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Aromantic Quotes

These are quotes taken from various sources within the Doctor Who universe, compiled by the excellent acewyrds, in this post. I prettied them up a bit and posted them here.

 

 

LACK OF ROMANTIC ATTRACTION

[Dee has just asked Anji what the story is with her and the Doctor]
“‘We travel together, along with Fitz.’
‘Are you two – you know… ’ Dee smiled coyly.
‘No!’ Anji’s eyebrows jumped upwards at the idea. ‘No, we’re just – good friends, I suppose… ’
‘You argue enough to be an old married couple.’
‘The Doctor has that effect on you. Makes it seem like he’s been part of your life for ever,’ Anji said. ‘Why do you ask?’
‘Well, he’s not bad looking and I thought… ’
‘The Doctor’s not interested in –’
‘Oh, right! Are he and Fitz… ?’
‘No,’ Anji replied firmly. ‘The Doctor has friends, not lovers. At least, not in my experience. No, he’s very tactile but he’s not romantically inclined.’”
---Eight, The Domino Effect

~ * ~

“What was it like to be in love – and then to have that love taken away? Was it like losing a TARDIS? Was it like losing a friend?”
---Eight, The Fall of Yquatine

~ * ~

The Doctor: What do you think of the towers?
River: I love them.
The Doctor: Then why are you ignoring them?
River: They’re ignoring me. But then…you can’t expect a monolith to love you back.
[echoing an earlier conversation wherein the Doctor was a monolith that couldn’t love her back]
The Doctor: No, you can’t.
---Twelve, The Husbands of River Song

~ * ~

Flemming: My information is correct. You are the woman who loves the Doctor.
River: Yes, I am. I’ve never denied it. But whoever said he loved me back? He’s the Doctor, he doesn’t go around falling in love with people.
---Twelve, The Husbands of River Song

~ * ~

“‘Two hearts. Advantage? Two hearts. Twice as much. Twice as much hurt.’
‘You mean twice as vulnerable? You could say that, I suppose. On the other hand, you could say I’m half as vulnerable. Biology’s like any other science. It’s all relative.’
‘Can be in love with two women,’ Badar said. ‘Two at once.’
The man looked startled. ‘Good grief. Do you know, that had never struck me before? I’ve never even thought about being in love with one woman, let alone two. Well, not much.’”
---Eight, Interference Book One

~ * ~

“So let’s say you found yourself wanting to be a little more human. That’s what happened to you. All that knocking around with human beings, just run-of-the-mill people… it must have rubbed off.
You began to want the things they wanted. You’d had adventures, sure… but not ordinary adventures. When human beings had adventures it was usually another person who set their heart beating that bit faster. What set their adrenaline flowing were things you had never experienced. Never experienced, Doctor. That’s why Iris shook her head in sorrow at you.
A virgin, in many ways, Doctor. You were Time’s Champion and each new adventure was newer than the last. Your cosmos a dark and complex place. But in the human run of things, in terms of the most vital experiences, you were a virgin.”
---Eight, The Blue Angel


SPORADIC/NONEXISTENT ROMANTIC LIFE


“Nevertheless, his last violent regeneration, during which he had come closer to death than ever before, had shaken up his molecules so comprehensively that certain aspects of his character had come to the fore that had previously been buried so deeply within him they had seemed virtually nonexistent. His romantic nature, for one. And his tendency to babble about his origins, for another. During his post-regenerative trauma, he had given of himself so freely, so uninhibitedly, that his scrupulously guarded secrets might just as well have been baubles, trinkets, of little or no value.”
---Eight, The Bodysnatchers
(u say “romantic nature” but buddy evidence suggests ur still not a romo person)
 
~ * ~

“Sam had never dared to ask the Doctor if he had a girlfriend. (Or a boyfriend, she admonished herself – don’t jump to conclusions.) It was a part of his life he never talked about. Maybe, once upon a time, he’d even had a wife and kids. But it must have been a long time ago; the TARDIS was the closest thing he had to a girlfriend now.”
---Eight, Vampire Science
~ * ~

