1. You Are Unique In The Universe
Hey, do you mind if I tell you a story, one you may not have heard before?
All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died.
That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of space. After so so many years, those elements came together to form new stars and new planets, and on and on it went.
The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings!
Until, eventually, those elements came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one Merry Gallelle. And there will never be another.
This one’s my favorite, I admit, and not just because of the Alice in Wonderland reference.
Every human being is unique, and unbelievably lucky to be here. The odds that each of us would show up were ridiculously slim. We’re only here for a short while. Which means that every moment of our lives is precious.
The Doctor understands this. There is no person who isn’t important. There’s no such thing as little people. Each one of us is worth protecting, is worth saving.
It’s a beautiful scene, which has been rather unfairly overshadowed by the same episode’s earth-shaking speech to the parasite god. And that speech may be the greatest of Matt Smith’s time on Doctor Who, but this scene is the one that means the most. Why on earth does the Doctor care so much about so many people, why does he refuse to walk away, why does he keep going and travelling? Because each and every one of us are unique in the universe.
Also, seriously, an Alice in Wonderland reference! The Walrus and the Carpenter! How fun was that?