Doctor Who Wednesdays #18

War Doctor: “I won’t remember this will I?

Eleventh Doctor: “The time streams are out of sync. You can’t retain it, no.”

The War Doctor: “So I won’t remember that I tried to save Gallifrey rather than burn it. I’ll have to live with that. But for now, for this moment, I am the Doctor again. Thank you.”

The Day of the Doctor

I was actually pretty excited that there were enough Wednesdays in April to include a quote from the War Doctor (8.5) episode. Especially because I really love how this quote explains the “timey wimey” aspect of why the Doctor would not remember what actually happened to Gallifrey. It also gave me a way to reconcile the absence of Christopher Eccleston in the episode (I not so secretly really wished that he would at least have a small cameo moment, but alas, it was not to be).


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Doctor Who Wednesdays #17

Guess what?! Yes, that is right, you are getting two quotes again today. I actually considered three… but then decided I needed to save some for a later month.

[Doctor is discussing his face with a homeless man]
Barney: “I don’t like it.”
The Doctor: “What?”
Barney: “Your face.”
The Doctor: “Well I don’t like it either. I mean it’s alright up to the eyebrows. Then it just goes haywire. Look at the eyebrows! These are attack eyebrows. You could take bottle caps off with these.”
Barney: “They are mighty eyebrows indeed.”
The Doctor: “They’re cross. They’re crosser than the rest of my face. They’re independently cross! They probably want to cede from the rest of my face and set up their own independent state of eyebrows.”

— Twelfth Doctor, Deep Breath

I love that the way they addressed “The eyebrows” right in the first episode. From the moment Capaldi was announced, and the eyebrows appeared in the 50th Anniversary episode, there was discussion about the angry eyebrows.  And instead of just ignoring them, they addressed them right off the bat. They also addressed the fact that “this face” has appeared before, only the Doctor can’t quite remember where he got it from, or why he chose it. I have heard rumour that they will address the origin of the face question more thoroughly in the next season.

[After Clara gets off the phone with Eleven]

The Doctor: “He asked you a question. Will you help me?
Clara: “You shouldn’t have been listening.”
The Doctor: “I wasn’t, I didn’t need to. That was me talking. You can’t see me, can you? You look right at me and you can’t see. Do you have any idea what that’s like? I’m not on the phone, I’m right here. Standing in front of you. Please just… just see me.”

— Twelfth Doctor, Deep Breath

I heard some criticism about Clara’s reticence to accept the new Doctor was actually Doctor. And I would like to remind all of those people that Clara was the first companion since Rose to meet a second Doctor face. And when Rose first saw the Tenth Doctor she didn’t understand that he was the same – he had to convince her. And I really liked how they did it this time. Yes it was partially because i liked hearing and seeing Eleven again, but it was also because I love when they remind the audience that the New Doctor is still the same man, just changed.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #16

Wait, what?! Why is there explanation happening before the quote? Shhh, listen, and I’ll tell you. Following this months theme, this week’s Doctor Who quotes come from the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor. Yes, you heard that right, quotes, plural. Because here’s the thing, I tried very hard to limit myself to one quote from this episode but I couldn’t. Because I really wanted to include a serious quote and a goofy quote. I struggled to decided. And then I realized that, hello, this is my blog and my series, and I make the rules. So you get two quotes today for the price of one (and quote two is quite long).

“Beans are evil. Bad, bad beans.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Eleventh Hour

As you can probably guess, this is the goofy quote. While saying this the Doctor spat out the beans into the sink. And I love it because I completely agree that beans are evil. I actually love the whole scene where he goes through any number of foods trying to find something that he might want to eat. I also love how he uses his crazy shenanigans to determine that Amelia Pond has a very scary crack in her wall – why else would she be completely fine with this crazy man who came out of a blue box, claimed there was a swimming pool in it, and then proceeded to try any number of foods before settling on fish fingers and custard.

