Dr Who TV Quotes


The Quotable Doctor Who quotes books series contains thousands of quotations about the popular culture view of the show and everything related to it. It does not contain quotations taken from the TV show itself ... but as the show has delivered some memorable dialogue down the years, here is a random selection of some of our favourite quotations taken from the TV show ...

The Doctor: "What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?"

The Doctor (William Hartnell): "What do you think of that, now, eh? A Viking helmet."
Steven: "Maybe."
The Doctor: "What do you mean, 'maybe'? What do you think it is? A space helmet for a cow?"

Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart [Nicholas Courtney]: "You know, just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets."

Varsh: "That's not Alzarius."
Romana: "No, it's still Gallifrey. If the Doctor's theory's right we'll need a Local Image Translator to see what's out there."
Adric: "Or we could just look out through the door."
Full Circle

The Doctor: "I thought I recognized the stars."
Sarah Jane Smith: "You've been here before?"
The Doctor: "I was born in these parts."
Sarah Jane Smith: "Near here?"
The Doctor: "Well, within a couple of billion miles, yes."

The Doctor: "That's the trouble with antimatter. You can see the effect but not the cause.
It's like being punched on the nose by the invisible man."

The Three Doctors

The Doctor: "E-Space is another universe.  There isn't a taxi service, goes back and forth."

The Doctor: "Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority."
Wheel in Space

The Doctor: "Among all the varied wonders of the universe, there's nothing so firmly clapped shut as the military mind."

Turlough: "What is it about Earth people that makes them think a futile gesture is a noble one?"
Warriors of the Deep

The Doctor: "It's rather a pity in a way. Now the universe is down to 699 wonders."
Death to the Daleks

Stor: "I am Commander Stor of the Sontaran Special Space Service."
The Doctor: "The SSSS ... eh, isn't that carrying alliteration a little far?"
Invasion of Time

Boursa: "You have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe."
The Doctor: "Well, I do talk to myself sometimes."
Invasion of Time

The Doctor: "Maybe I am getting too young for this sort of thing."
Invasion of Time

Barbara: "Well, why don't you just pander to my medieval, old-fashioned superstitions and take them for me.  After all, it would save me having to put make-up on and a mask and dance around a fire in order to get rid of the evil spirits."
The Web Planet

The Doctor: "This isn't Earth. This isn't real wood, it's some kind of artificial material, like plastic. These aren't real trees, and you're not the real Sarah!"
The Android Invasion

Harry Sullivan: "Judging by the size of its mandibles, this chap doesn't live on plankton."
Ark in Space

Captain Striker: "You are a Time Lord, a Lord of Time.  Are there Lords in such a small domain?"

The Doctor: "You don't understand regeneration, Mel.  It's a lottery, and I've drawn the short plank."
Time and the Rani

The Doctor: "First things first, but not necessarily in that order."

Tegan: "Call yourself a Time Lord?  A broken clock keeps better time than you do.  At least it's accurate twice a day, which is more than you ever are."
The Visitation

Amelia: "Can I ask you a personal question?"
Doctor: "Well, I don't see how I can stop you asking."
Amelia: "Are you from outer space?"
Doctor: "No, I'm more from what you would call inner time."
Stones of Blood

The Doctor:"Your species has the most amazing capacity for self-deception, matched only by its ingenuity in destroying itself."
Remembrance of the Daleks: Part 1 (1988)

Rose: "If you're an alien, how come you sound like you're from the North?"
The Doctor: "Lots of planets have a north."
Rose (2005)

The Doctor: "The government are gathering together all the experts in aliens, and who’s the biggest expert of the lot … "
Rose: "Patrick Moore?"
The Aliens of London (2005)

Rose: "It's 1869. How can I die now?"
The Doctor: "Time isn't a straight line. It can twist into any shape. You can be born in
the 20th century and die in the 19th and it's all my fault. Sorry ... And how do you think I feel? I saw the fall of Troy, World War Five, I pushed boxes at the Boston Tea Party - now I'm going to die in a dungeon. In Cardiff."

The Unquiet Dead (2005)

The Doctor: "Time travelling is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guide book,
you have to eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double by the waiter."

The Long Game (2005)

The Doctor: " ‘Eureka’ is Greek for ‘this bath is too hot.’ "

Captain Jack [John Barrowman]: "Make yourself comfortable. Carry on with whatever it was you were ... doing."
The Doctor [David Tennant]: "We were talking about dancing.
Captain Jack: It didn’t look like talking."
Rose Tyler [Billie Piper]: "It didn’t feel like dancing."
The Doctor Dances (2005)

Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart [Nicholas Courtney] on a Belly dancer - "Very fit, that girl. Extraordinary muscular control. Must adapt some of those movements as exercises for the men."
The Doctor [John Pertwee]: "They’d take some adapting."
Planet Of The Spiders (1974)

The Doctor: "You could augment an earwig to the point where it understood nuclear physics, but it would still be a very stupid thing to do!"
The Two Doctors

The Doctor: "That is the dematerializing control. And that, over yonder, is the horizontal hold. Up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry, dear boy. Now please stop bothering me."
The Time Meddler

Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart [Nicholas Courtney]: "Jenkins! Chap with the wings there - five rounds rapid."
The Daemons

The Doctor (Tom Baker): "Never guess. Unless you have to. There's enough uncertainty in the universe as it is."
Logopolis (1981)

The Doctor [William Hartnell]: "We are not of this race. We are not of this earth. Susan and I are wanderers in the fourth dimension of space and time, cut off from our own people by distances beyond the reach of your most advanced science."
An Unearthly Child (1963)

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