Chaos Descending wrote:
It seems to me that even in the old series, the Doctor was ALWAYS able to go EXACTLY where he wanted when the plot demanded it.
That was very rare in the original series though. Baker did it in Logopolis, and there probably are other examples. (Meglos comes to mind, another late Baker story)
But, no, generally not and the plots were written to not require accurate TARDIS navigation within a story.
Typically, in the classic series, the Doctor arrives seemingly randomly, the plot commences from there, and no further TARDIS travel is required to resolve the story.
There was no built in need to return companions to specific places, usually. Teegan did want to return, and as recently alluded to, it took a long time!
In the new series, Smith can get Clara home very consistently, and often travels to specific destinations to start an adventure (The Rings story, Hide, Tranzalore, etc).