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Susan Foreman (Character)
from "Doctor Who" (1963)

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"Doctor Who: The Brink of Disaster (#1.13)" (1964)
Barbara Wright: Oh, Doctor, don't you see? Something terrible is happening to all of us.
Dr. Who: Not to me. Nothing's happened to me. This is a plot between the two of you, to get control of my ship.
Barbara Wright: Oh, that isn't true.
Dr. Who: Can't you see I've found you out? Why won't you admit it, hmm?
Susan Foreman: Yes. Why don't you?
Barbara Wright: Susan!
Susan Foreman: You've been behaving very strangely. Both of you.
Barbara Wright: But...
Susan Foreman: I think you're right, Grandfather.
Barbara Wright: But you're wrong. I swear, we haven't done anything.
Dr. Who: I told you I'd treat you as enemies.
[looks at Susan]
Susan Foreman: No!
Dr. Who: There's no other way.
Barbara Wright: Well, what are you going to do?
Dr. Who: That is my business.

Susan Foreman: Grandfather, they couldn't have done all the things that happened.
Dr. Who: Oh, yes, I admit they were very smart.
Susan Foreman: No, it's not a question of being smart.
Dr. Who: Don't you see I wouldn't allow them to hurt you, child? They're very resourceful and cunning. And it only leaves me one recourse. They must be put off the ship.
Susan Foreman: No, you can't do that!
Dr. Who: I can and I must.
Barbara Wright: But you can't open the doors.
Dr. Who: Don't underestimate my powers, young lady.
Susan Foreman: Look, Grandfather, you've no means of telling what's out there. There may be no air, it may be freezing, it may be too hot to exist.
Dr. Who: Yes, or it might be the Earth in the twentieth century. Hadn't it occured to you? My ship is very valuable, remember?
Barbara Wright: Why are you so suspicious of us?
Dr. Who: Put yourself in my place, young lady, and you'd do precisely the same thing, wouldn't you? Hmm?

Susan Foreman: The column!
Dr. Who: But... It's impossible!
Ian Chesterton: Doctor... I thought it only moved when the power was on.
Dr. Who: Yes. The heart of the machine is under the column.
Ian Chesterton: Well, what made it move?
Dr. Who: The source of power. You see, when the column rises, it proves the extent of the power thrust.
Barbara Wright: Then, what would have happened if the column had come out completely?
Susan Foreman: [Quavering] Well, the power would be... free to escape.
Dr. Who: Can it be possible then... that this is the end.
Ian Chesterton: The end? What are you talking about?
Dr. Who: We have ten minutes to survive.
Barbara Wright: Ten minutes? As little as that?
Dr. Who: Maybe less.

Dr. Who: [finding the Fast Return Switch] Yes, I see. Here it is. Here, you see? Now, look. There's the switch. You see?
Ian Chesterton: Yes, well, how does it work?
Dr. Who: Well, you merely press it down, and... It's stuck. It hasn't released itself. What?
Ian Chesterton: You mean, it's been on all this time?
Dr. Who: Yes, it must have been.
Ian Chesterton: Well, come on, Doctor. Let's get it unstuck.
Dr. Who: Hold that. Yes, just a minute now.
[releases the switch]
Dr. Who: Yes. There you are. You see?
Ian Chesterton: What's wrong?
Dr. Who: The spring's not connecting. It's come off the base.
Ian Chesterton: Hurry, Doctor, hurry!
Dr. Who: There we are. Take it out. Now... luckily we can turn it over, and now it should work. There. Ah, that's right!
[the low humming noise of the TARDIS begins, and increases in pitch]
Susan Foreman: [relieved] We're safe now.

