Doctor Who: Quotes You Can Use In Your Everyday Life

The Doctor has said all kinds of things, to all manner of aliens and humans, during his adventures travelling through time and space.

If you’re a devoted fan of the programme, some of the Doctor’s words may have stuck with you. You might even quote famous lines from the programme during your daily life, to people who may or may not understand the character you’re referencing. 

If you need a reminder of some of the things the Doctor has said over the 1000+ years he has been alive, check out our list of quotes below. We have chosen those lines of dialogue that you can use when you’re going about your day, so feel free to use them whenever they suit you. 

Please note: This article is not to be taken too seriously 🙂

“There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” (Tom Baker, Robot)

When to use these words:

After Sarah Jane accused the Doctor of being childish, the Doctor said this famous line. If somebody ever accuses you of being silly or not acting your age, perhaps when you’re balancing a teaspoon on your nose and dancing on the dining room table, you now have something to say to them in response. 

“Time travel is like visiting Paris. You can’t just read the guidebook. You’ve got to throw yourself in! Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers! Or is that just me?” (Christopher Eccleston, The Long Game)

When to use these words:

The Doctor said this line after arriving on Satellite 5 and sharing his views on how to do time travel properly. You might quote this line the next time you’re on vacation. If you’re travelling with somebody who sticks to the guidebook and never steps out of their comfort zone, you can use the Doctor’s words to encourage them to live a little. Of course, you probably want to use the word “travel” rather than “time travel” as passers-by might think you’re from the future if you quote this line directly. 

“There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes!” (Peter Davison, Kinda)

When to use these words:

The Doctor said this to a reluctant Tegan after landing on another planet. You might say this line to a friend or family member who is forever glued to their phone and missing the beauty of the world around them.

“Everything’s got to end sometime. Otherwise, nothing would ever get started.” (Matt Smith, A Christmas Carol)

When to use these words:

The Doctor said these words of consolation to Amy and you can say them too, in a variety of situations. If your kids are upset about moving home, you can say these words as a reminder that a new adventure is about to start. If somebody you know is leaving a job, you can quote the Doctor to remind them that something good may be waiting around the corner. And if your husband or wife is inconsolable that an episode of their favourite TV show is about to end, you can point them to another series that they might be interested in.

“We’re capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honour who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance.” (Jodie Whittaker, The Woman Who Feel To Earth)

When to use these words:

The Doctor said this line to Tzim-Sha during her very first adventure. He failed to heed her words but the people you speak to might be more receptive. If you’re a teacher, you can use these words to inspire your students. If you’re a parent, you can speak this line to any of your kids who are going off to college. And you can also use these words if you’re a plastic surgeon, for obvious reasons!

“Never be cruel. Never be cowardly. Hate is always foolish. Love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.” (Peter Capaldi, Twice Upon A Time)

When to use these words:

The Doctor said these words to himself just before he regenerated into Jodie Whittaker. You can say these words too, perhaps when giving yourself a pep talk when starting a new job, college course, or some other life-changing event where you’re going to meet a bunch of new people. You can also impart these words of wisdom to anybody you know who might be moving on somewhere new as you might just inspire them to be a better person in the process.

“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.” (William Hartnell, The Dalek Invasion Of Earth)

When to use these words:

The first Doctor said these words to Susan as a means of farewell in one of the saddest episodes of Doctor Who. If you have to say goodbye to somebody for what could be the final time, this is as good a way as any to say it. Just don’t forget to brink the hankies!

“I don’t want to go” (David Tennant, The End of Time)

When to use these words:

In another sad moment from Doctor Who’s history, the 10th Doctor said these words when he tried to resist his next regeneration. You might find yourself saying these words moments before you attend a dental appointment, school/college exam, or a family occasion filled with insufferable people!

“Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” (Multiple Doctors)

When to use these words:

The Doctor often used these words when called upon to do something technical. We don’t think these words make any sense in real life, but you could always use them as advice when the office photocopier is on the blink or when your mother-in-law calls up to ask for advice when her washing machine starts spitting out foam. Of course, you shouldn’t expect a positive response when uttering this famous line, but if somebody you know actually does fix something by reversing the polarity of the neutron flow, be sure to let us know!

“I hate being wrong in public. Everybody forget that happened.” (Peter Capaldi, Deep Breath)

When to use these words:

Like the Doctor, you might be terribly embarrassed when you make a faus pax, so feel free to use this line whenever you make a fool of yourself in public. You could say these words when making a speech, for example, or when sat in a work meeting and realizing your solution to “reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” didn’t work after all! 

How many of these lines of dialogue have you used? What other quotes from Doctor Who could be used in everyday life? Let us know by leaving us a comment below.


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