I always get confused when people say “We’re taking the word back” in reference to a heavily derogatory term or phrase. Like, most of the time these words were NEVER positive. So how are we taking back something that A: was never used by those on the receiving end until recently, and B: shouldn’t exist in the form it does, period.
“I’ve never liked weapons at any time. However, they’re handy little things.”—
— First Doctor, The Sensorites, 1964.
Considering how much debate there is about the Doctor’s use of guns, I think this is the most concise and accurate quote regarding his thoughts on them. It’s him saying that he doesn’t agree with them, but he understands their usefulness and that at times they’re acceptable and necessary. A lot has changed in 49 years, but I doubt this has.
I like this one a lot. I’ve always seen Ten being so against guns as a psychological problem of that particular incarnation, and kind of a way to make himself feel superior to others, not as a rule of thumb for all doctors.
“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of a lack of means.”—Aneurin Bevan, Founder of the National Health Service (via overjoyed-onetwenty-three)