First Doctor

fictional character from Doctor Who

This page collects quotations from the era of the first incarnation of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who, during which the role of the the Doctor was played by William Hartnell. Following Hartnell's death in 1975, the First Doctor was portrayed by Richard Hurndall for 1983's "The Five Doctors", then , with his first appearance being in "The Doctor Falls"

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Recurring Phrases

As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.
The First Doctor’s catchphrase:
What's that, my boy?
Come along!
Good gracious me!
Oh yes, yes, yes, yes!
Quite so, quite so!
Butcher: (You stupid butcher!, the local butcher, stupid butchery...)

What the First Doctor calls Ian Chesterton: Chesterfield / Charlton / Chatterton / Charterhouse / Chartow / Chesserman

Susan's catchphrase: Oh, Grandfather!

Season 1

(23 November - 14 December 1963)
The Doctor: Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension? Have you? To be exiles? Susan and I are cut off from our own planet - without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day.

Ian: Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?

The Doctor: If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cries of strange birds, and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?

Ian: Just open the doors, Doctor Foreman.
The Doctor: [To himself.] Eh? Doctor who? What's he talking about...?
  • This is the first use of the question "Doctor who?" — by the Doctor himself, after being misaddressed by Ian.

Susan: [To The Doctor] I know these Earth people better than you, their minds reject things they don't understand.

Ian: You're treating us like children!
Doctor: The children of my civilization would be insulted!
Ian: Your civilization?
Doctor: Yes, my civilization. I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it.

Doctor: They're saying I'm a charlatan.

Za: My father made fire.
Mother: They killed him for it. It is better that we live as we have always done.
Za: He showed me how to sharpen the stones and trap the bear and the tiger. He should have shown me this, too.
Mother: So that everyone would bow to you as they did to him?
Za: Tell me what my father did to make fire.
Mother: I never saw him make it. That is all I know.
Za: Out of my sight, old woman. You should have died with him.
Mother: Za will never make fire.
Za: Put on more of the dead fire. (Hur adds ash, and Za rubs the bone between his hands again.)

Ian: Any hope is better than none!

Barbara: You're trying to help!?
Doctor: Fear makes companions of all of us.

Ian: The whole tribe should be watching. Everyone should know how to make fire.
Za: Everyone cannot be leader.
Ian: No, that's perfectly true. But in our tribe, the firemaker is the least important man.
Za: Ha! I do not believe this.
Doctor: He is the least important because we can all make fire.
(21 December 1963 - 1 February 1964)
Ian: We'd better keep an eye on him. He seems to have a knack of getting himself into trouble.

Dalek: You will move ahead of us and follow my directions. This way. Immediately!

Dalek: Stay in the light!

Susan: I'm just fed up no-one believes me.

Alydon: I wonder if the Daleks have seen us.
Susan: Seen you?
Alydon: I mean, if they call us mutations...what must they be like?

Ian: Yes. But just a minute. They have no pick-up or anything. And only the base of the machine touches the floor. How do they complete the circuit?
Susan: Batteries?
Doctor: No, no. I believe the Daleks have discovered a way to exploit static electricity. Very ingenious, if I'm right.
Barbara: What, drawing power from the floor?
Doctor: Precisely. If I'm right, of course. Now, what do we know apart from guessing how they are powered?

Ian: They're afraid of you because you're different from them. So whatever you do, it doesn't matter.

Dalek 2: We need radiation to survive. So we must increase our supply of radiation.
Dalek 1: But there is only one way to do that.
Dalek 2: Exactly. We may have to explode another neutron bomb.

Dalek 1: We do not have to adapt to the environment. We will change the environment to suit us.

Alydon: (new Thal leader) There is no indignity in being afraid to die, but there is a terrible shame in being afraid to live.

The Doctor: My dear child! Haven't you realized what I've done? A few simple tools, a superior brain...

[Ian, traveling with Barbara and Thals, nearly falls at a sudden drop in a dark cave.]
Ian: No place for a quiet stroll, is it?

Dalek: We will examine your machine.
Doctor: No. Not unless you stop what you're doing. Otherwise I won't explain its secrets to you and its philosophy of movement.
Dalek: Now we know of the machine, we can examine it for ourselves.
Doctor: But you can't operate it without me.
Dalek: Every problem has a solution.

Alydon: I never fight against the inevitable, it's a vain occupation. But I would advise you to reconsider what you consider to be inevitable. It is amazing how often apparent defeat can be turned into victory.

[The Daleks intend to flood the planet Skaro with radiation so that they alone may survive]
The Doctor: Nothing can live outside if you do that. Nothing.
Dalek: Except the Daleks.
The Doctor: When do you intend to put this into operation?
Dalek: Now.
The Doctor: This senseless, evil killing...!

Dalek: Listen... to... me!
The Doctor: Yes?
Dalek: Stop... our power... from... wasting... or it will be... end... of the... Daleks!
The Doctor: Even if I wanted to, I don't know how. [The Dalek exclaims loudly and its eyestalk flies upwards before it becomes motionless]
Alydon: It's finished. The final war. Five hundred years of destruction end in this.

The Doctor: You wanted advice you said. I never give it. Never. But I might just say this to you. Always search for truth. My truth is in the stars and yours is here.
(8 February - 15 February 1964)
The Doctor: Can it be possible then, that this is the end?
Ian: 'The end'? What are you talking about?
The Doctor: We have ten minutes to survive.

The Doctor: [The Doctor has sent Barbara and Susan to check the TARDIS doors, and once they are out of earshot he whispers to Ian]: I lied, deliberately, so that they won't know.
Ian: Won't know what?
The Doctor: We have five minutes only. When the end does come, they won't know anything about it.
Ian: There's no hope, then.
The Doctor: I can't see any. Will you face it with me?

