I’m not a good man! And I’m not a bad man .. I’m an idiot. With a box .. passing through, helping out ..


When I was a little boy I had an imaginary friend, and when I grew up, he came back.  He’s called the Doctor.  He comes from somewhere else.  He’s got a box called the TARDIS that’s bigger on the inside and can travel anywhere in time and space.  I ran away with him.  And we’ve been running ever since.

“She caught a familiar sound, distant, like something heard on the edge of a dream.  May be it was only a memory, but it meant so much.

It meant freedom, a love that embraced the alien, the outsider, and the oppressed.  This sound couldn’t tolerate hatred and violence, but found itself unable to be silent in the face of evil.  That’s why it rended, tore its way across time.

To Ace, the wheezing, groaning sound seemed to be blown from the distance on some Christmas breeze, a legend as silly and as powerful as Santa Claus in the gathering twilight.”

Timewyrm: Revelation

“As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.”

“I don’t believe that man was made to be controlled by machines.  Machines can make laws, but they can not preserve justice.  Only human beings can do that.”

“It all started out as a mild curiosity in the junkyard, and now it’s turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure.”

 “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 all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”

“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things.  Things that act against everything we believe in.  They must be fought!”

“I am not a student of human nature.  I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.”

“I do tend to get involved.”

“Keep it confused, feed it with useless information — I wonder if I have a television set handy?”

“I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow.”

“Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know.  It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.”

“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.”

“There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.”

“Answers are easy.  It’s asking the right questions which is hard.”

“The localised condition of planetary atmospheric condensation caused a malfunction in the visual orientation circuits.  Or to put it another way, we got lost in the fog.”

“Where’s your joy in life? Where’s your optimism? … Whenever you go into a new situation, you must always believe the best until you find out exactly what the situation’s all about.  Then, believe the worst.”

“For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about!”

“The illusion is always one of normality.”

“What’s the use of a good quotation if you can’t change it?

“Planets come and go.  Stars perish.  Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds.  Nothing can be eternal.”

“Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way.”

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song.  Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else the tea’s getting cold.  Come on, Ace. We’ve got work to do.”

“I love humans.  Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.”

“Never give up.  Never give in.”

“You lot.  You spend all your time thinking about dying, like you’re going to get killed by eggs, or beef, or global warming, or asteroids.  But you never take time to imagine the impossible: that maybe you survive.”

“Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty.  It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”

“There’s no such thing as an ordinary human.”

“People don’t understand time.  It’s not what you think it is … People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect … but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly … timey-wimey … stuff.”

“Just remember, music isn’t just orchestras and pop stars and special people with albums and downloads and concerts, it’s you.  Because the music of the spheres is all around you.  When you’re on your own, just close your eyes, and you’ll hear it.   Music.  Inside your head.  ‘Cause everyone’s a musician.  Everyone’s got a song inside them.  Every single one of you.”

“The way I see it, life is a pile of good things and bad things.  The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”

“People fall out of the world sometimes, but they always leave traces.  Little things we can’t quite account for.  Faces in photographs, luggage, half-eaten meals.  Rings.  Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely.  And if something can be remembered, it can come back.”

“Good men don’t need rules.  Today is not the day to find out why I have so many of them.”

“Hello, Stormageddon.  It’s The Doctor, here to help.  Be quiet.  Go to sleep. No really— stop crying.  You’ve got a lot to look forward to you know: a normal human life on Earth.  Mortgage repayments, the 9 to 5, a persistent nagging sense of spiritual emptiness.  Save the tears for later boyo.  Oh, that was crabby.  No, that was old.  But I am old, Stormy.  I am so old.  So near the end.  But you, Alfie Owens.  You are so young, aren’t you?  And you know, right now, everything’s ahead of you.  You could be anything.  Yes, I know.  You could walk among the stars.  They don’t actually look like that, you know — they are rather more impressive.  [uses his sonic to make a starry sky appear on the ceiling]  Yeah!  You know, when I was little like you, I dreamt of the stars.  I think it’s fair to say, in the language of your age, that I lived my dream.  I owned the stage.  Gave it a hundred and ten percent.  I hope you have as much fun as I did, Alfie.”

“We all change.  When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives.  And that’s ok, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.  I will not forget one line of this.  Not one day…I swear.  I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

“Let me tell you about scared.  Your heart is beating so hard, I can feel it through your hands.  There’s so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain, it’s like rocket fuel!  Right now, you could run faster and you can fight harder and you can jump higher then you could ever in your life, and you’re so alert, it’s like you could slow down time.  What’s wrong with scared?  Scared is a super power!  It’s your super power!”

“Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones.  But you still have to choose.”

“Even my incredibly long life is too short for Les Miserables.”

“Pain is a gift.  Without the capacity for pain, we can’t feel the hurt we inflict.”

“I am not a good man.  And I’m not a bad man.  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. I don’t need an army, I never have.  Because I’ve got them.  Always them!  Because love is not an emotion.  It’s a promise.”

“He’s like fire and ice and rage, he’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.  He’s ancient and forever, he burns at the centre of time, and can see the turn of the universe.  And … he’s wonderful.”

“Splendid fellows… all of” them!

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