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“Whatever humanity inflicts on itself, nature can always go one better.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain
“The guards had asked the Doctor to please wait in the hallway until Mr McCavity had time to see him. So it seemed only polite, the Doctor thought, to wait until they had gone before he wandered off to explore the house.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket
“He ain’t my friend,’ Harry said. ‘Not no more, he ain’t.’
Strax leaned across to Jenny. ‘At what age do these cubs become grammatical?’ he demanded.
‘Depends,’ she told him. ‘At what age do Sontarans become pacifists?”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“Hey, tell me, when did this conversation go completely whoosh?”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket
“I discovered to my relief and delight that it "was" a gun in his pocket.”
Justin Richards, The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery
“Four days after his own funeral, Albert Wilkes came home for Tea.”
Justin Richards, The Death Collector
“Madame Vastra and the others made their return to Paternoster Row by a circumspect route. Strax in particular was keen to intercept any individual he suspected might be following and forcibly remove a variety of their limbs and appendages. But Jenny prevailed upon him that most of the people he singled out were merely walking past. Given the lateness of the hour there were, thankfully, not many.
‘What about him?’ Strax said, pointing to a figure shambling slowly along on the opposite pavement.
‘That old lady is selling lucky heather, and she’s heading in a different direction so she’s unlikely to be following us.’
‘She could be bluffing. And who is this Lucky Heather anyway?’
‘It’s heather – it’s a plant not a person. It’s supposed to be lucky.’
‘Not if I catch her, it won’t be.’
‘Strax,’ Vastra said simply. ‘No.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“Strax gave a snort of amusement. ‘It is surely a very simple choice. One option is for a quiet life with honest work amongst other humans paying a living wage and with prospects of promotion within a distinguished household. The other... ‘ He drew himself up to his full height and looked up at them, ‘is the prospect of constant danger, fear and risk. No chance of ever seeing your friends again, or making new ones. The knowledge that death waits around the next corner and you are unlikely to see the end of the next week without at the very least a serious injury. A glorious alternative.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“There may not be time.’ Strax said, ‘to conduct a full surveillance regime according to prescribed regulations in order to formulate a coherent strategy of the best method to effect entry.’
‘That’s true,’ Madame Vastra agreed. ‘So I suggest you simply break down this door.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“Explain,’ the troll hissed.
‘Explain what? I was just…’ Harry pointed back the way he’d come. ‘Let me go, please, sir. I won’t breathe a word about what I seen. Not about you nor the dead body.’
‘Explain the dead body,’ the troll said, shaking Harry so violently that his teeth rattled.
‘It’s a body,’ he said when he could finally draw breath. ‘And it’s dead. A woman, in a coat, bleeding.’
‘What colour fur?’ the troll demanded.
‘It’s not fur, it’s probably wool.’
The creature’s eyes narrowed even further. ‘Not the coat,’ it rasped. ‘On its head – what colour was the fur on the female’s head?’
Harry frowned, struggling to understand. ‘You mean her hair?’
‘Hair, fur, protective cranial grafting – whatever term you use on this primitive planet. What colour was it?’
‘Sort of… brownish.’
‘Brownish.’
‘And quite long. I think.’ Despite the tight grip that the troll maintained on his shoulders, Harry managed to get one hand up high enough to show how long the dead woman’s hair had been. ‘About this long.’
The grip on his shoulders loosened and Harry felt himself sag. Then he stumbled forwards under a near-crippling slap on his back.
‘Good lad,’ the troll said. ‘Your observational skills are adequate. You would make a good forward sniper.’
‘Oh, um, thank you, sir.’ Harry swallowed. ‘Can I go now?”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“Strax slammed his fist into the open palm of his other hand. ‘At last,’ he pronounced. ‘We strike for the greater glory of the Sontaran Empire. Sontar-Ha!’ His brow furrowed slightly as he saw the others’ expressions. ‘That is. For the greater glory of Paternoster Row, of course. Pater-Nos-Ta!”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“You are blessed with luck, small one', he told Harry. 'Rejoice and give thanks - - someone wants you dead.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“The Doctor's plan, such as it was, was to escape from Barinska without being shot.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain
“The Doctor snorted. 'Wimp!' He squared his shoulders and turned towards the fire, grinning. 'Race you.' And he was off, running. Jack hesitated, sighed, swore, and ran after him. Levin and Krylek, Catherine and the villagers stared after them in astonishment. Two dark figures running though fire...”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain
“The troll grunted something that ended with: ‘... after you.’
‘That’s kind,’ Harry managed to say.
The troll stared at him, lip curling slightly. ‘I said: “If you run I shall come after you.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“Once they were all settled, Madame Vastra assured Harry that she and the others were concerned only with his safety. ‘I may look strange and Strax here would frighten even the most lethargic cow, but we are your friends.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke
“For all the excitement and adventure and really wild things going on, the danger was always very real. Ferdy was real. He really died. There's a cost, when you wish for things there's always a cost. You have to make sure it's a price you're willing to pay. And life is the highest price of all.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket
tags: life, wish
“You know,' the Doctor said, resuming his pacing, 'how sometimes you only appreciate something when it is taken away from you.'
'You mean my freedom?'
'I mean more like the hum of the central heating or the air-conditioning. You only notice it was there when it stops. While it's constant, part of the nature of the things, it's unremarkable. Just the way things are. Your brain doesn't even brother to tell you about it, unless there is a change that might be important.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who - The Clockwise Man
“is my middle name.’ Actually, it’s not my middle name – any more than Malone is my last name. Whether Melody is really my first name is, well, complicated.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss
“The Doctor rolled his eyes. ‘Blah, blah, blah. Heard it all before. Read the book, seen the film, got the T-shirt.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand
“I'm pretty good with a screwdriver. I don't mean the drink, though actually, now I come to think of it…”
Justin Richards, The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery
“That,’ said Benny, ‘is about as convincing an argument as the works of those historians who claim there was a fifth Teletubby.”
Justin Richards, The Medusa Effect
“Avenue. ‘Thank you for the information, primitive.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Silhouette


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