10 of the Doctor’s best quotes about himself in ‘Doctor Who’

The Doctor usually has plenty to say for himself so it is little wonder that, hot on the heels of last year’s entertaining Who-ology book of trivia, comes a volume containing choice cuts of Doctor Who dialogue from the show’s first 50 years.

Compiled by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff: The Quotable Doctor Who celebrates the show’s many writers and script editors who have kept us entertained, as well as the actors who have delivered their words.

To celebrate its release, CultBox has picked 10 quotes from the Time Lord himself that caught our eye. Not necessarily the most familiar, but perhaps revealing of his character…


‘I’m a Time Lord. A man of science, temperament and passion!’
(‘Attack of the Cybermen’)


‘I’m afraid I’m much too old to be a pioneer. Although I was once amongst my own people.’
(‘The Daleks’)


‘I can’t remember if I’m lying about my age, that’s how old I am.’
(‘The Day of the Doctor’)


‘I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and dreamer of improbable dreams.’
(‘The Almost People’)


‘Interfere? Of course we should interfere. Always do what you’re best at, that’s what I say.’
(‘Nightmare of Eden’)


‘I can feel my hair curling, and that means either it’s going to rain or else I’m on to something.’
(‘The Deadly Assassin’)


‘Why do I always let my curiosity get the better of me?’
(‘Black Orchid’)


‘Good looks are no substitute for a sound character.’
(‘The Pirate Planet’)


‘I choose my friends with great care. Otherwise, I’m stuck with my own company, and you know how that works out.’
(‘Amy’s Choice’)


‘Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.’
(‘A Good Man Goes To War’)


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  • hicksrobin42

    “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.”~The War Doctor

  • stargazer1682

    “Christmas Eve on a rooftop. Saw a chimney, my whole brain just went “What the hell!” “

  • Andrew

    “One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.” – The First Doctor; The Dalek Invasion of Earth

  • Seventh Reign

    “Hello, I’m The Doctor …………………….. Basically ……………………………………………………………..Run” 11th Doctor – The Eleventh Hour. Chills every single time.

  • Viv Arney

    A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting. Third Doctor. I forget which episode. It’s always been a favorite.

    • Seventh Reign

      The Time Warrior 🙂

  • Bob Barnum

    “I am the Doctor….whether you like it, or not!”

  • Geordie

    Courage isn’t not being afraid, courage is being afraid, and doing what you have to do anyway.-3rd Doctor, Planet of the Daleks.

  • Genea Hysen

    “Rose before I go I just want to tell you, you were fantastic, absolutely fantastic and you know what so was I.” – Christopher Eccleston, The Parting of Ways.

  • Stephen Coppins

    “I am a citizen of the universe and a gentleman to boot.” – The Daleks’ Masterplan: The Feast of Steven.

  • Tom Carter

    After all my travels across the universe I have battled against evil. Against some power mad conspirators. I should’ve stayed here. The oldest civilisation. Definite, degenerate and rotten to the core. Power mad conspirators daleks sontarans cybermen. They’re still in the nursery compared to us. 10 million years of absolute power. Thats what it takes to be really corrupt. The Trial Of A Time Lord

    • Marcus Hicks

      Its actually Decadent, not definite.

  • Jedi Senshi

    I am not … a “good man”! … And I’m not a bad man. … I am not a “hero” — and I’m definitely not a President — and no — I’m not an officer! … You know what I am? … I AM … an IDIOT! … with a box — and a screwdriver — passing through, helping out, learning. – 12th Doctor “Death in Heaven”

  • Tom Musgreaves

    To the enquiring mind nothing is inexplicable only unexplained – 4th Doctor Robots Of Death

  • Justin

    If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, there is one thing you never, ever put in a trap…

  • Mat Greenfield

    “I don’t need to make claims, I know how good I am” — Ninth Doctor, ‘Dalek’.

  • Quentin Langley

    “Answers are easy. It is asking the right questions that counts” – Face of Evil

  • Whoworld

    these are suppose to be quotes from the doctor about himself…not just quoting the doctor!

  • cmom

    “Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!

  • Cameron Cormican

    what’s the point of being grown up if you cant act childish once in a while? 4th doctor

  • Arthur H Johnson

    There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes – The Doctor

    I can spot an alien up to malarkey with the indigenous population a mile away – The Doctor

  • Granger M

    There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes. (Tom Baker, classic series)
    Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap.
    If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any
    plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap. (Matt Smith, New series)

  • Lucy Mattos

    “I’ll be a story in your head but that’s ok. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? ’cause it was, you know? It was the best.” (11th Doctor, 513, The Big Bang)

  • Doug McLean

    “I thought – well, I was starting to think – maybe you were just like a mad man with a box.”
    “Amy Pond, there is one thing you need to know about me. It’s very important, your life may depend on it some day. I am definitely a mad man with a box.”

    I also quite like: “I am The Doctor, The Oncoming Storm, and… and you’re just a rabbit, aren’t you?”

  • Lightproud

    I’m The Doctor, I am 904 years old, I am from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterberous I am the Oncoming Storm The Bringer of Darkness…and you…you are just a rabbit aren’t you

  • JBL

    “You are MONSTERS! That is the role you seem determined to play. So it seems that I must play mine…the Man who STOPS the Monsters!” — The Twelfth Doctor; “Flatline”.

  • cwoneal

    What????? No one mentioned “timey wimey”??? I’m disappointed with you all! 🙂

  • Jonny B. Goode

    Borusa: You have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe.

    The Doctor: Well, I do talk to myself sometimes…

  • Keigan McKay

    “I’m the doctor, I’m worse than everyone’s aunt!” – 11th Doctor – The Eleventh Hour

  • 4l3x T0rr3s

    “Don’t play games with me! You just killed someone
    I like, that is not a safe place to stand! I’m the Doctor, and you’re
    in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up.”- The Forest of the Dead

    “I have lived a long life, and I have seen a few
    things. I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing
    of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as
    time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained; no time, no
    space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics
    were devised by the mind of a madman. I watched universes freeze and
    creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn’t believe, I have lost
    things you will never understand. And I know things, secrets
    that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge
    that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!” – The Rings of Akhaten

  • BartGibson

    Do you know like we were sayin’? About the Earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am. -9th Doctor

  • Nicholas Wilk

    “Fear me… tell this to your Gods, when they punish you, when the stretch you on the neutron rack… I’m still here. I’m not a man, not a human being, I am Lord President of Gallifrey, the traveler from beyond Time, I am the Sandman, the Oncoming Storm, I am the Ka Faraq Gatri; Destroyer of Worlds, and sometimes, only sometimes, I am your worst nightmare… I’m the Doctor” – The Seventh Doctor, Afterlife