Boast
-ing in Rory's name, "A Good Man Goes to War"
How can you be so clever and so completely stupid at the same time?
Amy Pond to the Doctor, prequel to "Let's Kill Hitler"
Rory: Shut up, Hitler!
Eleventh Doctor: Rory, take Hitler and put him in that cupboard over there, now, do it.
: Right. Putting Hitler in the cupboard.
"Let's Kill Hitler"
Older!Amy: All those boys chasing me. And it was only ever Rory. Why was that?
Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them, and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? But then there's other people, and you meet them and you think, "Not bad, they're okay." And then you get to know them, and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful.
Both: Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.
Older!Amy: You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself for a boy.
I've been sending out a message. A distress call. Outside the bubble of our time. The universe is still turning and I've sent a message everywhere. To the future and the past, the beginning and the end of everything. "The Doctor is dying. Please, please help." The Doctor:
River! River! This is ridiculous! That would mean nothing to anyone. It's insane. Worse, it's stupid! You'll embarrass me! River:
Those reports of the sun spots and the solar flares? They're wrong. There aren't any. It's not the sun. It's you. The sky is full of a million million voices, saying, "Yes of course. We'll help." You've touched so many lives, saved so many people. Did you think when your time came you'd really have to do more than just ask? You've decided that the universe is better off without you. But the universe doesn't agree. The Doctor:
River, no one can help me. A fixed point has been altered. Time is disintegrating. River:
I can't let you dieó The Doctor:
But I have to die! River:
Shut up! I can't let you without knowing you are loved. By so many and so much. And by no one more than me.
: On the Fields of Trenzalore at the Fall of the Eleventh, where no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a Question will be asked. A Question that must never, ever
be answered. The Doctor
: "Silence will fall when the Question is asked." Dorium
: "Silence must
fall" would be a better translation. The Silence are determined that the Question will never be answered, that the Doctor will never
reach Trenzalore. The Doctor
: I don't understand. What's it got to do with me? Dorium
: The first Question. The oldest Question in the universe, hidden in plain sight. Would you like to know what it is?
Droxil: [after he and his subordinates have put their weapons on the ground and stepped back from the crying Madge, who then pulls a pistol of her own] ...there's nothing you could say that would convince me you would ever use that gun.
[cue collective Oh, Crap
moment for the Harvesters]
"The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"
So that was the year of the slow invasion. When the Earth got cubed and the Doctor came to stay. It was also when we realized something the Shakri never understood. What cubed actually means. The Power of Three.
Amy Pond, "The Power of Three"
Hello old friend, and here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone.
So know that we lived well, and we're very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think, once we're gone, you won't be coming back here for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor.
And do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to sea and fight pirates
. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe
. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived
, and save a whale in outer space
Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.
Amy Pond, "The Angels Take Manhattan"
They're you. They're what you'll become if you destroy Gallifrey; the man who regrets and the man who forgets.
, speaking of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, when trying to dissuade the War Doctor from destroying Gallifrey in "The Day of the Doctor"