“I wondered what it’d be like to have a love-life, if you could see things in all four dimensions. If you could lie in bed with somebody and see them as they’d look in forty years’ time, when their bodies were coming apart at the seams and their hair was falling out. No wonder the Doctor had never had a relationship while he’d been on Earth.”
---Sarah Jane Smith about Eight, Interference Book One

~ * ~


Clara: Emergency. You’re my boyfriend.
The Doctor: Ding dong. Okay, brilliant. I may be a bit rusty in some areas, but I will glance at a manual.
---Eleven, The Time of the Doctor

~ * ~

Sarah: I don’t know what this is all about, and I know we’re not important.
The Doctor: Who said you’re not important? I’ve travelled to all sorts of places, done things you couldn’t even imagine, but you two. Street corner, two in the morning, getting a taxi home. I’ve never had a life like that. Yes. I’ll try and save you.
---Nine, Father’s Day

~ * ~

Rose: What you doing?
The Doctor: Trying to set up a resonation pattern in the concrete, loosen the bars.
Rose: You don’t think he’s coming back, do you?
The Doctor: Wouldn’t bet my life.
Rose: Why don’t you trust him?
The Doctor: Why do you?
Rose: He saved my life. Bloke-wise, that’s up there with flossing. I trust him because he’s like you. Except with dating and dancing.
---Nine, The Doctor Dances

~ * ~

The Doctor: Your boss, you should just ask her out. She likes you. She said so.
Rory: [Dryly] Really, sir? What did she say?
The Doctor: Ah, she just sort of generally indicated —
Rory: [Turns and looks them straight in the eye] What exactly did she say?
The Doctor: [Stuttering] Well, she said you were a Mr. Hottie-ness… and that she would like to go out with you for texting and scones. [Smiles hopefully]
Rory: [Stares at them] You really haven’t done this before, have you?
The Doctor: No, I haven’t.
---Eleven, The Wedding of River Song

~ * ~

Wilf: Oh, Doctor? What about you now? Who’ve you got? I mean, all those friends of yours.
The Doctor: They’ve all got someone else. Still, that’s fine. I’m fine.
---Ten, Journey’s End
(implied anyway, since everyone else’s “someone else” is a romantic someone)


DISINTEREST IN ROMANCE


“She had met in her life only one man whom she felt she might trust to treat her with honesty, humour and respect. And she’d met him only yesterday. The curse that enabled her to detect shallowness had ironically turned out to he an equal curse when it came to identifying the vast complexities that made up the Doctor, a man who seemed, despite these complexities, uniquely oblivious to the idea of romance of any variety.”
---an empath about Eight, Casualties of War
~ * ~

[Martha runs through the recording of instructions again]
The Doctor [on scanner]: Four. You. Don’t let me abandon you.
Martha: That’s no good. What about the stuff you didn’t tell me? What about women? Oh no, you didn’t think of that.
---Ten, Human Nature

~ * ~

Latimer: Why did he speak to me?
The Doctor: Oh, low level telepathic field. You were born with it. Just an extra synaptic engram causing—Is that how he talks?
Martha: That’s him. All you have to do is open it and he’s back.
The Doctor: You knew this all along and yet you watched while Nurse Redfern and I—
Martha: I didn’t know how to stop you. He gave me a list of things to watch out, for but that wasn’t included.
The Doctor: Falling in love? That didn’t even occur to him?
Martha: No.
---Ten, Family of Blood

"NO ROMO"


[The dinosaur bellows]
The Doctor: Oi, big man, shut it. Oh, you’ve got a dinosaur too. Big woman, sorry.
Clara: Doctor, listen to me. You, you need to calm down.
The Doctor: [to dinosaur] I’m not flirting, by the way.
---Twelve, Deep Breath

