“There are worlds out there where the skies are burning, where the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice…and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on Ace…we’ve got work to do!”—The (7th) Doctor, Survival (Last words spoken on the original series)
“Rose… before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what?”
I think parting lines from the Doctor are really important. This is my favorite. David Tennant’s “I don’t want to go.” summed up the feelings of people watching, but it was SO. SAD. This line, however, does so well in helping us say goodbye to Christopher Eccleston. It’s such a joyous line, and it warms my heart and at the same time shatters it.
Day 03: Favorite quote or one liner from Doctor Who?
Because of course I couldn’t pick just one:
The Doctor: Oooh!! A big flashy lighty thing. I love big flashy lighty things. Big flashy lighty things have got me written all over them. Well, not actually, but give me time. And a crayon. [from A Christmas Carol]
The Doctor: She’s a woman and she’s the TARDIS. Amy: Did you wish really hard? [from The Doctor’s Wife]
Are all people like this? Like what? So much bigger on the inside?
There are so many good quotes from The Doctor’s Wife, but this one takes the cake for me. How long has everyone said this about her? But all she has inside her is a different dimension. All of her corridors and libraries and swimming pools can’t measure up to the mystery that is human (or Time Lord, or TARDIS) consciousness. Just think for a second. Let yourself become aware of that space in the back of your head where you feel like your self is and tell me you don’t feel like you’re bigger on the inside.
“I think there’s all those sort of elements to ‘Doctor Who’ where even if it’s complicated, even if there’s a lot of stuff going on, there will be some running and an explosion and some great gags and some pretty people,” said Executive Producer Steven Moffat. ”You’ll enjoy it. It’s always entertaining by every means possible.”
He then explained how not understanding specifics doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the story.
“I used to love, absolutely love the American show ‘West Wing.’ I never had a clue of what was going on in it because I didn’t understand anything about American politics. They all seemed to understand it, and that was fine by me. They’d walk very fast down long corridors and say really weak stuff and say, ‘We’ve got to do this with Congress and a thing.’ And I’d say, ‘What’s a Congress?’ Then they’d say, ‘We’ve done it. We’ve got an affidavit,’ or something. I’d say, ‘Aha, so relieved.’ ” That, I think, is the way ‘Doctor Who’ can work for anyone because it’s fun. If you don’t understand all of it, join the rest of the audience.”
And clearly it’s a game plan he wishes more viewers would follow.
“It’s the most fun you can have on your television,” he said about “Who.” ”I don’t know why there are people out there still not watching it.”
io9:People have noticed that if you watch your first few episodes and then your most recent episodes, you're playing the Doctor very differently now. It's evolved.
Matt Smith:I really hope so. I hope there's an evolution. I'm not sure what it is. And I think next year it will evolve to something else as well, because I think that's one of the great liberations of the part. That pleases me, actually. Because I hope he's developing, as I develop with the role.
“When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end, but however hard you try you can’t run forever.”
I always loved River, even from the very first episode. Her speech at the end of Forest of the Dead made me cry, but not because of the episode itself. It made me cry because it was so true.
No matter what you’re running from or who you’re running with, it can’t last forever. There has to be a time when you stop and look back at what you’ve done, and then you realize you’re seeing yourself with a new person’s eyes, and whatever you’ve done has been done. Even if you’re running like the Doctor is- just from his life and himself. He never quite wants to look back and see what he’s become, which was the whole heart of A Good Man Goes To War, I think. For me, I think I’m running from myself as well. I think we all are. We’re running from a regretful past, from an uncertain future, from dreams long gone or broken to pieces, or maybe just from who we thought we were, and now realize that we’re not anymore.
Whether you’re running with a magic man in a blue box or running alone, there comes a point when your time to run is over, and you must turn to face what your circumstances are and who you’ve become. You must face the consequences of running for so long.
“Your ancestors have a talent for self-destruction that borders on genius.” - Image of the Fendahl
All happy and shiny, huh?
The reason I like it is because of it’s sharpness, actually. It kind of says so much about the Doctor and about humans at the same time.
First off, it’s true. We are brilliantly hopeless when it comes to keeping ourselves alive. World wars, nuclear bombs, economic collapse - bring up the apocalypse, and we have fifty different theories that millions buy into. It’s a talent, it’s genius, and the Doctor knows this. And he still tries to help. No matter how much we screw it up, the Doctor wants to help fix it. The Fourth Doctor might not be the most kind and considerate, but he’s one of the most realistic, I think, and I really enjoyed the wit and truth and hilarity of this line. It reminds me of something Douglas Adams might write, and it was a couple of years before he wrote for the show. It’s just beautifully written, and makes sense in the context of explaining human history to Leela, and absolutely my favorite line in Doctor Who.
