"Physician, heal thyself" the Eighth’s final word and it’s meaning.
Always the literate one, Eighth dies with a phrase that has deeper meaning than you might expect. He’s quoting the bible Luke 4:23 “And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.”
A common interpretation of the passage is that it’s a taunt used on Jesus when faced with people critical of his powers, expecting him to demonstrate them. The proverb supposedly was also an echo of insults used while he was crucified on the cross and in pain. If he’s the son of God, why not just heal yourself. - Yeah Eighth… really has a flare for the dramatic.
"So, are you seriously telling me all those blokes, Oldman Whitehair, Beatles Haircut, Frilly Shirt, Longscarf Bigeyes, Cricket Boy, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Lord Byron, all of them, they were you?"
- Ace aka 7th Doctor’s companion upon meeting the Doctor 1 - 8, in the Big Finish 50th anniversary special “Light at the end”.
One for Sorrow (nursery rhyme dating back to around 1780)
One for Sorrow - Two for joy - Three for a girl - Four for a boy - Five for silver - Six for gold - Seven for a secret never to be told - Eight for a wish - Nine for a kiss - Ten a surprise you should be careful not to miss - Eleven for health - Twelve for wealth - Thirteen beware it’s the devil himself.
This is why everybody needs to have the Eighth Doctor in their lives, it’s a very funny snippet from the audio adventure “Memory Lane”, a big part of the story is missing so for that you’ll have to start listening from the start.