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Was that supposed to frighten me, Farl? I've seen entire species destroyed; civilisations left in ruins. Iíve witnessed solar systems vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Iíve seen things that would freeze your blood. So donít threaten me. Donít ever threaten me.
The Eighth Doctor, "Phobos"

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Fifth Doctor

    The Monthly Range 
  • "Spare Parts": After spending half the story trying to get himself and Nyssa off Mondas as quickly as possible, the Doctor gives in to Nyssa's pleas to save the doomed population from cyber-conversion. When she asks him what happened to "never changing history", he declares history's old enough to look after herself, and proceeds to save Mondas. Too bad it doesn't stick.
  • "The Kingmaker" has the Doctor trying to write a book on the mysteries of history, lest he be killed by a robot forcing the Doctor to write said book. Somehow, this all ends up with Richard the III trying to kill ol' Bill Shakespeare for writing slanderous material based on him... but not before the robot winds up chasing after Shakespeare and demanding a new draft for The Tempest. Hilariously, the end result of all this is that Shakespeare dies 100 years before he was born, forcing King Richard the III to take up playwriting in the 1600s. Oh, and we get numerous references to the Ninth Doctor and the Master. And it really works.
  • In "Heroes of Sontar", Tegan launches a crippled Sontaran warship by firing all of its weapons, buried in the ground, at once as makeshift rockets. Turning the craft into a nearly uncontrolled cannonball that lacks even the most rudimentary safety devices. She and all the occupants still survive.
  • "The Emerald Tiger": Tegan is on a train about to hurtle over a canyon into an uncharted valley with no means of escape. For the whole of the next episode, she is thought dead, provoking some heartbreaking reactions from the Doctor and Nyssa; then, at the end, she turns up on the back of an elephant just having saved everyone else's lives. It turns out, she escaped by unlocking the TARDIS and climbing inside while in freefall. She later commented that it was worse than a dodgem car.

Sixth Doctor

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  • "...ish". The Sixth Doctor uses his legendary Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness to defeat a sentient word.
  • "Doctor Who And The Pirates or The Lass That Lost A Sailor" starts out as a silly made-up tale, becomes sillier by the minute, and suddenly takes a nose dive into extremely serious drama as the whole story turns out to be (mostly) real. Evelyn can't go on, because the experience was too traumatic. The Sixth Doctor's solution? Turn the story into a Gilbert and Sullivan musical to cheer Evelyn up. And yes, he sings a fantastic Major General Song. And in the end, by telling the story, they accomplish exactly what they wanted: prevent the suicide of Evelyn's student.
  • "Davros" is one long MoA for you-know-who. He starts the story off freaking DEAD, and by the end he's taken over the galaxy's biggest corporation, pretended to be a Woobie to enlist the help of the CEO's wife in taking over the company, reduced the galactic stock market to a simple, foolproof equation and held the economy hostage by threatening to release said equation to everyone, and dropped a nuclear bomb on the Doctor. note  Magnificent. Bastard.
    • Also in "Davros", Kimberly Todd gets a big one that rivals those of the title character himself. Near the end, she is held hostage by Davros using his poison injector that was giving to him so that he could Mercy Kill himself back on Skaro. She is kept on a spaceship, which the Doctor and Lorraine are trying to keep inside the planet so that Davros cannot escape and destroy the economy with his equation. However, Davros is working to bypass that safeguard the Doctor is using, while the Doctor hesitates to crash the ship because of her. So what does she do? She grabs the injector, and shoots herself with it while calling Davros a weak coward who paints his fear of death as bravery instead of what it really is. Her sacrifice allows the Doctor to destroy the ship, stopping Davros. Wow, what a way to go.