Susan Foreman: Grandfather?
Dr. Who: Yes, my child?
Susan Foreman: What happened?
Dr. Who: What happened? It was the switch, it was still in place. You see, there's a little spring inside it and it was stuck. It hadn't released itself.
Susan Foreman: But why didn't the fault locator tell us?
Dr. Who: Well, the switch hadn't broken down, therefore, the fault locator couldn't give us any recognition. You see, let me give you a demonstration. Now, look, when I put my thumb on there
[put his thumb on a torch switch]
Dr. Who: the light comes on. And it only stays on, so long as my thumb is pressing that switch. As soon as I take it off, a little spring inside releases the switch here and out goes the light.
Susan Foreman: Oh, I see. So, if the spring were broken, it would be as if your finger were pressing it down all the time.
Dr. Who: Precisely. As simple as that.
[Susan sighs]
Dr. Who: You know, my dear child, I think your old grandfather is going a tiny little bit round the bend.
[they both laugh]

Susan Foreman: Grandfather? Look. Look at this huge footprint. It must have been made by a giant.


"Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (#1.1)" (1963)
The Doctor: This doesn't roll along on wheels, you know.
Barbara Wright: You mean, it moves?
Susan Foreman: The TARDIS can go anywhere.
Barbara Wright: TARDIS? I don't understand you, Susan.
Susan Foreman: Well, I made up the name TARDIS from the intials: Time And Relative Dimension In Space. I had thought you'd both understand when you saw the different dimensions inside from those outside.

Ian Chesterton: Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?
Susan Foreman: Yes.
The Doctor: Quite so.
Ian Chesterton: But that's ridiculous!

Susan Foreman: Is that the book you promised me?
Barbara Wright: Yes.
Susan Foreman: [Barbara lends Susan the book on the French Revolution] Thank you very much. It will be interesting. I'll return it tomorrow.
Barbara Wright: Oh, that's not necessary. Keep it until you've finished it.
Susan Foreman: I'll have finished it.

Ian Chesterton: But that's ridiculous.
Susan Foreman: Why won't they believe us?
Barbara Wright: How can we?
The Doctor: Now, now, don't get exasperated, Susan. Remember the Red Indian. When he saw the first steam train, his savage mind thought it an illusion, too.
Ian Chesterton: You're treating us like children.
The Doctor: Am I? The children of my civilisation would be insulted.


"Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction (#1.12)" (1964)
Ian Chesterton: What are you doing?
Susan Foreman: [threatening to stab Ian with a pair of scissors] No! Who are you?
Ian Chesterton: Susan! You don't need that.
Susan Foreman: [groaning in pain] No!
[starts stabbing her mattress with the scissors]

Susan Foreman: Hey, the scanner's working!
[sound of birds chirping]
Barbara Wright: That could be England.
Susan Foreman: Oh, yes, I remember that.
Dr. Who: That's very curious. That can't be what's outside the ship. This is a photograph.

Susan Foreman: I'm going to try the controls!
Barbara Wright: Be careful, Susan.
Susan Foreman: [screams] No!
[faints]

Barbara Wright: There's another picture.
[sound of animal squawking]
Susan Foreman: Oh, I recognize that. That's where we nearly lost the TARDIS, four or five journeys back.
Dr. Who: Yes, the planet Quinnis, of the fourth universe.
Susan Foreman: That's not outside either. That's a photograph.


"Doctor Who: The Temple of Evil (#1.27)" (1964)
Barbara Wright: Oh, don't you see? If I could start the destruction of everything that's evil here... then everything that is good would survive when Cortez lands.
The Doctor: But you can't rewrite history! Not one line!
Susan Foreman: Barbara, the high priest is coming.
The Doctor: Barbara, one last appeal: what you are trying to do is utterly impossible! I know, believe me, I know!
Barbara Wright: Not Barbara, Yetaxa.

[first lines]
Barbara Wright: Look at that!
Susan Foreman: I am.
Barbara Wright: It's an Aztec mask. He must have been a priest.
Susan Foreman: Oh, the Aztecs were Mexicans. We must be on Earth again. I wonder what year it is?
Barbara Wright: He must have died around 1430 I should think.
Susan Foreman: How do you know that?
Barbara Wright: All these things belong to the Aztecs' early period.
Susan Foreman: Now that's what I call really knowing your subject!
Barbara Wright: Ah well, that was one of my specialties, Susan.

