“Hello, old friend. And here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you though. I think once we’re gone you won’t be coming back here for awhile. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor, and do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her, his is the story of Amelia Pond. And his is how it ends.”
— Amy Pond, The Angels Take Manhattan
“Do you know why people get together at Christmas? Because every time they do it might be the last time. Every Christmas is last Christmas.”
— Danny Pink,
I know, I know, this is a bit of a sad quote for Christmas. But I also think that it’s a beautiful quote and I love the sentiment behind it. Christmas is a time where Family and Friends get together and enjoy each other’s company. Gifts are exchanged, but more importantly, love is exchanged. Whether we tell each other through the year or only once a year, at Christmas we remember to love each other.
Christmas can also be a time of conflict, as friction often develops when Families come together, but people come together anyways. Because that is what you do on Christmas, you spend time with those you love. Even if those same people you might not always like as much as you could.
Sometimes though families don’t get together at Christmas. Sometimes busy lives get in the way. Sometimes distance. Sometimes the issues seem to big to overcome. But here’s the thing, if every Christmas is last Christmas, that means that some Christmases are also first Christmas. First Christmas without…
So call that family member you haven’t spoke to in years. Resolve that conflict that’s been going on too long. Sure, you can’t guarantee that the other person will respond positively. But at least you’ll have tried. You’ll have taken the first step. And maybe you won’t have to regret a last Christmas spent apart. Maybe you’ll make a new memory to cherish and remember for years to come.
I’ve experienced Christmases that involve conflict, anger, frustration and tears. But there has also been love. Lots of love. And here’s the thing, the love far outweighs the conflict. And I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
“Listen, this is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is all right. Because didn’t anyone ever tell you fear is a super power? Fear can make you faster, and cleverer, and stronger. And one day, you’re going to come back to this barn and on that day you are going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay. Because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel, or cowardly, fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it’s okay to b afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. You’re always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion. A constant companion always there. But that’s okay, as fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I’m going to leave you something just so you’ll always remember. Fear makes companions of us all.”
— Clara, Listen
The Doctor: “But a hundred and one places to see, and you haven’t been to any of them, have you? That’s why you keep the book.”
Clara: “I keep the book ’cause I’m still going.”
The Doctor: “But you don’t run out on the people you care about. Wish I was more like that. See, the thing about a time machine is that you can run away all you like and still be back for tea, so what do you say? Anywhere, all of time and space right outside those doors.”
— Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald, The Bells of St. John’s
“1941. Right now, not very far from here, the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country, after country, falling like dominos. Nothing can stop it – nothing. Until one tiny, damp little island says ‘no’. ‘No. Not here.’ A mouse in front of a lion. You’re amazing, the lot of you. I don’t know what you do to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me. Go on. Do what you’ve got to do, save the world.”
— Ninth Doctor, The Empty Child
“Demons run when a good man goes to war
Night will fall and down the sun
When a god man goes to war.
Friendship dies and true love lies
Night will fall and the dark will rise
When a good man goes to war.
Demons run but count the cost
The battle’s won but the child is lost.”
— Demons Run
“Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. ‘Of course I dream,’ I tell her. ‘Everybody dreams.’ ‘But what do you dream about?,’ she’ll ask. ‘The same things everybody dreams about,’ I tell her. ‘I dream about where I’m going. She always laughs at that. ‘But you’re not going anywhere, you’re just wandering about.’ That’s not true. Not anymore. I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going. Where I’ve always been going. Home. The long way around.”
— Eleventh Doctor, Day of the Doctor
“I am not running away. But this is one corner of one country on one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and growing and never remaining the same for a second millisecond, and there is so much – so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”
— Eleventh Doctor, The Power of Three
River’s narration: [as the Doctor walks away from the Library] When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it’ll never end, but however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor, but I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepts it.
River’s narration: Everybody knows that everybody dies, but not every day. Not today. [The Doctor uploads her into CAL, where she is “saved” in a virtual reality, along with her fellow expiditioners killed by the Vashta Nerada] Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.
— River Song, Silence in the Library