Doctor Who is a British science fiction TV series that has been broadcasting since 1963! In this article, we are sharing with you the wittiest and best Doctor Who quotes from all seasons and all doctors.
The series follows the adventures of a Time Lord by the name of the Doctor. He is an extraterrestrial being, yet appears as a human being. The Doctor uses his time-travelling space ship that is known as the TARDIS that looks like a blue British police box. With it, he travels and explores the universe.
During his explorations, the Doctor fights villains, tries to save civilizations, and helps whomever is in need.
Since the beginning of the show in 1963, thirteen different actors have played the role of Doctor Who. The show had a great impact on British society, and fans of the show are referred to as Whovians.
Doctor Who holds the Guinness World record for both the longest-running science fiction TV show and the most successful science fiction series. It ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was relaunched again in 2005.
Now, off we go to the show’s best quotes.
Here is a sneak peek at the quotes in this article:
Table of Contents
- First Doctor Who Quotes (William Hartnell, 1963-1966)
- Second Doctor Who Quotes (Patrick Troughton, 1966-1969)
- Third Doctor Who Quotes (Jon Pertwee, 1970-1974)
- Fourth Doctor Who Quotes (Tom Baker, 1974-1981)
- Fifth Doctor Who Quotes (Peter Davison, 1982-1984)
- Sixth Doctor Who Quotes (Colin Baker, 1984-1986)
- Seventh Doctor Who Quotes (Sylvester McCoy, 1987-1989)
- Eighth Doctor Who Quotes (Paul McGann, 1996)
- Ninth Doctor Who Quotes (Christopher Eccleston, 2005)
- Tenth Doctor Who Quotes (David Tennant, 2005-2010)
- Eleventh Doctor Who Quotes (Matt Smith, 2010-2013)
- Twelfth Doctor Who Quotes (Peter Capaldi, 2014-2017)
- Thirteenth Doctor Who Quotes (Jodie Whittaker, 2018-Present)
- Interesting Facts about Doctor Who Series
First Doctor Who Quotes (William Hartnell, 1963-1966)
Doctor Who: As it happens, I am the Doctor! The original, you might say!
Doctor Who: I don’t make threats. But I do keep promises. And I promise you I shall cause you more trouble than you bargained for, if you don’t return my property!
Doctor Who: If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cries of strange birds, and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?
Doctor Who: Emotions. Love! Pride! Hate! Fear! Have you no emotions, Sir? Hmm?
Doctor Who: Alright? Of course I’m alright, my child! You know, I am so constantly outwitting the opposition, I tend to forget the delights and satisfaction of the arts – the gentle art of fisticuffs!
Doctor Who: We’re trying to defeat the Daleks, not start a jumble sale.
Doctor Who: You wanted advice you said. I never give it. Never. But I might just say this to you. Always search for truth. My truth is in the stars and yours is here.
Doctor Who: Have you ever thought of what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles? Susan and I are cut off from our own planet – without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day.
Doctor Who: As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.
Doctor Who: I don’t believe that man was made to be controlled by machines. Machines can make laws, but they cannot preserve justice. Only human beings can do that.
Doctor Who: Your ideas are too narrow, too crippled. I am a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman, to boot!
Doctor Who: So, you’re my replacements. A dandy and a clown!
Doctor Who: There is good and there is evil. I left Gallifrey to answer a question of my own. By any analysis, evil should always win. Good is not a practical survival strategy – it requires loyalty, self-sacrifice and love. And so, why does good prevail? What keeps the balance between good and evil in this appalling universe? Is there some kind of logic? Some mysterious force?
Doctor Who: Reassuring to know that the future is in safe hands.
Doctor Who: 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!
Doctor Who: My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand! Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore, don’t try and judge it from where you stand.
Ian: You’re treating us like children!
Doctor Who: The children of my civilization would be insulted!
Ian: Your civilization?
Doctor Who: Yes, my civilization. I tolerate this century, but I don’t enjoy it.
Doctor Who: Fear makes companions of all of us.
Doctor Who: Our lives are important, at least to us. And as we see, so we learn… Our destiny is in the stars, so let’s go and search for it.
Ian: Doctor, why do you always show the greatest interest in the least important things?
Doctor Who: The least important things, sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.
Doctor Who: My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore, don’t try and judge it from where you stand.
Second Doctor Who Quotes (Patrick Troughton, 1966-1969)
Doctor Who: If there was a bomb under this floor timed to go off in five minutes, would you ask my permission before you ripped up the floorboards?
Doctor Who: People spend all their time making nice things, and then other people come along and break them!
