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THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: Volume One
A comprehensive collection of 2000 thematic quotations about the world's longest-running sci-fi television show Doctor Who
and the time-travelling Time Lord himself, The Doctor ... and his Companions, his TARDIS, his Sonic Screwdriver, and more.
"Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science-fiction. At best, Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic, about this wonderful man in this big blue box, who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there’s a problem."
Neil Gaiman (2010)

"Doctor Who is not a name, but a question to which we're still learning the answer."

On the show's global appeal - "Because it's the best idea ever invented in the history of the world!"
Russell T. Davies on BBC Wales Today (2004)

This deeply-researched and well-presented compendium covers all eleven TV incarnations of the Doctor since 1963 - both character and actor - William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant & Matt Smith, as well as other Film and TV Doctors: Peter Cushing & William Hurndall.

"It's the same show! And the story continues. I'm playing the same man William Hartnell was playing. I just have a slightly different wig."
David Tennant - 10th Doctor at ComicCon (2009)

"The Quotable Doctor Who" includes comments and quotes about all The Doctor's regular companions (from Sarah Jane Smith to Rose Tyler to Amy Pond) as well as 'one-off' companions plus Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT.

On The Doctors getting younger - "What is odd is that the companions have remained pretty much the same nubile, up-for-it age. They began as children out with a cranky magical uncle of a sort that was common in Edwardian children’s books, but have now ended up with an intergalactic blind date."
A.A. Gill in The Sunday Times (2010)

There are also special sections on the TARDIS, the Sonic Screwdriver, Regeneration, Science Fiction, Behind the Sofa, Special Effects, Music, Fashion, Sex, Technobabble, Female Doctors, the three Doctor Who movies and the TV spin-offs such as K-9 & Company, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures.

"
The TARDIS ... his time machine, the sci-fi nerd's version of a red convertible."
Ryan Vu on PopMatters.com (2006)

"The Sonic Screwdriver sounds like something Carrie & Samantha would drink in Sex and the City but in fact this nifty little gizmo was all that Doctor Who needed to defeat the Daleks, mend the TARDIS and help fit K-9 with a collar for his cyberfleas."
10 of the Best Sci-Fi Inventions in The Sunday Herald (2003)

Further sections include comparing "Doctor Who" to "Star Trek", James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and other Film / TV shows and characters.

"Doctor Who named 'most successful SF series' by Guinness: Suck it Star Trek!"
Margaret Lyons in Entertainment Weekly (2009)


Sample Chapter Headings and More Quotations
from The Quotable Doctor Who - Volume One ...

THE BBC TV SHOW

"Doctor Who needs no introduction ... indeed, right from the very first episode it has relied upon that elusive quality to convince its audiences that even the most far-fetched adventures are as acceptably believable as any down-to-earth example of cinema verite."
Jeremy Bentham, Doctor Who: The Early Years (1986)

"I love this show as much as ever. It has not diminished as I feared it would. I can still catch a Jon Pertwee repeat on UK Gold and be happy as a Zygon."
Russell T. Davies (2005)

"The dialogue was rarely vital to the old Doctor Who: the single word to resonate in it was 'exterminate' "
Mark Lawson in The Guardian (2005)

"It’s basically a teatime kids show - a bit like My Parents Are Aliens, but not half as funny."
Ian Hyland in The Sunday Mirror (2005)

"I hadn't understood the beauty of sci-fi before Dr Who came into my world."
Billie Piper, Growing Pains (2006)

"The cliché about Doctor Who - that it had us 'hiding behind the sofa' - is more telling in its tone than its questionable factuality. It connotes nostalgia, and a pleasurable mixture of fright and fascination - but above all it connotes domesticity. It united fear and soft furnishings in the British mind."
Sam Leith in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

"Doctor Who has to be proper Doctor Who scary. There is nothing scarier than watching Doctor Who as a child. Scarier than Tomb of the Cybermen or Terror of the Autons? Are you mad? No, those are truly terrifying."
Steven Moffat (2010)

"Despite the new Doctor Who being shot in Wales, partially financed by Canada, and licensed in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and much the rest of the world, Doctor Who is simply British."
Shawn Shimpach, Television in Transition (2010)

"Whenever I catch an episode I find myself thinking, 'Hmm. Matt Smith’s amusing. The girl looks good. But the plots, the villains, the deus ex machina endings … I’m sure I would find these scary and suspenseful and unpredictable if I’d just grown out of rusks' ... Sadly I don’t suppose I’ll ever get to find out what so many adults see in Doctor Who unless I suffer a serious brain injury."
Michael Deacon in The Daily Telegraph (2010)



