35 Best 11th Doctor Quotes For Matt Smith Fans

Monisha Kochhar
Dec 12, 2023 By Monisha Kochhar
Originally Published on Jan 11, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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"Geronimo!" Did Matt Smith's voice ring in your ears while reading this signature tagline from Doctor Who?

Does the 11th Doctor's Pandorica speech give you chills? Does the mad man with a box make your screen light up with irrevocable charm?

An exuberant, extremely witty, emotional rollercoaster, enthusiastic, and occasionally flirtatious- Matt Smith's 11th Doctor was a role that is deemed to earn him the title of the best, or one of the best doctors to have ever featured in Doctor Who. Matt Smith's 11th Doctor was the final incarnation of the Doctor's original regenerative cycle. The whole series of 'Doctor Who' is a brilliant amalgamation of some of the best lines in cinema's history. The 11th Doctor brought youthful looks, an old-school soul, and a dynamic charm to our screens.

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Funny Matt Smith Dr Who Quotes

The Eleventh Doctor is known to be funny and has a tinge of sarcasm to a lot of things he says. Here are some of the funny Doctor Who quotes for you.

1. "Bowties are cool."

-Season 5, Episode 1, 'The Eleventh Hour'.

With this quote, the Doctor announces his love for bowties to Amy Pond. The raggedy man established his television personality and charm with this signature catchphrase.

2. "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."

-Season 6, Episode 7, 'A Good Man Goes To War'.

The Doctor says this quote because he feels that it's a just punishment, that he has a debt to pay. But he also knows what he's capable of and that he could be an evil man.

3. "Never ignore a coincidence. Unless you're busy, then always ignore a coincidence."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.'

This Eleventh Doctor quote explains yet another rule set by the witty Doctor. This is his rule number eight.

4." I need...fish fingers...and custard."

-Season 5, Episode 1, 'The Eleventh Hour.'

This funny quote explains his eccentricity when he crash lands the Tardis and cheats death by regenerating. His strange food choice could be explained by the regeneration energy required by every cell of his body.  

5." Big flashy things have my name written all over them. Well... not yet, give me time and a crayon."

-Season 6, Episode 0, 'A Christmas Carol.'

These lines best define the Doctor's character and his confidence throughout the series.

6.The Eleventh Doctor: "You can't keep using the TARDIS like this."

Clara: "Like what?"

The Eleventh Doctor: "Missed birthdays. Restaurant bookings. And please, just learn how to use iPlayer."

-Season 8, Episode 0, 'The Time of the Doctor.’

These lines relate the 11th Doctor's personality to that of a modern satirical and sarcastic man who often teases Clara.

Inspirational Doctor Who Quotes

Happy family watching tv and eating popcorn at home at night

Matt Smith's character of The Doctor offers a lot of inspiration through his dialogues that remain true even today.

7.Vincent Van Gogh: "It seems to me there's so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamt of."

-Season 5, Episode 10, 'Vincent and the Doctor.’

In one of the most sentimental episodes of the entire series, these lines are among the most inspirational Doctor Who Matt Smith quotes.

8."The way I see it, life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things or make them unimportant."

-Season 5, Episode 10, 'Vincent and the Doctor.'

This quote shows the Doctor explaining the marvels of life to Amy in a tough situation.

9. "Everything's got to end sometime. Otherwise, nothing would ever get started."

-Season 6, Episode 0, 'A Christmas Carol.'

This quote appears in the Christmas special episode of the series and is one of the best Doctor Who one-liners.

10. River Song: "Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives."

-Season 4, Episode 9, 'Forest of the Dead'

These lines are very influential for Doctor Who fans. They are spoken by River Song, the Doctor's wife, who is talking about running with the Doctor, at the end of the episode.

11. "The universe is big, it's vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that's the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.’

This is one of the most inspirational Doctor Who quotes spoken by the Doctor when he finds the Pandorica's box.

12."Never run when you're scared."

-Season 6, Episode 8, 'Let's Kill Hitler.'

This was the 11th Doctor's rule number seven.

13. "I'm not running away from things. I'm running to them before they flare and fade forever. That's all right. Our lives would never remain the same. They can't. One day, soon, maybe, you'll stop. I've known you for a while."

-Season 7, Episode 4, 'The Power of Three.'

Said by the 11th Doctor when confronted by Amy to answer why he doesn't stay in a single place.

Eccentric 11th Doctor Quotes

The eleventh Doctor is known for his eccentricities and excitement that is palpable and resonates well with the fan base. Here are some eccentric 11th Doctor Who quotes.

14." I am talking."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.’

The Doctor gathers the attention of everyone around him, standing on top of a massive stone and screaming boldly.

15."Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me 'cause it's important, and one day your life may depend upon it. I am definitely a mad man with a box."

-Season 5, Episode 1, 'The Eleventh Hour.'

When Amy Pond questions her views on the Doctor, the Doctor opens the Tardis gates to her and tells her to keep her doubts aside because he, indeed, is a mad man.

16." Who da man!"

-Season 5, Episode 1, 'The Eleventh Hour.'

This quote is screamed by the 11th Doctor out of pure geeky awesomeness and excitement at saving the world.

17." Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically. Run."

-Season 5, Episode 1, 'The Eleventh Hour.'

This quote shows the much confident self of the Doctor to the world.