Doctor Who: There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things! Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought!
Doctor Who: Great jumping gobstoppers, what’s that?
Doctor Who: Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority.
Doctor Who: An unintelligent enemy is far less dangerous than an intelligent one, Jamie. Just act stupid. Do you think you can manage that?
Doctor Who: 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! There’s nobody in the universe can do what we’re doing.
Doctor Who: The Time Lords are an immensely civilized race. We can control our own environment. We can live forever, barring accidents and we have the secret of spacetime travel.
Doctor Who: I’d like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it spreads its wings.
Doctor Who: Life depends on change, and renewal.
Doctor Who: Yes, it will end the colony’s problems, because it will end the colony!
Doctor Who: Just one small question: Why do you want to blow up the world?
Pilot: I really don’t know why I trust you, Doctor.
Doctor Who: Oh, perhaps I’ve got an honest face.
Jamie: What’s a passport?
Doctor Who: Some sort of official mambo jumbo.
Doctor Who: Well, in view of the facts that I’ve already presented: the ray gun, this pen and one or two other things, I think we’re dealing with people who are not from this planet.
Doctor Who: I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.
Doctor Who: You want me to guess? It means to obey, to fight, to destroy, to exterminate. I won’t do it.
Doctor Who: Oh, I used my own special technique.
Eric Klieg: Oh really Doctor, and may we know what that is?
Doctor Who: Keeping my eyes open and my mouth shut.
Doctor Who: Don’t you see what this is going to mean to all the people who come to serve Klieg the all-powerful? Why, no country, no person would dare to have a single thought that was not your own.
Doctor Who: Well now I know you’re mad, I just wanted to make sure.
Victoria: Perhaps we’ve landed in a world of mad men!
Doctor Who: They’re human beings, if that’s what you mean. Indulging their favorite pastime of trying to destroy each other.
Jamie: Oh, no, you’re not thinking of what I think you’re thinking of, are you?
Doctor Who: That, I think, Jamie, depends upon what you think I am thinking!
Doctor Who: So! You’re the latest model, hmm?
Doctor Who: Tea time already, nurse?
Sontaran: I do not understand.
Doctor Who: Just as well. Face like yours wasn’t made for laughing.
Doctor Who: Do try and keep out of my way in future and in past, there’s a good fellow. The time continuum should be big enough for the both of us.
Third Doctor Who Quotes (Jon Pertwee, 1970-1974)
Doctor Who: All right, all right, I suppose you want to see my pass? Yes, well, I haven’t got one. And I’m not going to tell you my name, either! Now, you just tell Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart that I want to see him. Well, don’t just stand there arguing with me, man! Get on with it!
Doctor Who: I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow.
Doctor Who: A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting!
Doctor Who: You know Jo, I sometimes think that military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Doctor Who: You see, your people are used to living in extreme heat, whereas these areas on Earth are of little interest to man. I believe with your advanced technology that you could build cities in parts of the world that man has hitherto completely ignored.
Doctor Who: When I meet a regime that needs to import savage alien life forms as security guards, I begin to wonder who the real criminals are!
Doctor Who: It’s rather a pity, in a way. Now the universe is down to 699 wonders.
Doctor Who: Jehoshaphat, it really is you. Yes, well I should have known you’d be behind all this. That’s my best enemy. He likes to be known as the Master, don’t you?
Doctor Who: A tear, Sarah Jane? No, don’t cry. While there’s life, there’s…
Doctor Who: Well, I’ll tell you something that should be of vital interest to you.
Professor Stahlman: And what’s that?
Doctor Who: That you, Sir, are a NITWIT!
Doctor Who: So, free will is not an illusion after all.
Doctor Who: Mind you, I’m not wild about computers myself, but they are a tool. If you have a tool, it’s stupid not to use it.
Doctor Who: Obviously the Time Lords have programmed the TARDIS always to return to Earth. It seems that I am some kind of a galactic yo-yo!
Doctor Who: Jo, did you fail Latin as well as science?
Doctor Who: I don’t want it to work for them. I want it to work for me. No one’s going to turn me into an interplanetary puppet.
Doctor Who: You exist only because your will insists that you exist. Your will is all that is left of you.
Doctor Who: Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered.
Doctor Who: Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.
Doctor Who: Jo… That’s only one little world. There’s so many hundreds of others to see.
Doctor Who: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are more than machines.
Doctor Who: I had to face my fear … that was more important than just going on living …
Sarah Jane: You’re serious, aren’t you?
Doctor Who: About what I do? Yes, not necessarily the way I do it.