The Doctor: I know. I know. I said it would take the force of a total solar system to attract the power away from my ship. We're at the very beginning, the new start of a solar system. Outside, the atoms are rushing towards each other. Fusing, coagulating, until minute little collections of matter are created. And so the process goes on, and on until dust is formed. Dust then becomes solid entity. A new birth... of a sun… and its planets!

The Doctor: (Talking to Ian) You know, I really believe I have underestimated that young lady in the past, Chartow.

The Doctor: As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.
(22 February - 4 April 1964)
The Doctor: We're always in trouble! Isn't this extraordinary - it follows us everywhere!

Marco Polo: On my travels to Cathay, Ian, I have come to believe many things I'd previously doubted. For instance, when I was a boy in Venice, they told me that in Cathay there was a stone that burned. I did not believe, but there is such a stone: I have seen it… And if a stone burns, why not a caravan that flies? Birds fly; I have even seen fish that fly. You are asking me to believe that your caravan can defy the passage of the sun? Move not merely from one place to another, but from today into tomorrow, today into yesterday? No, Ian, that I cannot accept.
(11 April – 16 May 1964)
Barbara [Looking at a dead calm sea]: Is it frozen?
The Doctor: No, impossible at this temperature. Besides, it's too warm.

The Doctor: I don't believe that man was made to be controlled by machines. Machines can make laws, but they can not preserve justice. Only human beings can do that.
(23 May - 13 June 1964)
The Doctor: You can't rewrite history. Not one line!

The Doctor: Yes, I made some cocoa and got engaged.

Ian: Oh, so I'm going to die, am I?
(20 June - 1 August 1964)
The Doctor: It all started out as a mild curiosity in the junkyard, and now it's turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure.

The Doctor: I learned not to meddle in other people's affairs years ago.
Ian: [Laughs]
The Doctor: Now, now, now, don't be absurd. There's not an ounce of curiosity in me, my dear boy.

The Doctor: Now listen to me, both of you. You've taken the lock of my ship and I want it returned immediately.
Sensorite 1: You are in no position to threaten us.
The Doctor: I don't make threats. But I do keep promises. And I promise you I shall cause you more trouble than you bargained for...If you don’t return my property!

The Second Elder: These creatures, these Earth people, are loud and ugly things! Why could we not have met them in the desert or in the mountains?

Susan: Grandfather and I don't come from Earth. Oh, it's ages since we've seen our planet. It's quite like Earth, but at night the sky is a burned orange, and the leaves on the trees are bright silver.
The First Elder: My mind tells me that you wish to see your home again, and yet there is a part of you which calls for adventure. A wanderlust.
Susan: Yes. Well, we'll all go home some day. That's if you'll let us.
The First Elder: I think I will.

Susan: [Regarding a possible future return to Gallifrey]: When will we get back, Grandfather?
The Doctor: I don't know, my dear. This old ship of mine seems to be an aimless thing. However, we don't worry about it, do we? Do you?
Susan: Sometimes I feel I'd like to belong somewhere, not just be a wanderer. Still, I'm not unhappy.
The Doctor: Good, good.
(8 August - 12 September 1964)
Road Works Overseer: I suppose you think you're very clever.
The Doctor: Well, without any undue modesty, yes!

The Doctor: I can't decide whether you're a rogue or a halfwit or both!

The Doctor: Our lives are important — at least to us — and as we see, so we learn... Our destiny is in the stars, so let's go and search for it.

Season 2

The Doctor: We have been reduced roughly to the size of an inch!
(21 November to 26 December 1964)
The Doctor and Ian are about to explore an abandoned warehouse.
The Doctor: Let's take a snoop.
He begins climbing stairs (leading into the warehouse) which appear to be unstable.
Ian: Careful, Doctor!
The Doctor: I'm not a half-wit.

A part of the wall of the warehouse is in such a state of decay that Ian falls through it, and is left hanging far above the ground clinging to some scaffolding. He manages to swing himself back up into the building, with the help of the Doctor. They are both panting.
Ian: Nobody can get through that way.
The Doctor: Except you!

Barbara and Susan have just been led to the Dalek resistance group.
Professor Dortmun: Two more pairs of hands! Good.
David Campbell: [Pointing to Barbara.] She says she can cook!
Professor Dortmun: Can you?
Barbara nods.
David Campbell: [Addressing Susan] And what do YOU do?
Susan: I eat.

Dalek: Why have the human beings been allowed to get so near the river?
Ian: Doctor, that voice.
Roboman 2: No explanation.
Dalek: Where is the Robo-control for this section?
Roboman 1: Not known.
Dalek: You will take his place until he is found. The human beings are to be taken to landing area one.
Ian: Daleks on Earth! Doctor, how did this happen?
Doctor: Leave this to me, dear boy. I think you'd better let us go.
Dalek: We do not release prisoners. We are the masters of the Earth.
Doctor: Not for long.
Dalek: Obey us or die.
Doctor: Die? And just who are you to condemn us to death? [sotto] I think we'd better pit our wits against them and defeat them.
Dalek: Stop! I can hear you! I have heard many similar words from leaders of your different races! All of them were destroyed! I warn you! Resistance is useless!
The Doctor: Resistance is useless? Surely you don't expect ALL the people to welcome you with open arms?
Dalek: We have already conquered Earth!
The Doctor: Conquered the Earth? You poor, pathetic creatures, don't you realise? Before you attempt to conquer the Earth you will have to destroy ALL living matter!
Dalek: Take them! Take them! [The Doctor and Ian are taken away] We are the masters of Earth! We are the masters of Earth! We are the masters of Earth!

Professor Dortmun: Obey motorised dustbins?! We'll see!

Dalek Supreme: Rebels of London, this is your last offer - our final warning. Leave your hiding places. Show yourselves in the open streets. You will be fed and watered. Work is needed from you... but the Daleks offer you life. Rebel against us and the Daleks will destroy London completely. You will all die. The males, the females, the descendants. Rebels of London, come out of your hiding places.
Daleks: The Daleks offer you life!