~ * ~

[The dinosaur bellows]
The Doctor: Reduce the frequency.
Clara: I’m sorry?
The Doctor: Your sonic lanterns, turn them down. You’re giving her a headache.
Jenny: Giving who a headache?
The Doctor: My lady friend. Just an expression, don’t get any ideas.
---Twelve, Deep Breath

~ * ~

[After The Doctor abruptly confesses their love for Craig as a distraction and a Cyberman appears]
Craig: What is happening?
The Doctor: Well, first of all, I don’t really love you, except as a friend.
---Eleven, Closing Time

~ * ~

Margaret: Here we are, out on a date, and you haven’t even asked my proper name.
The Doctor: It’s not a date. What’s your name?
---Nine, Boom Town

~ * ~

“The Doctor gave a sigh, part frustration and part bemusement. ‘Joanna, I think you’re somewhat missing the point here.
You’re alive. Go and walk in the park, feed the ducks, fall in love, read a book, do whatever it is that young humans do.'”
---Eight, Vampire Science
(a bit anyway)

~ * ~

“'They’re killers. It’s mass murder in slow motion.’
He stepped forward, but she blocked his path. 'We’ve been over this,’ he said.
'No we have not! We started to talk about it last night, and you suddenly realised what they were doing. So you went running to your vampire girlfriend –’
'My what?'”
---Eight, Vampire Science

~ * ~

Caecilius: Thank you, kind sir. I’m afraid business is closed for the day. I’m expecting a visitor.
The Doctor: But that’s me, I’m a visitor. Hello.
Caecilius: Who are you?
The Doctor: I am Spartacus.
Donna: And so am I.
Caecilius: Mister and Mrs Spartacus.
The Doctor: Oh no, no, no. We’re not, we’re not married.
---Ten, The Fires of Pompeii

~ * ~

Spurrina: No man is allowed to enter the Temple of Sybil!
The Doctor: Oh that’s all right. [shrugs] Just us girls. You know, I met the Sybil once. Hell of a woman! Blimey, she could dance a tarantella! Nice teeth… Truth be told, I think she had a bit of a thing for me. I said it would never last, she said "I know”. Well, she would.
---Ten, The Fires of Pompeii

~ * ~

The Doctor: Sorry, sorry, sorry. Late. Don’t mind us. Hello. The guards let us through.
Solana: And you would be?
The Doctor: The Doctor and Donna Noble.
Donna: Representing the Noble Corporation PLC Limited, Intergalactic.
Solana: Must have fallen off my list. My apologies. Won’t happen again. Now then, Doctor Noble, Mrs Noble, if you’d like to come with me.
The Doctor: Oh, no, no, no, no. We’re not married.
Donna: We’re so not married.
The Doctor: Never.
---Ten, Planet of the Ood

~ * ~

Agatha Christie [about Ten and Donna]: You make a rather unusual couple.
The Doctor: Oh, no, no, no, no. We’re not married.
---Ten, The Unicorn and the Wasp

~ * ~

The Doctor: You’ve got everything I need for an omelette fines herbes, pour deux. So, who’s the girl on the fridge?
[A photograph of Craig and Sophie, along with the Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait in Straw Hat postcard]
Craig: My friend. Sophie.
The Doctor: Girlfriend?
Craig: A friend who is a girl. There’s nothing going on.
The Doctor: Oh, that’s completely normal. Works for me.
---Eleven, The Lodger


FAILING TO NOTICE ROMANTIC OVERTONES


[The Doctor hugs Craig. Val smiles indulgently]
Val: Hope you don’t mind me saying, Doctor, but I think you look ever so sweet, you and your partner and the baby.
The Doctor: Partner. Yes, I like it. Is it better than companion?
---Eleven, Closing Time

~ * ~

Craig: Hey, man. Er, listen. Er, Sophie’s coming round tonight and I was wondering if you could give us some space?
The Doctor: Oh, don’t mind me. You won’t even know I’m here. [Bang upstairs] That’s the idea. [They shut the door]
---Eleven, The Lodger