Susan Foreman: Well, they've treated us alright, so far.
The Doctor: The Aztec's always showed the utmost courtesy towards their intended victims.


"Doctor Who: The Escape (#1.7)" (1964)
Dalek: [looking over Susan's letter] What is the last word here?
Susan Foreman: The last word?
Dalek: Su... san.
[Susan giggles]
Dalek: Stop that noise!
Susan Foreman: Well, it's... it's what I'm called. It's my name. Susan.

Ian Chesterton: [inside the Dalek shell] All right, now, Susan, Barbara, you get in front and pretend I'm taking you for questioning.
Barbara Wright: Right.
Susan Foreman: Yes.
Ian Chesterton: And, Susan...
Susan Foreman: Yes.
Ian Chesterton: You lead us. You know the way.
Susan Foreman: All right. This way, then.

Susan Foreman: [after capturing the Dalek] Yes, I got it!
Dr. Who: Well done, Susan.


"Doctor Who: The Cave of Skulls (#1.2)" (1963)
Susan Foreman: We've left 1963.
The Doctor: Oh, yes, undoubtedly. I'll be able to tell you where presently. Zero? That's not right. I'm afraid this yearometer is not calculating properly. Hm! Well, anyway, the journey's finished.
[looking at Ian on the ground]
The Doctor: What are you doing down there?
Barbara Wright: What have you done?
Ian Chesterton: Barbara, you don't believe all this nonsense.
Susan Foreman: Well, look at the scanner screen.
The Doctor: Yes, look up there. They don't understand and I suspect they don't want to. Well, there you are. A new world for you.
Ian Chesterton: Sand and rock?
The Doctor: Yes. That's the immediate view outside the ship.
Barbara Wright: But where are we?
Ian Chesterton: You mean that's what we'll see when we go outside?
Susan Foreman: Yes, you'll see it for yourself.
Ian Chesterton: I don't believe it.
The Doctor: You really are a stubborn young man, aren't you?
Ian Chesterton: All right, show me some proof. Give me some concrete evidence. I'm sorry, Susan. I don't want to hurt you, but it's time you were brought back to reality.
Susan Foreman: But you're wrong, Mr. Chesterton.
The Doctor: They are saying I'm a charlatan. What concrete evidence would satisfy you? Hmm?
Ian Chesterton: Just open the doors, Doctor Foreman.
The Doctor: Eh? Doctor who? What are you talking about?

Susan Foreman: It should have changed. Wonder why it hasn't happened this time.
Barbara Wright: The ship, you mean?
Susan Foreman: Yes, it's been an Ionic column and a sedan chair.
Barbara Wright: Disguising itself wherever it goes.
Susan Foreman: Yes, that's right. But it hasn't happened this time. I wonder why not?

The Doctor: I'm sorry, it's all my fault. I'm desperately sorry.
Susan Foreman: Don't blame yourself grandfather.
The Doctor: Look at that. Look at it.
Ian Chesterton: They're all the same... They've been split wide open.


"Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (#20.23)" (1983)
Susan: Oh, Grandfather it's wonderful to see you.
[they suddenly see a dalek's shadow]
Susan: Is this place Skaro?
First Doctor: Perhaps what brought us here brought the daleks too.
[the dalek appears]
First Doctor: Run!
Dalek Voice: You are enemies of the daleks! Exterminate! EXTERMINATE!

[about the Master]
Susan: Is this man a friend of the Doctor?
Tegan: Anything but.
Susan: But they talk as if they're friends.
Tegan: That's what worries me.