The Doctor has managed to break himself, Ian and Jack out of a Dalek prison cell
Ian: Doctor, you're a genius!
The Doctor: Yes, there are very few of us left. Now let's get out of here, and be crafty!

David Campbell: [Regarding the Daleks] They dare to tamper with the forces of creation?
The Doctor: Yes, they dare! And we have got to dare to stop them.

Dalek: The work on the capsule is complete. The device is ready.
Supreme Commander: Good. We shall have one hour to leave when the device is fired. Am firing now. [The Bomb slides down its guide rails and stops when it hits Ian's barrier] The explosive device is on its way to the centre of the Earth. We shall go the edge of the mine workings and be picked up by the saucers.

The Doctor: During all the years I've been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me.
Susan: Oh, Grandfather, I belong with you!
The Doctor: Not any longer, Susan. You are still my grandchild and always will be. But now, you're a woman too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David, you will be able to find those roots and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear. [He dematerialises the TARDIS, which vanishes. David and Susan leave, Susan dropping her key onto the floor.]
(2 January - 9 January 1965)

[Ian and Barbara are perplexed about the Doctor deciding to take a nap rather than explore]
Barbara: Well, maybe we're going to see a new side to the Doctor.
Ian: Yeah, well, he isn't getting any younger, is he? You know, it's the first time he's been asleep during a landing. Barbara, I've got an idea he's getting a bit... [Ian mimes being old and senile, and Barbara laughs. The Doctor suddenly pokes his head out of the TARDIS doors]
The Doctor: Remember, I can hear what you're saying.

The Doctor: [muttering to himself over his notes] My writing gets worse and worse. Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear.

The Doctor: [talking to "Koquillion"] This used to be the people's Hall of Judgement. Fitting, in the present circumstances, don't you think?

The Doctor: You destroyed a whole planet just to save your own skin. You're insane!
(16 January 1965 - 6 February 1965)
The Doctor: [after successfully fending off an assassin] Alright? Of course I'm alright, my child. You know, I am so constantly outwitting the opposition, I tend to forget the delights and satisfaction of the arts, the gentle art of fisticuffs.
(13 February 1965 - 20 March 1965)
Hetra [having come across a wall blocking their path]: A silent wall! We must make mouths in it with our weapons, then it speak more light.

[The Tardis has been dragged away by the Zarbi]
The Doctor: My TARDIS...

Prapillus: This sector seems to be paralysed.
Barbara: Oh, look, this is the Doctor’s astral map.
Prapillus: Does it work?
Barbara: Yes, I think so.
Prapillus: Can we speak to the invasion force with it?
Barbara: Yes, if I can just find the right frequency. Where would you want it set?
Prapillus: To the planet Pictos, there.
Barbara: Now, try that.
Prapillus: Vortis to main force. Vortis to main force. Warning, repeat, warning, Electron guns useless against the Zarbi. Isop Plateau heavily ambushed. Wait for instructions. Reply.
Hilio: Either it hasn’t heard, or it doesn’t trust us.
Barbara: Or I didn’t set it right. I don’t know, there’s something wrong. This thing ought to light. Prapillus, look. It’s the Isop-tope. The Doctor, he must have been captured.
Hilio: Then we must take it to the centre ourselves.
Barbara: But why would...?
Hilio: There’s no time to lose.
Prapillus: Hilio will take care of the Doctor.
Barbara: Hilio.
Prapillus: Hurry!
(27 March - 17 April 1965)
Vicki: Why have I got to keep pretending I'm a boy? Why can't I be a girl again?

Princess Joanna: [about the Doctor] There's something new in you, yet something older than the sky itself. I sense that I can trust you.
(24 April - 15 May 1965)
Vicki: Time, like space, although a dimension in itself, also has dimensions of its own.

Ian: Doctor, why do you always show the greatest interest in the least important things?
The Doctor: The least important things, sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.

Barbara: The Doctor's curious, that means we stay.

Ian: Doctor, I'd just come face to face with myself! I wasn't counting the buttons on my jacket!

Dalek: Our greatest enemies have left the planet Xeros. They are once again in time and space.
Dalek 2: They cannot escape! Our time machine will soon follow them. They will be exterminated! Exterminated! Exterminated!
(22 May - 26 June 1965)
The Doctor: Now you've squashed my favorite Beatles!

Ian: [to Vicki] Don't just stand there and scream, you little fool, RUN!

The Doctor: We're trying to defeat the Daleks, not start a jumble sale!

Barbara: We're not idiots! We want to go home!
Ian: Yes! Home! I want to sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer again! I want to walk in a park, and watch a cricket match. And above all, I want to belong somewhere, and do something! Instead of this aimless drifting around in space!
The Doctor: AIMLESS?! I tried for two years to get you both home!
Ian: Well you haven't been successful, have you?
The Doctor: How dare you, young man! HOW DARE YOU, SIR! I didn't invite you into the ship in the first place! You both thrust yourselves upon me!
The Doctor: Oh, for heaven's sake! I've never heard such nonsense!
Barbara: Look. I know we've thrust ourselves upon you! But we've been through a great deal since then! And all we've been through will remain with us always! It could be the most exciting part of my life. Look, Doctor, we're different people. And now we have a chance to go home. We want to take that chance. Will you help us work that machine?
The Doctor: ...No. No! I will not aid and abet suicide!
Ian: Oh, he's as stubborn as ever!
Vicki: Doctor.
The Doctor: [Trying to avoid her, turns away].. Hmm?
Vicki: Doctor, you've got let them go if they want too. They want to be back in their own time.
The Doctor: Don't you want to go with them, child? Hmm?
Vicki: What for? Why would I want to be back in their time for? I want to be with you! Doctor... You've got to help them.
The Doctor: Don't you realise, child, of the enormous risks?
Vicki: But it's up to them!
The Doctor: [turns back towards Ian and Barbara] Do both realize the enormous risks?
Ian: Yes, Doctor. We still want to go.
The Doctor: Oh, very well. Follow me. [Heads towards the machine and prepares to unlock it, then turns around] But you must follow my instructions implicitly. Understood? Implicitly! [brief pause] You'll both have about a 50/50 chance.

