Doctor Who: Looking Back at 47 Days #20 – Great Speeches

A few years ago, I did a series of 47 daily posts which all looked at different questions related to the revival series of Doctor Who, focusing on stuff I like about the show. I worked out a series of questions in advance and then picked one randomly for each day. I’ve decided to revisit the series to see how my opinions may or may not have changed, and to bring two of my daughters into the discussion, since they are both big fans and have recently finished watching the revival series.

Why 47?  It’s my favorite number.

Why Doctor Who?  It’s my favorite show.

Why the modern day Doctor Who only?  Simply because I remember it better.

Why are we looking back at this now? Because we’re on a 47 day countdown to November 23, the birthday of the show.

Check out Day #19 here.

When I first did this, it was September 2016, which means we were in between the Christmas episodes The Husbands of River Song and The Return of Dr. Mysterio, and were yet to debut Peter Capaldi’s last season on the show. Jodie Whittaker was even further away. How has the passage of time, evolution of opinions, and three further seasons of the program impacted my opinions?

Today is Day #20, and our theme is…

Best Speech

One of the highlights of Doctor Who since it returned to the airways in 2005 has been some really good speeches–often from the Doctor but also from others.

Last time I chose part of the 12th Doctor’s extended monologue from Heaven Sent (his almost-one-man show), specifically the bit where he explains to “Clara” how he is going to survive his fall out the window of the castle.

Some of the other strong possibilities include River Song’s speech at the end of Forest of the Dead, the Tenth Doctor’s speech just before he saves Wilf in End of Time part 2, the Eleventh Doctor to a sleeping Amelia Pond in The Big Bang, a grown Amy Pond at her wedding also in The Big Bang, and the Twelfth Doctor at the climax of The Zygon Inversion.

Not on my list is the Eleventh Doctor in The Rings of Akhaten or the Twelfth Doctor just before his regeneration in Twice Upon a Time. Both of those get good press sometimes but neither of those speeches floats my boat.

What does float my boat? My choice today…

The Twelfth Doctor to the two Masters in The Doctor Falls

Peter Capaldi is certain a strong contender for the best speech maker that Doctor Who has ever had. His delivery is intense and impassioned, and this particular speech represents the culmination of not just the 12th Doctor’s last season on the show, but his entire era.

Winning? Is that what you think it’s about? I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone, or because I hate someone, or because, because I want to blame someone. It’s not because it’s fun and God knows it’s not because it’s easy. It’s not even because it works, because it hardly ever does. I do what I do, because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind. It’s just that. Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do, so I’m going to do it. And I will stand here doing it till it kills me. You’re going to die too, some day. How will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand, is where I fall. Stand with me. These people are terrified. Maybe we can help, a little. Why not, just at the end, just be kind?

Powerful stuff.

What did my daughters say?

Laurelle (14), picked the same as me–the big speech in The Doctor Falls.

Johanna (16) also went with Peter Capaldi, picking his final speech-via-montage in Heaven Sent (also by Steven Mofat)where he tells the story that ends with “Personally, I think that’s a hell of a bird.”

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