Fourth Doctor Who Quotes (Tom Baker, 1974-1981)
Doctor Who: You may be a doctor. But I am the Doctor. The definite article, you might say!
Doctor Who: If we don’t find that pod before it germinates, it will be the end of everything! EVERYTHING, you understand? Even your pension!
Doctor Who: The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common – they don’t change their views to fit the facts. They change the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs changing.
Doctor Who: Stupid expression, ‘stands to reason.’ Why isn’t it ‘lie down to reason?’ Much easier to reason lying down.
Doctor Who: You see, if someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?
Doctor Who: Oh! Engin, I can feel my hair curling, and that can mean either that it’s going to rain, or that I’m on to something!
Doctor Who: Yes, well, I can see your long rest hasn’t done anything to cure your megalomania. Have a jelly baby.
Doctor Who: Neeman, Neeman come here! You chaps might be interested in this as well. Listen. Do you know that expression, uh, two heads are better than one, hmmm? Well I think that one head is better than three!
Doctor Who: It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for…
Doctor Who: Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. It’s only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenseless bipeds. They’ve survived flood, famine, and plague. They’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life! Ready to out-sit eternity. They’re indomitable. Indomitable!
Doctor Who: Can’t? Can’t? There’s no such word as can’t! It’s a free cosmos.
Sarah Jane: Doctor you’re being childish!
Doctor Who: Well, of course I am! There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.
Doctor Who: Never cared much for the word ‘impregnable.’ Sounds a bit too much like ‘unsinkable.’
Doctor Who: It seems you have a very large rat brigadier. Maybe you should employ the services of a very large cat?
Doctor Who: In science, as in morality, the end never justifies the means.
Doctor Who: The trouble with computers, of course, is that they’re very sophisticated idiots. They do exactly what you tell them at amazing speed. Even if you order them to kill you. So if you do happen to change your mind, it’s very difficult to stop them from obeying the original order. But not impossible.
Doctor Who: It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favourite species.
Doctor Who: Excuse me, can you help me? I’m a spy.
Doctor Who: Failed? No, not really. You see, I know that although the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also that out of their evil must come something good.
Doctor Who: You’ve no home planet, no influence, nothing! You’re just a pathetic bunch of tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship!
Doctor Who: I don’t know yet. That’s the trouble with ideas – they only come a bit at a time.
Doctor Who: Oh please, don’t call me human. Just “Doctor” would do very nicely, thank you.
Doctor Who: Oil? An emergency? Ha! It’s about time the people who run this planet of yours realised that to be dependent on a mineral slime just doesn’t make sense.
Doctor Who: You and I are scientists, professor. We purchase the right to experiment at the cost of total responsibility.
Doctor Who: Come on, Sarah. We’ve an appointment in London and we’re already 30,000 years late.
Doctor Who: Something’s interfering with time, Mr. Scarman. And time is my business.
Doctor Who: You can’t rule the world in hiding. You’ve got to come out on the balcony sometimes and wave a tentacle.
Doctor Who: You humans have got such limited, little minds. I don’t know why I like you so much.
Doctor Who: That’s monstrous! Vaporisation without representation is against the constitution!
Doctor Who: All right! I confess, I confess. I confess to you’re being a bigger idiot than I thought.
Doctor Who: I’m not as old as I used to be!
Doctor Who: Killing me isn’t going to help you. It isn’t going to do me much good either…
Doctor Who: Answers are easy. It’s asking the right questions which is hard.
Doctor Who: If they’re preparing for a battle, they’re hardly likely to send men on patrol on the off chance that you might come back. On the other hand, I could be wrong about that.
Doctor Who: I’m the Doctor. Who are you, and why are you shooting at me?
Doctor Who: I never carry weapons. If people see you mean them no harm, they never hurt you. Nine times out of ten…
Doctor Who: You’re a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.
Doctor Who: Never trust a man with dirty fingernails!
Doctor Who: The localised condition of planetary atmospheric condensation caused a malfunction in the visual orientation circuits. Or to put it another way, we got lost in the fog.
Doctor Who: Sometimes my brilliance astonishes even me.
Fifth Doctor Who Quotes (Peter Davison, 1982-1984)
Doctor Who: Yes, well…that’s democracy for you. Come on.
Doctor Who: Once, a man fell asleep and dreamt he was a frog. When he woke up, he didn’t know if he was a man who dreamt he was a frog, or a frog who was now dreaming he was a man.
Doctor Who: When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?
Doctor Who: I’m not here as your prisoner, Davros…but your executioner!
Doctor Who: Well, there’s a probability of anything. Statistically speaking, if you gave typewriters to a tree full of monkeys, they’d eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare.