Barbara: Hey, Doctor! Wherever you are...
[Ian cuts her off, as people come to investigate the exploding Dalek Time Machine]
Ian: Shh! There's someone coming.
Barbara: Goodbye, Doctor! Thanks for the ride.
Ian: Yeah, it was fun, Doctor. goodbye.
(3 July - 24 July 1965)
[Vicki and the Doctor talking about Barbara and Ian, who had just left in the previous episode]
Vicki: Well, they weren't getting any younger, were they?
The Doctor: It's lucky for you, child, that they aren't around to hear you say that. Hm, good gracious me. You think they're old? What do you think of me?

[The Doctor introducing a few rules to new companion Steven Taylor]
The Doctor: Now, my boy, there are two things you can do. One: Sit there until you get your breath back, and two: Don't call me Doc! Now do I make myself clear?

[The Doctor gives an irritated introduction of the TARDIS to new companion Steven Taylor]
The Doctor: That is the dematerialising 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 Doctor: What do you think of that, now, eh? A Viking helmet.
Steven Taylor: Maybe.
The Doctor: What do you mean, "maybe"? What do you think it is, a space helmet for a cow?

The Doctor: So that's it! You're a time meddler! No wonder you wanted to get rid of me. And what are you trying to get up to this time?
The Monk: I'm sure you'll approve, Doctor.
The Doctor: Are you quite mad? You know as well as I do the golden rule about space and time travelling. Never, never interfere with the course of history.

The Monk: [Reading a letter from the Doctor] "My dear fellow, I'm sure will you excuse me but I didn't want to say goodbye, as you are obviously going to be very busy for some time." He's right there. "Just in case you still idea's about your master plan, I've taken precautions to stop your time meddling." How could he stop a Mark 4? "Possibly one day in the future, when you've learnt your lesson, I shall return and release you." Release me? Ha! Me? Oh, the old fool. I wonder what he meant by release me? Well, I'll be going.
[But he can't get in. His TARDIS is the same size as the Altar. It's no longer bigger on the inside than the outside]
The Monk: [Horrified] Ah! Ah! What's he done? He's taken my dimensional control! He's ruined my time machine! I'm, I'm marooned. Marooned! In 1066. Oh, Doctor. Doctor! Doctor!

Season 3

(11 September - 2 October 1965)
Steven: Hey, you know, there might be a lake or a river around, Doctor. Do you fancy a swim?
The Doctor: [annoyed] My dear young man, this isn't a joy ride! This is a scientific expedition!
Steven Taylor: Oh, come off it, Doctor! You can't be scientific all the time. Anyway, uh, you look as if you could do with a good wash-down.

Steven: Well, Doctor? Will this planet explode?
The Doctor: The Rills were quite right.
Steven: We've got to get off the planet.
The Doctor: Yes, if the Drahvins let us go.
Steven: We've got to make that sure they do.
The Doctor: They need our help with the Rills! Why do you think they've held Vicki back?
Steven: Okay, but we've got to get off here somehow!
The Doctor: It's imperative that we leave at once.
Steven: Why is that that? The Drahvins did say fourteen dawns.
The Doctor: Two dawns! Tomorrow is the last day this planet will ever see.

The Doctor: We're going to help you and Maaga and the rest of them to get to the Rill spaceship. We wish to save lives, not to destroy them.
Drahvin Clone (1): Maaga does not trust you. I do not trust you.
Vicki: Listen, we have captured these machines. They do anything we tell them now. Watch. Come forward. Stop. Go back. Stop.
[Unconvinced, the Drahvin turns and fires at the Chumbley. Horrified, Vicki wrestles the gun away her.]
The Doctor: Now, madam! Listen to me!
Drahvin Clone (1): Kill me now. I have failed my duty.
The Doctor: Nonsense. Let us stop this thought of killing anyone. Now, madam, back to your spaceship. Back please.
Vicki: Go on. Hurry.

Maaga: Why do you not give up, Earthman?
Steven: [gasping, and heavy breathing] I'd rather face the Chumblies than you any day.
Maaga: [evil laughter] That will not work now. The pressure has locked the door. You must surrender, or die!
[Steven leans against a wall, and starts to collapse due to the lack of air]
Jeff Garvey: [in a low voice] I remember now. I must... I must kill... I must kill... I must kill.

[After killing Garvey as he tried to attack Lowery]
Marc Cory: [Pulls a thorn from behind Garveys ear] A Varge thorn.
Lowery: A Varga [stretches hand out to get a closer look]
Marc Cory: Careful! Don't prick yourself with it. Or we'll end up the way Garvey is, and I'd have to kill you.

Marc Cory: I didn't intend to tell you anything. But, since we're stuck on this planet and Garvey's dead. There are some facts you're entitled to know.
Lowery: I can't believe Garvey's dead. We flew together for the last ten years. But now he's dead. And you killed him.

Lowery: Why do you think the Daleks are working here.
Marc Cory: [pulls the Varga thorn from a small case] Because of this! A thorn from a Varga Plant. The thing, is part animal, part vegetable, and looks like a cactus. The poison attacks the brain. Rational thought is replaced by an overwhelming desire to kill. Eventually, the poison seeps through the system, and the victim is gradually transformed into a Varga.
Lowery: What's that got to do with the Daleks?
Marc Cory: The only place in the universe where Varga plants grow naturally, is on the Daleks own planet, Skaro! If the Vargas are here. The Daleks must be too.

Malpha: This is indeed an historic moment in the history of the universe! We six from the outer galaxies, joining with the power from the solar system - the Daleks! The seven of us represent the greatest war force ever assembled! Conquest is assured!

