Sylvester McCoy is on pretty weak form here, although I mostly blame the script for not giving him much interesting material. That said, his final line, “I love this job”, is an unexpectedly great little character moment – as he goes off to rescue what he can of Joseph the deceased android’s memories and personality.
“We’ve come to meet him. He’s due any minute.”/“Don’t let that fool you. This is the Doctor we’re talking about. As far as he’s concerned, the rules of time are there for the breaking.”
A meta-moment as the Doctor reminisces about Season 24: “The cosmos seemed a more innocent place, somewhere you could show a friend without caution or embarrassment… [now] I spend most of my time trying to outwit disaster before it even happens.”
“The web of time can look after itself – it’s the spider I want!”
Time energy within the crystal is like “wine flowing through sand”.
“And what’s the third possibility?”/“Remnex has risen from the dead.”/“That’s not very funny, Doctor.”/“I know.”
“Sleep is for Chelonians!” a nice nod to The Talons of Weng-Chiang’s “Sleep is for tortoises!” (although McCoy mispronounces Chelonians).
The Seventh Doctor shows much he needs Ace as he says that being without her would be “like Sherlock Holmes without Dr Watson, Batman without Robin, Roobarb without Custard.” A sweet little line.
“We go on the count of three.”/“Wait, do you mean, when you say three, or after you say three? I never know which.”
“Ace, I came here to collect Bernice. I didn’t think I was going to have to come up with a cunning master-plan to outwit the resurrection of an ancient evil cult.”/ “Well, you should have.” – Not particularly brilliant dialogue, but Ace makes a good point. This kind of thing happens to Doc7 all the time.
“I’m so pleased to meet you, Doctor.”/“It’s not mutual.”
As the Doctor, after implying he has a cunning plan, starts hammering on the cell door with an umbrella – Benny: “Several centuries’ experience of getting locked up by megalomaniacs and that’s the best he can come up with.”/ Joseph: “I’m starting to get worried.” :D
The story’s best exchange, and a corker of a line for any Doctor, but particularly the Seventh – “I am the Emissary.”/“I never trust people who hide behind titles.”
“Keep it brief! I’m expected on Cantanimus Prime yesterday.”
The Doctor’s whispered “I’ve always got a plan” is in its own way more sinister than anything else in The Dark Flame.
“Look into your future.”/“I can’t see anything at all.”/“Precisely.”
“You could say that Bernice has seen the dark.”
“We could all be one big happy cult!… I’ve never worshipped a negative-energy being before.”
Joseph on his death bed: “That is my brain making that noise. That’s funny. I’ve never heard it before.”
To Benny: “You’ve kick-started the end of the Universe.”/“Oh. Sorry.”
The Doctor and Ace have pre-organised Plans A, B and C? Impressive.
The Doctor, awaking: “What happened?”/Benny: “You’re supposed to tell us that.”