Friday, December 11, 2015

Top Ten Doctor Who Speeches

"Words are his weapon."
-Lord President
Hell Bent
One thing the Doctor can do with talk (1:38). The Doctor is full of words, many are quotable, some are even great. He has these speeches that stick with the fans because they sum up what we love about the Doctor. They are clever, or brave, or emotions and most of the time all three. That is what today's Top Ten is all about, the Doctor's great speeches/

It was an impossible list to make. I am still rewriting it and even after I hit the publish button I will want to make changes. There were two troubles I faces making this list. The first was how to included classic Who speeches. I have memories of watching Doctor Who as a child. I have watched all the classics available on Netflix and caught most of the Doctors single adventures that were aired leading up to the 50th anniversary. But my knowledge is limited so I relied on recommendations from friends, forums, and other Whovian bloggers. The second was narrowing my list down to just ten speeches. Really, how could anyone do such a thing? I think I could do a top ten for each of the new doctors and still feel like I've missed a great quote.

Honourable Mention: The Eighth Doctor– ‘The Night of The Doctor‘
It isn't really a speech, but it made me smile:
“Four minutes? That’s ages. What if I get bored or need a television, couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.”

Now on with the countdown:

10) The Twelfth Doctor Dark Water 

9) The Tenth DoctorVoyage of the Dammed

As a bonus: The Twelfth Doctor explaining he is the Doctor in Flatline:

8) The Ninth Doctor– Bad Wolf

7) The Eleventh Doctor The Rings of Akhaten
"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. There is only one Merry Galel and there will never be another. Getting rid of that existence isn't a sacrifice, it is a waste!"
6)  The First Doctor– S2E2 ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’
“During all the years I’ve been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. You are still my grandchild and always will be. But now, you’re a woman too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you will be able to find those roots and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David and not with a silly old buffer like me. 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. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear.”

5) The Eleventh Doctor– The Eleventh Hour

4) The Sixth Doctor– S23E4 ‘The Ultimate Foe’

3) The Fourth Doctor– S12E4 ‘Genesis of The Daleks’
“Well, the final responsibility is mine. And mine alone. 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? Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other, and it’s it? The Daleks cease to exist? Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations, can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word ‘Dalek’? But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I’d become like them. I’d be no better than the Daleks.”

2) The Seventh Doctor– S26E4 ‘Survival’
“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.”

1) The Ninth Doctor– Rose

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 6 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 14 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 15 sleeps

1 comment:

Amai said...

I really like the excepts with the videos. There is something about the written word. But if you want to add them here are links to

7) (speech starts 38 seconds in)



And for my money, this is one of my favourites
The doctor's bit begins at 2:45, but the context begins a little before 2:00. It's partly the response that makes it so badass.