~ * ~

The Doctor: Oh, that’s more like it. That’s the view we had last time. This must be the lower levels, down in the base of the tower. Some sort of under-city.
Martha: You’ve brought me to the slums?
The Doctor: Much more interesting. It’s all cocktails and glitter up there. This is the real city.
Martha: You’d enjoy anything.
The Doctor: That’s me. Ah, the rain’s stopping. Better and better.
Martha: When you say last time, was that you and Rose?
The Doctor: Er, yeah. Yeah, it was, yeah.
Martha: You’re taking me to the same planets that you took her?
The Doctor: What’s wrong with that?
Martha: Nothing. Just ever heard the word rebound?
---Ten, Gridlock

~ * ~

[Amy picks up a ring box and opens it]
Amy: I’m getting married in the morning.
The Doctor: Why did you leave it here?
Amy: Why did I leave my engagement ring when I ran away with a strange man the night before my wedding?
The Doctor: Yeah.
Amy: Hmm. You really are an alien, aren’t you.
---Eleven, Flesh and Stone
(…though in context i suppose this is more failing to notice sexual overtones? eh)


DEFLECTION WRT ROMANCE

 

Rory [shortly after the Doctor accidentally got engaged to Marilyn Monroe and married her out of spite]: Your phone was ringing. Someone called Marilyn. Actually sounds like the Marilyn.
Amy: Doctor?
The Doctor: Tell her I’ll phone her back. And that was never a real chapel.
---Eleven, A Christmas Carol

~ * ~

The Doctor: So, the year five billion, the sun expands, the Earth gets roasted.
Rose: That was our first date.
The Doctor [smiling, neither agreeing nor disagreeing]: We had chips. So anyway, planet gone, all rocks and dust, but the human race lives on, spread out across the stars. Soon as the Earth burns up, oh yeah, they get all nostalgic, big revival movement, but then find this place. Same size as the Earth, same air, same orbit. Lovely. Call goes out, the humans move in.
---Ten, New Earth
(bit of a stretch but [shrugs])

~ * ~

Rose: You’d have to get a mortgage.
The Doctor: No.
Rose: Oh, yes.
The Doctor: I’m dying. That’s it. I’m dying. It is all over.
Rose: What about me? I’d have to get one, too. I don’t know, could be the same one. We could both, I don’t know, share. Or not, you know. Whatever. I don’t know. We’ll sort something out.
The Doctor: Anyway.
Rose: We’ll see.
The Doctor: I promised Jackie I’d always take you back home.
Rose: Everyone leaves home in the end.
The Doctor: Not to end up stuck here.
Rose: Yeah, but stuck with you, that’s not so bad.
The Doctor: Yeah?
Rose: Yes.
---Ten, The Impossible Planet

~ * ~

The Doctor: Evening.
Rose: Only us.
Danny: The mysterious couple. How are you, then? Settling in?
The Doctor: Yeah. Sorry, straight to business, the Ood, how do they communicate? I mean, with each other.
---Ten, The Impossible Planet

~ * ~

Shakespeare: So, tell me of Freedonia, where women can be doctors, writers, actors.
Martha: This country’s ruled by a woman.
Shakespeare: Ah, she’s royal. That’s God’s business. Though you are a royal beauty.
Martha: Whoa, Nelly. I know for a fact you’ve got a wife in the country.
Shakespeare: But Martha, this is Town.
The Doctor: Come on. We can all have a good flirt later.
Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
The Doctor: Oh, fifty seven academics just punched the air. Now move!
---Ten, The Shakespeare Code

~ * ~

The Master: You must have been like God.
The Doctor: I’ve been alone ever since. But not anymore. Don’t you see? All we’ve got is each other.
The Master: Are you asking me out on a date?
The Doctor: You could stop this right now. We could leave this planet. We can fight across the constellations, if that’s what you want, but not on Earth.
---Ten, The Sound of Drums