The Doctor: “C’mon then! The Doctor will see you now!”
Atraxi: [After scanning The Doctor] “You are not of this world.”
The Doctor: “No but I’ve put a lot of work into it.”
Atraxi: “Is this world important?”
The Doctor: “Important? What’s that mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here’s a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Oh come on, you’re monitoring the whole planet! Is this world a threat?”
Atraxi: [After looking at a montage of world events] No.
The Doctor: “Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?”
Atraxi: [After viewing another montage about Earth]: No.
The Doctor: “Okay. One more, just one: is this world protected?”
[As the Atraxi views a montage of all the aliens who have attacked humanity in some way]
The Doctor: “You’re not the first to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you’ve got to ask is, what happened to them?”
[Atraxi looks at a montage of the past ten Doctors. The Doctor steps through the montage when the 10th Doctor is shown]
The Doctor: “Hello. I’m the Doctor. Basically. Run.”

This scene occurs close to the end of the episode and is sort of the “official” introduction of the Eleventh Doctor. I love the idea of the montage (with Eleven’s theme music getting louder in the background) showing all of the Doctors and ending with Eleven stepping through. Kind of like – yeah you’ve seen them all, and now you will know that I am also that guy. And you are not going to get away with threatening to blow up the Earth. So don’t even go there. And then he ends with that consistently present word – Run.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #15

“Tea! That’s all I needed. A good cup of tea. A super heated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses.”

— Tenth Doctor, The Christmas Invasion

So last week saw a quote from the Ninth Doctor’s first episode, and this week it’s a quote from the Tenth Doctor’s first episode. I have to admit, there were many quotes to choose from from this episode since it was just so good. But this is the one I went with, as it includes my love of tea. Nothing like tea solving everything 🙂

As an aside, the first Doctor Who scenes I ever saw actually came from this episode, as a friend showed me the scene with the Lion King quote before I’d actually watched the first Ninth Doctor episode.

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Harry Potter Thursdays #14

“Wow. We’re Identical.”

— Fred and George Weasley, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

In honour of April 1 being the Weasley Twins’ birthday, I am dedicating this month of Harry Potter quotes to Fred and George. There are so many that I love that I won’t be able to include them all, but we’ll get a few anyways. This first one doesn’t seem like much, but I feel like it goes far to sum up Fred and George’s humour, even in tense situations.

If you’re not sure, this quote is from The Deathly Hallows movie (first one) when everyone takes the Polyjuice Potion to turn into Harry. And the resident twins try to lighten the mood. By pointing out how they are now identical. The entire scene is full of great lines and moments (I mean how can it not be when you have Daniel Radcliffe pretending to be so many people), but I think that is my favourite line.

Don’t forget, a little humour can go a long way.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays. #14

The Doctor: Right then. I’ll be off. Unless, ah, I don’t know, you could come with me. This box isn’t just a London Hoppa, you know. It goes anywhere in the Universe, free of charge.
Mickey: Don’t! He’s an alien! He’s a thing!
The Doctor: He’s not invited. What d’you think? You could stay here, fill your life with work and food and sleep or you could go… anywhere.
Rose: Is it always this dangerous?
The Doctor: Yeah.
Rose: Yeah, I can’t. I’ve, um, I’ve gotta go and find my mom. And someone’s gotta look after this stupid lump, so…
The Doctor: Okay. See ya ’round. {he leaves in the TARDIS}
Rose: Come on, let’s go. Come on.
The Doctor reappearing moments later: By the way, did I mention it also travels in time?
{Rose Runs to the TARDIS}”

— The Ninth Doctor, Rose

It’s been 10 years since this episode first aired. 10 years since a new generation was introduced to Doctor Who (and many others were happily reunited). Christopher Eccleston played the 9th Doctor and had to convince new viewers and old viewers that they should come on an adventure through time and space. And in my opinion, he did a Fantastic Job.

If I wasn’t already convinced by this point that I wanted to watch more episodes, the moment when he came back and said that last line clinched it. I’m pretty sure I would have done exactly as Rose did. Run into the TARDIS. And in a way I did, because I kept watching.

Happy (belated) Birthday Doctor Who!