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Old 08-28-2011, 12:53 PM
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Doctor Who. Rule #1: The Doctor lies. Other rules?


Just finished watching Doctor Who: Let's Kill Hitler. (Outstanding episode, I thought, but that's not what I'm here to talk about.)

Near the end of the episode The Doctor spouts a few numbered rules. I didn't catch all of them, but I did catch:

Rule #1: The Doctor lies.

Are there other rules that have been mentioned in this series? My google-fu wasn't strong enough to find a list of the rules anywhere.

So, what other rules have you heard? Feel free to list them here.

Is there a compendium of rules anywhere?

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:00 PM
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Is there a compendium of rules anywhere?
Such as it is: The Doctor's Rules. Only #1 and #54 predate Let's Kill Hitler.

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Old 08-28-2011, 09:03 PM
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What makes you think that's actually rule 1?
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:10 PM
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The Doctor said so in the latest episode.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:14 PM
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Well, ok, but if the doctor can lie what's to stop him from lying about what's rule #1?
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:19 PM
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True. It's a show that doesn't worry at all about continuity or making sense, as last night's "Let's Kill Hitler" episode shows, so you're exactly right - he could be lying.
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:31 PM
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(My one bump.)

Anybody else no of any more rules or list of rules?

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Nope. The rules were basically just in this episode.
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#1 – Cardio
#2 – The Double Tap
#3 – Beware of Bathrooms
#4 – Seatbelts
#7 – Travel Light
#17 – Don’t Be A Hero
#18 – Limber Up
#22 – When In Doubt, Know Your Way Out
#31 – Check The Back Seat
#32 – Enjoy The Little Things

Oops, sorry, those are Zombieland rules....

I know, it's
1; Collect Underpants
2; ????
3; Profit!

D'oh, those are the Underpants Gnomes rules.....

Hmm, how about.....

"Once you have their money, you never give it back..."

Darnit, that's a Ferengi Rule of Acquisition....

Sorry, I got nothing...
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Gibbs' Rules
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Rule #408: Time is not the boss of you!! I'm pretty sure that showed up in "Let's kill Hitler" as well!!
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Rule #31: Rory Williams will die in 33% of all episodes he appears in.

Rule #19: 83% of all nefarious schemes are the work of either the Daleks or the Cybermen.
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Maxim 27: Don't be afraid to be the first to resort to violence.
No, wait, that's Mercenaries...
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Rule 2: bowties are cool.*

*See rule one.
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Don't know if it is more of advice than a rule, but #10 said:
"Always bring a banana to a party"...or something thereabouts.

Or, my favorite rule which crosses over generations:
If you redecorate, the Doctor will say, "I don't like it".
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The Doctor changes the numbers on his rules as it suits him and the situation.

Usually number 1 is "The Doctor lies" - not meaning he is a simple liar; meaning he lies when he thinks it is needed - (such as the way a spy would lie to protect his cover).

Rule number 2 is often, "Don't wander off.", but companions never obey that.

He also does say "Always bring a banana to a party" (because he likes banana daiquiries) I'm not sure that one ever got a number on it.

He says "Bow ties are cool" , sometimes it has a rule number, sometimes it doesn't.

He quotes other rules, per each episode, but like I said, the numbers on the rules are not set, which befits travel in a "big ball of timey-wimey stuff".
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He says "Bow ties are cool" , sometimes it has a rule number, sometimes it doesn't.
Can you cite an example of it having a rule number? I don't recall it ever doing so.
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actually there have been 3 other episodes with River Song where she quotes the rules to the Doctor
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If "Bowties are cool" is a rule, it seems to me "Fezzes are cool" should be one too, although River Song and Amy would clearly disagree. (Also, did he say that about cowboy hats too? I can't remember.)
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I wear a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool.
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If "Bowties are cool" is a rule, it seems to me "Fezzes are cool" should be one too, although River Song and Amy would clearly disagree. (Also, did he say that about cowboy hats too? I can't remember.)
"I wear a stetson now. Stetsons are cool" - The Impossible Astronaut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJO58JItZt8

River didn't like the stetson much either...
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Such as it is: The Doctor's Rules. Only #1 and #54 predate Let's Kill Hitler.
But there isn't a #54 in that link. Were you lying?
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"I wear a stetson now. Stetsons are cool" - The Impossible Astronaut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJO58JItZt8

River didn't like the stetson much either...
Pardon the mini-rant, but you know that scene, later in the episode, where the Doctor is unconcerned about being surrounded by armed Secret Service agents, until River reminds him, "They're Americans!" It's a good line, and I don't mind a little ribbing over America's gun culture, but it bugged me that it was River saying that. This is a woman who, not fifteen minutes earlier,* fired a loaded hand gun at her husband's head because she thought it was funny, and she's going to criticize someone else for being trigger happy? Bitch, please.

*Or forty year later, depending on how you count.
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