Today marks the 72nd birthday of one the greatest, most under-appreciated science fiction actors in the history of the form: Sylvester McCoy. Coming in at the tail end of the classic era of Doctor Who, McCoy managed to completely reinvent the role of the Doctor, adding a sense of mystery and gravitas to the character not seen in years. After the series was canceled (imagine that), he still acted as a brand ambassador for the show. Eventually, he reprised his role as the Doctor in the 1996 telemovie starring Paul McGann and in over 60 audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. His Doctor has also featured in innumerable comic books and novels. Oh, and did we mention he was in The Hobbit?
Here are ten fan-favorite quotes from McCoy’s time as the Doctor
Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences. -“Remembrance of the Daleks”
In one of the great speeches of Doctor Who, the Doctor ponders the nature of his actions. From the smallest action to life changing events, everything makes a difference.