The first time Doctor Who stepped out of his TARDIS was way back in 1963 when William Hartnell first acted out the role of the Time Lord from the planet of Gallifrey.
The BBC TV series has thus far had eleven different actors play the Doctor and the series has way over 700 episodes to its name which has seen it surpass fellow science-fiction adventure series Star Trek’s massive total of 726 TV shows. Doctor Who also has two feature-length films to its credit but Star Trek outstrips it there with ten movies beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise.
Doctor Who is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world and this year it entered its 48th year of TV production, albeit with a nine-year gap (1996-2005) when BBC TV scrapped the popular series from its television budget.
Below I have listed a couple of the best Doctor Who quotes from the twelve actors who have helped make Doctor Who a great success and forever a part of television history.
Some of the Best Doctor Who Quotes
“As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.” – First Doctor Who William Hartnell
“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.” – First Doctor Who William Hartnell
“Give a monkey control of its environment, and it will fill the world with bananas.” – Second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton
“People spend all their time making nice things and then other people come along and break them.” – Second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton
“Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered.” – Third Doctor Who Jon Pertwee
“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.” – Third Doctor Who Jon Pertwee
“There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” – Fourth Doctor Who Tom Baker
“That’s monstrous! Vaporisation without representation is against the constitution.” – Fourth Doctor Who Tom Baker
“Well, there’s a probability of anything. Statistically speaking, if you gave typewriters to a treeful of monkeys, they’d eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare.” – Fifth Doctor Who Peter Davison
“There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes.” – Fifth Doctor Who Peter Davison
“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.” – Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker
“Oh, I thought you were my mirror image………until I realised I wasn’t the one holding a gun” – Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker
“Are these antiques dotted about all over the building? It really is a splendid piece of audioarchitectonicalmetrasynchosity!” – Seventh Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy
“If we fight like animals, we die like animals.” – Seventh Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy
“I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.” – Eighth Doctor Who Paul McGann
“A Time Lord has 13 lives and the Master had used all of his. But rules never meant much to him, so I stowed his remains safely for the voyage back. Because even in death, I couldn’t trust him. In all my travels through space and time, and nearing the end of my seventh life, I was finally beginning to realise that you could never be too careful.” – Eighth Doctor Who Paul McGann
“I saw the Fall of Troy, World War Five, I was pushing boxes at the Boston Tea Party. Now I’m gonna die in a dungeon…. in Cardiff!” – Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston
“Could you hurry up and close the door? Your ship’s about to blow up; there’s gonna be a draft.” – Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston
“Astrid Peth, citizen of Sto. The woman who looked at the stars and dreamed of travelling. Now you can travel forever. You’re not falling, Astrid… You’re flying!” – Tenth Doctor Who David Tennant
“You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “genocide”. You’ll find a little picture of me there, and the caption’ll read “Over my dead body.” Tenth Doctor Who David Tennant
“You’re bluffing. There isn’t a sincere bone in your body… there isn’t a bone in your body!” – Eleventh Doctor Who Matt Smith
“Bringing things to order, the first meeting of the representatives of the human race and homo reptilia is now in session.Never said that before. That’s fab.” – Eleventh Doctor Who Matt Smith
“Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the colour.” – Twelfth Doctor Who Peter Calpaldi
“I have the horrible feeling I’m going to have to kill you. Thought you might appreciate a drink first. Know I would.” – Twelfth Doctor Who Peter Calpaldi
What’s your favorite Doctor Who quotes?