Doctor Who’s valedictory

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Submitted for your approval, the final words that Doctor Who uttered while in a body that resembled the actor Peter Capaldi. These nearly four months later, I’m still not convinced that truer words have ever been said:

“Oh, there it is: Silly old universe. The more I save it, the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill! Yes, yes, I know they’ll get it all wrong without me …

Well, I suppose … one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well, except me.

You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few words to say to you. Basic stuff first:

Never be cruel. Never be cowardly. And never eat pears!

Remember: Hate is always foolish. Love is always wise.

Always try to be nice, and never fail to be kind.

Oh, and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No one would understand it anyway, except – except – children. Children can hear it. Sometimes, if their hearts are in the right place and the stars are, too, children can hear your name. But nobody else. Nobody else. Ever.

Laugh hard! Run fast! Be kind!

Doctor … I let you go.”

(From “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat)

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