I'm leaving on a road trip to Sweden soon and I want to watch some Classic Doctor Who while in the car. Because there are too many episodes to watch in that short period, I want to focus on the stories where the Doctor gives a speech or dialogue totally deconstructing the bad guy's plan: taking apart his evil plan, explaining what's wrong with it and essentially saying: "your plan won't work, here's why it won't work", either at the end of the episode or in short bursts between. I've found that I like those stories the most, because of these reasons:

  1. They nearly always end with the main monster of the week defeated and the doctor + companion triumphant;
  2. They nearly always showcase the doctor at his best: cunning, smart, quick thinker and hyperanalytical.
  3. In my opinion they show that no matter how good the enemy has his plan thought out, there is nearly always a way out for the heroes. It might not be realistic, but it makes for some really good viewing.

From New Who, the following stories show what I'm talking about (I can't really look up what the episode names are right now for some of them):

  • S02E01/E02
  • S05E01: The Eleventh Hour
  • S05 Christmas special: A Christmas Carol
  • S07E15: The Day of the Doctor
  • S08E05: Time Heist
  • S08E08
  • S08E011/E012
  • S09E07/E08: The Zygon Invasion/Inversion
  • S09E11: Heaven Sent

Which of the Classic Doctor Who episodes match these criteria?-

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  • You're not asking for much here, considering there are nearly 30 years worth of classic episodes to consider... do you have access to all the available episodes or are you restricted to the commercially available copies? – The Evil Greebo Jun 2 '16 at 16:59
  • I should also point out that the question is somewhat subjective. I'm not sure about it's adherence to scope here, but that said, I've seen every non lost episode of classic who, so I'll pick a short list for you from the list of those available. – The Evil Greebo Jun 2 '16 at 17:03
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    @Valorum No, because the question is not asking for recommendations, but for classification of all Classic Who episodes (a finite list, which is never going to change) into which satisfy the OP's criteria and which don't. I'm not going to hammer it open, but my personal feeling is that this question should be reopened. – Rand al'Thor Jun 4 '16 at 21:01
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    -1 because I don't understand the question. What does it mean to "deconstruct" the bad guy's plans? The Wikipedia article was unhelpful, to say the least. – user14111 Jun 5 '16 at 2:21

You'll find, I think, that classic who doesn't quite fit so neatly into your classification, but that said, here are one or two episodes, per Doctor, that may fit your request. If you disagree, well, I tried:

First Doctor - The Keys of Marinus - The Time Meddler

Second Doctor (Limited selection due to the lost episodes) - The Tomb of the Cybermen

Third Doctor - The Ambassadors of Death (somewhat borderline here) - The Three Doctors (a must see as it features pretty much only the Doctor, the Doctor, and the Doctor) - Planet of the Spiders (Ok this one isn't really a fit for what you're asking but on the other hand if you never see this you miss a tremendous story)

Fourth Doctor - Robot - Terror of the Zygons - The Brain of Morbius - The Invasion of Time (including extensive internal TARDIS scenes) - City of Death (hope you know who Romana is)

From here on I'm having a harder time thinking of any given situation where just the Doctor is primarily responsible. His companions become more competent, less slack-jawed ignorant, starting with the Fourth Doctor, and so the Doctor often only plays part of the role - a catalyst but not necessarily the cure.

Fifth Doctor - - The Kings Demons

Sixth Doctor - The Two Doctors

Seventh Doctor - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

  • 2nd - The War Games; 3rd - Colony in Space / The Mutants; 4th - Genesis of the Daleks / Destiny of the Daleks; 5th - The Visitation; 6th - The Mark of the Rani / Attack of the Cybermen; 7th - Remembrance of the Daleks / Curse of Fenric / Survival; 8th - The TV Movie – Elliott Frisch Jun 6 '16 at 1:59
  • I don't think the TV movie really qualifies with the OP's request. As I recall, the Doctor was pretty helpless w/o his companions. And Genesis of the Daleks - quite a lot of Davros plans were foiled by Sarah and Harry, not the Doctor. – The Evil Greebo Jun 6 '16 at 12:25
  • There was at least one scene with the Doctor explaining the Master's plan to Grace ("He wants to steal my body..." also "This world will be turned inside out..."). – Elliott Frisch Jun 12 '16 at 12:18

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