Doctor Who: You know how it is – you put things off for a day, and next thing you know, it’s a hundred years later.
Doctor Who: You know, I come here from time to time myself, and nothing on earth changes quite so often as the fashion! You wouldn’t believe the way some people look!
Doctor Who: I eat the celery. If nothing else, I’m sure it’s good for my teeth.
Doctor Who: I’m definitely not the man I was. Thank goodness!
Doctor Who: I see we’ve both had a face lift since we last met.
Doctor Who: There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes!
Doctor Who: For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about!
Doctor Who: You may disguise your features but you can never disguise your intent.
Doctor Who: There can be no alternative to peaceful co-existence.
Doctor Who: Oh, marvellous. You’re going to kill me. What a finely tuned response to the situation.
Doctor Who: A risk shared is a risk doubled.
Sixth Doctor Who Quotes (Colin Baker, 1984-1986)
Doctor Who: I would suggest, Peri, that you wait a little before criticizing my new persona. You may well find it isn’t quite as disagreeable as you think.
Doctor Who: That is the smell of death, Peri. Ancient must, heavy in the air. Fruit-soft flesh peeling from white bones. The unholy, unburiable smell of Armageddon. There’s nothing quite so evocative as one’s sense of smell, is there?
Doctor Who: It’s all right for you, Peri. You’ve only got one life. You’ll age here in the TARDIS and then die. But me, I shall go on regenerating until all my lives are spent.
Doctor Who: I don’t think I’ve ever misjudged anybody quite as badly as I did Lytton.
Doctor Who: A Knight of the Grand Order of Oberon! Only I would be stupid enough to attack such a person!
Doctor Who: Well, since we’re insulting each other, I can’t say I care much for your taste in clothes. Doesn’t do a thing for you.
Doctor Who: Should there be another day, I’ll explain to you in great detail which of the many time laws I am not allowed to transgress.
Doctor Who: In all my travelling 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!
Doctor Who: This is a situation that requires tact and finesse. Fortunately, I am blessed with both!
Doctor Who: Planets come and go. Stars perish. Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds. Nothing can be eternal.
Peri: I — I — I —
Doctor Who: That’s three I’s in one breath. Makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady.
Doctor Who: See it more as a mental stroll in a park of psychic tranquillity!
Doctor Who: Rest is for the weary, sleep is for the dead. I feel like a hungry man eager for the feast!
Doctor Who: A little gratitude wouldn’t irretrievably damage my ego.
Doctor Who: Guns can seriously damage your health, you know!
Doctor Who: Time acceleration beam. I don’t know whether to be impressed or disgusted.
Doctor Who: I think it’s time to find your Achilles heel, or should I say – flipper.
Seventh Doctor Who Quotes (Sylvester McCoy, 1987-1989)
Doctor Who: You don’t understand regeneration, Mel! It’s a lottery, and I’ve drawn the short plank!
Doctor Who: Think about me when you’re living your life one day after another, all in a neat pattern. Think about the homeless traveler and his old police box, with his days like crazy paving.
Doctor Who: Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.
Doctor Who: Are these antiques dotted about all over the building? It really is a splendid piece of audioarchitectonicalmetrasynchosity!
Doctor Who: All over the world fools are poised, ready to let death fly. Machines of death, Morgaine, screaming from above. Light brighter than the sun. Not a war between armies, nor a war between nations, but just death. Death gone mad! A child looks up into the sky, his eyes turn to cinders. No more tears, only ashes. Is this honor? Is this war? Are these the weapons you would use?
Doctor Who: I don’t suppose you’ve completely ignored my instructions and secretly prepared any Nitro-9, have you?
Doctor Who: Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.
Doctor Who: Love and hate. Frightening feelings, especially when they’re trapped struggling beneath the surface.
Doctor Who: Only the madman can see the way clearly through the tangled forest.
Doctor Who: 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, and somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace. We’ve got work to do!
Rani: You going to be much longer in there, Doctor?
Doctor Who: ‘Fraid so; more hasta less vista.
Doctor Who: The more I know me, the less I like me.
Doctor Who: Ahh, well every dogma has its day.
Doctor Who: Love has never been noted for its rationality.
Doctor Who: A stitch in time… takes up space.
Doctor Who: Yes, that’s right, you’re going. You’ve been gone for ages. You’re already gone. You’re still here. You’ve just arrived. I haven’t even met you yet. It all depends on who you are and how you look at it. Strange business, time.
Doctor Who: Oi, Dalek! It’s me, the Doctor! What’s the matter, don’t you recognize your mortal enemy?
