When you are a Time Lord that has been around for two thousand years there is a lot of wisdom you need to impart on humans, aliens, universes, and even sometimes, yourself.
Doctor Who has been host to many monologues over the years that have made us laugh, cry, and grin with excitement about what’s to come.
Sometimes its a moment when the Doctor says hello, and sometimes it’s a tearful goodbye, but one thing they all have in common is how they all manage to tug at our heartstrings.
Here are 19 of Doctor Who’s most epic speeches. Be sure to watch Doctor Who online to relive each of these epic moments.
Telling Off a God
The Doctor is so lawful good that seeing anyone being taken advantage of sets him off. On Doctor Who Season 7 Episode 7, “The Rings of Akhaten,” he tells off a god on a planet where the main form of currency is items of sentimental value. During the climactic final speech, The Doctor confronts the God and finally offers himself up in turn: “Oh, you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So, come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories.”
The Most Important Woman in the Universe
On Doctor Who Season 4 Episode 13, “Journey’s End,” the Doctor said goodbye to Donna Noble. After having to wipe her mind of everywhere they’ve been and everywhere they went, he had a few things to say to Donna’s mother and grandmother stressing their daughter’s role in saving the planet. “I just want you know there are worlds out there safe in the sky because of her. And there are people living in the light and singing songs of Donna Noble a thousand million light years away. They will never forget her. While she can never remember. But for one moment, one shining moment, she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe,” says the Doctor.
Let Someone Else Try First
During Doctor Who Season 5 Episode 12, “The Pandorica Opens,” there was one thing on the Doctor’s mind, and that was the weapon that the box supposedly held. Of course, while he’s trying to figure out what it contains all of his enemies show up prompting him to broadcast a warning. Looking up at all the ships he says, “Come on! Look at me. No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else. I don’t have anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.”
I Can Feel It
There was no forgetting the Doctor the second he stepped into Rose Tyler’s life during Doctor Who Season 1 Episode 1, “Rose.” The moment when he stood next to her and said, ” I can feel it The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour and I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go…” But as serious as the speech was, he quickly shifted his tone and said, “That’s who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home.”
Departures are a regular part of the Doctor Who universe, and the Doctor isn’t good with endings. Amelia and Rory’s death on Doctor Who Season 7 Episode 5, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” was an especially hard moment for the Eleventh Doctor. After saving Rory from the clutches of The Weeping Angels, one survivor sent them back into the past where they lived out their days. A book that was published, that the Doctor had been reading earlier in the series contained a final message from his best friend. The message included a few caring words for The Doctor, “Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think once we’re gone, you won’t be coming back here for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor.”
Making Friends with a Universe
Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 9, “It Takes You Away,” proves that only the Doctor can make friends with a whole universe. Similar to how The Doctor was willing to put himself in front of a memory-eating god on “Rings of Akhaten,” the Thirteenth Doctor’s willing to stay behind in a whole other universe if it means saving her friends. While The Doctor can’t stay with the soletract, she comes up with a bittersweet love letter to both her home universe and this one. When she convinces the soletract to let her depart she says gently, “You are the maddest, most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced, and I haven’t even scratched the surface. I wish I could stay. But if either of us are going to survive, you’re going to have to let me go and keep on being brilliant by yourself.”