23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here.
"I was walkin' through the city streets
And a man walks up to me and hands me the latest energy drink
'Run faster, jump higher!'
'Man, I'm not gonna let you poison me!'
I THREW IT ON THE GROUND!
You must think I'm a joke!
I ain't gonna be part of your system!
Maaaannnn, pump that garbage in another man's veins!"
—The Lonely Island, "Threw It On the Ground"
"I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery."
—Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves
"People've been telling me how things work down here - telling me the rules. You know what? Your rules suck."
— Caine, Blade of Tyshalle
Mildred: Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?
Johnny: Whadda you got?
"Sir Integra! I apologize I tried to stop him, but when I pleaded with him he merely responded with—mind my French—'Fuck the police.' He then proceeded to tilt every painting he passed on the way here."
“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”
"When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff: Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don’t forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything."
—H. L. Mencken, 1922
"For me, the only danger is a tendency to drift toward the center... I’m not a courtier; I’m a critic — something most people who consider power exciting find difficult to understand."
—Gore Vidal (1969)
"When the Conservatives were in, I cannot tell you how much I hated them. But I realise how shallow I am because I now hate the Labour Party as much."
"The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative."
"I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That's my role in life, to be an outcast."
"I had Birkenstocks in high school. I was that guy. And I was sure that those people on the other side of the political spectrum [the right] were trying to control my life. And then I went to Boulder and got rid of my Birkenstocks immediately, because everyone else had them and I realized that [liberals] want to control my life too."
"That movie had some enjoyable moments. I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said NO DRINKING, NO SMOKING AND NO EATING ON SET. At one point I looked over and Harrison was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head."
It is [Robert] Holmes who showed us what it is that drives the Doctor to fight.
There were always many possible answers to that question. Most of them were dumb and boring. If the matter had been left to Terry Nation the answer would have essentially been "Nazis," assuming he wasn't lazy and didn't say "space monsters." Terrence Dicks, for all his adventuring charm, would have picked a very generic sense of evil. Far too many writers would have picked something like "ignorance" or "superstition." But not Robert Holmes. Oh no.
Robert Holmes picked bureaucracy. He set the Doctor against rules for their own sake. He set the Doctor against bullies and boredom and everything drab and banal. Robert Holmes decided that the mercurial hero who is the Doctor should, first and foremost, fight against the banality of evil. 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."