~ * ~

Amy: Is River Song your wife? Because she’s someone from your future, and the way she talks to you, I’ve never seen anyone do that. She’s kind of like, you know, heel, boy. She’s Mrs Doctor from the future, isn’t she? Is she going to be your wife one day?
The Doctor: Yes, you’re right. I am definitely Mister Grumpy Face today.
---Eleven, The Time of Angels


NEVER ACTUALLY SAYING "I LOVE YOU"

 

“‘I love you,’ said Sam.
The Doctor looked up at the ceiling again.
‘Do you know, I know exactly what you mean by that,’ he said. So Sam let go of him, and took a few steps back. They quite deliberately and carefully didn’t kiss. Not even in a friendly sort of way.”
---Eight, Interference Book Two

~ * ~
 
The Doctor: If they get back in touch, if you talk to Rose, just tell her. Tell her. Oh, she knows.
---Ten, The Satan Pit
~ * ~

Rose: Am I ever going to see you again?
The Doctor: You can’t.
Rose: What’re you going to do?
The Doctor: Oh, I’ve got the Tardis. Same old life, last of the Time Lords.
Rose: On your own. I, I love you.
The Doctor: Quite right, too. And I suppose, if it’s my last chance to say it, Rose Tyler—
---Ten, Doomsday

~ * ~

Rose: All right. Both of you, answer me this. When I last stood on this beach, on the worst day of my life, what was the last thing you said to me? Go on, say it.
The Doctor: I said, Rose Tyler.
Rose: Yeah, and how was that sentence going to end?
The Doctor: Does it need saying?
---Ten, Journey’s End
(k, yes, word of god is tentoo says it, but ten never does, is the thing)


MISCELLANEOUS AROISH THINGS


“‘I met her then. Jasmine. The woman who was to change my life and shape my death.’
‘One of your warders? Oh dear. I suppose you fell in love, or something messy like that.’ The Doctor grimaced. ‘You’re not going to go into slushy details, are you?’
Cauchemar stayed by the window. ‘What do you know of love, Doctor?’
‘Enough to know its power. Its dangers.”
---Eight, Vanishing Point

~ * ~

[The Doctor appears from behind a tree as Abigail and Kazran are kissing. They have lipstick on their face]
The Doctor: Guys, we’ve really got to go quite quickly. I just accidentally got engaged to Marilyn Monroe. How do you keep going like that? Do you breathe out your ears? Hello? Sorry. Hello? Guys, she’s phoned a chapel. There’s a car outside. This is happening now.
Marilyn: Yoo-hoo!
The Doctor: Yoo-hoo. Right. Fine. Thank you. I’ll just go and get married then, shall I? See how you like that. Marilyn? Get your coat!
---Eleven, A Christmas Carol
(lmao they married her out of spite)

~ * ~

[eight’s got an arm around this woman Emmeline bc they’re trying to comfort her; sam is Interested in them and is jealous as fuck]
“'You two look cosy,’ Sam said, her tone more truculent than she would have liked.
The Doctor looked up, but gave no indication he had heard either her words or the manner in which she had spoken them.”
---Eight, The Bodysnatchers
(idk like. i see this as being a sort of ‘clueless aro’ situation?)

~ * ~

“‘So,’ said Guy, ‘are you doing him?’
Anji spluttered with laughter. ‘No!’
‘Is the other girl?’ His eyes widened, he clicked his fingers. ‘That guy! Fitz! He’s his boyfriend, isn’t he!’
Anji stopped laughing. ‘What are you talking about?’
‘Well, the way you all hang around him, do just what he says.’ Guy smirked at her. ‘You’re either all shagging him or you’re part of some loony cult.’
‘We’re friends,’ said Anji fiercely.”
---Eight, Timeless

~ * ~
 
“He wiped his eyes with his hands, then smiled at her. Pia had got used to that smile. It looked sweet and lovely and suggested that you were the most important thing in the world right now. It had taken her several months to realise he wasn’t even conscious that he was doing it.”
---Eight, History 101
~ * ~