"Doctor Who: The Roof of the World (#1.14)" (1964)
Ping-Cho: The marriage has been arranged by my family. I know only two things about him.
Susan Foreman: Well, what are they?
Ping-Cho: He is a very important man...
Susan Foreman: That's a good start.
Ping-Cho: ...and he's seventy-five years old.

Ping-Cho: Where are you from?
Susan Foreman: That's a very difficult question to answer, Ping-Cho.
Ping-Cho: You do not know where your home is?
Susan Foreman: Well, I've had many homes... in many places.


Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Dr. Who: There, my latest invention.
Ian: What? A Police Box?
Susan: Of course not!
Dr. Who: This is TARDIS.
Ian: Tardis?
Susan: It stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

Ian: [Stepping inside TARDIS] But, its so big in here and yet its so small from outside. How come?
Susan: In electro-connective theory, space expands to accommodate the time necessary to incorporate its dimensions.


"Doctor Who: The Ambush (#1.8)" (1964)
Ian Chesterton: And, Susan...
Susan Foreman: Yes?
Ian Chesterton: You lead us. You know the way.
Susan Foreman: All right. This way, then.

Dr. Who: Oh, by the way, let me have the fluid link, will you? Oh, dear boy, now please, please, come along. You know I can't start the ship without it.
Ian Chesterton: The fluid link...
Susan Foreman: You've lost it?
Barbara Wright: Ian, you can't have.
Ian Chesterton: No. The Dalek's took it from me, when they searched me. It's down there somewhere, in the city.


"Doctor Who: The Forest of Fear (#1.3)" (1963)
Dr. Who: Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, it's all my fault. I'm desperately sorry.
Susan Foreman: Oh, don't blame yourself grandfather.
Dr. Who: Look at those. Look at them.
Ian Chesterton: Yes, they're all the same... They've been split wide open.

Susan Foreman: Grandfather, we can make friends with them.
Dr. Who: Oh, don't be ridiculous, child.
Barbara Wright: [to the Doctor] Why? You treat everybody and everything as something less important than yourself.
Dr. Who: You're trying to say that everything you do is reasonable and everything I do is inhuman. Well, I'm afraid your judgement's at fault, Miss Wright, not mine. Haven't you realized that if these two people can follow us, any of these people can follow us? The tribe might descend upon us at any moment.


"Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (#2.1)" (1964)
Ian Chesterton: All right. What's your theory, then?
Susan Foreman: These things haven't been made bigger. We've been made smaller.

Dr. Who: As I said my dear, it's fortunate for all of us that everything is dead.
Susan Foreman: [seeing the giant cat which is very much still alive] Grandfather!


"Doctor Who: The Survivors (#1.6)" (1963)
Dr. Who: We need... We need drugs to be treated.
Ian Chesterton: But where are we going to find them?
Susan Foreman: The TARDIS will have to take us to another time and place, where we can be cured.
Ian Chesterton: But don't you remember? We can't move the ship until we find the mercury for the fluid link!
Dr. Who: For the fluid link, yes. Yes, I'm afraid I cheated a little on that. I was determined to see the city, but everybody wanted to go on, and well, to avoid arguments, in short, there's nothing wrong with the fluid link.
Susan Foreman: What? Grandfather, do you mean to say that you risked leaving the ship just to see this place?
Ian Chesterton: You fool! You old fool!
Dr. Who: Abuse me as much as you like, Chesterton. The point is... we need an immediate return to the ship, and I suggest we leave at once.
Ian Chesterton: We're not leaving until we've found Barbara.
Dr. Who: Very well. You may stay and search for her if you wish, but Susan and I are going back to the ship. Now, come along, child.
Ian Chesterton: All right, carry on, fine. How far do you think you'll get without this.
[holds up the fluid link]
Dr. Who: Give that to me!
Ian Chesterton: Not until we've found Barbara.
Dr. Who: Give it to me I say!
Ian Chesterton: No. It's time you faced up to your responsibilities. You got us here. Now I'm going to make sure you get us back.
Dr. Who: Chesterton, this is...
Ian Chesterton: Were wasting time. We should be looking for Barbara.
Susan Foreman: He's right, Grandfather. We are wasting time.
Dr. Who: Child, if only you'd think as an adult sometimes... Oh, very well, very well. Let's go, then. Let's go.


