Doctor Who Rare Entries Contests

DWRE2: 12 June 2006

This is the second Doctor Who Rare Entries contest. There a few minor rule changes from last time and these have been highlighted below.

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. Give a word which refers to something Venusian mentioned by any character or seen on-screen. In other words, if mention is made of "Venusian Artichokes" in The Terror of Evil, then "Artichokes" would be a correct answer.
  2. Identify a character referred to by two or more different names in the closing credits. Answers referring to the same character will be treated as equivalent. "Different names" means more different than a simple re-rendering of the same name.
  3. Name a story which features no alien characters other than The Doctor.
  4. Some regular or recurring characters have met their identical doubles. Name one of these doubles.
  5. Name a target novelisation of a "Doctor Who" story written neither by Terrance Dicks, nor the original, credited author of the televised story on which it was based.
  6. Name one unique feature of The Deadly Assassin. Your answer should complete the sentence: "It is the only story which..."
  7. Name a fictional device, self-contained and serving a particular purpose (rather than a component of something larger), which has been seen in The Doctor's possession.
  8. Name one of the producers of "Doctor Who".
  9. Name a television drama or comedy programme, transmitted in the UK on a mainstream channel prior to the first posting of this competition, which has over the course of its run featured at least two of the 10 official actors to have played The Doctor in credited, speaking roles.
  10. Name one of the ten actors who have officially played The Doctor.

LONG RULES

In order to participate in the contest, send your answers to me by email (tomsalinsky@googlemail.com) before noon on Friday 23 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 RULE CHANGE: "Story" refers to one or more episodes, generally with the same production code, writer and director, which tell a complete tale. For the avoidance of doubt, the list of stories with their correct names is taken to be the list presented on the Outpost Gallifrey Episode Guide, with the exceptions that “Children in Need Special” and any stories listed under “Other Stories” are excluded. “The Trial of a Time Lord” is considered to be an honorary story title, as are the individual episode titles for modern two-parters (which are generally referred to by both episode titles, thus: “The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances”).

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. RULE CHANGE: Generally a performer who does not receive a credit is not regarded as an actor.

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.

Cheers

Tom

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