“‘Why did the Shalka let her go?’
‘She doesn’t know. We can get her in for the whole story.’
‘Yes,’ the Doctor paced, his fingers knotted behind his back, ‘shortly. But for the moment, I’d prefer it if she wasn’t too close at hand.’ He glanced away for a moment, as if puzzled by the complexities of humans. ‘And she and her boyfriend really need to talk.’”
---Shalka!Nine, The Scream of the Shalka novelization

~ * ~

“'And what about Samantha Jones? The body you are in?’
'We are in many billions of bodies’
'I only care about one! ’
'That is a lie.’
'Is it?’
'Yes.’
'All right… yes. It’s a lie. But I do care about her. Very much. She’s my…she’s very young.’
Sam said nothing.
'She’s my friend.'”
---Eight, Beltempest
(vaguely aro maybe id k)

~ * ~
 
The Doctor: That rather embarrassing bit where you told me you loved me, for instance
---Eight, Scherzo
~ * ~

[dr who’s talking to sam abt this one woman and this one dude they traveled with once]
'Well, I met them then.’ The Doctor took the book back. 'After we parted, they stayed together. Very romantic. I suppose.’
---Eight, Placebo Effect

~ * ~

“‘You are a fine human being,’ said Smith. ‘You are an excellent doctor, a more than competent administrator. You have security, you are happily married… There is someone in your life who wishes only to see the world through your eyes, to experience everything that you do.’
‘You’ve never been married, have you?’ asked Liz, surprising herself with the bitterness audible in every syllable.
‘No,’ said Smith, moving over to the window with his coffee. ‘Well, not as such. Or, at least… ’ His words trailed away, leaving Liz Bartholomew to fill in numerous, ridiculous blanks (divorce? A tragic death? Bigamy?). ‘I am an observer of such things,’ he said grandly. ‘I watch from afar. But I did not mean to imply criticism or condemnation.’”
---Eight, The Sleep of Reason
 

~ * ~

“'So how was your date with Rust?’ he asked.
To her chagrin, she flushed. 'It wasn’t a date.’
'Did he ask you out?’
'Yes.’
'Did you go?’
'Well, obviously.’
'Isn’t that a date?’
Sometimes his naivete exasperated her. 'Doctor, you’ve been around for a century. Haven’t you figured out what constitutes a date?’
'No,’ he said. 'Has anyone?’ He looked at her expectantly, waiting for enlightenment.”
---Eight, The City of the Dead
 

~ * ~

[they’ve lost their memory]
“‘Tell me, have you any family? A wife?’
He extended a hand a few inches above his face and examined the fingers closely. ‘I don’t see a wedding ring,’ he said. ‘I might have taken it off, though.’
‘Be serious!’
He looked at me. ‘Do you often feel the lack of a partner in life?’
It seemed an odd word to use, ‘partner’, as if we were discussing a business relationship rather than one that involved the messy business of sex and the hard duty of raising children.
‘I – well, hmm. No, not really. I was going to get married, but it wouldn’t have worked. I’m probably better off alone.’
The Doctor sat up abruptly. ‘Yes, well, that’s my view too.”
---Eight, The Turing Test
 

~ * ~

Clara [about Ashildr]: She’s nice. Fight you for her.
The Doctor: The human race, you’re obsessed. You all need to get a hobby.
---Twelve, The Girl Who Died

~ * ~

The Doctor: Do you know what you need? You need a hobby.
Clara: Oh, I really don’t.
The Doctor: Or, even better, another relationship. Come on, you lot, you’re bananas about relationships. You’re always writing songs about them, or goin’ to war, or gettin’ tattooed.
---Twelve, Under The Lake

~ * ~

Clara: Sorry, but as you can see, I’ve got plans.
[Clara is in an open-necked white blouse with a thin black tie knotted halfway down her chest, black trousers with stilletto heels and is putting on a black jacket; clearly dressed nicely for a date]
The Doctor: Have you?
Clara: Look at me.
The Doctor: Yeah, okay.
Clara: No, no, no. No. Look at me.
The Doctor: Yep, looking.
Clara: Seriously?
The Doctor: Why is your face all coloured in?
---Twelve, Time Heist