"Doctor Who: A Desperate Venture (#1.36)" (1964)
Susan Foreman: Grandfather and I don't come from Earth. Oh, it's ages since we've seen our planet. It's quite like Earth, but at night the sky is a burned orange, and the leaves on the trees are bright silver.


"Doctor Who: Prisoners of Conciergerie (#1.42)" (1964)
Dr. Who: Well, I can assure you, my dear Barbara, Napoleon would never have believed you.
Ian Chesterton: Yes, Doctor, but ah, supposing we had written Napoleon a letter, telling him, you know, some of the things that were going to happen to him.
Susan Foreman: It wouldn't have made any difference, Ian. He would have forgotten it, or lost it, or thought it was written by a maniac.
Barbara Wright: [wryly] I suppose if we'd tried to kill him with a gun, the bullet would have missed him.
Dr. Who: Well, it's hardly fair to speculate, is it? No, I'm afraid you belittle things.
[over a starscape, their voices can still be heard]
Dr. Who: Our lives are important, at least to us. But as we see, so we learn.
Ian Chesterton: And what are we going to see and learn next, Doctor?
Dr. Who: Well, unlike the old adage, my boy, our destiny is in the stars, so let's go and search for it.


"Doctor Who: The Tyrant of France (#1.40)" (1964)
Physician: Yes, you appear to have a feverish chill, but it's nothing very serious.
Barbara Wright: Well, that's a relief.
Physician: All the same, I'm surprised at your condition. Tell me, uh, have you any idea how you came to catch it?
Susan Foreman: No, none.
Physician: Hmm. Your symptoms would suggest that you haven't been looking after yourself.


Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (1993) (TV)
Susan Foreman: Who are you?
The Doctor: Precisely, I am The Doctor.


"Doctor Who: The Ordeal (#1.10)" (1964)
Dalek: [to the Doctor] You have destroyed our videoscope and one of our lifts.
Dr. Who: And you in turn killed the Thal leader in your ambush. And you will be responsible for more deaths unless you help these people.
Dalek: The only interest we have in the Thals is their total extermination!
Susan Foreman: What do you mean?
Dalek: Tomorrow, the atmosphere will be bombarded by the radiation from our nuclear reactors.
Susan Foreman: Why are you doing this?
Dr. Who: That's sheer murder!
Dalek: No. Extermination.


"Doctor Who: The Velvet Web (#1.22)" (1964)
Susan Foreman: [there is an unbearable screeching noise] Stop it! Stop it! Go away! Go away!


"Doctor Who: The Firemaker (#1.4)" (1963)
Dr. Who: Yes, it's matching up.
Susan Foreman: We're beginning to land.
Dr. Who: Oh, how I wish.
Ian Chesterton: Have you taken us back to our own time?
Dr. Who: You know I can't do that. Please be reasonable.
Ian Chesterton: What?
Barbara Wright: Please, you must take us back. You must.
Dr. Who: You see, this isn't operating correctly. Or rather, the code is still a secret. When you put the right data, precise information to a second of the beginning of a journey, then we can fix a destination, but I had no data at my disposal.
Barbara Wright: Are you saying that you don't know how to work this thing?
Dr. Who: Well, of course I can't. I'm not a miracle worker.
Susan Foreman: You can't blame Grandfather. We left the other place too quickly, that's all.
Ian Chesterton: Just a minute, did you try and take us back to our own time?
Dr. Who: Well, I got you away from that other time, didn't I?
Ian Chesterton: That isn't what I asked you.
Dr. Who: It's the only way I can answer you, young man. Now.
[switches on moniter]
Dr. Who: Now we shall see.
[the moniter displays images from planet Skaro]
Dr. Who: It could be anywhere. Dear, dear, dear, dear. It's no help to us at all. Well, I suggest before we go outside and explore, let us clean ourselves up.
Susan Foreman: Yes.
Dr. Who: Now, what does the radiation read, Susan?
Susan Foreman: It's reading normal, Grandfather.
[after she turns away, the radiation dial switches across to read 'Danger']


