This page is a collection of quotations from the era of the sixth official incarnation of The Doctor from the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who, during which the role of the Sixth Doctor was played by Colin Baker. As Doctor Who stories in other media (such as books, audio plays, etc) are the subject of intense debate as regarding their place in the series' overall canon, these quotations are largely taken from episodes broadcast on television.
The Caves of Androzani [21.6]
- (8 March -16 March 1984)
- [After regenerating.]
- Peri: Doctor?
- The Doctor: — You were expecting someone else?
- Peri: I — I — I —
- The Doctor: That's three "I"s in one breath — makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady.
- Peri: What's happened?
- The Doctor: Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.
The Twin Dilemma [21.7]
- (22 March - 30 March 1984)
- The Doctor: Ahhh... a noble brow. Clear gaze. At least it will be given a few hours sleep. A firm mouth. A face beaming with a vast intelligence. My dear child what on Earth are you complaining about? It's the most extraordinary improvement.
- Peri: Improvement?! On what?!
- The Doctor: My last incarnation... oh, I was never happy with that one. It had a sort of feckless "charm" which simply wasn't me
- Peri: What absolute rubbish! You were almost young, and you were sweet.
- The Doctor: "Sweet?!" [scoff] Effete! Sweet? Sweet? That says it all. No, this has been a timely change. [Pauses, and stares into space] Change? What change? There is no change... no time, no rhyme, no place for space, nothing! Nothing but the grinding engines of the universe, the crushing boredom of eternity! [Collapses into a rack of coats and starts laughing hysterically, while Peri looks concerned]
- Peri: He's not himself.
- The Doctor: Then who am I?
- Peri: I wish you wouldn't keep wandering off like that!
- The Doctor: See it more as a mental stroll in a park of psychic tranquility!
- The Doctor: Will you stop this nonsense?
- Mestor: No, Time Lord!
- The Doctor: Then take the consequences!
- [The Doctor throws a vial of acid at Mestor, but it hits an invisible forcefield and explodes into a cloud of smoke, leaving Mestor unharmed]
- Mestor: You think I would be so vulnerable? You are an interfering fool!
- The Doctor: No, just a rotten shot.
Attack of the Cybermen [22.1]
- (5 January - 12 January 1985)
- The Doctor: Rest is for the weary, sleep is for the dead. I feel like a hungry man eager for the feast !
- The Doctor: A little gratitude wouldn't irretrievably damage my ego.
- Peri: Look Doctor, ever since you regenerated, i-it's as if your memory has been put through the meat grinder. I mean, it's all there, but in a pile of unrelated bits and pieces.
- The Doctor: That's a horrible simile.
- Peri: It's true, though. In the past couple of days, you've called me Tegan, Zoe, Susan. On one occasion, you even referred to me as Jamie.
- Peri: But Doctor, you said it was gunfire!
- The Doctor: I heard me.
- Peri: I only hope it believes you.
- The Doctor: Well if it doesn't, I shall beat it into submission... with my charm.
- The Doctor: Sorry about that, but we weren't getting anywhere with me playing pat-a-cake with the wall.
- Russell: You murder a police officer you'll get thirty years!
- The Doctor: Handful of heartbeats to a Time Lord!
- Russell: You're bonkers.
- The Doctor: That's debatable.
Vengeance on Varos [22.2]
- (19 January - 26 January 1985)
- The Doctor: It's all right for you, Peri. You've only got one life. You'll age here in the TARDIS and then die. But me, I shall go on regenerating until all my lives are spent.
- The Doctor [after both of the guards have fallen into an acid bath] (turns to glance back) You'll forgive me if I don't join you.
- The Doctor [walking away after finishing a conversation with and being accused of intolerance by Peri]: Intolerant. Intolerant? INTOLERANT!! , ME?!!
- The Doctor [speaking to Quillam]: Oh, I thought you were my mirror image — Until I realised I wasn't the one holding a gun.
The Mark of the Rani [22.3]
- (2 February - 9 February 1985)
- Peri: Do you mean the TARDIS is malfunctioning again?
- The Doctor: Malfunctioning? [pause] Malfunctioning? MALFUNCTIONING!? After all the work I've done on it!?
- Peri: Well, I only asked a simple question!
- The Doctor: Indeed you did, and it was the wrong question!
- The Rani:What's [the Master] up to now? It'll be something devious and overcomplicated. He'd get dizzy if he tried to walk in a straight line.
- The Doctor: Guns can seriously damage your health, you know!
- The Doctor: 'Will you come into my parlour, said the spider to the fly.' [pauses] I think not. Doesn't feel right.
- [Referring to the TARDIS]
- Ravensworth: What precisely do you do in there?
- The Doctor: Argue, mainly.
The Two Doctors [22.4]
- (16 February - 2 March 1985)
- The Doctor: What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?
- Peri: Perhaps you should see a doctor.
- The Doctor [annoyed]: Are you trying to be funny?
- The Doctor: Small though it is, the human brain can be quite effective when working at full efficiency, not unlike myself!
- The Doctor: Well, you certainly look better for your change of clothes and bath! You should try it more often.
- Jamie: Thank you. [realises what the Doctor just said] What?
- The Doctor [referring to a Sontaran spacecraft]: Can you tell me anything more about this Aeroplane ?
- Jamie: Oh Dastari said he did operations that turned her into a genius.
- The Sixth Doctor: What a stupid thing to do!
- Jamie: That's what the Doctor said.
- The Sixth Doctor: And I was right. Whatever he has done to her mind, her nature will remain the same.