~ * ~
 
“Again, we get the impression of a man who’s been pushing his limits ever since his arrival (Scarlette records that although Fitz and Anji accepted the Doctor’s marriage without question, they did so ‘in a manner which told me they were merely so shocked as not to dwell on it’).”
---Eight, The Adventuress of Henrietta Street
~ * ~

Clara: He looked young.
Vastra: He looked like your dashing young gentleman friend. Your lover, even.
Clara: Shut up.
Vastra: But he is the Doctor. He has walked this universe for centuries untold, he has seen stars fall to dust. You might as well flirt with a mountain range.
Clara: I did not flirt with him.
Vastra: He flirted with you.
Clara: How?
Vastra: He looked young. Who do you think that was for?
Clara: Me?
Vastra: Everyone. I wear a veil as he wore a face for the same reason.
Clara: What reason?
Vastra: The oldest reason there is for anything. To be accepted.
---About Eleven/Twelve, Deep Breath

~ * ~

Clara: No, no, you’re not actually my boyfriend.
The Doctor [unbothered]: Oh, that was quick. It’s a roller coaster this phone call.
---Eleven, The Time of the Doctor

~ * ~

Clara: Prove you’re you. Tell me something only the Doctor knows.
Cyber-Doctor: Clara, I suppose I’m the only one who knows how I feel about you right now. How funny you are. So funny. And pretty. And the truth is, I’m starting to like you in a way that is more than just— [she hits them]
The Doctor: Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Yes! It’s me. That really hurt. How did you know that was him?
Clara: Because even if that was true, which it is obviously not, I know you well enough to know that you would rather die than say it.
---Eleven, Nightmare in Silver

~ * ~

The Doctor: What have you done?
River: It was never going to be a gun for you, Doctor. The man of peace who understands every kind of warfare, except, perhaps, the cruellest.
River [memory]: I’m all yours, sweetie.
River: Kiss, kiss.
---Eleven, Let’s Kill Hitler

~ * ~

Martha: Do you reckon it’s going to work, those two?
The Doctor: I don’t know. Anywhere else in the universe, I might worry about them, but New York? That’s what this city’s good at. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, and maybe the odd pig slave Dalek mutant hybrid too.
Martha: The pig and the showgirl.
The Doctor: The pig and the showgirl.
Martha: It just proves it, I suppose. There’s someone for everyone.
The Doctor: Maybe.
---Ten, Evolution of the Daleks

~ * ~
 
The Doctor [to Sally Sparrow]: Look, sorry, I’ve got a bit of a complex life. Things don’t always happen to me in quite the right order. Gets a bit confusing at times, especially at weddings. I’m rubbish at weddings, especially my own.
---Ten, Blink
~ * ~

[About Eight and Scarlette, the friend he married for world-saving purposes]
“He may not have loved Scarlette, as human beings understood the term – could a creature such as himself even appreciate such an idea? – but she was a symbol to him, just as he himself was a symbol to all the Earth.”
---Eight, The Adventuress of Henrietta Street


MORE MEANING IF ARO


“Something fell out of the book.
He reached for it, but she beat him to it. It was a greetings card, faded with age. She opened it. 'Happy birthday…’ She raised an eyebrow at him. 'Grandfather?’
He looked away from her, and drew his knees up towards him, curling all his loose limbs inwards. 'Yes, well. It’s a bit of a long story.’
'I should have known.’ It figured, something like this was bound to turn up. It was such a cliché, after all – falling for the mysterious stranger whose dark past was overly cluttered with melodrama. 'It’s an alien thing, huh?’
'Yes, as a matter of fact it is an alien thing.’ He looked so bewildered, like he had no idea why it bothered her at all. It sure bothered him, though, his words were pouring out in one big rush to try and wash the subject away. 'And it’s not like you need to worry very much. I hardly have any dealings with them –’
'It wouldn’t have hurt if I’d at least known you had kids.’ She waved the card in an exasperated flourish.
He held up his hands as if trying to hold off her flow of words. 'Carolyn, that was many lifetimes of mine ago. I was a different person then. Literally.'”
---Eight, Vampire Science
(can be read as “now don’t get any ideas” “it was an alien thing not an allo or romo thing” “leave it alone why do you even care ur not interested in me are u?? pls say no”)

