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The Doctors’ first and last lines? (Doctor Who) — UPDATED October 2022

Just for the heck of it, I’ve decided I wanted to make a list of the first and last lines uttered onscreen by each of the incarnations of the Doctor in Doctor Who.  (For those who don’t know, the Doctor can escape death by regenerating his/her body and mind — i.e. being recast with a new actor.)  Usually these will be their actual first and last lines — the first words uttered after a regeneration and the last words spoken before the next regeneration.  Exceptions are marked with asterisks.

NOTE: The original list has been updated with new information from the surviving clip of “The Tenth Planet” as well as from the 50th-anniversary stories “The Name of the Doctor,” “The Night of the Doctor,” and “The Day of the Doctor,” the Christmas specials “The Time of the Doctor” and “Twice Upon a Time,” and the Centenary Special “The Power of the Doctor.” There are spoilers here.

First Doctor (William Hartnell):

  • First* (in-story, from “The Name of the Doctor” flashback): “Yes, what is it? What do you want?”
  • First* heard onscreen (from “An Unearthly Child”): “What are you doing here?”
  • Last* (from “The Tenth Planet”): “Ah, yes! Thank you. It’s good. Keep warm.”
  • Last (in-story, from “Twice Upon a Time”): “Well then, here we go — the long way round.”

Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton):

  • First: “Slower! Slower! Concentrate on one thing. One thing!”
  • Last: “No! Stop, you’re making me giddy! No, you can’t do this to me! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!”

(Unless you buy into the “Season 6B” theory that he had further adventures after “The War Games,” including “The Two Doctors,” in which case his last* words onscreen were: “Do try and keep out of my way in future and in past, there’s a good fellow. The time continuum should be big enough for the both of us.  Just.”)

Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee):

  • First: “Unnh… Shoes, must find my shoes. Unhand me, madam.”
  • Last: “A tear, Sarah Jane? No, don’t cry. While there’s life there’s…”

Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker):

  • First:  (mumbling) “Typical Sontaran attitude… Stop, Linx… (mumble) course of human history…” (clear) “I tell you, Brigadier, there’s nothing to worry about. The brontosaurus is large and placid… And stupid! If the square on the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square on the other two sides, why is a mouse when it spins? Never did know the answer to that one.”  (Other characters spoke in between these, but it constitutes a running monologue and is too fun not to include in full.)
  • Last: “It’s the end. But the moment has been prepared for.”

Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison):

  • First: “I… Oh.”  First coherent words: “Ah. You’ve come to help me find the Zero Room. Welcome aboard. I’m the Doctor. Or will be if this regeneration works out.”
  • Last: “I might regenerate.  I don’t know.  Feels different this time…” (Montage of memories, then finally) “Adric?”

Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker):

  •  First: “You were expecting someone else?”
  • Last*: “Ohh… carrot juice?  Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice!” (You had to be there)

Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy):

  • First: “Oh no, Mel.”
  • Last: “Timing malfunction! The Master, he’s out there! He’s out there… I know… I’ve got to stop… him…”

(Those were his last words in the 1996 movie where he regenerated. But I can’t resist mentioning his last* words spoken in the original series: “There are worlds out there where the sky is burning. And the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger. Somewhere there’s injustice.  And somewhere else, the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace — we’ve got work to do!”)

Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann):

  • First (in-story): “Who am I?  Who am I?!”
  • First* heard onscreen (opening narration of film): “It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial.”
  • Last: “That sounds better. Now where shall we go?” “Physician, heal thyself.”

War Doctor (John Hurt):

  • First: “Doctor no more.”
  • Last: “Yes… Of course, I suppose it makes sense. Wearing a bit thin. I hope the ears are a bit less conspicuous this time.” (They won’t be.)

Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston):

  • First*: “Run.”
  • Last: “Rose… before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”

Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) — first incarnation:

  • First: “Hello!  Okay–ooh.  New teeth. That’s weird. So, where was I? Oh, that’s right. Barcelona!”
  • Last: “I’m sorry, it’s too late. I’m regenerating.”

(“The Time of the Doctor” has now established that the Doctor’s “abortive” regeneration in “The Stolen Earth”/”Journey’s End” actually counts as a full regeneration despite the Doctor retaining his previous form and personality. Thus I’m counting Tennant as two consecutive Doctors, just for the sake of being absurdly thorough.)

Tenth Doctor — second incarnation:

  • First: “Now then. Where were we?”
  • Last: “I don’t want to go!”

Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith):

  • First: “Legs! I’ve still got legs!! Good. Arms, hands. Ooh, fingers. Lots of fingers. Ears? Yes. Eyes: two. Nose… eh, I’ve had worse. Chin – blimey! Hair… I’m a girl! No! No! I’m not a girl! And still not ginger! There’s something else. Something… important, I’m… I’m-I’m… Ha-ha! Crashing! Geronimo!!
  • Last (possibly, per “The Impossible Astronaut”): “I’m sorry.” Last: “We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people, all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” (Wordlessly, ceremoniously removes bow tie, drops it to floor.) (Final exhalation which could be a whispered “Hey.”)

Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi):

  • First: “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the colour. …We’re probably crashing! Ohh! Stay calm. Just one question: Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?”
  • Last: “Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor… I let you go.”

Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker):

  • First: “Oh, brilliant!”
  • Last: “All right then, Doctor Whoever I’m about to be… Tag. You’re it.”

Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant):

  • First: “I know these teeth… What? What?! What?!




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  1. Marina
    October 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve been looking for the whole list.

  2. jonah
    May 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    thanks really usefull

  3. June 30, 2013 at 4:49 am

    something is wrong here, he never said “Must find my shoes” it was “Shoes….. Shoes!”

    • November 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I just double-checked “Spearhead from Space” episode 1 via Netflix streaming, and it’s definitely “Shoes, must find my shoes.” It’s at about 11:30 into the episode.

  4. A saisei Twin
    August 9, 2013 at 5:03 am

    According to the Official Miscellany (Of which is sat next to me….), Eight’s last words (most likely, as they are still not completely confirmed), Were ‘Oh no, Not again’, said at the end of Doctor Who.

  5. Skyy Miller
    November 18, 2013 at 3:19 am

    The final words of the Eighth Doctor need to be updated to “Physician, heal thyself.”
    These are his final words before regenerating into the War Doctor.
    Also, I think there should be one for John Hurt’s “War Doctor” with his first words being “Doctor no more.”
    Source: “The Night of the Doctor”

  6. Felicia Kay
    November 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

    And the War Doctor’s final words being “I hope the ears will be less conspicuous this time”

  7. Charles Fluit
    December 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    The Eleventh Doctor’s last lines need to be updated to “I will always remember when The Doctor was me.” and The Twelfth Doctor’s First line is “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color!”

  8. December 27, 2013 at 5:44 am


  9. December 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    “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… I will not forget one line of this… Not one day. I swear… I will always remember, when the Doctor was me!” -The 11th Doctor’s Final words

    “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color” – The 12th Doctor’s first words

  10. Dave Eversole
    December 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Christopher, I don’t have my copy of ROBOT handy, but as I recall the “pop-up info” on that DVD has a transcript of lines that the fourth doctor mumbles very indistinctly in the b. g. (I think we’re on a shot of the Brig with Sarah Jane kneeling by the Doctor) that come before what you have transcribed. When I get it back (loaned to a friend), I’ll check.


  11. Dave Eversole
    December 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Found them online. I remembered it was something about Sontarans. But they are indistinct. Certainly his first audible words are what you have.

    “Typical Sontaran attitude…stop Linx… perverting the course of human history… I tell you…”

    • December 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks for that. I found the scene on YouTube, and I can’t confirm the “perverting” there; I don’t think there’s enough time between “Linx” and “course.” Maybe it was scripted, but I don’t think he said it. But I’ve added what I can confirm.

  12. February 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Why did you strike out “Keep warm” as Hartnell’s last line and replace it with a line that comes earlier in the scene?

    • February 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Earlier? I thought it came later. The transcript at Chakoteya.net puts the “Keep warm” line last, but the clip I saw from “The Tenth Planet” on the “Lost in Time” DVD set puts “It isn’t all over” just before the regeneration. This review also cites the “all over” line as “Hartnell’s last speech before the transformation.” I suppose I’d need to see the reconstructed episode myself to know for sure, though.

      • February 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

        I watched The Tenth Planet last night, and in both the animated version and the recon, it follows the order given on the Chakoteya transcript. It’s been a long time since I watched “Lost in Time,” but I think you’re misreading that blog: “Hartnell’s last speech before this transformation is in retort to Ben’s statement—’It’s all over? That’s what you said—but it isn’t all over!’—and how right he is” is not saying that that’s Hartnell’s last line, but that the line comes from Hartnell’s last speech.

      • February 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Well, as I said, my main evidence was the clip I saw; the blog just reinforced it. But maybe the clip was incomplete. I’ll re-edit.

  13. Josh
    April 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Sorry sir, but you are sadly mistaken. Technically Matt’s last word was “hey”. That was right before the regeneration. Happy to help (:

    • April 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      There is an exhalation of breath there which could be a “Hey,” but it’s unclear.

  14. Isabella
    April 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Its all good but you didn’t say all of the 11ths last word, he was talking to Amelia’s ghost

    • April 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      If you mean the (possible) “Hey,” I’ve already amended the entry. If you mean what came before the portion I quoted, well, I have to start somewhere. The line before what I quoted was the answer to a question from Clara, so it seemed to me there was a “paragraph break” between it and the final speech.

  15. Shane
    May 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I just finished watching “Spearhead from Space” and the third Doctors first word was “Lethbridge-Stewart” the “shoes” line comes later in the episode. I saw the episode on Hulu Plus.

  16. Jason Hatt
    July 4, 2017 at 9:05 am

    No stars… Why wouldn’t there be any stars….

  17. July 21, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    What about ‘Who’s there?’ for Sixie? From The Last Adventure?

    • July 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      I’m only counting onscreen sources. I’m not that familiar with the others. I think the books and audios have given the Sixth Doctor at least two different regeneration stories anyway.

  18. Brian T
    July 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I’m thinking the 13th Doctor’s first line should be (upon realizing that she’s now a woman) “Well, it’s about time!” Because, you know, time…? No?

  19. Vaggelis Tolios
    December 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    The first line of the Thirteenth Doctor is “Oh Brilliant”

  20. Kristian Wallwork
    February 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    The tenth Dr still brings a tear to my eye
    Matt smiths was really Heartbreaking to

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