January 04


Quote Me 4/1

Doctor Who fans have many favourite quotes: “what’s the point in being grown up if you can’t be childish?”, “I’m pretty sure that’s Cromer!”,  “Chap with the wings there, five rounds rapid!” are high up for those of us of a certain age. And whilst I do like some of the quotes from NuWho,  and will admit the whole opening of the Pandorica speech is a bit of a favourite; I don’t find myself quoting it like I do the quote I’ve chosen for this post.

You see, I’ve gone with the ultimate classic quote. Sorry no argument. Forget even trying. Because it’s:

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where 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 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do.”

It’s a quotation I come back to time and time again. Wrongly attributed to Sylvester (he said it chaps,) not the 7th Doctor, it was written by Rona Munro, who also wrote Eaters of Light – making her the only writer to have written for the classic and new series.

Why do I like it?  For a writer it’s the stuff of pure imagination – as Willie Wonka did say. It’s also so sad, so angry, so full of hope.

Hope? How? Why?

Ahh now children, you have to remember we are the generation for whom Who died. And that’s an awful thing.

Remember Survival was the last televised Who until the TVmovie in 96. It would be 17 years before the series came back. For all we fans knew in 1989: that was it. Kapput. Over. At least with that line, the Doctor was still out there. Still keeping us safe. Still protecting us from the monsters. Still being the Doctor.

We had hope. We had fandom. We had Survival.

And for those who like to see these things, here’s the Youtube link... Sylv’s delivery of the line is … superb.