When you can travel through all of time and space, you’re bound to pick up the odd nugget of knowledge along the way. The Doctor often shares their wisdom, laying down a guide to how to live your best life. Here are 30 insightful quotes from the Doctor, and what inspired them.
Confronting the Cyber-Leader, the Doctor was quick to point out the limitations of the Cybermen.
“Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege. The boy who died on the river, that boy's value is your value. That's what defines an age. That's what defines a species. ”
The Doctor tried in vain to make Lord Sutcliffe see the error in putting his own wealth above the lives of other people.
“Time travel is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook. You've got to throw yourself in! Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers! Or is that just me?”
Arriving on Satellite 5, the Doctor shared his philosophy on how to do time travel properly.
"I'm not running away from things. I'm running to them before they flare and fade forever. That's all right. Our lives would never remain the same. They can't. One day, soon, maybe, you'll stop. I've known you for a while.”
The Doctor confronted Professor Lazarus after his scheme to become young again went horribly wrong.
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant.”
The Doctor faced off against Tzim-Sha on a crane, giving him a final chance to bring an end to his villainous scheme.
“Because every time you see them happy you remember how sad they’re going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what’s the point in them being happy if they’re going to be sad later? The answer is, of course, because they are going to be sad later.”
While the Doctor normally gets along with famous historical figures, King James the First required a little more convincing!
“Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.”