“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
“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
“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
— Elton, Love and Monsters
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
River: You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it’s from years before you knew them. It’s like they’re not quite finished; they’re not done yet. Well, yes, the Doctor’s here. He came when I called just like he always does, but not “my” Doctor. Now, my Doctor, I’ve seen whole armies turn and run away, and he’d just swagger off back to his TARDIS and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor in the TARDIS. Next stop: everywhere.
The Doctor: Spoilers! Nobody can open the TARDIS by snapping their fingers. It doesn’t work like that.
River: It does for the Doctor.
The Doctor: I am the Doctor.
River: Yeah. Someday.
— — River Song, Silence in the Library
Donna: Am I ever going to see you again?
The Doctor: If I’m lucky.
Donna: Just promise me one thing: Find someone.
The Doctor: I don’t need anyone.
Donna: Yes you do. Because sometimes… I think you need someone to stop you.
— Donna Noble, The Runaway Bride
Martha: Don’t you want to know what I was really doing when I was walking the Earth?
The Master: [rolls his eyes] Go on then, tell me.
Martha: I told a story. That’s it. No guns, no bombs, just words. I told them about the Doctor. I told them my story, and I told them to pass it on, to tell everyone they could so that the whole world know.
The Master: [mockingly] So faith and hope…That’s your plan?
Martha: No. I gave them an instruction; I told them that if everyone thinks of one word at one specific time-
The Master: Nothing will happen! Prayer, is that your weapon?
Martha: -Right across the world! One word, just one thought, at one moment…But with fifteen satellites!
The Master: [freezes] What?
Jack: The Archangel Network.
Martha: A telepathic field, binding the whole human race together. All of them, every single person on Earth, thinking the same thing at the same time! And that word, is “Doctor”!
— Martha Jones, Last of the Time Lords
Rose: But what do I do every day, Mum? Get up. Go to work. Catch the bus, eat chips, and go to bed.
Mickey: It’s what the rest of us do.
Rose: But I can’t.
Mickey: Because you’re better than us?
Rose: No, I didn’t mean that. But it was, it was a better life. I don’t mean all the travelling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. [to Mickey] You know, he showed you too. [continues] You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no.” You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away, and I just can’t…!
— Rose, The Parting of the Ways
Clara: You’re going to help me?
The Doctor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?
Clara: Because of what I just did. I just…
The Doctor: You betrayed me. Betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!
Clara: Then why are you helping me?
The Doctor: Why? Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?
— The Twelfth Doctor, Death in Heaven