Seventh Doctor

    The Monthly Range 
  • "The Shadow Of The Scourge": Ace faces an Eldritch Abomination colony which feeds on people's fears by talking to them. Without even making a fuss about it, Ace immediately decides to have someone destroy her ear drums (knowing the TARDIS med bay can just fix her up later) so she can get on with saving the world.
    • In that same story, Bernice Summerfield and the Seventh Doctor fight against said Eldritch Abomination colony inside the Doctor's mind. He kicks her out when it gets too dangerous. She responds by jumping right back in.
  • Ace, in ďThe Dark FlameĒ, fighting off zombies with the Doctor's umbrella while yelling at him to hurry up.
  • "Afterlife": The Seventh Doctor, having just finished his "war" with the Elder Gods in Gods & Monsters, is banishing a fire elemental that made the mistake of toying with the sort-of-but-not-anymore dead!Hex's memories, and decides to use her to send a warning back to her cohorts.
    The Doctor: Hurts, doesn't it?
    Finnegan/Koloon: Doctor! Pity me!
    The Doctor: Fear me.
    Koloon: Wha... what?
    The Doctor: Tell this to your gods when they punish you, when they stretch you on the neutron rack: I'm still here.
    Koloon: But you...?! You're one... little... man!
    The Doctor: No, not a man. Not a human being. I am a complex space-time event. I am Lord President of Gallifrey. The Traveller from Beyond Time. I am the Sandman! The Oncoming Storm! I am the Ka Faraq Gatri; Destroyer of Worlds! And sometimes... only sometimes, I. Am. Your. Worst. Nightmare! ...I am the Doctor, and I take care of my friends.

Eighth Doctor

    The Monthly Range 
  • "Storm Warning": Lord Tamworth fights and wins against a creature created only to destroy life using Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • "Other Lives": C'rizz is deeply humiliated and enslaved as part of a freak show. It's all played for laughs, since the entire episode is a happy little comedy. In the middle of the plot's resolution, C'rizz sneaks off, goes back to the guy who enslaved him, breaks his spine and rips out his eyes. Because no matter how much the Doctor treats him as a regular companion, C'rizz really, really isn't.

    New Eighth Doctor Adventures 
  • "Phobos": When facing a monster that feeds on adrenaline but is harmed by actual fear, the Eighth Doctor conquers it effortlessly by showing it his own mind. The whole Crowning Moment of Awesome takes several minutes, with the Doctor continuously mocking the monster throughout. Oh, and he does it while bungee jumping into the monster's transdimensional portal.
    Iíve seen entire species destroyed, civilizations left in ruins. Iíve witnessed solar systems vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Iíve seen things that would freeze your blood... So donít threaten me, donít ever threaten me. [...] My real fear is the things I don't enjoy. The things I've seen and never want to see again. [...] Now, entity, what can I show you... let's start with evil from the dawn of time, and go on from there, shall we? [...] I wouldn't make these things up — I couldn't! I saw them all! [...] Well, evil from the past is one thing. But I have seen the future, too... [...] Wouldn't you like to see what's coming? It scares the living daylights out of me. I wonder what it'll do to you. [...] Oh, no, wait-wait-wait! There's worse than that! There are the things that I am afraid I might do one day.
  • In "Lucie Miller", Susan, Alex, and Lucie attack a Dalek fleet with nuclear submarines. And win.
  • In the very next episode, "To the Death", Lucie blows up the Daleks' time warp drive with a giant nuclear bomb. And she makes friggin well sure they know who they're up against: "And just in case you wanted to know who it was who blew you to pieces — the name is Lucie Miller. You got that? Lucie BLEEDIN' MILLER!"
  • "Master of the Daleks" features a Gambit Pileup truly worthy of a budding timewar. The Dalek Time Controller, knew the Master would attempt to depose it to become the head of a new timeline and calls in more troops to kill him. The Master, was involved in the creation of these Daleks, activates a subroutine in their programming and makes them his troops,]] and promptly forces the Time Controller into a retreat. Just as the Master is about to enact his triumph, however, who comes in but the Doctor to uproot it... followed by an utterly chaotic battle of Daleks fighting each other and Sontarans thrown in as well.
    • The funniest aspect of this? The Doctor wasn't even aware of any of the above happening before he arrived. He managed to broadside the entire plan without even trying!
    • Just as notable is that Liv Chenka, while trapped in a Dalek prison, manages to overpower and disarm the Master with nothing more than a bottle of perfume. Mind you, the Master uses this to his advantage anyways, but points for initiative]].

