“It’s funny. I thought if you could hear me I could hang on somehow. Silly me. Silly old Doctor. When you wake up you will have a mom and a dad and you won’t even remember me. Well, You’ll remember me a little. I’ll be a story in your head. That’s okay. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one eh?
‘Cause it was you know. It was the best. The daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I was always going to take it back. Oh that box. Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you. Big and little at the same time. Brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would of had. Never…had. In your dreams they’ll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond. And the days that never came.”
— Eleventh Doctor, The Big Bang
This is one of my favourite quotes from the Eleventh Doctor. And possibly one of my favourite quotes from all of Doctor Who (though don’t hold me to that since there are so many good ones). But I love the use of and reference to story. I like the notion of thinking of life as a story and working towards making that story a good one. Even if you’re the only one who ever really reads it.
I also love how the Doctor weaves this short story for Amy to help her remember him during her Wedding. He couldn’t know for sure if it would work, but he told a story banking on the possibility that Amy remembering him would be enough to bring him back. And it worked.
Something Old. Something New. Something Borrowed. Something Blue.