Doctor Who: You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.
Doctor Who: Hello, I’m the Doctor! I believe you want to kill me?
Doctor Who: He doesn’t have to outrun the lion, only his friend. Then the lion catches up with his friend and eats him. The strong survive, the weak are killed: the law of the jungle! … Yes, very clever, if you don’t mind losing your friend. But what happens when the next lion turns up? I think you’d better get your running shoes on, gentlemen.
Eighth Doctor Who Quotes (Paul McGann, 1996)
Doctor Who: I hope you are not about to lecture me about taste, Doctor?
Doctor Who: Lucie, there’s a lot of darkness out there. Some of it where Orbis used to be. But you know something? We wouldn’t notice any of it if it weren’t for all those little pinpricks of light, planets and stars. And that’s where I go whenever I feel sad. The next bit of light in the darkness. Keep on moving. Never look back. Well, hardly ever.
Doctor Who: You feel that pounding in your heart? That tightness in the pit of your stomach? The blood rushing to your head, do you know what that is? That’s adventure. The thrill and the fear, and the joy of stepping into the unknown. That’s why we’re all here, and that’s why we’re alive!
Doctor Who: But it was a childish dream that made you a doctor! You dreamt you could hold back death. Isn’t that true? Don’t be sad, Grace. You’ll do great things!
Doctor Who: I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.
Doctor Who: I was once a man with a masterplan. I’d seek out injustices, topple governments, all in the name of the greater good. I’d started doing the maths, you see…. This is how evil starts, with the belief that the ends justify the means. But once you start down that road, there’s no turning back. What if you can save a million lives, but you have to let ten people die, or a hundred, or a hundred thousand. Where do you stop?
Doctor Who: I’ve seen worlds destroyed, civilizations choked in their cradles, whole races fleeing in terror. I’ve seen centuries of art, of science, wiped out in an instant. I just saw a beautiful rainforest burn along with every creature in it. I didn’t even know the planet’s name! If you’re prepared to accept that much collateral damage to the rest of the universe, then what exactly are you fighting for? I’ll protect those with no choice in the matter, no voice.
Doctor Who: I’ve been too methodical recently, I think. Setting coordinates and things, actually deciding where we want to go. I’ve been getting far too safe and predictable these last few incarnations. Do you know I once traveled for centuries without ever knowing where I’d materialize next?
Doctor Who: Charley, C’rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly…friends, companions I’ve known, I salute you. And Cass, I apologize. Physician, heal thyself.
Doctor Who: I don’t suppose there’s any need for a Doctor, anymore. Make me a warrior, now.
Doctor Who: You want dominion over the living, yet all you do is kill!
Doctor Who: You’re lucky Susan; lucky I left you behind. I’ve seen so many people die, I’ve got used to it. I just move on…
Doctor Who: That is what terrifies me. That certainty. You start believing only in absolutes. Well, isn’t that exactly who you’re fighting?
Ninth Doctor Who Quotes (Christopher Eccleston, 2005)
Doctor Who: You think it’ll last forever. People and cars and concrete, but it won’t. One day it’s all gone, even the sky. My planet’s gone. It’s dead. It burned, like the Earth. It’s just rocks and dust. Before its time.
Doctor Who: You just want to drag the stars down and stick them underground, underneath tons of sand and dirt, and label them! You’re about as far from the stars as you can get!
Doctor Who: I saw the fall of Troy! World War Five! I pushed boxes at the Boston Tea Party! Now I’m gonna’ die in a dungeon…in Cardiff!
Doctor Who: It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning, and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand 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.
Doctor Who: Ricky, if I was to tell you what I was doing to the controls of my frankly magnificent time ship, would you even begin to understand?
Doctor Who: The thing is, Adam, time travel is like visiting Paris. You can’t just read the guidebook. You’ve got to throw yourself in! Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers! Or is that just me?
Doctor Who: 1941. Right now, not very far from here, the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like dominoes. Nothing can stop it. Nothing, until one tiny, damp little island says “No. No, not here.” A mouse in front of a lion. You’re amazing, the lot of you. I don’t know what you did to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me!
Doctor Who: Nice to meet you Rose. Now run for your life!
Doctor Who: Rose, there’s a man alive in the world who wasn’t alive before. An ordinary man! That’s the most important thing in creation! The whole world’s different because he’s alive!
Doctor Who: Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I.
Doctor Who: 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, and then I’m gonna’ save the Earth, and then, just to finish off, I’m gonna’ wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!
Doctor Who: Your wish is my command, but be careful what you wish for.
Doctor Who: 900 years of time and space, and I’ve never been slapped by someone’s mother!
