Wait, what?! Why is there explanation happening before the quote? Shhh, listen, and I’ll tell you. Following this months theme, this week’s Doctor Who quotes come from the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor. Yes, you heard that right, quotes, plural. Because here’s the thing, I tried very hard to limit myself to one quote from this episode but I couldn’t. Because I really wanted to include a serious quote and a goofy quote. I struggled to decided. And then I realized that, hello, this is my blog and my series, and I make the rules. So you get two quotes today for the price of one (and quote two is quite long).
“Beans are evil. Bad, bad beans.”
— Eleventh Doctor, The Eleventh Hour
As you can probably guess, this is the goofy quote. While saying this the Doctor spat out the beans into the sink. And I love it because I completely agree that beans are evil. I actually love the whole scene where he goes through any number of foods trying to find something that he might want to eat. I also love how he uses his crazy shenanigans to determine that Amelia Pond has a very scary crack in her wall – why else would she be completely fine with this crazy man who came out of a blue box, claimed there was a swimming pool in it, and then proceeded to try any number of foods before settling on fish fingers and custard.
The Doctor: “C’mon then! The Doctor will see you now!”
Atraxi: [After scanning The Doctor] “You are not of this world.”
The Doctor: “No but I’ve put a lot of work into it.”
Atraxi: “Is this world important?”
The Doctor: “Important? What’s that mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here’s a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Oh come on, you’re monitoring the whole planet! Is this world a threat?”
Atraxi: [After looking at a montage of world events] No.
The Doctor: “Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?”
Atraxi: [After viewing another montage about Earth]: No.
The Doctor: “Okay. One more, just one: is this world protected?”
[As the Atraxi views a montage of all the aliens who have attacked humanity in some way]
The Doctor: “You’re not the first to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you’ve got to ask is, what happened to them?”
[Atraxi looks at a montage of the past ten Doctors. The Doctor steps through the montage when the 10th Doctor is shown]
The Doctor: “Hello. I’m the Doctor. Basically. Run.”
This scene occurs close to the end of the episode and is sort of the “official” introduction of the Eleventh Doctor. I love the idea of the montage (with Eleven’s theme music getting louder in the background) showing all of the Doctors and ending with Eleven stepping through. Kind of like – yeah you’ve seen them all, and now you will know that I am also that guy. And you are not going to get away with threatening to blow up the Earth. So don’t even go there. And then he ends with that consistently present word – Run.