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 —"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."

Battlestar Galactica —"Daybreak: Part 1"

Admiral Adama: "Let there be no illusions! This is likely to be a one-way trip! So don't volunteer out of sentiment or emotion. There is a line running down this deck. Volunteers, move to the starboard side; Everyone else, to the port. Make your choice!"

Firefly —"Jaynestown"

Jayne Cobb: "Uh ... I'm no good with words. Don't ... don't use 'em much myself. But I want to thank you all for being here, and for thinking so much of me. Far as I see it, you people been given the shortest end of the stick ever been offered a human soul in this crap-hill 'verse. But you took that end ... well, you took it. And that's ... well, I guess that's something."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

—"The Gift"

Buffy Summers: "Give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world ... is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me."

Fringe —"Marionette"

Olivia Dunham: "She wasn't me. How could you not see that? Now she's everywhere. She's in my house, my job, my bed, and I don't want to wear my clothes anymore, and I don't want to live in my apartment, and I don't want to be with you. She's taken everything."

Watch the video clip here.

Lost —"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. "

V (2009) —"Red Sky"

Father Jack Landry: "There's a story in the Bible about a man who loses his way, only to find it again. I'm here today to tell you that I am that man. I was lost, but now ... now I am found. I lost the courage to tell you the truth, that you need to choose who you are going to follow, the V's or God. Because you can't serve two masters."

Watch the video clip here.

Falling Skies —"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."

Twin Peaks —"Episode 2.3"

Albert Rosenfield: "I pride myself in taking a punch, and I'll gladly take another, because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation."

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles —"Pilot"

Sarah Connor: "It is said that the death of any one person is the death of an entire world. Certainly for parents, the death of a child is no less than a holocaust. In the case of my son, these words are literally true. Even though we've traveled through time, bent the rules of nature, they will keep coming for him, keep trying to kill him. But until that day, it's gonna be one hell of a dogfight."

Watch the video clip here.

Babylon 5 —"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."

Farscape —"We're So Screwed Pt. 2: Hot to Katratzi "

John Crichton: "You want something. You. You want what's inside my head. You want what I know about wormholes. Because I can leap tall galaxies in a single bound. I can scorch planets with a wave of my hand and you and you and you ... You can't do jack."

Star Trek: TNG —"The Measure of a Man"

Capt. Picard: "Are you prepared to condemn him and all who come after him to servitude and slavery? Your honor, Starfleet was founded to seek out new life. Well, there it sits. Waiting. You wanted a chance to make law. Well, here it is. Make it a good one."

Stargate SG-1 —"The Pegasus Project"

Daniel Jackson: "I am getting sick of hidden clues and cryptic messages. And Merlin was right that the Ori are a threat, but not only to us lowers, not only to the billions of human lives throughout this galaxy, but to your own existence. Because when this war is over and every soul that's left alive is praying to the Ori, feeding their need to be worshipped ... Well, you know who they're going to come for next."

Click to watch video here.

Space: Above and Beyond —"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 —"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 —"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 —"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?

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