The Doctor's dare + 17 more memorable speeches from sci-fi TV

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Dec 17, 2012

Last year we told you about 18 of the most memorable speeches from sci-fi and fantasy films, covering Independence Day, Avatar, Star Trek, The Dark Knight and more. But—what about those great speeches from sci-fi TV that've been burned into our brains?

Here are 18 memorable speeches from and fantasy TV, celebrating our favorite sci-fi orators from Lost, Doctor Who,Twin Peaks, Firefly and more, with embedded clips when possible, and links when not.

Doctor Who &#8212"The Pandorica Opens"

The Doctor: "So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing! Let somebody else try first."

Watch the video clip here.

Lost &#8212"White Rabbit"

Jack Shephard: "We need to figure out how we're gonna survive here. Now I found water ... fresh water up in the valley. I'll take a group in at first light. If you don't wanna come, then find another way to contribute! Last week most of us were strangers. But we're all here now, and God knows how long we're gonna be here. But if we can't, live together ... we're gonna die alone. "

Watch the video clip here.

Falling Skies &#8212"Live and Learn/The Armory"

Tom Mason: "We don't have to kill them all. We just gotta kill enough of them. If we can make it too costly, too painful for them to stay, then they'll leave. They're wolves, we gotta be porcupines. If we can hurt them, they'll leave."

Watch the video clip here.

Babylon 5 &#8212"Severed Dreams"

Capt. John Sheridan: "President Clark has violated the Earth Alliance Constitution: by dissolving the Senate, declaring martial law and personally ordering the bombing of civilian targets on the Mars colony. He is personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Following these attacks, Orion 7 and Proxima 3 have broken away from the Earth Alliance and declared independence. Babylon 5 now joins with them."

Click to watch video here.

Space: Above and Beyond &#8212"The Angriest Angel"

Lt. Col. McQueen: "Well, I don't think our maker wants to hear from me right now. Because he knows I'm going to go out in this plane and I'm going to remove one of his creations from his universe. And when I get back, I'm going to drink a bottle of scotch as if it was Chiggy Von Richtofen's blood and celebrate his death."

Star Trek: Enterprise &#8212"Terra Prime"

Capt. Archer: "We are all explorers, driven to know what's over the horizon, what's beyond our own shores. And yet, the more I've experienced, the more I've learned that no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there, the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They're within us, woven into the threads that bind us, all of us, to each other."

SGU Stargate Universe &#8212"Twin Destinies"

Nicholas Rush: "The fingerprints of an intelligence that existed very near the beginning of time itself. Destiny was launched in search of that intelligence. Who knows how close we are to finding it. How close we are to learning, in the Ancients' words, 'the destiny of all things.' I don't pretend to know when that's going to be, in which stars it will happen, or even how that will change our view of the universe. I only know that Destiny has come this far, and if we abandon her now, there'll be no coming back."

Star Trek &#8212"Return To Tomorrow"

Capt. Kirk: "I could order this, but I'm not, because Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this, but I must point out that the possibilities—the potential for knowledge and advancement—is equally great. Risk! Risk is our business. That's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her."

What's your favorite sci-fi TV speech?