"Doctor Who: The Dead Planet (#1.5)" (1963)
Dr. Who: Well, I suggest before we go outside and explore, let us clean ourselves up.
Susan Foreman: Yes.
Dr. Who: Now, what does the radiation read, Susan?
Susan Foreman: It's reading normal, Grandfather.
[after she turns away, the radiation dial switches across to read 'Danger']


"Doctor Who: The Day of Darkness (#1.30)" (1964)
Ian Chesterton: What's the matter, Doctor?
Dr. Who: We have a bit of a mystery, my boy.
Barbara Wright: What sort of mystery?
Dr. Who: My instruments.
Susan Foreman: Yes, according to these controls here, we've stopped.
Dr. Who: Yes. And those instruments say that we're still moving.
Ian Chesterton: Perhaps we've landed on top of something.
Dr. Who: Yes.
Barbara Wright: Or inside something.
Dr. Who: Hmm?


"Doctor Who: A Land of Fear (#1.37)" (1964)
Susan Foreman: We might not get back to the ship if Grandfather hears we're in the Reign Of Terror.
Ian Chesterton: Why not?
Susan Foreman: It's his favorite period in the history of Earth.
[Ian sighs]


"Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus (#1.26)" (1964)
Barbara Wright: Hello.
Susan Foreman: I want to speak to Barbara Wright.
Barbara Wright: Susan?
Susan Foreman: Barbara, they made me call you.
Barbara Wright: Who Susan? Who?
Susan Foreman: Barbara, listen they were...
Barbara Wright: Susan?... Susan?... Are you there, Susan?
Susan Foreman: They're going to kill me.
Barbara Wright: Susan!


"Doctor Who: The Bride of Sacrifice (#1.29)" (1964)
Autloc: In the annals, there is the myth of the five suns of the sky. Name them.
Susan Foreman: The first was known as Four Tiger, the second, the Sun of Air, the third, the Sun of Fire and Rain, the fourth, the Sun of Water, and finally, the present one, the Sun Of Man.
Autloc: Excellent Susan.


"Doctor Who: Sentence of Death (#1.25)" (1964)
Barbara Wright: Hello.
Susan Foreman: I want to speak to Barbara Wright.
Barbara Wright: Susan?
Susan Foreman: Barbara, they made me call you.
Barbara Wright: Who Susan? Who?
Susan Foreman: Barbara, listen they were...
Barbara Wright: Susan?... Susan?... Are you there, Susan?
Susan Foreman: They're going to kill me.
Barbara Wright: Susan!


"Doctor Who: Dangerous Journey (#2.2)" (1964)
Dr. Who: As I said my dear, it's fortunate for all of us that everything is dead.
Barbara Wright: Yes.
Susan Foreman: [seeing the giant cat which is very much still alive] Grandfather!


"Doctor Who: The Expedition (#1.9)" (1964)
Ian Chesterton: The fluid link...
Susan Foreman: You've lost it?
Barbara Wright: Ian, you can't have.
Ian Chesterton: No. The Dalek's took it from me, when they searched me. It must be down there somewhere, in the city.


"Doctor Who: The Screaming Jungle (#1.23)" (1964)
Susan Foreman: [there is an unbearable screeching noise] Go away! Go away!


"Doctor Who: The Singing Sands (#1.15)" (1964)
Susan Foreman: One day, we'll know all the mysteries of the skies... and we'll stop our wandering.
Barbara Wright: Then you and I will say goodbye.
Susan Foreman: Mmm? Oh, not yet! Not for a long time.