THE DOCTOR WHO MOVIE QUOTES

Dr Who and the Daleks (1965)
starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor
"You can't remember the plot of the Doctor Who movie because it didn't have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though."
Terry Pratchett

"I am not at all surprised that the Daleks are so popular. I am only a bit depressed. For Terry Nation's armour-jointed serial on BBC TV, now mutated into a wide-screen Technicolour movie, embodies everything I shrink back from in daily life. Call me a prophet of doom for the under-twelves if you wish, but I find the whole set-up infinitely sinister."
Alexander Walker (1965)

Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)
"Oh, the joy of seeing the Daleks thumped again … Mingled with the pleasure of seeing the Daleks perish is the chilling thought that they will be back before long, to glide and grunt their way through another Dalek picture."
Cecil Wilson in The Daily Mail (1966)

Doctor Who (1996)
starring Paul McGann as The Doctor
"It was good to have him back, if only for one night."
Michael Evans in Matrix (1996)

"It serves as a bridge between the classic Who and the new show, and it suffers mightily in comparison to both, having neither the goofy charm and sly subtextual verve of the low-budget original nor the twisty timey-whimey trickery and complex darkness of the Russell Davies / Steven Moffat incarnations."
MaryAnn Johanson on FlickFilosopher.com (2010)

THE DOCTOR QUOTES

"I dreamed up the character of a man who is 764 years old; who is senile but with extraordinary flashes of intellectual brilliance. A crotchety old bugger (any kid's grandfather) who had, in a state of sheer terror, escaped in his machine from an advanced civilisation on a distant planet which had been taken over by some unknown enemy. He didn't know who he was anymore, and neither did the Earthlings, hence his name, Doctor Who."
Sydney Newman - Head of BBC Drama Group

"The Doctor was irascible, unpredicatable and ... his character would be very useful if something started to get boring ... it was entirely within his character to create a situation of interest either by being excessively cantakerous as an old man, or by exhibiting his somewhat childish traits."
Verity Lambert - Doctor Who Producer

"He's a British super-hero who is not wearing his underpants outside his trousers, and doesn't have big muscles."
Sylvester McCoy (2001)

"The Doctor needn't remain forever sexless - it can't be easy, after all, when your fellow traveller is wearing leopardskins. But in an age as sexually obsessed as ours, a hero who'd rather be knobbling Daleks than knocking off his leggy companions is surely to be welcomed."
Brian Logan in The Guardian (2003)

"Timelords can only have 13 bodies, but I'm sure when they get to that they can find some storyline where he falls in a vat of replenishing cream or something."
David Tennant (2005)

On the Doctor's increasing political-awareness  - "Doctor Who is a genius, a man of the universe ... Since when did he acquire the blinkered values of a bearded Sixties sociology lecturer?"
James Delingpole in The Spectator (2008)

"There has, by the way, always been a question mark over the sexuality of Doctor Who himself - even though in William Hartnell's days playing the role there was a reference to him having a grand daughter - but that is, of course, quite another matter."
'Mandrake' in The Daily Telegraph (2009)

"Extra-temporal and extra-terrestrial interstellar interfering busybody."
InternationalHero.co.uk

"I tried to be creative and artistic and silly and crazy, and also the cleverest man in the world. He's an intergalactic genius, a superhero-ish, mad, fumbling, bumbling science geek."
Matt Smith on Esquire.co.uk (2010)

THE LEADING MEN

"In chronological order, then, we've had: William Hartnell (who played the Doctor as a harried academic), Patrick Troughton (a pratfall-prone tramp), Jon Pertwee (a flouncing dandy in frock-coat and frills), Tom Baker (the nation's official favourite; a brilliantly booming wag), Peter Davison (a panting schoolboy), Colin Baker (a massive sod) and, finally, Sylvester McCoy (a lisping ninny whose profoundly irritating habit of suddenly BELLOWING for absolutely no REASON WHATSOEVER was at least partly responsible for the BBC tugging the chain after 26 years of dogged but ultimately quite silly service). Oh, and Paul McGann, whose sole outing makes him the George Lazenby of the Who franchise and therefore of no use to anyone at all."
Sarah Dempster in The Guardian (2005)

WILLIAM HARTNELL QUOTES
"The biggest tribute to William Hartnell is that he started a show which is still going on with huge audiences."
Terry Nation