Doctor Who: I’m a Time Lord. I’m the last of the Time Lords. They’re all gone. I’m the only survivor. I’m travelling on my own, cause there’s no one else.
Doctor Who: It’s called the TARDIS, this thing. T-A-R-D-I-S. That’s ‘Time and Relative Dimension In Space.
Doctor Who: Right then. I’ll be off. Unless, ah, I don’t know, you could come with me? This box isn’t just a London Hoppa. You know it goes anywhere in the Universe, free of charge!
Doctor Who: 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. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime!
Doctor Who: I could save the world, but lose you.
Doctor Who: Time’s in flux, changing every second. Your cozy little world could be rewritten like that. Nothing is safe, remember that, nothing.
Doctor Who: Well, don’t worship me, I’d make a very bad God. You wouldn’t get a day off, for starters.
Doctor Who: I’ve travelled with a lot of people, but you’re setting new records for Jeopardy-friendly.
Tenth Doctor Who Quotes (David Tennant, 2005-2010)
Doctor Who: Inside the TARDIS. There’s one tiny little gap in the universe left, just about to close. And it takes a lot of power to send this projection; I’m in orbit around a supernova. I’m burning up a sun, just to say goodbye.
Doctor Who: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.
Doctor Who: You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mime with you. I have to live on. Alone. That’s the curse of the Time Lords.
Doctor Who: It doesn’t work like that. Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.
Doctor Who: Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink.
Doctor Who: I’ve seen fake Gods and bad Gods and Demigods and would-be Gods. Out of all that, out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing…just one thing…I believe in her.
Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!
Doctor Who: That’s how I see the universe. Every waking second I can see what is, what was, what could be, what must not. It’s the burden of a Time Lord, Donna, and I’m the only one left.
Doctor Who: That’s what I am: just a traveler. Imagine it: no tax, no bills, no boss. Just the open sky.
Doctor Who: It’s not that I’m an innocent. I’ve taken lives. I got worse, I got clever! Manipulated people into taking their own. Sometimes, I think a Time Lord lives too long….
Doctor Who: 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!
Doctor Who: Oh, how to explain the mechanics of the infinite temporal flux? I know: Back to the Future! It’s like Back to the Future!
Doctor Who: 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?
Doctor Who: There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe warp drive… wormhole refractors… you know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.
Doctor Who: Ohhh, you’ve redecorated! I don’t like it.
Doctor Who: You’ve killed someone I liked. That is not a safe place to stand.
Doctor Who: Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. And if you come with me… nothing will ever be the same again!
Doctor Who: That is enigmatic. That is – That is textbook enigmatic.
Doctor Who: Don’t worry Reinette, it’s just a nightmare. Everyone has nightmares; even big scary monsters from under the bed have nightmares, don’t you, monster?
Reinette: What do monsters have nightmares about?
Doctor Who: Me! Ha!
Doctor Who: Human race. For such an intelligent lot, you aren’t half susceptible. Give anyone a chance to take control, and you submit. Sometimes I think you like it. Easy life.
Doctor Who: Well, if that’s what you want to believe. Maybe that’s what the Devil is in the end: an idea.
Doctor Who: I’ve got a reputation to uphold!
Doctor Who: I’m talking to an alien? In hospital?! What, has this place got an E.T. department or something?
Doctor Who: I lied to you, ‘cos I liked it. I could pretend, just for a bit, I could imagine they were still alive… underneath that burnt orange sky. I’m not just a Time Lord, I’m the last of the Time Lords. The Face of Boe was wrong. There’s no one else.
Doctor Who: There was a war. A Time War. The Last Great Time War. My people fought a race called the Daleks… for the sake of all creation. And they lost. We lost. Everyone lost. They’re all gone now. My family. My friends. Even that sky. [reminiscent] Oh, you should have seen it, that old planet! The second sun would rise in the south, and the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver. When they caught the light, every morning it looked like a forest on fire. When the Autumn came, a brilliant glow though the branches…
Eleventh Doctor Who Quotes (Matt Smith, 2010-2013)
Doctor Who: Hello, I’m the Doctor. Basically… run!
Doctor Who: Bowties are cool.
Doctor Who: I like the bit when someone says ‘It’s bigger on the inside.’ I always look forward to that.
Doctor Who: Never ignore a coincidence. Unless you’re busy, then always ignore a coincidence.
Doctor Who: There are fixed points throughout time where things must stay exactly the way they are. This is not one of them. This is an opportunity! Whatever happens here will create its own timeline, its own reality, a temporal tipping point. The future revolves around you, here…now, so do good!
