37 Characters With the Best Last Words in TV History

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The Tenth Doctor – Doctor Who

Last Words: “I don’t want to go.”

How He Died: The Doctor sacrifices himself to save Wilf, exposing himself to deadly radiation which triggers his regeneration.

Why His Last Words Were So Great: This one is a little tricky because technically speaking the Doctor is very much alive due to his ability to regenerate – a defense mechanism that effectively prevents death. So while the Doctor is still around to travel across all of time and space, each regeneration is still death for all intents and purposes. Ten even makes a point of this stating, “Even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away. And I’m dead.”

Of course, this whole list could be flooded with every Doctor’s final words but Ten’s are special for a reason. It’s worth acknowledging Nine’s final moments because they set a precedence for the incoming Doctor. The importance here is that Chris Eccleston as the first Doctor of the New-Who series had the impossible job of gaining a fanbase of entirely new Whovians. The mark of his success came with the new fanbase experiencing their first regeneration. Something that David Tennant took on excellently, charming his way into our hearts with his pop culture references and his adorkable likability and the hair!

For many people, Ten is their favorite Doctor. He’s my Doctor and few things can make me cry faster than watching “The End of Time.” But there is weight to Ten’s final words. For Doctor Who it was the end of an era as both Tennant and showrunner Russell T Davies handed off the reins to Matt Smith and Steven Moffat respectively. There are a scattered few who did not find comfort in Ten’s final moments and their arguments are valid. But for most it was a solid expression of how much fun this time running with the Doctor had been and everything we’ll miss, as he expresses what we’re all thinking (complete with tears streaming down his cheeks), we didn’t want him to go either!

– Julie Linzer