Lowery: [Whimpering] ...Must..kill..
Marc Cory: What?
Lowery: ...kill...kill
Marc Cory: THE VARGA!
Lowery: I'm... sorry. I'm so sorry!

Marc Cory: This is Marc Cory, Special Security Service, reporting from the planet Kembel. The Daleks are planning the complete destruction of our galaxy. Together with the powers of the outer galaxies, a war force is being assembled.

Malpha: Now all is ready. We at this table pledge our allegiance to the Dalek cause. Our armies will reduce the galaxies to ashes. Their people to dust. And Earth we will conquer first. Victory! Victory!
All: Victory! Victory! Victory!
(16 October - 6 November 1965)
Steven: Where's he off to now? It's a fine time to go looking at the view.
Vicki: After all. That's why he went out there, to find out where we are. Anyway, that man looks quite friendly now. He's probably showing him to the nearest town.

Steven: The Doctor made a joke.
Vicki: Anyway, we don't even know where we are.
Steven: Well, the Doctor said they're Greeks, we're probably in Greece.
Vicki: Oh, but that would be lovely wouldn't it. We might meet the heroes.

Steven: So really, we arrived in your time entirely by accident. It's just another mis-calculation by the Doctor.

Cassandra: Woe to Troy!
Paris: It's too late to say "whoa!" to the horse.

The Doctor: Well, I think with all eternity to choose from, I did rather well to get us back to Earth.
Steven: I'm very glad you're pleased with yourself. I suppose I should be grateful for standing here, trussed like a chicken, ready to have me throat cut.
Odysseus: No one mentioned cutting throats.

The Doctor: I must get help!
Katarina: What help is there in limbo?
The Doctor: What's that, my dear?

Katarina: Strange god, you being me peace.
The Doctor: I don't know what Vicki has advised you..
Katarina: ...Oh, the Priestess Cressida told me that all would be well. And I knew it was to come.
The Doctor: What was to come my dear?
Katarina: That I was to die.
The Doctor: My dear child, you're not dead. That's nonsense. Hmm?
Katarina: But this is not Troy. This is not even the world. This is the journey through the beyond. Thankyou.
The Doctor: Yes, yes, yes, as you wish, child.

The Doctor: Now, remember, Katarina. You must call me Doctor.
Katarina: Oh, as you wish, Doc.
The Doctor: I am not a Doc. And I am not a god. Oh, my dear Vicki, I hope you'll be alright! I shall miss you, child.
(13 November 1965 - 29 January 1966)
The Doctor: [yelling at Steven] These are Daleks! Now you listen to me, young man, I am in charge of this situation...
Bret Vyon: Sir! Will you shut up? At least that's stopped you arguing.
The Doctor: Well, upon my soul!
Bret Vyon: Now look here, I don't care what happens to you, but I've got to warn Earth!
The Doctor: Yes, and you will have to do far more than that! If the Daleks are doing something drastic, then we have to stop the Daleks! Now will you shut up, sir? Hmm?

Katarina: Great One, don't leave us! Don't let the strange beings catch you...
Bret Vyon: He's been caught! We've got to leave!
Steven: No! He said we had to...
Bret Vyon: No!
Katarina: Stop! Without him, we can't reach the place of perfection!
Bret Vyon: We won't! We're going without him!

Kirksen: [to Katarina] Stop that or you're dead!
Bret Vyon: I can't sacrifice everything for the sake of that one girl!
Steven: Listen! Without us you wouldn't have got off Kembel at all, and nothing would be worth bothering about!
Bret Vyon: All right, so we all go back together. But without me, I doubt that you would have got this far either.
Steven: Yes, all right, but I won't let you hurt Katarina. We'll head back for Kembel as the Doctor says on the way, we may find a way to get her out of there.
Kirksen: You won't!
Steven: [Katarina reaches for the airlock switch] No, not that one! Katarina!
[Katarina opens the airlock. Katarina and Kirksen are swept into space to their deaths]
Steven: Katarina! [softly] Too late. She pressed the wrong button, Doctor.
The Doctor: She may have wanted to, dear boy. She wanted to save our lives.
Bret Vyon: [awkwardly] It... must have been quick.
The Doctor: I hope she's reached her Place of Perfection.
Steven: Yes, but not that way.
The Doctor: She didn't understand. She couldn't understand. She wanted to save our lives. And perhaps the lives of all the other beings of the Solar System. I hope she's found her Perfection. Oh, how I shall always remember her as one of the Daughters of the Gods. Yes, as one of the Daughters of the Gods.

[After being whisked away by Molecular Dessemination]
The Doctor: ... The mice couldn't have done that!

Steven: Daleks!
Sara Kingdom: You're right, Doctor. They've come.
Dalek: You are surrounded. You will come with us.
The Doctor: I'm afraid, my friends, that the Daleks have won.

The Doctor: [bristling when a policeman asks if he is a British citizen]: Your ideas are too narrow, too crippled. I am a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman to boot!

(The scene where they broke the fourth wall)
The Doctor: Here's a toast, a happy Christmas to all of us.
Steven: The same to you, Doctor, Sara.
The Doctor: And incidentally, a happy Christmas to all of you at home!

Steven: Sara, where have you been?
Sara: I don't know. But a strange man kept telling me to take my clothes off.
The Doctor: Now, come along. We must go back to the TARDIS. This is a madhouse. It's all full of Arabs. Come along.