Doctor Who: Safe? No! Of course you’re not safe! There’s about a billion other things out there just waiting to burn your whole world, but if you want to pretend you’re safe just so you can sleep at night, then okay, you’re safe – but you’re not really!
Doctor Who: The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things, or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.
Doctor Who: I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a time machine and ran away, and I’ve been flouting the principle law of my own people ever since.
Doctor Who: Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought, and a whole, terrible, wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They’re old eyes… and one thing I can tell you, Alex: monsters are real.
Doctor Who: Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
Doctor Who: Everything’s got to end sometime. Otherwise, nothing would ever get started.
Doctor Who: The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that’s the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me.
Doctor Who: 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 you for a while.
Doctor Who: So if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember! Every black day I ever stopped you! And then! And then! Do the smart thing! Let somebody else try first.
Doctor Who: 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.
Doctor Who: I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s OK. We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know; it was the best.
Doctor Who: Didn’t anyone ever tell you? 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?
Doctor Who: Me.
Doctor Who: I have lived a long life, and I have 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.
Doctor Who: Letting it get to you. You know what that’s called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts.
Doctor Who: People fall out of the world sometimes, but they- they always leave traces, little things you 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.
Doctor Who: We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s OK, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
Doctor Who: I’m the Doctor; I’m worse than everybody’s aunt! And that is not how I’m introducing myself.
Doctor Who: I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going. Where I’ve always been going. Home. The long way round.
Doctor Who: 900 years of time and space and I’ve never met someone who wasn’t important.
Doctor Who: You know when grown-ups say, “Everything’s gonna be fine,” and you think they’re lying to make you feel better?
Doctor Who: Everything’s gonna be fine.
Twelfth Doctor Who Quotes (Peter Capaldi, 2014-2017)
Doctor Who: Nothing’s sad until it’s over, and then everything is.
Doctor Who: Now, the real question is, where did I get the cup of tea? Answer: I’m The Doctor. Just accept it.
Doctor Who: How many seconds in eternity?
Doctor Who: I can do whatever the hell I like. You read the stories, you know who I am – and in all that time, did you ever hear anything about anyone who stopped me?
Doctor Who: Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?
Doctor Who: No one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not on my watch.
Doctor Who: Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall.
Doctor Who: Never be cruel. Never be cowardly. Hate is always foolish. Love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.
Doctor Who: Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
Doctor Who: Sometimes, the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose.
Doctor Who: I hate being wrong in public. Everyone forget that happened.
Doctor Who: Pain is a gift. Without the capacity for pain, we can’t feel the hurt we inflict.
Doctor Who: Hardly anything is evil, but most things are hungry. Hunger looks very like evil from the wrong end of the cutlery. Or do you think that you bacon sandwich loves you back?
Doctor Who: I’m not sure if any of that matters. Friends. Enemies. So long as there is mercy. Always mercy.
Doctor Who: Well… I suppose one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well… except me.
Doctor Who: I don’t need an army, I never have. Because I’ve got them. Always them. Because love is not an emotion, love is a promise.
Doctor Who: There’s a horror movie called ‘Alien’? That’s really offensive. No wonder everyone keeps invading you.
Doctor Who: Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something? I mean, it happens so rarely.
Doctor Who: Your chances of survival are about one in a thousand. So here’s what you do. You forget the thousand, and you concentrate on the one.
Doctor Who: Everything’s dangerous if you want it to be. Eating chips is dangerous. Crossing the road. It’s no way to live your life.
Doctor Who: You know; every moment you waste wallowing about in unhappy thought means more of the living are going to join them. If you want to win a war, remember this: it’s not about you. Believe me, I know… Time to fight your fight.
Thirteenth Doctor Who Quotes (Jodie Whittaker, 2018-Present)
Doctor Who: Don’t worry. I’ve got a plan…. Well, I will have by the time we get to the top.
Doctor Who: Don’t be scared. All of this is new to you, and new can be scary. Now we all want answers. Stick with me — you might get some.
Doctor Who: Enough questions. You lot, you love to chat, I get it. Lots to do. I’m working on it all…. Give me nine minutes, a bit of quiet, and I’ll be ready to roll. Scout’s honor.
Doctor Who: I’ll be fine, in the end, hopefully. Well, I have to be, because you guys need help, and if there’s one thing I’m certain of, when people need help, I never refuse. Right? This is gonna be fun.
Doctor Who: It’s a work in progress, but so is life.
Doctor Who: I carry them with me, what they would have thought and said and done, made them a part of who I am. So even though they’re gone from the world, they’re never gone from me.
