The Definite Article The

Amy Pond … “You may be a doctor. But I’m the Doctor. The definite article, you might say.” ~ Tom Baker playing the Fourth Doctor

It’s funny how quotes tell you so much about a person; Doctor Who, himself, and Doctor Who, the series, simply oozes quotability.  In fact, there are tumblr pages, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages greater than the sum total of their parts dedicated to doing just this.  So, why another?  Because I want to.

Speaking of Twitter, if you happen to follow me I’m trying an experiment, changing my “SFQOTD” to a “DWQOTD” (or perhaps to “QWERTY”) if the mood strikes.  Regardless of what I call it (and not irregardless of what I call it, which would mean without without regard to what I call it) quotes, zingers, and one-liners appeal to me because I’ve always felt I was at my best when quoting zingers and one-liners.

There’s something special about quotes; it says something about the one quoted (namely that he said it at all), and it says something about the person quoting him (that you’ve chosen this quote to make a point about the person who said it).

Ultimately, what Doctor Who does, via quotes, is to bring out the humanity of the characters even when the show is hip-deep in campy science fiction bullshit.  So, today’s blog is an homage to some of the best lines I’ve heard in my limited time as a Whovian.  The picture of Amy Pond is there because I think she’s hot.  Without further ado, the quotes:

On romance:

  • The Doctor: So, the year five billion. The Sun expands.  Earth gets roasted.
  • Rose: That was our first date.

On moral relativism:

  • Rose: Bet you five quid I can make her [Queen Victoria] say it.
  • The Doctor: If I gambled on that, it’d be an abuse of my privilege as a traveler in time.
  • Rose: Ten quid.
  • The Doctor: Done.

On perspective:

  • Mickey: What’s a horse doing on a spaceship?
  • The Doctor: Mickey, what’s pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship?

On geography:

  • The Doctor: Lots of planets have a north.

On sentimentality:

  • The Doctor: All my love to long ago.

On pop culture:

  • The Doctor: Elvis. No, The Beatles! Oh, wait, there was that remix.

On time:

  • The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause-and-effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.

On compliments:

  • The Doctor: Correctamundo!  I’ve never used that word before and hopefully never again.

On insults:

  • The Doctor: You are a perfect example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.

On wanderlust:

  • Romana: Where are we going?
  • The Doctor: Are you speaking philosophically or geographically?
  • Romana: Philosophically.
  • The Doctor: Then we’re going to lunch.

And finally, on logic:

  • The Doctor: Well, I just put 1.795372 and 2.204628 together.
  • Romana: And what does that mean?
  • The Doctor: Four!

Years truly,


Copyright © 2013 Ketih Parker, except for all the stuff on this page that I don’t own the copyright to.

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