"White-haired, grandfather figure who scared as many small kids as the Daleks did."
The Daily Record (1996)

PATRICK TROUGHTON QUOTES
On leaving the show after just three years - "I didn't want to get 'typed' and had to get out while the going was good. You see, suppose it had gone on for ten years and then the BBC had dropped it. I would have been sunk, because after ten years you can't walk into another play. They'll all say, 'Oh look, it's Doctor Who' straight away."
Patrick Troughton

"Patrick Troughton was the first Doctor I remember. He was straight out of the Vincent Price school with none of the foppery and affectations later associated with the Time Lords. This was back when the world was black and white, something which made the Daleks even more scary."
Andrew Cowen in The Birmingham Post (2005)

JOHN PERTWEE QUOTES
"Pertwee's characterisation of the Doctor resembled Sherlock Holmes crossed with James Bond. Yet, unlike the dour rationalism of Holmes or the uninhibited playboy antics of 007, here was a TV hero with not one, but two, hearts (of gold, assuredly) who was always chivalrous toward female assistants, while remaining doubtful of humanity's ability to avoid making and repeating 'obvious' mistakes."
Christopher Geary on VideoVista.net (2004)

"One Pertwee classic is the PMS (or Pertwee Mouth Stroke) Syndrome. This reaches its record in Colony In Space with 18 separate instances, but even here if plucky old Jon wants to show that he's thinking deeply but can't be arsed, he just throws in a rub of his lip to show his inner turmoil by lazy shorthand."
'Gospelmaster' on DoctorWhoReviews.com

TOM BAKER
QUOTES
"I never examined what I did in any great detail because I thought it would spoil things. I never read the scripts at all carefully, and never wanted to know what was going on, because I felt that being a benevolent alien that's the way it should be."
Tom Baker

"There aren't many children from the 70s who can't clearly remember peering out from behind the sofa to see Dr Who with his hat, scarf, jelly babies and that wild curly hair."
Dave Golder on BBC.co.uk (2005)

PETER DAVISON
QUOTES
"Fans of the original Doctor Who no doubt already have strong opinions about whether they like having Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, dramatically exclaiming technobabble. Sometimes when watching Davison's speeches, I expect his companions to just stare at him in puzzlement instead of reacting to the crisis, but his occasional overdramatic touches actually bring the show back to a retro serial or '50s B-movie vibe."
James A. Stewart on DVDVerdict.com (2009)

COLIN BAKER
QUOTES
"Colin Baker was the sixth actor to play the lead in Doctor Who and is probably the most unfairly maligned. While Sylvester McCoy's Doctor has been re-assessed with time, Baker mark 2 seems to remain perpetually undervalued. … Baker's Doctor is rather more alien and prickly than any of his predecessors since William Hartnell and the contrast was all the more marked with him following nice, gentle Peter Davison."
Mike Sutton on DVDTimes (2001)

SYLVESTER McCOY
QUOTES
"The Doctor historically not been in any danger of being mistaken for Michaelangelo's David. Tom Baker nice chap but face like a bag of pork chops and Sylvester McCoy frankly disturbing."
Lucy Mangan in The Guardian (2006)

PAUL McGANN QUOTES
Stuart: "Give him six months and he'll be able to name all the Doctor Whos in order: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy."
Vince: "What about Paul McGann?"
Both: "Paul McGann doesn't count."
on Queer As Folk - written by Russell T. Davies

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
QUOTES
"Chris would go away in between breaks and save his energy for the performance - whereas, with David, we'll kind of chat, we'll have a laugh, but then, as soon as he needs to focus, he'll find his own way of doing that. David dances with it more. He's a bit more like a - I don't know - a baby deer. He's my little Bambi!"
Billie Piper in Doctor Who Magazine

"The Doctor is now a craggily good-looking bit of trouser with a fine line in leather jackets and a pronounced northern accent."
Robin McKie in The Guardian (2005)

DAVID TENNANT
QUOTES
"I’m put off by how much gape-acting Tennant does. The mouth is permanently gurning. It’s like watching someone who is half Time Lord, half haddock."
A.A. Gill in The Sunday Times (2008)

"I'll miss David Tennant. I think everyone will. He brought humanity and humour to the part, as well as a lot of hair product. And the widest, stariest eyes on (and often off, obviously) the planet."
Sam Wollaston in The Guardian (2009)