[After the Time Destructor has wiped out all life on the planet Kembel, including Sara and the Daleks]
Steven: Let's go, Doctor. I've seen enough of this place.
The Doctor: [a little happy] Well, my boy, we finally rid this planet of Daleks!
Steven: [Steven is upset that the Doctor is celebrating their victory, as he thinks about the three companions killed in this story, in a slightly crying and slightly angry tone] What about Bret? Katarina?... Sara.
The Doctor: [the Doctor thinks while Steven goes back on board the TARDIS] What a waste. What a terrible waste.
[Without another word he turns and boards the TARDIS and with its usual sound the TARDIS leaves Kembel]
(5 February - 26 February 1966)
Steven: The girl! The girl who was with me! If you'd brought her with us she needn't have died. But no, you had to leave her there to be slaughtered.
Doctor: Well, it is possible of course she didn't die, and I was right to leave her.
Steven: Possible? Look, how possible? That girl was already hunted by the Catholic guards. If they killed ten thousand how did they spare her? You don't know, do you? You can't say for certain that you weren't responsible for that girl's death.
Doctor: I was not responsible.
Steven: Oh, no. You just sent her back to her aunt's house where the guards were waiting to catch her. I tell you this much, Doctor, wherever this machine of yours lands next, I'm getting off. If your researches have so little regard for human life, then I want no part of it.

The Doctor: My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don't quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we're too small to realise its final pattern. Therefore don't try and judge it from where you stand. I was right to do as I did. Yes, that I firmly believe. [Steven leaves the TARDIS] Steven... Even after all this time, he cannot understand. I dare not change the course of history. Well, at least I taught him to take some precautions; he did remember to look at the scanner before he opened the doors. And now, they're all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan. Or Vicki. And as for Barbara and Chatterton — Chesterton — they were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now, Steven. Perhaps I should go home. Back to my own planet. But I can't... I can't...
Steven: Look, Dodo, you don't know what you might have found out here. No gravity, poisoned atmosphere, all sorts of things. Look, stop prancing around over there. What happens if you get lost?
Dodo: I catch a bus back.
Steven: A bus? Look, what are you talking about? I mean, just where do you think you are?
Dodo: Ah! Bet you thought you'd caught me, didn't you? Bet you thought I didn't know. Well, I do.
Steven: You do?
Dodo: Of course I do.
Steven: What, this place? I mean, you recognise it? What, with all these strange animals and flowers and things?
[Toucan in the trees.]
Steven: Well, you can't have been here before.
Dodo: Yes, I have. It's just outside London. I came here once with the school. It's called Whipsnade.

Dodo: Flowers from America. A bird from Africa. A snake from Brazil. And now an elephant from India.

The Doctor: Well then, use it, my child! We must do something about that cold of yours. That reminds me, why are you dressed in these stupid clothes? Have you been footling about in my wardrobe? Is that what it is? What do you think you're playing at, crusades?

The Doctor: Yes, you do, my dear. Now you take care of them because you never know when we might use them. Now, I suggest we take a last look round and we'll get you off to bed.
Dodo: Oh, you're not going to send me home, are you?
The Doctor: Home? Ho, ho! What an idea. I couldn't send you home even if I wanted to.
Dodo: Oh, that's all right, then. I think I'm beginning to enjoy this space travel or whatever it is

The Doctor: No, no, no, dear boy. All this is a spaceship!
Steven: A spaceship?
The Doctor: Yes, exactly!
Dodo: Hey, Doctor? If this is a spaceship what are they?
A group of Monoids appear and circle them]

The Doctor: Well, you did come, my dear, so it's too late to be worry about that. And stop snivelling!
Dodo: I'm not snivelling. It's me nose running again! Anyway, I'm feeling better now but I don't suppose anyone cares.
The Doctor: But of course they care, my dear. Now don't worry. It's not your fault at all. If it's anybody's, it's mine.
Steven: Look, do you think this has happened before? That we've carried an infection from one age to another, or even one planet to another?
The Doctor: Oh, I don't want to think it about it, dear boy. It's too horrifying. Though I must say that we're usually very healthy.
Steven: It'll spread through the whole ship, become an epidemic.
The Doctor: Well, that depends on the strength of the virus infection.
Dodo: If it's half as bad as my cold was, it will.
The Doctor: Oh, do blow your nose, child. It's running all over the place.
Dodo: No, it isn't. I'm crying this time.
[the Doctor sneezes and as he does so he slowly fades away. Steven and Dodo don't notice right away because they are facing each other]
Steven: Bless you.
Dodo: Oh, Doctor, don't say you're catching a cold now.
Steven: [Now Steven and Dodo turn toward the Doctor and discover that he's disappeared] Doctor? Well, where are you?
The Doctor: [the Doctor briefly fades in and out of sight but then completely disappears] What do you mean, dear boy? I'm still here, hmm?
Steven: Huh?
Dodo: Doctor, you've vanished!
The Doctor: What? Oh, nonsense, child! Nonsense! Hmm!
Dodo: You have! Do you think this is something to do with the Refusians?
Steven: Why... it must be!
The Doctor: You're wrong! This is something far more serious. We're in grave danger. This is some form of attack!
(2 - 23 April 1966)
The Toymaker: I'm bored. I love to play games but there's no-one to play against. The beings who call here have no minds, and so they become my toys. But you will become my perpetual opponent. We shall play endless games together, your brain against mine.

The Doctor: Your infantile behaviour... Is beyond a joke.
[The Doctor reaches down to put counter 1 on top of counter 2, to complete his trilogic game. But then hesitates]
The Doctor: ... No, of course I mustn't. You very nearly caught me then, hmmm.
The Toymaker: Make your next move, Doctor. Make your move.
The Doctor: But if I do, this place vanishes, hmmm?
The Toymaker: ... And then you have won completely...
The Doctor: ... And if this place vanishes, then the TARDIS, and the rest of us, will vanish also.
The Toymaker: Correct. That is the price of success. Make your last move, Doctor. Make your last move.
[The Doctor puts his hands on his lapels]

The Toymaker: (to Sgt. Rugg and Ms. Wiggs) You fail me again, and I'll smash you like a stack of plates! (to make himself clear, the Toymaker picks up the only non-smashed plate and smashes it)
(30 April - 21 May 1966)
The Doctor: I never touch alcohol.
Holliday: [taking a swig] Well I do.