#2 Instead of us reblogging a bazillion 30 day posts, we’re going to ask you to help us pick the best answers to reblog: Browse the ‘30 days of summer break doctor who’ tag and like and/or reblog your favorites. We’ll go through and pick one every couple of hours. If that doesn’t seem right, we’ll change it up for tomorrow.
Nix the popularity contest. Our idea for reblogging these is that there are episodes and series out there that some of us might never see unless our friends let us know just what we’re missing.
We’re also reblogging b/c we think that if you see someone who thinks the same stuff you do about the same things you do, you just might want to follow them.
This is not a celebration of popularity… it’s a CELEBRATION of QUALITY.
Seeming as I’m ahead of most of you, I figured I’d make a start on day two (that and it’s day two for me now).
So, this was rather difficult but I did manage to narrow it down to two stunning Hartnell serials, The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Daleks (Can you pick my favourite villain yet?) I’ll stick to dot-points as I don’t want this to go on for forever, too.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
This serial is magnificent for many reasons but there are two which stand out above all others. The first, is the scene where Barbara Wright, kidnapped historian and school teacher, is running across the middle of London with Jenny and wheelchair bound Dortman, while Daleks patrol the streets. It’s an epic scene, considering the budget at the time. In an interview I read, Jacqueline Hill (Barbara) stated that they had to be up and on set at 5am on a Sunday morning so that they wouldn’t get the crowds. It was completely unheard of to be up and about before Church on a Sunday morning for that generation, so that too adds to its epicness.
Recently, there was a reenactment of one scene, where Daleks are going over Westminster Bridge.
(source - I LoveLoveLove that Daleks from different eras are used in these shots :D (chronological order, too :DDDD))
And the second is of course, Susan’s goodbye. Though Hartnell plays a grumpy, cantankerous Doctor, we start to see his gentle, loving side begin to trickle into his decisions from the first few episodes but his goodbye to his beloved granddaughter hits home just how loving, genuine and humble he can really be. It’s beautiful. (Hereif you want/need to watch it)
The main and absolute reason this serial sticks out is the effects that were achieved with such a small budget - they were all aimed to be psychological rather than outwardly shocking. I mean, even if they had a multibillion dollar budget, the 1960s most top rated special effects were still rather dismal by today’s standards. This is the very first serial the Daleks appeared in and the second serial ever. Now, while egg whisks and plungers might not be terrifying any more, the way in which they’re slowly revealed through camera angles, cut shots and blood curdling screams resonates in the very depths of my own mind, years after first having seen it.
Pretend for just a moment that you’ve never seen a Dalek, never heard a Dalek and certainly have no idea who or what Davros is. You’re only just grasping the concept that yes, you can travel through time and yes, you can indeed travel through space as well. Now, you’re stuck on a foreign planet and the leader of your party has dragged you into what seems to be an abandoned city, laid out like a maze that keeps changing its mind. You begin to panic and run sporadically through the corridors to get back to your friends until suddenly, this seemingly mechanical creature comes at you, while you’re still all alone and scared, with long things aimed at you from the darkness.
Human Nature/The Family of Blood (they count as one in my mind)
Watching John Smith fall in love is an amazing thing. And whether or not his Time Lord consciousness is hidden, you can see that this Doctor has always had this capacity to love - even if he doesn’t show it. In my mind, I see him outwardly loving Joan Redfern the way he inwardly loves Rose. And when he questions:
my heart reaches out to him. I know what kind of man doesn’t think of that - one that has just had his two hearts ripped out after leaving the love of his life behind. A man who is so utterly devastated, he couldn’t possibly predict he would lose himself again.
And the villains - oh how I love the Family of Blood.
Everything about them - and that head tilt - and Son-of-Mine’s impossible half smile.
I also love Joan Redfern’s comment, “ Answer me this - just one question, that’s all. If the Doctor had never visited us, if he’d never chosen this place… on a whim… would anybody here have died?”
It brings up an extremely valid point. One many of us Whovians don’t like to think about. Yes, the Doctor may save us from destruction, but in a way, he brings destruction wherever he goes.
Last but not least, Timothy Latimer. And two of my top Doctor Who quotes:
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun…….He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe…..and… he’s wonderful.”
“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing… the fury of the Time Lord… and then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. He was being kind… He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains forged in the heart of a dwarf star. He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy To be imprisoned there… forever. He still visits my sister, once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her… but there she is. Can you see? He trapped her inside a mirror. Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection and see something move behind you just for a second, that’s her. That’s *always* her. As for me, I was suspended in time and the Doctor put me to work standing over the fields of England as their protector. We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure we did.”