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I've not watched all the doctors (mostly just the last three) however of those I have each incarnation seems to have a phrase (or several) which they use very frequently. These are:

  • 9 - Fantastic
  • 10 - Allons Y
  • 11 - Geronimo

Is this just a pattern of the modern series or does it go back through most of the doctors?

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#4 (Tom Baker): "Would you like a jelly baby?" – Nobby May 1 '13 at 11:43
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List by Doctor Number:

  1. (William Hartnell): Hmmn. Hmmn. Hmmn.
  2. (Patrick Troughton): When I say run.
  3. (Jon Pertwee): Nothing comes to mind except Whomobile
  4. (Tom Baker): Care for a Jelly baby
  5. (Peter Davison): Nothing again except for Cricket & Celery
  6. (Colin Baker): Got nothing
  7. (Sylvester McCoy): Nothing again
  8. (Paul McGann): Who am I?
  9. (Christopher Eccleston): Fantastic
  10. (David Tennant):
    - I'm sorry, I'm so sorry
    - Allons-y!
  11. (Matt Smith):
    - x is cool
    - Geronimo

For better explained answer read Does every Doctor have a catchphrase? If so what are they? or click here.

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I think it's one of those where many do but there's no hard and fast rule. Thanks for the examples and link! – Liath May 2 '13 at 10:42
Pertwee: Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow – Andrei Freeman May 3 '13 at 21:57
God knows how you missed "Reverse the polarity". – Pharap May 28 '14 at 8:54

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