Kate: Aw for Pete's sake, Doc, tell 'em you're Holliday! You can take on all four of 'em any time.
The Doctor: Yes, I'm sorry, gentleman, but this is Holliday's young girlfriend, and she's only lying to protect him. Now, as I've already told you about this gun.
[Seth's revolver is shot from his hand and he clutches his wrist in pain. Nobody is more surprised than the Doctor who was merely waving the gun by way of explanation. But Kate is quick to take advantage of the confusion and produces her own weapon.]
Kate: Okay, don't try it, fellas. Nice shooting, Doc, but ya should have got him between the eyes.
The Doctor: Between the who?
Kate: The eyes.
The Doctor: Oh, my dear young lady, I, I, I, I...
Kate: Kill the next one that moves.
The Doctor: Yes, yes, quite so, quite so. Very good idea. Excellent. Well, you heard. Steven, get their guns!

[Steven is being forced to play a tune on the piano]
Steven: Let's hope the piano knows it.

The Doctor: He gave me a gun, he extracted my tooth. What more do you want?

Holliday: I promised to take you back safe home and I will do so in my own good time.
[Dodo grabs a gun from the dressing table and aims it unsteadily.]
Dodo: We're leaving now.
Holliday: What're you attempting to do with that there offensive weapon?
Dodo: Shoot you if I have to.
[She cocks the gun.]
(28 May - 18 June 1966)
Jano: Do you not realize that all progress is based on exploitation?
The Doctor: That, sir, is protracted murder!
(25 June - 16 July 1966)
The Doctor: [The Doctor and Dodo looking up at the newly completed Post Office Tower in London]: You know there's something alien about that tower! I can sense it.
Dodo: Smells okay to me. Good old London smoke...
The Doctor: I can feel it's got something sort of powerful. It's... Look at my skin. Look at that. I've got that pricking sensation again, the same. Just as I had when I saw the Daleks, those Daleks were near...
Dodo: "Daleks"? Who are they?
The Doctor: Oh, er, yes, of course, you, er, you didn't meet them, did you, child? No. No, and I pray that you never will.

[A War Machine raises it's large arm to crush the Doctor]:
The Doctor: Ah, temper, temper!
[Miraculously, the Machine stops]

Season 4

(10 September - 1 October 1966)
The Doctor: [to Ben and Polly]: How dare you follow me into the TARDIS!

Doctor: The distractions... I really thought I was going to be alone again.

Kewper: The rope will make more mark on your fine skin!
[Cherub throws his knife into Kewper's back]
Doctor: LOOK OUT!
[Cherub then shoots the Squire]
[Polly screams with her hands over her mouth]
(8 October - 29 October 1966)
Cyberman: You must come and live with us.
Polly: But we cannot live with you, you're different! You have no feelings!
Cyberman: Feelings? I do not understand that word.
Doctor: Emotions! Love! Pride! Hate! Fear! Have you no emotions, sir, hmm?

General: You can assure me of what you like, but whether I believe you or not is another question!
Doctor: Hm. Hm.
General: I haven't got time to deal with this now, BUT WHEN I DO, you'd better have a good explanation!
General: AND I DON'T LIKE YOUR FACE, nor your hair!
Doctor: HM!

Polly: What’s happened to you, Doctor?
The Doctor: Oh, I'm not sure my dear. Comes from an outside influence. Unless this old body of mine is wearing a bit thin.

Ben: Hey, come on Doctor, wakey wakey! It's all over now.
Polly: Doctor?
The Doctor: What did you say, my boy? It's all over. That's what you said. No, but it isn't all over. It's far from being all over.
Ben: What are you talking about?
The Doctor: I must get back to the TARDIS... IMMEDIATELY!
Polly: All right, Doctor.
The Doctor: Yes, I must go now.
Ben: Aren't we going to go back to say goodbye or anything?
The Doctor: No. No, I must go at once.
Ben: Oh well, you better have this. We don't want you catching your death of cold.
The Doctor: (Ben hands the Doctor his cloak) Ah, yes! Thank you. It's good. (starts leaving, then turns back) Keep warm.

Other Appearances

The following episodes occurred after the First Doctor's era had officially ended (in the eras of the Third Doctor, the Fifth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor respectively) and thus are not technically part of this Doctor's era. As they are all quotes involving the First Doctor, however, they are included here for the sake of completeness.
(30 December 1972 - 20 January 1973)
The Doctor [Upon encountering his second and third incarnations]: So you're my replacements — a dandy and a clown!

First Doctor [Addressing his future selves over the TARIDS scanner screen]: Have you done anything?
Second Doctor: Well, we've, er, assessed the situation–
First Doctor: Just as I thought. [laughs] Nothing.
Third Doctor: Well it's not easy, you know.
Second Doctor: It's not as if we know what that stuff is.
Third Doctor: No.
First Doctor: Then I'll tell you. It's a time bridge.
Second Doctor: It's a what?
Third Doctor: I see.
First Doctor: Now, what's a bridge for, eh?
Second Doctor: Well, er-
Third Doctor: -Crossing?
First Doctor: Right. So stop dilly-dallying... [sternly]: AND CROSS IT!
[Transmission fades]
(23 November 1983)
This was originally from Season 2, Episode 9, Flashpoint (26 Dec. 1964)
The First Doctor: One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Hm?

The First Doctor [to the Fifth Doctor’s companions]: As it happens I am the Doctor! The original, you might say!

The First Doctor [having tricked Borusa into accepting Rassilon's offer of immortality, thus condemning him to eternity as a living statue]: I suddenly realised what the old proverb meant: "To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose." It was all part of Rassilon's trap to find out who wanted immortality and put him out of the way. He knew very well that immortality was a curse. Not a blessing.