~ * ~

Rose [on the phone w/the Doctor]: Er, my mother’s cooking.
The Doctor: Good. Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer.
Rose: She’s cooking tea. For us.
The Doctor: I don’t do that.
---Nine, World War Three
(??? don’t do dinner dates or don’t do family dinners? idk which but this strikes me as them avoiding the possibility of romantic overtones/not wanting rose to get any ideas so. it’s going here for now)

 

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Charley: It was all about love in the end, wasn’t it?
Doctor: I suppose so
Charley: Oh don’t go all sheepish, Doctor, you know it was. Don’t you think it’s fantastic? A love affair that could lay waste to a whole city?
Doctor: Yeah, sounds a little inconvenient to me.
---Eight, Stones of Venice Pt.4

~ * ~

 
Doctor: What I want to know is- well, you see- here, just put this under your tongue.
Charley: (muffled) What is it?
Doctor: I assume that means ‘what is it?’ It’s a genetic sampler, and it’s just taken a DNA swipe of your mouth. It feeds the information directly into the TARDIS console, which saves me asking you whether or not you kissed your friend Alex.
---Eight, Seasons of Fear Pt.1
(i’m including it bc awkward about kissing)

~ * ~


Doctor: I met her at her father’s court, much as i met Edward at his. I really liked the idea of spending some time talking about politics with the most brilliant tactician of her age. Only Edith saw it a little bit differently. One leap year she asked me to marry her.
Charley: And you said…
Doctor: Well, i must have mumbled, and then everyone was talking about a wedding before her father returned to say no. And i couldn’t see her beforehand, and none of her courtiers wanted to listen when i said i didn’t want to marry her, and one thing led to another-
Charley: And you did a runner
---Eight, Seasons of Fear pt.2

~ * ~


Doctor: (busy and distracted)
Charley: Oh don’t mind me. I’ll just stand here at the back, quiet as a mouse, looking pretty and pouting.
Doctor: (still nothing)
Charley: (louder) I said, I’ll just stand here at the back, quiet as a mouse, looking-
Doctor: (still not paying attention really) Good idea
---Eight, Neverland pt.1
(also iffy idk)
 

~ * ~


Zagreus!Tardis: And what is your idea of friendship, Doctor? I’d really like to know.
Doctor: Friendship is- well it- it’s caring for somebody more than you do yourself.
Zagreus!Tardis: Fool, that’s not friendship, that’s love.
---Eight, Zagreus: Wasteland
(confusion between platonic, romantic, and qp? thats definitely an arospec thing, even though obv Zagreus is probably not the best source of relationship advice)

~ * ~


Doctor: I love Charley. I don’t quite know what that means. I don’t know whether it’s strength of weakness or insanity, but I love her.
---Eight, Scherzo pt.4
(honestly all of scherzo is rly good for aro doctor but i’m not bothered to write every quote i have bc its a LOT and they’re LONG. Also i realise out of context this one seems? not aro? but it’s pretty solidly established that Charley and the Doctor are some nameless equivalent of qp)


WORD OF GOD


“I mean, he’s 1,000 years old. And he sees people who meet at 30 and stay together for 40 years. With one person. Marriage. So you stay together and you have children and that’s it? To the Doctor that seems completely baffling.” (Matt Smith in an interview, can’t be arsed to source this properly, look it up if u like)
“Love is a human emotion, and the Doctor’s not human.”
---Colin Baker, not sourcing this either, sorry
(not altogether fond of this one bc of the implication that a lack of romantic love is linked to a lack of humanity, but it exists, so)

 

 


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