18." It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool."

-Season 5, Episode 13, 'The Big Bang.’

This quote is yet another instance that portrays the Doctor's eccentric demeanor and adorable charm.

19. "My name, my real name. That is not the point. The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose it's like, it's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise."

-Season 7, Episode 13, 'The Name of the Doctor.'

This quote from one of the most dreamy episodes of 'Doctor Who' has many fans' hearts. When Clara sees the real Doctor, she is confused; that's when she asks who the 11th Doctor was.

20."The Doctor lies."

- Season 6, Episode 8, 'Let's Kill Hitler'.

This is rule number one of the Eleventh Doctor.

21." So if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way! Remember! Every black day I ever stopped you! And then! And then! Do the smart thing! Let somebody else try first."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.’

This quote is a goosebumps-inducing dialogue spoken by the 11th Doctor when he stands up to his enemies.

22." I'm not running away. But this is one corner in one country in one continent in one planet that's a corner of a galaxy that is a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And this is so much, SO MUCH, to see, Amy."

-Season 7, Episode 4, 'The Power of Three.’

Said by the 11th Doctor when confronted by Amy to answer why he doesn't stay in a single place.

Encouraging Eleventh Doctor Quotes

The Eleventh Doctor carries a lot of love for a few characters and he also offers pieces of advice for them to follow.

23."There's always a way out."

-Season 5, Episode 4, 'The Time of Angels.'

This is one of the Matt Smith Doctor Who quotes that show River's unwavering strength and resolute hope.

24. "I'll be a story in your head. But that's OK. We're all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know; it was the best."

-Season 5, Episode 13, 'The Big Bang.’

This inspiring Doctor Who quote would hold a special place in every fan's heart. The 11th Doctor says his last word to a sleeping Amelia Pond and kisses her forehead before a final goodbye.

25. "There are fixed points throughout time where things must stay exactly the way they are. This is not one of them. This is an opportunity! Whatever happens here will create its own timeline, its own reality, a temporal tipping point. The future revolves around you, here...now, so do good!"

-Season 5, Episode 9, 'Cold Blood.’

Being an expert on dealing with time, the Doctor says this catchphrase to explain that certain things should be meddled with if found the opportunity.

26. "Safe? No! Of course you're not safe! There's about a billion other things out there just waiting to burn your whole world, but if you want to pretend you're safe just so you can sleep at night, then okay, you're safe - but you're not really!"

-Season 6, Episode 2, 'Day Of The Moon.’

These lines show the blunt and honest nature of the 11th Doctor.

27." Every life I save is a victory. Every single one."

-Season 8, Episode 0, 'The Time of the Doctor.’

This quote shows the triumphant nature of the 11th Doctor and his superhero complex.

28. The Doctor: "Didn't anyone ever tell you? There's one thing you never put in a trap. If you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there's one thing you never, ever put in a trap."

Angel Bob: "And what would that be, sir?"

The Doctor: "Me."

-Season 5, Episode 4, 'The Time of Angels.’

This series of conversations between the Doctor and Angel shows the Doctor's bold and sharp nature.

Emotional Doctor Who Quotes

While The Eleventh Doctor is eccentric, he is also emotional. Here are a few The Doctor quotes that reflect on the softer side of The Doctor.

29. "I have lived a long life, and I have 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 I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained; no time, no space. Just me."

-Season 7, Episode 7, 'The Rings of Akhaten.'

The speech to Akhaten given by the 11th Doctor marked the best performance by Matt Smith in the series.

30."Letting it get to you. You know what that's called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.'

An inspirational Dr Who quote to live by.

31. "Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought, and a whole, terrible, wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They're old eyes... and one thing I can tell you, Alex. Monsters are real."

-Season 6, Episode 9, 'Night Terrors.'

The 11th Doctor is honest with the child who sees monsters in his cupboard, but no one believes him.

32. "People fall out of the world sometimes, but they- they always leave traces, little things you can't quite account for: faces in photographs; luggage; half-eaten meals... ; rings. Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely, and, if something can be remembered, it can come back."

-Season 5, Episode 12, 'The Pandorica Opens.’

These lines resonate a sense of identity to the Doctor.

33. "We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people all through our lives. And that's OK, that's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be."

-Season 8, Episode 0, 'The Time of the Doctor.’

'The Time of the Doctor' featured some of the best inspirational Doctor Who 11th Doctor quotes.

34." I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyones. It's taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I'm going. Where I've always been going. Home. The long way round."

-Special Episode, 'The Day of the Doctor.'

The Doctor's answer when Clara asks: "What do you dream about?"

35. "900 years of time and space and I've never met someone who wasn't important."

-Matt Smith's 11th Doctor, 'A Christmas Carol.'

This timeless masterpiece is one of the Doctor Who love quotes that The Doctor says to Amy.

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Written by Monisha Kochhar

Bachelor of Arts Hons specializing in Modern Languages (French and Spanish)

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Monisha KochharBachelor of Arts Hons specializing in Modern Languages (French and Spanish)

A Modern Languages graduate from the University College London, Monisha with a passion for travel and exploring different cultures. She is fluent in French and Spanish and is currently learning Hindi. Monisha enjoys discovering new foods and is an avid sports fan, following soccer and Formula 1. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and watching TV shows.

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