Have you ever wondered what it might be like to use some of our favorite Doctor Who quotes in real life, everyday conversation?
One creative young man tried just that.
While working his shift as a server at an Olive Garden restaurant, Taylor greeted customers and used as many phrases from the current show as he could work into his conversation.
In a Tumblr post, he recalled some of the more interesting reactions he received.
When greeting new customers –
“Oh hello! I’m The Doctor! I am here to help! Look, they gave me a badge with my name on it in case I forget who I am! Very thoughtful as that does happen.”
Lots of confused faces. Many people laughed. The few who got the reference clapped, laughed, or smiled all big like. One girl who got the reference gave me the biggest smile I’ve ever seen, later I would receive her number.
When an elderly woman literally threatened to slap [him] for being so strange –
“900 years of time and space and I’ve never been slapped by someone’s mother.”
Her family started cracking up and she just chuckled a little. I narrowly avoided a guest complaint for the sake of Doctor Who. I’m proud of that one
When guests were ready to pay –
Two guests understood and stared wide-eyed. One gave me her number (After I had been using Who quotes on her table all night), and requested I pick her up in a TARDIS. Those that didn’t understand stared at me quizzically.
After all that, one guest, the girl who given Taylor her number, changed things and quoted the Doctor back to him!
And lastly, that girl who gave me her number FINALLY talked as the family was leaving. Her final words to me were “I don’t want to go.”
She then threw her arms out at her sides and I had to explain to my manager what I was doing. He laughed for a solid minute. Then told like half the staff. Needless to say, I am now quite the oddity at the restaurant. BUT I MADE A HELL OF A LOT OF MONEY.
I know if I’d been one of his customers, I would have tried to answer him back with my own quotes from the Doctor. And for sure he would’ve gotten a very big tip! I also admit to trying to throw a few Doctor phrases into my own everyday conversation but it’s not an easy thing, especially if no one else understands them!
Have you ever tried doing this? What reactions did you get from those in the know and those that didn’t understand?