Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Dr Who Quotes: The Quotable Doctor - Which Doctor is Our Doctor Who?

Doctor Who: Our Extra-Special Doctor among Doctors at Large

Two Doctors, One Stethoscope. Copyright BBC TV
Who Said What About DR WHO is dedicated to finding the best quotations and reviews about Doctor Who and the TV show. The one problem searching for great quotes about The Doctor is that our search often unearths things that have been said about other famous Doctors and doctors in general. Rather than ignore this rich source of doctor-based material we thought we would list some of these non-Dr Who doctor quotes and see see how they could relate to our Doctor ...

"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm."

Our Doctor is always good at keeping others from doing harm. 


"A doctor is fascinated by death, and pain. And how much pain a man can endure."
David Boehm

Our Doctor is fascinated by preventing death. And how much pain can HE endure?


"A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession."
Martin H. Fischer

Our Doctor has been working 24 /7 for the past 900 years.


"A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health."
Gilbert Highet

Our Doctor is a teacher, and a leader and an interesting subject himself.


"The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman."
Jonathan Swift

Our Doctor is the best doctor in the universe.


"Being a doctor could make you more close-minded than regular people."
Alex Chiu

Our Doctor is incredibly open-minded and far from regular.


"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
Erma Bombeck

Our Doctor's life work is to make sure no living organism dies ... unless it has to.


"Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created."
Peter Shaffer

Our Doctor thrives on passion and can create passion in others.


"The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find."
Denis Diderot

Our Doctor is the best one the Daleks always run into ... and he always finds them.

"The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity."
Arthur Schopenhauer

Our Doctor delights in the weaknesses of humankind ... he even abides our wickedness and stupidity.


"The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him."
Sigmund Freud

Our Doctor is transparent to his companions, but like a mirror he reflects back hopefully through what is shown to him.


"The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes."
Desiderius Erasmus

Our Doctor can appear ignorant, reckless and thoughtless but his reputation is built not on the priveleged backs of princes but on the struggles of the poor and oppressed.


"When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Our Doctor has been tried as a criminal but his nerve and knowledge have always seen him go free.


Finally ...

"Time is generally the best Doctor."

One assumes that Ovid met our Doctor on his travels in the past.

Coming soon ... we look at how our Doctor Who compares to other famous Doctors: from Dr Seuss to Dr Gregory House, from Dr Doolittle to Dr Doom, from Dr Zhivago to Dr Phil, from Doc Holliday to Dr No ... and more.

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