MATT SMITH
QUOTES
"Gallifrey be thanked, Smith is a man who could have been born with a stripy scarf round his neck. It’s there in his physiognomy - his face is made up of as many disparate workings as the Tardis. He has a redoubtable cartoon chin offset by a hyperactive quiff, deep-set eyes and an almost Neanderthal brow. Essentially, the Doctor is meant to be a mad alien, and Smith looks like one before he even opens his mouth. By the end of episode one he was bedizened in a suitably daft public-school geography-teacher ensemble of bow tie and tweed jacket."
Benji Wilson in The Daily Telegraph (2010)

The Eleventh Hour - "Tonight, after one of the longest handovers in television history, the world finally got a first glimpse of the new Doctor in action: part preppy public-school head boy; part gung-ho adventurer and part "nutty professor" - a boy-racer in geography-teacher elbow patches."
Daniel Martin in The Guardian (2010)






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Four volumes of The Quotable Doctor Who are in production ...

Volume One includes 2000 quotes about The Doctor and his Doctor's Companions.

Volume Two
includes quotes about the Doctor's Enemies, Monsters & Other Characters.
To be published in 2012-13

Volume Three & Four
includes quotes about the individual TV episodes (comments from cast & crew, and reviews and views from fans & critics) split between Classic Who (63-89) and New Series (05-11).
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 VOLUME ONE CHAPTERS / SAMPLE QUOTES [Cont.]

COMPANIONS QUOTES

"There’s no getting away from the fact that Doctor Who is about the Doctor, not his assistants. Even if you were allowed to initiate some kind of action, it would invariably get you into trouble and the Doctor would then have to rescue you. You couldn’t really win."
Caroline John
- Liz Shaw (1987)

"Few appointments carry the gravitas of the role of Doctor Who's sidekick. Its social and cultural significance is perhaps on a par only with discovering which blue-blooded virgin the heir to the throne will choose to be his bride ... The role of Doctor Who's sidekick was feistily different, offering a breed of BBC-endorsed femininity that was variously scientific, aristocratic and bikini-clad. One's willingness to play the sidekick, and display familiarity with the genre, earned instant respect from all boys. It bestowed a tomboyish acceptability."
Laura Barton in The Guardian (2005)

"The Who girls have included the orphaned Victoria, brainy Zoe, scientist Liz, leggy Jo, liberated Nyssa, the Aussie 'mouth on legs' Tegan, curvy Peri, strident Mel and the streetwise Ace. They've run the gamut of female stereotypes from the screamers and ankle-sprainers to the stubborn independent misses."
Roger Fulton, Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (1990)

"I’ve always seen the relationship between the Doctor and his companions as a mentoring relationship from both sides. I think that companions function as a sort of 'anchor' for the Doctor, reminding him that his actions affect real people, and pushing him to be better, in the same way that he pushes us humans to be better."
Lynne Thomas on ScyFiLove.com (2010)

SUSAN FOREMAN [Carole Anne Ford]
On the family link between the Doctor and Susan - "We've never quite worked that one out. We can only assume that Time Lords' children are found under a cosmic gooseberry bush. the Doctor is too high-minded to get involved with girls."
Graham Williams - producer

IAN CHESTERTON [William Russell]
"Ian, although annoyingly bossy, was probably considered quite the heartthrob in his day ... The clashes between the Doctor and Ian are interesting, though, even if we do have the constant urge to punch Ian in the stomach to take the wind out of him."
Androzani.com


STEVEN TAYLOR [Peter Purves]
"Peter Purves, later of Blue Peter and Crufts, was an early male assistant, with a chin which didn't crumble in a crisis."
The Daily Record (1996)


SARA KINGDOM [Jean Marsh]
"My second appearance was as William Hartnell's companion Sara Kingdom and I spent several episodes in an Avengers-style tweed cat suit, though God knows why the designer thought you should wear tweed in outer-space. I had a belt with a pouch which was supposed to carry a ray gun but actually contained the key to my dressing room and my favourite snack, a tomato sandwich."
Jean Marsh in The Daily Mail (1997)

POLLY [Anneke Wills]
"I was the first sexy assistant. I was a classic dolly bird with eyelashes longer than my skirts."
Anneke Wills in The Mirror (2005)

JO GRANT  [Katy Manning]
"Whoever cast Jon Pertwee as Dr Who deserves a medal, and Katy Manning as the doctor's sidekick is an improvement on the one who kept showing her knickers."
New Scientist (1972)

The Curse of Peladon (1972) - "Katy Manning is, as usual, cute as a button, ditzy as space dust and utterly adorable."
Cliff Chapman on DenOfGeek.com (2010)

