From "The Next Doctor":

LAKE: Well, I'd say he used that Dimension vault to transfer the wreckage of the CyberKing into the Time Vortex, there to be harmlessly disintegrated. Oh, I've picked up a lot. Ah, but here. Ladies and gentlemen, I know that man, that Doctor on high. And I know that he has done this deed a thousand times. But not once. No, sir, not once, not ever, has he ever been thanked. But no more. For I say to you, on this Christmas morn, bravo, sir! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo, sir!

(Up in the sky, the Doctor hears the cheers and applause, and waves back, ringing the basket's bell.)

LAKE: Bravo, Doctor.

I suspect this statement is not 100% accurate, but oddly enough I can't actually think of a counterexample. Is there one?

I'm excluding times when he's thanked by a specific person, or for saving a specific person; this is about being thanked by a large number of nameless people who probably would've died (or worse) without him.

  • I get the impression the people of Christmas thanked him in "Time of the Doctor" but that happened after "The Next Doctor" so it probably doesn't count...
    – KutuluMike
    Oct 18, 2015 at 21:49
  • This might be useful, if you can be bothered to go through them all...
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 18, 2015 at 21:50

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From the end of Planet of the Ood

Ood Sigma: Take this song with you.

The Doctor: We will.

Donna: Always.

Ood Sigma: And know this, Doctor Donna. You will never be forgotten. Our children will sing of the Doctor Donna. And our childrens’ children. And the wind and the ice and the snow will carry your names forever.

But of course, it's not quite clear if Ood Sigma is here talking about The Doctor and Donna or about the "Doctor-Donna".
And he wasn't saving the world - only a whole species.

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    The Doctor-Donna, however, did save all of existence from The Daleks.
    – Politank-Z
    Oct 18, 2015 at 22:19

In The Fires of Pompeii (series 4 episode 2), the Doctor and Donna are venerated as gods by at least one family for their actions in saving that family from the destruction of Pompeii;

(Quintus kneels before the shrine.)
QUINTUS: Thank you, household gods. Thank you for everything.
(The little altar has a new carving - the Doctor, the Tardis, and Donna.)


He also gets a lot of applause upon his arrival at Torchwood in Army of Ghosts (series 2 episode 12), but it's not clear what for:

(The Doctor steps outside and raises his arms. Yvonne runs in on her high heels.)
YVONNE: Oh! Oh, how marvellous. Oh, very good. Superb. Happy day.
(She starts clapping and the soldiers join in. The Doctor lowers his arms.)
DOCTOR: Er, thanks. Nice to meet you. I'm the Doctor.
YVONNE: Oh, I should say. Hurray!
DOCTOR: You, you've heard of me, then?
YVONNE: Well of course we have. And I have to say, if it wasn't for you, none of us would be here. The Doctor and the Tardis.
(More applause.)

  • And then they confiscate the TARDIS because "If it's alien, it's ours."
    – Shadur
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:47

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