If you care so much, tell me how many people you’ve seen die.


Do you want to help me? Or do you want to stand here stamping your foot? Because let me tell you, I’m two thousand years old. And I’ve never had the time for the luxury of outrage.

The Doctor

Always remember, Bill -- passion fights, but *reason* wins.

The Doctor

Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege. That boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is *your* value.

The Doctor

Never underestimate the collective human ability to overlook the inexplicable.

The Doctor

Once, long ago, a fisherman caught a magic haddock. The haddock offered him three wishes in return for its life. The fisherman said, “I’d like for my son to come home from the war. And a hundred pieces of gold.” The problem is, the magic haddock, like robots, don’t think like people. The fisherman’s son came home from the war, in a coffin. And the king sent a hundred gold pieces in recognition of his heroic death. The fisherman had one wish left. What do you think he wished for? Some people say he should have wished for an infinite series of wishes, but if your city proves anything, it is that granting all your wishes is not a good idea. [...] In fact, the fisherman wished he hadn’t wished the first two wishes.

The Doctor

The Doctor: What’s the opposite of a massacre?
Bill: What?
The Doctor: In my experience? A lecture.

Bill: Where are you going?
The Doctor: No idea. But if I look purposeful, they’ll think I’ve got a plan. If they think I’ve got a plan, at least they won’t try to think of a plan themselves!

You don’t call the helpline because you *are* the helpline.


Bill: Where are you going?!
The Doctor: It’s a giant smiley abattoir over there, and I’ve a very childish impulse to BLOW IT UP! Be right back!

The Doctor: Okay. I suppose I owe you an explanation. A long time ago, a thing happened. As a result of the thing, I made a promise. As a result of the promise, I have to stay on Earth.
Bill: Guarding a vault.
The Doctor: Guarding a vault!
Bill: Well, you’re not guarding the vault right now.
The Doctor: Yes, I am! I have a time machine! I can be back before we left!

Bill: So. Back up to your office for a cuppa, then?
The Doctor: Between here and my office, before the kettle boils, is everything that ever happened or ever will!

Doctor Who Quotes

Only in darkness are we revealed. [...] Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit, without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what *he* believes, and this is the reason above all I love him, my husband. My madman in a box. My Doctor.

Nardole [quoting River Song]

Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame. Whatever the cost.

Warrior Doctor