LIZ SHAW
[Caroline John]
"A scientist far too independent, witty and clever to be anyone's companion."
Jim Sangster & Paul Condon, Collins Telly Guide (2005)

SARAH JANE SMITH [Elisabeth Sladen]
"The Five Doctors (1983) - "Elisabeth Sladen effortlessly rose above bland lines to retain her 'best companion' crown."
Tim Munro in Doctor Who Bulletin (1990)

LEELA [Louise Jameson]
"With Leela, they went the other way to Sarah-Jane and decided to have this Eliza Doolittle character, a savage to be tamed while wearing a chamois bikini."
Clayton Hickman (2005)

K-9 [voiced by John Leeson & David Brierley]
"If you have a computer playing a part that is capable of solving any problem in a microsecond, it’s fine on page seven of part one, but then you might as well pack up and go home because the story could be well wrapped up by then. You know, if K-9 was actually allowed full rein. So he was always having flat batteries, he couldn’t go out onto swampy planets because he hadn’t been under-sealed."
John Leeson (1984)

ADRIC [Matthew Waterhouse]
Earthshock (1982) - "We’re used to the companions making like the Energizer bunny. So when Adric crashes into prehistoric Earth, it is shocking, and it is a tragically sobering reminder that travelling with The Doctor doesn’t make you immortal."
John Reid Adams on Fandomania.com (2008)

TEGAN JOVANKA [Janet Fielding]
Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) - "This is Fielding’s last story and so her lack of any decent action is doubly galling. I suppose if I were to be sexist, I’d say the only reason for watching her would be for a glimpse of the thigh-hugging PVC skirt she wears. But I’m not, so I won’t."
Mark Campbell on DVDTimes (2003)

ROSE TYLER
[Billie Piper]
On the Doctor's and Rose's 'special' relationship - "They're not shagging, but in every other way, they're a couple. Like John Steed and Emma Peel. Mind you, he is about 900 and she's 19, so it'd be a bit ... Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones."
David Tennant in The Guardian (2005)

"Piper - a British pop star soon to be adorning screensavers at finer engineering schools everywhere - brings limitless pluck to her portrayal of Rose. In Spice Girls terms, the character is two parts Sporty and one part Baby - but, more to the point, she's a post-Buffy the Vampire Slayer figure, a self-possessed wiseass who entertains some ambivalence about her supernatural gig."
Troy Patterson on Slate.com

DONNA NOBLE [Catherine Tate]
"She makes an unlikely assistant - 14 years older than spunky Billie Piper, and trying to save the planet in a sensible trouser suit."
Neil Midgley in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

MARTHA JONES [Freema Agyeman]
"I absolutely adored Martha, particularly in Human Nature/The Family of Blood and the series three finale when she walks the Earth for a year, being a hero without a sonic screwdriver or a gun or any of the magic and alien mayhem Jack Harkness and the Doctor carry with them."
Tara O’Shea on ScyFiLove.com (2010)

AMY POND [Karen Gillan]
"Karen Gillan, as his sidekick Amy Pond, was a fine foil ... Gillan, to use the X Factor argot, 110 per cent nailed it. Ballsy, bewildered, aghast and simultaneously delighted, she only let the sisterhood down by gambolling around in a skirt the size of a placemat. For everything else, A+."
Benji Wilson in The Daily Telegraph (2010)

"Steven Moffat has an inventive mind. Amy wanted to snog the Doctor, not vice versa. This particular Doctor is a bit, "Woooh. Girls." It's fun to kiss the hot assistant once."
Matt Smith in The Guardian (2010)


OTHER DOCTOR WHO CHARACTERS

U.N.I.T.
Day of the Daleks (1972) - "The poor cannon fodder in UNIT are creamed again when the Daleks come to town. What do they put on UNIT recruiting posters? "Join UNIT, see aliens and die. Rapidly"? The sight of UNIT corpses draped over the scenery is a recurring theme that gives this season a very dark edge."
Androzani.com


THE TARDIS QUOTES

"The closest thing the Doctor had to superpowers was a hi-tech screwdriver, and in place of muscle-hugging Lycra and cape he had tweed and a woolly scarf. The TARDIS may have been impressively roomy but it would still only be a changing room for Superman."
Steve Tomkins in Third Way (2006)

Reasons against a female Doctor - "Cannot afford to spend entire pre-credits sequence waiting for her to park the TARDIS."
Lucy Mangan in The Guardian (2006)


