Doctor Who Rare Entries Contests

DWRE1: 30 May 2006

SHORT RULES

The purpose of this game is as follows: for each of the questions, your objective is to give an answer that
(1) is correct, and
(2) will be duplicated by as FEW other people as possible.

** Answers must be submitted by email only. DO NOT POST ANSWERS HERE **

QUESTIONS

  1. Name a person we have seen who was a member of UNIT other than The Brigadier, Captain Yates, or Sgt Benton
  2. Name a word which occurs in at least two Doctor Who story titles. For the purposes of this question, "word" does not include words of three letters or fewer.
  3. Name an alien race which appears in at least four separate stories.
  4. Name an alien race which appears in exactly one story.
  5. Name one of the ten actors who have officially played The Doctor.
  6. Name any performer who has played The Doctor on the BBC tv series other than the official 10.
  7. Name a character other than The Doctor who has been played by more than one actor (programme credits will be used to determine this).
  8. Name a character, other than The Doctor or a companion, who has appeared in more than one story and was always played by the same actor (again, going by programme credits).
  9. Name a character other than a companion who has travelled in the TARDIS with the Fifth Doctor.
  10. Name a married couple we have seen.

LONG RULES

In order to participate in the contest, send your answers to me by email (tomsalinsky@googlemail.com) before noon on Friday 9 June 2006. It is of course essential that nobody sees the answers given by other entrants before the deadline, so please do NOT post your answers here!

If there are fewer than 10 entrants, I may not bother working out who's won, so if this sounds like fun, do encourage others to play.

Make sure you have read the rules before submitting your answers.

1. Answers
For each of the questions above, your objective is to give an answer that (1) is correct, and (2) will be duplicated by as FEW other people as possible. Feel free to use any reference material you like to RESEARCH your answers; but when you have found enough possible answers for your liking, you are expected to choose on your own which one to submit, WITHOUT mechanical or computer assistance: this is meant to be a game of wits.

2. Scoring
The scores on the different questions are MULTIPLIED to produce a final score for each entrant. Low score wins; a perfect score is 1. If your answer to a question is correct, then your score is the number of people who gave that answer, or an answer I consider equivalent. A wrong answer, or a skipped question, gets a high score as a penalty. This is the median of:
- the number of entrants
- the square root of that number, rounded up to an integer
- double the largest number of entrants giving the same answer (right or wrong) as each other on the question

2.1 More Specific Variants
On some questions it's possible that one entrant will give an answer that is a more specific variant of an answer given by someone else. In that case the more specific variant will usually be scored as if the two answers are different, but the other, less specific variant will be scored as if they are the same.

2.2 Scoring Example
Say I ask for someone the Doctor has kissed. There are 27 entrants: 19 say "Rose" or "Rose Tyler", 2 say "Cassandra in the body of Rose Tyler", 4 say "Captain Jack", 1 says "Daphne Ashbrook" and 1 says "Lynda Moss". The 4 people who answered "Captain Jack" get 4 points each. Since "Cassandra in the body of Rose Tyler" is a more specific variant of "Rose Tyler", those who said "Rose Tyler" get 21 points each, and those who said "Cassandra in the body of Rose Tyler" get 2 points each. The Doctor never kissed actress Daphne Ashbrook (although he may have kissed Grace Holloway) nor Lynda Moss, so those answers are both wrong. The persons who gave them both get the penalty score, which is the median of:
- number of entrants = 27:
- sqrt(27) = 5.196+, rounded up = 6:
- double the most popular answer's count = 21 x 2 = 42:
or in this case, 27.

3. Entries
Entries must be emailed to me personally by email: tomsalinsky@googlemail.com. Do NOT post your answers on the the forum! In general there is no penalty for errors of spelling, capitalization, English usage, or other such matters of form. Sometimes a specific question may imply stricter rules, though. And if you give an answer that properly refers to a different thing related to the one you intended, I will normally take it as written. Once you intentionally submit an answer, no changes will be allowed, unless I decide there was a problem with the question. Similarly, alternate answers within an entry will not be accepted. Only the first answer that you intentionally submit counts.

3.1 Clarifications
Questions are not intended to be hard to understand, but I may fail in this intent. (For one thing, in many cases clarity could only be provided by an example which would suggest one or another specific answer, and I mustn't do that.) In order to be fair to all entrants, I must insist that requests for clarification must be emailed to me, NOT POSTED in any mailing list. But if you do ask for clarification, I'll probably say that the question is clear enough as posted. If I do decide to clarify or change a question, all entrants will be informed.

3.2 Supporting Information
It is your option whether or not to provide supporting information to justify your answers. If you don't, I'll email you to ask for it if I need to. If you provide any explanatory remarks along with your answers, you are responsible for making it sufficiently clear that they are not part of the answers. The particular format doesn't matter as long as you're clear.

4. Scope
Questions refer to the transmitted episodes of the BBC television series "Doctor Who" in its original run from 1963 to 1989, the TV Movie of 1996 and the current series which began in 2005. Only episodes transmitted at the time of posting are included, and all other Doctor Who related works are excluded. This excludes audio plays, comic strips, spin-offs, TARDISodes, novelisations and probably more.

4.1 "Story" refers to one or more episodes, generally with the same production code, writer and director, which tell a complete tale. Where story names are in issue, the most common name will be used. This will generally be the name used for the DVD, VHS or novelisation ("The Daleks", rather than "The Mutants" or "The Dead Planet" for example). For the avoidance of doubt "Mission to the Unknown" is one story and "The Trial of a Timelord" is four stories.

4.2 "Companion" refers to anyone who travelled with the Doctor for two or more consecutive episodes. For the avoidance of doubt, the following all have honorary companion status: Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Adam, Captain Jack, Mickey. No other UNIT soldiers have companion status (Harry Sullivan and Jo Grant obviously are companions).

4.3 "Appears" or "Seen" mean seen on-screen, as opposed to merely referred to in dialogue or implied.

4.4 "Alien" means not originating from the planet Earth.

4.5 "Actor" includes both male and female performers, but excludes stunt-people, stand-ins doubling for a credited actor etc. unless the question indicates otherwise.

5. Judging
As moderator, I will be the sole judge of what answers are correct, and whether two answers with similar meaning are considered the same, different, or more/less specific variants. I will do my best to be fair on all such issues, but sometimes it is necessary to be arbitrary. I may rescore the contest if I agree that I made a serious error and it affects the high finishers.

6. Results
Results will normally be posted within a few days of the contest closing. They may be delayed if I'm unexpectedly busy or for technical reasons.

Have fun!

Cheers

Tom

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