You wrote, "We long-time fans haven't seen anything that dramatic since Tom fought Anthony Ainley's Master in Logopolis...."
Have you seen the battle between David Tennant's Doctor and John Simm's Master ? I thought it was good. Why the Master actually gave up his life to keep the Galafreyan's from destroying reality ! The Doctor was truly shocked. So was I.
It happened in Tennant's final episodes.
That is not to say that Tom's Doctor's battle in Logopolis with Ainsley's Master wasn't brilliant as well. Of course it was ! I wonder how far off the ground, in a set I assume, the battle took place ? It certainly appeared high and dangerous. But I couldn't believe that the Doctor just let go and dropped. Like the character just gave in. The Doctor always seemed to fight death so fiercely, for himself and others.
I can only imagine what that scene must have been like when seen for the first showing. When I saw Logopolis for the first time a few months ago and knew what was going to happen, I was still shocked at how it happened.
Poor Peter Davison had gigantic shoes to fill. As well as all the other actors to play the Doctors role after Tom.
I would LOVE to see Tom back on the show. I don't see where it would be disastrous if Tom played any other character than the Doctor role. His acting skills are certainly great enough to make any kind of character brilliant. and he might even enjoy the fun and challenge of taking on a different persona.
I wouldn't be aghast at seeing Tom as a less then savory character in the show. I'd love just seeing him be brilliant !
You know, enjoy watching him flex his artistic muscles.
That's my two cents worth anyways,