What are the catchphrases of the eleven (at the time of this posting) Doctor incarnations in Doctor Who?

For example I know of a few:

  1. Chris Eccleston (9th Doctor): Fantastic!
  2. David Tenant (10th Doctor): Allons-y!, I am so sorry

Et cetera.

Does anyone have a list of all of the doctor's catchphrases over the years?

  • Since the community wiki answer is unfortunately incomplete/incorrect, I wondered if you'd like to reconsider your acceptance.
    – Valorum
    May 2 '15 at 17:42

This is what I have so far (taken from here):

List by Doctor Number:

  1. (William Hartnell): Hmmn. Hmmn. Hmmn.
  2. (Patrick Troughton): When I say run.
  3. (Jon Pertwee): nothing comes to mind except Whomobile
  4. (Tom Baker): Care for a Jelly baby
  5. (Peter Davison): nothing again except for Cricket & Celery
  6. (Colin Baker): got nothing
  7. (Sylvester McCoy): nothing again
  8. (Paul McGann): Who am I?
  9. (Christopher Eccleston): Fantastic
  10. (David Tennant):
    - I'm sorry, I'm so sorry
    - Allons-y!
  11. (Matt Smith):
    - fezzes/bow-ties/[random articles of clothing] are cool
    - Geronimo
  12. (Peter Capaldi):
    - Shut up. Shutity shut up.

Another list from the above link:

Doctor Who?
Come along, my dear!
Tut, tut. Dear, dear, dear. Hmmmph!
We can't change history!

Oh, my giddy aunt!
Oh, dear!
People spend all their time making nice things and then other people come along and break them.

Did I ever tell you about the time...
Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!
My dear chap!
A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.
Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered.

Would you like a Jelly Baby?
You might be "a doctor" I am "the doctor", the definite article you might say.
There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.

Brave heart, Tegan.
I can't free the TARDIS from the time corridor!
What's the problem, old girl? Why this compulsion for planet Earth?
There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes.

Mmmmm. I wonder... Aha!
The TARDIS, when working properly, is capable of many amazing things. Not unlike myself!

In all my travellings througout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation, decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks!, Sontarans, Cybermen!, they're still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power, that's what it takes to be really corrupt!!!!!!

Not this time...
I have made a graaave error of judgement!
If we fight like animals, we die like animals.

Who am I?
I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.

I was there...

I'm so sorry...
I don't want to go!

... is cool. I like ...
Come along, Pond! GERONIMO


  1. (Peter Capaldi):
    • Shut up. Shutity shut up.
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    All these answers people are coming up with are great except for one thing the 11th doctor Matt Smith's is blank is cool i wear blank now and the other one that seems to be forgot even though it is one is Geronimo
    – user5256
    Mar 10 '12 at 7:09
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    I'd add one more for the 10th: "Don't...Just...don't."
    – Tango
    Mar 20 '12 at 2:30
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    wouldn't a universal one be "I'm the Doctor" or "Because I'm the Doctor!"
    – Monty129
    Oct 24 '12 at 16:52
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    Also Tennet's tendancy to correct himself several times in quick succesion (Well...) i.e. "Nothing here. Well, nothing dangerous. Well, not that dangerous. Know what, I'll just have a quick scan. In case of something dangerous."
    – Monty129
    Oct 24 '12 at 16:56
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    Wouldn't the 11th's be "Yowzah"?
    – Martha
    May 20 '13 at 4:12


According to Showrunner and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) won't have a signature catchphrase and that Matt Smith only had one because he kept ad-libbing it into episodes:

“This is a ridiculous thing for me to say in particular, but I don’t like catchphrases very much. They always happen by accident! I never put one in for Matt [Smith]. Matt just liked the word Geronimo, so [he] started shoving it into different scripts where I hadn’t put it. And ’bowties are cool’ was just my nervousness of him wearing a bowtie.”

Capaldi himself has spoken on this issue in an interview with MTV:

Who needs a catchphrase? What’s so great about a catchphrase. I don’t mind not having a catchphrase! I have a TARDIS. A Companion. And a crusade. So I’ve got an embarrassment of riches.”

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    This is bad because Catchphrases are cool.
    – user931
    May 2 '15 at 17:39

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