- Oscar: [after being stabbed by Shockeye] Ridiculous thing to happen! Dissatisfied customers usually just don't leave a tip.
- The Doctor [after being hunted by Shockeye but defeating him with Oscar's discarded Lepidopteran equipment]: I believe he's now been, moth-balled.
- The Second Doctor [after summoning his TARDIS] Jamie?
- Jamie [To the Second Doctor] Um after you, Doctor.
- The Second Doctor: Oh no. After you Jamie.
- Jamie: Bye Peri.
- Peri: Bye.
- Jamie [To the Sixth Doctor] Um Doctor.
- The Sixth Doctor: Jamie. And keep an eye on the old gentlemen, will you?
- (9 March -16 March 1985)
- Borad: Do not make me laugh, Doctor.
- The Doctor: I wouldn't dare... not when you've got such big teeth.
- The Doctor: Time acceleration beam. I don't know whether to be impressed or disgusted.
- The Doctor: I think it's time to find your Achilles heel, or should I say - flipper.
- Herbert: I've always wanted to die a hero's death! You know it's funny, when I was at school, everyone used to think I was a coward because I didn't like cricket! If only they could see me now...
- The Doctor [through gritted teeth]: Shut, up!
- Herbert: Sorry? Oh yes, of course, you want to concentrate. Sorry!
- The Doctor: Listen Herbert, if you want to do something useful, could you read off the numbers you see on that screen immediately in front of you?
- Herbert: Of course! This one?
- The Doctor [exasperated]: How many screens do you see immediately in front of you?
- Herbert: Just the one.
- The Doctor: That's the one.
- Herbert: I didn't realise dying heroically was such a strain on the nerves.
Revelation of the Daleks [22.6]
- [Davros and the Doctor discuss Davros's scheme of turning the bodies of the dead into processed food.]
- Davros: This part of the galaxy is developing quickly. Famine was one of its major problems.
- The Doctor: You turned them into food?
- Davros: A scheme which has earned me great acclaim.
- The Doctor: But did you bother to tell anyone that they might be eating their own relatives?
- Davros: Certainly not! That would have created what I believe is termed... "consumer resistance".
The Doctor: (after being attacked) A knight of the GRAND ORDER OF OBERON! Only I would be stupid enough to attack such a person!
- The Doctor: Ah, I see you have been busy.
- Davros: Whereas you have been stupid, Doctor.
- The Doctor: Prerogative of a Time Lord.
Season 23 : Trial of a Time Lord
- The entire 23rd season comprises a single story arc, but the individual serials are usually referred to by seperate titles. See Doctor Who story title controversy
The Mysterious Planet [23.1]
- (6 September - 27 September 1986)
- The Sixth Doctor: Planets come and go. Stars perish. Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds. Nothing can be eternal.
- Glitz: Whereas yours is a simple case of sociopathy, Dibber, my malaise is much more complex. A deep-rooted maladjustment, my psychiatrist said, brought on by an infantile inability to come to terms with the more pertinent, concrete aspects of life.
- Dibber: That sounds more like an insult than a diagnosis, Mr Glitz.
- Glitz: You're right there, my lad. Mind you, I had just attempted to kill him.
- (4 October - 25 October 1986)
- King Yrcanos: Today, prudence shall be our watchword. Tomorrow, I shall soak the land in blood!
- Sil: You have blundered, Crozier! You have turned the finest economic mind in the galaxy into a catcher of sea snakes!
- Kiv: Where will you be then, eh? Dead! No. Worse than that! Poor!
Terror of the Vervoids [23.3]
- (1 November - 22 November 1986)
- The Doctor: This is a situation that requires tact and finesse. Fortunately, I am blessed with both.
- [An alert sounds.]
- The Doctor: Quickly, Mel! Press the red button! Get the message on the screen.
- [Mel presses the button, but nothing happens.]
- The Doctor: Press it! Press it!
- Mel: I am!
- [The Doctor presses a different button and the message appears.]
- Mel: You said red.
- The Doctor: Did I? It must be the carrot juice making me colour blind!
The Ultimate Foe [23.4]
- (29 November - 6 December 1986)
- The Doctor: In all my travelling throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they're still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power. That's what it takes to be really corrupt.
- [After the Master has revealed the Valeyard is really an evil future incarnation of the Doctor]
- The Doctor: Madam, this revelation should halt this trial immediately. Surely even Gallifreyan Law must acknowledge that the same person cannot be both prosecutor and defendant!
- The Inquisitor: [Upset at his 'unseemly' outbursts] The single purpose of this trial is to determine the defendant's guilt or otherwise on the basis of the evidence that has been presented. Anything else is, for the moment, irrelevant!
- The Doctor: [utterly speechless] WHAT?!
- Mysterious Voice: [maniacal laughter] At last! I control everything! You are my pawns to do with as I please. You have no choice but to BEND TO MY WILL. Yes.... I own you... I... am your Creator. And I can be... your Destroyer!!
- Mel: Honestly, Doctor, stop being so melodramatic!
- Doctor: Mel, am I not permitted an occasional moment of melodrama??
- Mel: Yes, but it's only a game of Monopoly!
- Doctor: A game... that I am winning! [maniacal laughter] Yeees, there is no power but mine! I control Park Lane... Mayfair... the Waterworks--
- Mel: Doctor!!
- Doctor: I want to imagine what it feels like to be a power-crazed dictator! See into the enemy's mind...
- Mel: And??
- Doctor: Boring. And I hate hotels.
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