People talk a lot in Doctor Who. A lot. It's most of what people do. There's always more talking than fighting. Relationships happen when people talk to each other. And the Doctor chatters on and on. And on. A good monologue can make you cry, laugh, or shout at the television. A great monologue may do all three. There's something about a character just talking, just stating the subtext, facing something and having a moment of understanding that's just wonderful. And because this is Doctor Who, some of those speeches do even more than that. Sometimes, it's a speech that defeats a monster. Or a speech that saves a life. Or a speech that channels the audience, giving audience reaction a moment in the spotlight. In Doctor Who, a monologue can be how you fall in love with a character. Every great Doctor starts off with a monologue about being the Doctor. A particular speech can define an era, a character, a relationship. A lot of good writers paired with great actors mean a ton of good speeches to choose from. We're on the 12th Doctor, so I chose 12 speeches and ordered them in terms of what I think are the best. Please, feel free to fight with me on my choices.
Rebecca Kulik lives in Iowa, reads an obsence amount, watches way too much television, and occasionally studies for her BA in History. Come by her personal pop culture blog at tyrannyofthepetticoat.wordpress.com and her reading blog at journalofimaginarypeople.wordpress.com.