The First Doctor [to the Fifth Doctor]: You did quite well. Quite well. Hm. It's reassuring to know that my future is in safe hands.
(18 May 2013)
[The Doctor and Susan are about to steal a faulty TARDIS]
Clara: Doctor?
The Doctor: Yes? What is it? What do you want?
Clara: Sorry, but you're about to make a very big mistake. Don't steal that one, steal this one. The navigation system's knackered, but you'll have much more fun.
(23 November 2013)
The General: "It's delusional. I mean... the calculations alone would take hundreds of years."
The Eleventh Doctor: "Oh, hundreds and hundreds..."
The Tenth Doctor: "...But don't worry, I started a very long time ago."
[Zoom in on a TARDIS racing to Gallifrey]
The First Doctor: "Calling the War Council of Gallifrey! This is the Doctor!"
[Joined by eight other TARDISes]
The Eleventh Doctor: "You might say I've been doing this all my lives."
The Second Doctor: "Good luck."
The Third Doctor: "Standing by."
The Second Doctor: "Ready."
The Fourth Doctor: "Commencing calculations."
The Fifth Doctor: "Soon be there."
The Seventh Doctor: "Cross the boundaries that divide one universe from another."
The Sixth Doctor: "Just got to lock on to his coordinates."
The Ninth Doctor: "And for my next trick."
The General: "I didn't know when I was well off. All twelve of them!"
Andragor: "No, sir. All thirteen!"
[A new pair of grey eyebrows is seen]
(13 September 2014)
Young Doctor: "Hello? Who's there? Hello?"
(1 July 2017)
[The Twelfth Doctor is fighting regeneration on an icy, foggy planet]
The Twelfth Doctor: [to himself] "No! I will not change!"
The First Doctor: [obscured by the fog] "I will not change! I will not! No, no, no, no, the whole thing is ridiculous!"
The Twelfth Doctor: "Hello? Is someone there?"
The First Doctor: "Who is that?"
The Twelfth Doctor: "I'm the Doctor."
The First Doctor: [emerging from the fog] "The Doctor? No, I don't think so! No, dear me, no! You may be a Doctor, but I am the Doctor. The original, you might say!"
(25 December 2017)
First Doctor: It appears to have been played quite recently. It's the only thing here that's been cleaned. Yes, in fact this whole place could do with a good dusting. Obviously Polly isn't around any more.
Twelfth Doctor: Please, please. Please stop saying things like that.

First Doctor: You... are me? No. No.
Twelfth Doctor: Yes. Yes, I'm very much afraid so.
First Doctor: Do I... become... you?
Twelfth Doctor: Well, there's a few false starts, but you get there in the end.
First Doctor: [stammering] I thought...
Twelfth Doctor: What?
First Doctor: Well, I assumed I'd get... younger.
Twelfth Doctor: I AM younger!!

First Doctor: There is good and there is evil. I left Gallifrey to answer a question of my own. By any analysis, evil should always win. Good is not a practical survival strategy - it requires loyalty, self-sacrifice and love. And so, why does good prevail? What keeps the balance between good and evil in this appalling universe? Is there some kind of logic? Some mysterious force?
Bill: Perhaps it's just... a bloke.
First Doctor: A... bloke?
Bill: Yeah! Perhaps it's just some bloke, wandering around, putting everything right when it goes wrong.
First Doctor: Well, that would be a nice story, wouldn't it?
Bill: That would be the best.
First Doctor: But the real world is not a fairy tale.
Bill: You dash around the universe, trying to figure out what's holding it all together, and you really... Really don't know.
First Doctor: You know me in the future. Do I ever understand?
Bill: No. I really don't think you do.

The Captain: My family -- perhaps you could... look in on them, from time to time.
First Doctor: We should be delighted! What's the name?
The Captain: Lethbridge-Stewart. Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart.
First Doctor: I shall make it my business!
Twelfth Doctor: You can... trust him on that.

First Doctor: I think I'm ready now. But I should like to know... are you?
Twelfth Doctor: You'll find out. The long way round.
First Doctor: Whatever you decide, good luck, Doctor.
Twelfth Doctor: Goodbye, Doctor.

The First Doctor: [Last words in his 1st incarnation]: Well then. Here we go! The long way round.

Audio Appearances

Sara: [Wakes up after the TARDIS explodes] S-S-Steven.
Steven: [Rushing over to her] Sara. It's all right. We're OK!
The Doctor: Hey! What's that? Oh, of course we are. Nothing can enter the ship!
Sara: But what happened to the ship? How are we outside?
The Doctor: This... is obviously a beach. I've always liked the sea-side. Something about the sand between ones toes... It's going to ruin these shoes though...
Sara: [Slightly annoyed] You're changing the subject, Doctor. The TARDIS...
The Monk: You know, I rather like the idea of being an outlaw legend! I'm sure a few grand tales about me wouldn't do any harm?
The Doctor: Interfering with history will always be harmful, you conceited ninny!

The Monk: Why must you always be so self-righteous? And a hypocrite, to boot! I know what you did in Troy!
The Doctor: How dare you. That was different. That was to save lives!
The Monk: Your own life!

The Monk: My dear Dodo, you've heard the story about the Greeks hiding in a giant horse so they could get into the city and sack it?
Dodo: Yes...
The Monk: That was the Doctor's idea! He told them to do that!
Dodo: [gasps] Doctor!
The Doctor: Entirely. Different. Circumstances!
Ian: If I may say so, you still seem rather troubled by it all.
The Doctor: Well, I... I suppose that I am. I'm starting, you see, to wonder...
Ian: About what?
The Doctor: About whether we have a duty to intervene, Chesterton, no matter the cost, or the rules. About whether what I had believed all of my life to be true is necessarily so, and... About whether, one day in the end, I'm simply going to have to change.
Ian: Sounds a bit extreme, Doctor. We all like you, you know, just the way you are.
The Doctor: Oh, you're very kind, very kind indeed. But for now... Yes, let's see where we end up next.
Ian: Onwards, then?
The Doctor: That's right, my boy. Always onwards!
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