Doctor Who

British science fiction TV series
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Doctor Who is a long-running television program produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as "The Doctor", a Time Lord from the planet of Gallifrey, who explores time and space with various companions in their TARDIS. It is currently the longest-running science-fiction series broadcast on television, spanning twenty-six years on its original run, and 14 actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. As a complete list of quotations from all eras of the show is too large to be contained on one page, this article has been split into subarticles, with quotations organised by which actor was portraying the Doctor at the time the episode was originally broadcast.

Skeptical, aggressive, quizzical, and amused towards all forms of political power. ~ David Layton, referring to Doctor Who : The Unfolding Text (1984) by John Tulloch and Manuel Alvarado

Quotations about the programmeEdit

 
The greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up! ~ Harlan Ellison
 
Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem. ~ Neil Gaiman
 
What would be the point of having this job if I didn't get to make up some of the maddest possible scenes I've ever had in my head since I was a kid? ~ Steven Moffat
 
Doctor Who is uplifting. As dark as the show can get, and as high as the body count can rise (which is very high), there's always a sense of joy and discovery there. The Doctor can be manipulative and brooding, but he's always been an explorer first. The show is about saving people and helping others, not getting revenge or hurting someone, and its unabashed love of seeing new things and the best in people makes it fun. ~ Nicholas Slayton
 
The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who. ~ Steven Spielberg
 
[I]t’s got that cross-generational appeal, which few other things have. It’s not a working-class thing, it’s not a middle-class thing. The competition winner from Doctor Who magazine was on set today, a 15-year-old girl. When I was a kid, 15-year-old girls didn’t watch Doctor Who. ~ David Tennant
Alphabetized by author
  • Because it's the best idea ever invented in the history of the world!
    • Russell T. Davies, responding to the question, "Why do you think people love Doctor Who so much?" on BBC Wales Today (20 July 2004)
  • I would have loved to have done a Star Trek crossover. The very first year, we talked about it. Then Star Trek finally went off air. Landing the Tardis on board the Enterprise would have been magnificent. Can you imagine what their script department would have wanted, and what I would have wanted? It would have been the biggest battle.
  • Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction … At best Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem.
    • Neil Gaiman, as quoted in "Neil Gaiman reveals power of writing Doctor Who" by Tim Masters at BBC News (24 May 2010)
  • No, look, there's a blue box. It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it's meant to go. And when it turns up, there's a bloke in it called The Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed cos he’s awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch Blink.
  • Because of the British sensibility, there's an emphasis [in Doctor Who] on nonviolence, there's an emphasis on philosophical issues. There wasn't anything like that on TV at the time – there wasn't a Star Trek on at the time.
  • The appeal of Doctor Who is that you can do anything, any when, you can have him meet anyone. That's irresistible as a writer. You're given a completely blank slate, but you're given one of the best characters ever devised in fiction to have an adventure there. You present someone with those two factors, and they're going to leap at it.
  • When Russell T Davies relaunched the show in 2005, I watched it from the start. I thought it was fantastic. If there's any secret to its resurgence, it's due to the show's complete lack of cynicism. Both Davies and Steven Moffat are lifelong Doctor Who fans and the love shines through every episode.
    • Peter Jackson, in "Lord of the Whovians" in Entertainment Weekly (29 March 2013), p. 37
  • Last year Matt Smith was asked by a Kiwi journalist if they would ever film an episode in New Zealand, and he said, "Yes, and we can get Peter Jackson to direct it." The newspaper contacted me for comment and I said "Great, just name a time and place and I'll be there." I suspect Steven Moffat thinks I'm joking, but I saw him at Christmas and I assured him I'm not. They don't even have to pay me — but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).
    • Peter Jackson, in "Lord of the Whovians" in Entertainment Weekly (29 March 2013), p. 37
  • In their book-length analysis of Doctor Who, John Tulloch and Manuel Alvarado characterize the political outlook of the program as consistent with the BBC's particular brand of political neutrality: skeptical, aggressive, quizzical, and amused towards all forms of political power. In Doctor Who the attitude gets further flavored by the Doctors "Romantic" hero mystique. This characteristic allows him to adopt a "liberal-populist role in criticizing 'sectionalist' forces of 'Left' and 'Right,' and in rebuking the 'official' and the powerful, whether in big business, the military, government or 'militant' unions." … The political form that most resembles these critiques is liberal democracy, which places sovereignty in the hands of the people.
    • David Layton, referring to Doctor Who : The Unfolding Text (1984) by John Tulloch and Manuel Alvarado, in The Humanism of Doctor Who : A Critical Study in Science Fiction and Philosophy (2012), Ch. 10 : Politics
  • What would be the point of having this job if I didn't get to make up some of the maddest possible scenes I've ever had in my head since I was a kid? For him to stand there and take the mickey out of all those monsters — is just hugely exciting.
  • At a later stage, Dr Who would be metamorphosed into a woman. Don’t you agree that this is considerably more worthy of the BBC than Doctor Who’s presently largely socially valueless, escapist schlock? This requires some considerable thought – mainly because I want to avoid a flashy Hollywood ‘Wonder Woman’ because this kind of hero(ine) has no flaws – and a character with no flaws is a bore.
  • Doctor Who is uplifting. As dark as the show can get, and as high as the body count can rise (which is very high), there's always a sense of joy and discovery there. The Doctor can be manipulative and brooding, but he's always been an explorer first. The show is about saving people and helping others, not getting revenge or hurting someone, and its unabashed love of seeing new things and the best in people makes it fun.
  • Because it’s got that cross-generational appeal, which few other things have. It’s not a working-class thing, it’s not a middle-class thing. The competition winner from Doctor Who magazine was on set today, a 15-year-old girl. When I was a kid, 15-year-old girls didn’t watch Doctor Who.
  • Here in two flat sentences are the best things I can say about our field [science fiction] on American television: Dr. Who is sometimes aired. Sometimes Battlestar Galactica is not.

The DoctorEdit

The Doctor is the main character of the television show Doctor Who. Although bearing remarkably human-like features, they are a Gallifreyan Time Lord — one of a mysterious alien race that has mastered time travel. The Doctor occasionally regenerates into a new form, allowing a new actor to step into the role. For clarity's sake, quotes from the show are listed by Doctor on the following subpages.

CompanionsEdit

VillainsEdit

  • The Slitheen
  • Sontarans
  • The Weed
  • The Weeping Angels
  • The Krafayis

WritersEdit

See also the Wikipedia List of Doctor Who writers for authors who have written episodes of Doctor Who

ActorsEdit

See also the Wikipedia List of Doctor Who cast members for actors for whom pages could be created here.

TaglinesEdit

  • He's back...and it's about time. (Doctor Who: The Movie)
  • The Trip Of A Lifetime! (new series, Series 1)
  • "Something's Coming..." (The Christmas Invasion)
  • Think you've seen it all? Think again... (Series 2)
  • "When Two Worlds Collide, Anything Can Happen..." (Series 3)
  • The End Is Just The Beginning (Series 5)
  • Time Can Be Rewritten (A Christmas Carol)
  • Trust Your Doctor (Series 6, BBC America)
  • Silence Will Fall (Series 6: Part 1)
  • Time Runs Out (Let's Kill Hitler)
  • His Secrets Revealed (The Name of the Doctor)
  • Save the Day (The Day of the Doctor)
  • A change is going to come...(The Time of the Doctor)
  • Don't Blink ("Blink")
  • It's Time You Knew Him (Series 8)

See alsoEdit

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