“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?”
— The Ninth Doctor, The Long Game
“Is this how time normally passes? Really slowly, in the right order?”
— The Eleventh Doctor, Vincent and The Doctor
“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”
— The Tenth Doctor, The Lazarus Experiment
“Time isn’t a straight line. It’s all… bumpy-wumpy. There’s loads of boring stuff. Like Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. But now and then there are Saturdays.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Impossible Astronaut
“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.”
— The Tenth Doctor, Blink
“Biting’s excellent. It’s like kissing, only there’s a winner!”
— Idris, The Doctor’s Wife
“Hey, do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago in the heart of a far away star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Rings of Akhaten
“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.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Time of The Doctor
“You’ve decided that the universe is better off without you. But the universe doesn’t agree.”
— River Song, The Wedding of River Song
“The name you choose. It’s like a promise you make.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Name of The Doctor
Generally Good Advice
“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”
—The Eleventh Doctor; The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
“Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Pandorica Opens
“Don’t get into a spaceship with a madman. Didn’t anyone ever teach you that?”
— The Eleventh Doctor, Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
“There’s something out of place – let’s go and poke it with a stick.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, Amy’s Choice
“There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t act a little childish sometimes.”
— The Fourth Doctor, Robot
“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.”
— The Tenth Doctor, Fear Her
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Almost People
“You can’t rule the world in hiding. You’ve got to come out on the balcony sometimes and wave a tentacle.”
— The Fourth Doctor, Terror of the Zygons
Madder and Better
“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
— Elton Pope, Love and Monsters
“Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way.”
— The Seventh Doctor, The Greatest Show In The Galaxy
A Pile of Good Things And Bad Things
“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 and make them unimportant.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, Vincent and The Doctor
“Cursed. It’s big with humans. It means bad things are happening but you can’t be bothered to find an explanation.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Curse of the Black Spot
“Every now and then, a little victim’s spared. Because she smiled, because he’s got freckles, because they begged. And that’s how you live with yourself. That’s how you slaughter millions. Because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind’s in the right direction, you happen to be kind.”
— The Ninth Doctor, Boom Town
“If it’s time to go, remember what you’re leaving. Remember the best. My friends have always been the best of me.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Wedding of River Song
“Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, A Good Man Goes to War
“Whatever you’ve got planned, forget it. I’m the Doctor. I’m 904 years old. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Casterborous. I am The Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness and you are basically just a rabbit, aren’t you?”
-The Tenth Doctor, The Day of the Doctor
“You gave me hope and then you took it away. That’s enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it’ll do to me.”
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Doctor’s Wife
Work To Do, Things Happening and A Lizard
“Listen, gotta dash. Things. Happening. Well, four things. Well, four things and a lizard.”
— The Tenth Doctor, Blink
“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.”
— The Seventh Doctor, Survival
“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.”
— The Third Doctor, The Time Warrior
“First things first; but not necessarily in that order.”
— The Fourth Doctor, Meglos
“Go forward in all of your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”
— The First Doctor, The Dalek Invasion of Earth
And Six DW Conversations Worth Repeating
Sally Sparrow: I love old things. They make me feel sad.
Kathy Nightingale: What’s good about sad?
Sally Sparrow: It’s happy for deep people.
Jabe: The Gift of Peace. [takes a cutting, hands it to the Doctor] I bring you a cutting of my Grandfather.
The Doctor: Thank you! [hands Jabe’s cutting to Rose] Yes, gifts, um… [clearing his throat] I give you, in return, air from my lungs. [blows into Jabe’s face]
Jabe: [surprised] How… intimate.
The Doctor: There’s more where that came from.
from The End of the World
The Tenth Doctor: [Offering his sonic screwdriver.] Need this?
The Fifth Doctor: No, I’m fine.
The Tenth Doctor: Oh, no, of course. You liked to go hands free, didn’t you? Like, “Hey, I’m the Doctor. I can save the universe using a kettle and some string. And look at me, I’m wearing a vegetable!”
from Time Crash
The Doctor: There’s an old Earth saying, Captain. A phrase of great power and wisdom and consolation to the soul in times of need.
Addams: What’s that, then?
The Doctor: [shouts] Allons-y!!
from Curse of the Black Spot
Ace: Don’t you have things you hate?
Doctor: I can’t stand burnt toast. I loathe bus stations. Terrible places. Full of lost luggage and lost souls.
Ace: I told you I never wanted to come back here again.
Doctor: And then there’s unrequited love. And tyranny. And cruelty.
Ace: Too right!
Doctor: We all have a universe of our own terrors to face.
Ace: I face mine on my own terms.
from Ghost Light
CRAIG: Has anyone ever told you that you’re a bit weird?
DOCTOR: They never really stop.
from The Lodger