Doctor Who: Because we’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next.
Doctor Who: I’m just a traveler. Sometimes I see things need fixing, I do what I can.
Doctor Who: Bit of adrenaline, dash of outrage and a hint of panic knitted my brain back together. I know exactly who I am. I’m the Doctor. Sorting out fair play throughout the universe.
Doctor Who: None of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Keep your faith. Travel Hopefully. The Universe will surprise you. Constantly.
Doctor Who: Right now, I’m a stranger to myself. There’s echoes of who I was and a sort of call towards who I am. And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts. Shape myself towards them.
Doctor Who: I know because we’re all the same. We want certainty. Security. To believe that people are evil or heroic. But that’s not how people are. You want to know the secrets of existence? Start with the mysteries of the heart.
Doctor Who: Love, in all its form, is the most powerful weapon we have. Because love is a form and like hope, love abides in the face of everything.
Doctor Who: In the end, everything has the same instinct. To come back home.
Doctor Who: Whole worlds pivot on acts of imagination.
Doctor Who: We’re capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance.
Interesting Facts about Doctor Who Series
Wow, that was a lot. Funny, emotional and inspiring quotes. We had it all from all 13 doctors. Now it’s time to get familiarized with some interesting facts about the Doctor Who TV series. Let’s begin.
- The TV Series Was Originally Intended for Kids – The original concept of Doctor Who was crate a show intended for kids, to teach them about history and science. So, believe it or not, but Doctor Who was actually meant to be an educational program for kids, to teach them about various areas of human knowledge.
- Not Always a “Time Lord” – By now, you already know that The Doctor is a “Time Lord”, an ancient alien species that is able to travel through time. However, as for the term “Time Lord”, it hasn’t been mentioned up until the episode “The War Games” during season six that aired in 1969. As for Gallifrey, Doctor Who’s home planet, it was mentioned only in 1973.
- Real Health Problems Gave the Idea for The Regeneration Concept – Towards the end of William Hartnell’s run on the Doctor Who series (the first Doctor), he was having some health problems. In order to ensure that the series can still run without the original actor, the idea of regeneration came up. This way, Doctor Who got the ability to regenerate each time, helping the show to continue, and always being able to change actors when it was necessary.
- The TARDIS: Not Always a Police Box – The well-known TARDIS has always looked like a police box, but that is only due to an error. In the episode “An Unearthly Child”, we learn that the TARDIS is actually supposed to blend to where it has travelled to. However, its chameleon circuit (cloaking device) is broken, and that is why it is always looks like a police box.
- We Missed Ridley Scott – Ridley Scott, who is known for his fine work on “Blade Runner” and “Alien”, was supposed to design The Daleks. Unfortunately, Scott left the network along with his vision for The Daleks in order to pursue his dream of becoming a director.
- Several Episodes Were Written by a Famous Author – Douglas Adams, who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, also wrote some episodes for the Doctor Who TV series. He said that the first episode he wrote for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy convinced the Doctor Who people who contacted him to send a script and then meet with him. Overall, Adams wrote four episodes for the Doctor Who series.
- Trademarking The TARDIS Took Some Time – In 1996, the BBC tried to officially trademark The TARDIS, however, this was not as easy as it sounds. The Metropolitan Police was against this move and idea because the time machine looks like a police box. Only in 2002, the BBC won this case and not only that, but the Metropolitan Police also had to pay £850, as well as legal costs.
- Becoming an Actor Just to Play the Role of Doctor Who – It may sound like a dream or a fantasy, but ever since David Tennant was a kid, he set his mind to become an actor in order to play the role of Doctor Who in the series. The Doctor that really inspired Tennant to follow his dream was Tom Baker. As a kid following his dream, he used to carry a Doctor Who doll with him and even wrote essays about the show at school. At the end, David Tennant accomplished his dream and became the series’ Tenth Doctor Who.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones Almost Became Doctor Who – The current Doctor Who, as of writing of this sentence, is Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth Doctor. However, she was not the first choice that was considered to play the role of The Doctor. All the way back to the 1980s, there was an idea to make a female Doctor Who, which will be a Time Lady. In 2008, there was a proposal to have Catherine Zeta-Jones as the new Doctor to replace David Tennant. As we all know by now, the current and lady Doctor today is Jodie Whittaker, and not Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Turning Down the Role of Doctor Who – You wouldn’t believe who turned down the opportunity to play The Doctor. Both Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the role. Cumberbatch simply said no, while Grant turned it down back when the show was being revitalized, because he was afraid it wouldn’t succeed, and thus won’t be a hit show.
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