Other special releases
  • "The Light at the End": The climax, in which the Fourth and Eighth Doctors trick the Master into explaining his plan, enabling the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Doctors to go back in time to prevent it from succeeding. The Master then discovers eight Doctors in eight TARDISí surrounding his and ready to Time Ram him.
  • * "The Heavenly Paradigm" from the War Master Volume One boxset sees the Master and his "companion" Cole attempting to break into a secret Time Lord weapon storage, disguised as a mundane suburban house in Stamford Bridge in the 1970s. The guardian of the place is a Time Lord agent disguised as a kindly old lady, and she offers the visiting Master and Cole a cup of tea. Cole, fooled by the disguise, completely unsuspectingly drinks the tea, which turns out to be drugged and he passes out as a result. The Master, meanwhile, knew exactly who the old lady really was and what was going on all along, and when the agent realizes that he hasn't fallen for the bait, she confronts him at stazer-point. The Master is completely unintimidated by this and even smugly takes it all in stride. It is hard not to be compelled by witnessing him unleashing all of his most evil, diabolical Magnificent Bastardry and just basking in it:
    Time Lord Agent: I have a stazer pointed directly at your hearts, set to maximum lethal power and my finger is on the trigger. All you have is a cup of tea.
    The Master: I know... Are you scared yet?

  • For many, one of the most admirable things about Big Finish is their willingness to bring back the actors of the old series for actual, paying acting work. Almost all of them look back on their time in the series with pride and were happy to work with their characters again, particularly when they're allowed to explore new depths the series originally wouldn't, or couldn't.
  • Not really a Big Finish example, but nevertheless awesome. In the prequel minisode to the 50th Anniversary Special, The Night of The Doctor,the Eighth Doctor says the names of all of his companions before he dies, calling them his companions and saluting them. Through this, the entirety of the Big Finish Doctor Who expanded universe is now CANON IN THE TV SERIES AS WELL!!!
    • That one was also kind of awesome because Steven Moffat finally got to write the Eighth Doctor. He attended the earliest writers' meetings with the original Big Finish team, but lost interest when he discovered they didn't have the licence for the "current" (McGann) Doctor, and between one thing and another never did do a Big Finish story. So not only did he finally write for McGann's Doctor, he wrote the (admittedly very compressed) Grand Finale for Paul.
    • Along similar lines, the events of the Dark Eyes storylines are clearly the opening salvos of the Last Great Time War, without mentioning it by name — a brilliant meta on Writing Around Trademarks, as nobody would know the name of the war yet.
    • On that note, the years of Big Finish writers (many of whom, of course, are also TV series writers) sneaking in references to the show back when that was technically not allowed, like the Ninth Doctor's cheeky appearance in "The Kingmaker". And Nicholas Briggs (as BF showrunnner) and Russell Davies (as TV showrunner) throwing sneaky references across to events in each others' series. Just goes to show that whatever the BBC might say about what's "official", Doctor Who writers will never care!
  • The announcement that Kate Stewart as played by Jemma Redgrave from New Who would be having her own spinoff-it's even being marketed as the "First Big Finish Release from the 2005 Revival of Doctor Who''
    • Made even better when Big Finish announced a Torchwood series too!
    • The War Doctor getting his own series made the fandom estatic!
    • And the companion series to the War Doctor series. "The Eighth Doctor: The Time War."
    • And then the TENTH DOCTOR was announced as well!
      • And then, as if it couldn't get any better, Rose was announced for Series 2!
  • David Bradley and the rest of the cast from An Adventure in Space and Time will be reprising their roles of The First Doctor, Ian, Susan and Barbara for two boxsets of The First Doctor Adventures in 2018!
  • Jenny, The Doctor's daughter will be getting her own series in 2018! Even getting a companion of her own!