SONIC SCREWDRIVER QUOTES

"The Doctor has no phasers or photon torpedoes; the closest thing he has to a weapon is a sonic screwdriver - sort of a futuristic Swiss Army knife that comes in handy for jimmying open locked doors."
Sabrina Nelson in Cincinnati magazine (1987)



REGENERATION QUOTES

"This alien being, it was decided, might well have the power to regenerate ... this was shameless retrofitting, of course, something any good script editor might be called upon to come up with in a moment of crisis. To some it smacks of desperation to others it is clearly a stroke of genius."
Andrew Cartmel, Through Time: An Unauthorised and Unofficial History of Doctor Who (2005)

"I always imagine that the Doctor must be starving after a regeneration - that kind of transformation must use up lots  of bodily resources. He should need, like, a really big steak or two, at least, after that. But no: He always has to run off and save the universe without so much as a ham sandwich to get him by."
MaryAnn Johanson on FlickFilosopher.com (2010)


DOCTOR WHO EXTRAS
Dr Who in Popular Culture


A FEMALE DOCTOR

"I think the next Doctor should be a woman Dawn French. She'd be fabulous, but I don't know if they'd have the bottle to do it."
Colin Baker (2003)


"It's a TV show. It's about adventures, about time and space. It's not about the Doctor. It's not a soap, and the casting shouldn't be done for some PC or social reason. It would be like saying 'Let's make Miss Marple a man!' Some roles just aren't interchangeable."
David Howe in The Guardian (2005)


BEHIND THE SOFA QUOTES

"The cliché about Doctor Who - that it had us 'hiding behind the sofa' - is more telling in its tone than its questionable factuality. It connotes nostalgia, and a pleasurable mixture of fright and fascination - but above all it connotes domesticity. It united fear and soft furnishings in the British mind."
Sam Leith in The Daily Telegraph (2008)

"I don't know how well behaved or otherwise the children were that Steven Moffat used to teach, but I’m assuming they must have been absolute bastards. How else can you explain his relentless dedication to finding ever more inventive and diabolical ways to leave the nation’s youth not just hiding behind the sofa, but trembling in pants-wetting terror inside a castle made out of sofas, with a special sofa room extension built on, just in case."
XXNapoleonSolo on ScyFiLove.com (2010)


THE DOCTOR vs. JAMES BOND QUOTES

"Like James Bond, but without the sex appeal, flashy gadgets or fighting prowess, Dr. Who is a one-man band - alone, outgunned and outnumbered, a lot like Britain after Suez."
William Cook in New Statesman (2003)

"James Bond himself; a character who, rather like Doctor Who, somehow regenerates himself every few years."
Matthew Bond in The Mail on Sunday (2006)


OTHER TV SHOWS & FILMS
compared to Doctor Who 

It Conquered the World
(1956)
"It makes Dr. Who look like 2001."
Tony Rayns in Time Out magazine

Red Dwarf
"Doctor Who with jokes."
Clive Anderson

"Infantilism is the problem. It’s just shocking. The only dramas the BBC will shout about are Doctor Who and Merlin. They are wonderful programmes, don’t get me wrong, but they are not for adults. It’s children’s TV. I’m not saying TV should be pompous and academic, but it should surprise and astonish and say there’s a world outside we know nothing of."
Stephen Fry, BAFTA Lecture (2010)




DOCTOR WHO SPIN-OFFS

TORCHWOOD
"Russell T. Davies is happy to let his own homosexuality inform his writing ... with a homoerotic sub-plot in Torchwood: Children of Earth, which last night yielded a fleeting yet passionate gay kiss. Jon Pertwee will be turning in his Tardis. Or perhaps looking at his frock coat and flamboyant scarf and wondering whether he missed something."
Brian Viner in The Independent (2009)

"The Brits have seldom excelled in science fiction relative to their strides in other genres, but this semi-spinoff of the new Dr. Who ... yields X-Files-ish charms with Buffy the Vampire Slayer bite - a smart, occasionally salacious hour wryly populated by cheesy monsters."
Brian Lowry in Variety (2007)

THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES
"Sarah Jane has always been an exceptional character, even when those old Doctor Who scripts called for her to be a screaming damsel in distress, but her evolution into this older, wiser adventurer is one of the great character revivals in television. Here, she's den mother, big sister, counsellor, friend, neighbor, agent of justice, and voice of reason ... all rolled into one."
David Cornelius on DVDTalk.com (2008)