The Doctor: Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!
— The Eleventh Doctor, The Rings of Akhaten
Okay, so this week’s quote has been giving me a bit of trouble, because I don’t really know how to describe why I love this quote so much. And I feel that the quote loses something when it’s just words on the page because you don’t see the emotion behind the words as the Doctor attempts to save a world from a sun creature that feeds on memories. You don’t see the pain and the loss as he speaks of the experiences he has had in the span of his long life.
And so, as a change, this week I am including a link to a clip of this scene as my reason for why I love this quote.