Doctor Who Rare Entries Contests

DWRE13: 17 February 2009


45 people elected to play, with again a little flurry of entries in the last 48
hours. This is only the fourth DWRE contest to have had more than 40 entries
(following DWRE1, DWRE10 and DWRE11). The winner with a very strong score of 84
(including seven 1s) was Blowfly, following 5th and 14th place finishes in past
contests. Very close behind was Will "OZOO" James with an also very creditable
144, with Paul Sigma not far behind with 288.

Here are their answer-slates.

     BLOWFLY                WILL 'OZOO' JAMES      PAUL SIGMA          
0    Prince Giuliano        Prince Reynart         King Dalios            
1    Hanging on to TARDIS   Peinforte's Magic      Osmic Projector        
2    Brigadier              Donna Noble            Martha Jones           
3    The Green Death        State of Decay         Claws of Axos          
4    Ahmed                  Tosh                   Doris                  
5    Dead Ringers S4 E2     Sarah Jane Adventures  Dead Ringers Xmas
6    Set up camp...         Six months later       But what has happened...  
7    TV Movie               The Invasion #1        Voyage of the Damned   
8    Gerald Cross           John Greenwood         Campbell Singer        
9    TARDIS room not cons   2 episodes w/ regens   2 episodes not from UK

To review the 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

Here is the complete table of scores. Use a monospaced font to see proper
alignment (this may mean doing 'view source'). Scores of over 500,000 have been
omitted to spare blushes.

RANK     SCORE    ENTRANT             Q0 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9

 1          84    Blowfly              1  1  6  1  1  1  1  7  2  1 
 2         144    Will 'OZOO' James    2  3  3  1  1  1  1  8  1  1 
 3         288    Paul Sigma           4  3  4  1  1  1  2  3  1  1 
 4         672    David Ainsworth      4  1 WR  1  1  1  4  3  1  1 
 5       1,024    Ssarl                4  2  2  2  1  2  1 WR  1  1 
 6       1,176    Starfighter Pilot    1  2  7  2 WR  1  2  3  1  1 
 7       1,248    Phil Evans           2  2  4  1  1  1  1  3 13  2 
 8       1,456    DoctorBrownCoat      1  1  7  2  1  1  1  8 13  1 
 9       1,536    Chriskelk            1  2  3  2  1  4  1 WR  2  1 
10       1,920    Mighty Chicken Man   1  4  5  2  1  3  1 WR  1  1 
11       2,352    Llama Roddy          1  4  7  1  1  2  3  7  2  1 
12       2,940    Peter Morris         1  2 WR WR  1  1  5  3  1  1 
13       3,240    Biggles              2  3  4  1  1  3  5  3  3  1 
14       3,920    Vegetables           4  1  7  2  1 WR  1  7  1  1 
15       5,040    Jonathan Morris      5  2  7  2  1  2  1  3  3  2 
 =       5,040    Wilf                 5  3  7  2  2  1  2  3  2  1 
17      10,240    Simon Kinnear        4 10  4  1  2  2  1  8  2  1 
18      15,360    Gordon Ridout        3  4  5  1  2  4  1 WR  2  1 
19      16,380    Aaron George         1  1  5  2  3  2  3  7 13  1 
20      16,640    Gervase Fen          4  1  5  2  1  2  4  2 WR  1 
21      16,848    DannyBoy             1  3  4  2  2  3  3  3 13  1 
22      17,472    Froo                 1  4  7  2  1  2  3  4 13  1 
23      21,952    Peter Gemmell        4  2 WR WR WR  2  1  1  2  1 
24      30,240    ParksPiema           3  4  6 WR  1  1  5  4  3  1 
25      43,680    Joe Bailey           4  1 WR  1  1 WR  3  1 WR  1 
26      44,928    Nsullivan            4  4  3  1  3  2  4  3 13  1 
27      58,240    Fortmap              5  2  2  2 WR  1  2  4 WR  1 
28      78,400    ElectroBoy           5  4  7  1 WR  5  1 WR  1  1 
29      78,624    Professor            2  3  4  1  3  2  2  3 13 WR 
30      87,360    Lee Johnson          1  3  7  2  2 WR  1  8 13  1 
 =      87,360    Regenerator         WR  3  7  1  1  2  2  8 13  1 
32     107,016    Voice of Rassilon    1  3  4 WR WR  1  1  7 WR  1 
33     157,248    Vislor               2  4  6  2 WR  1  3  3 WR  1 
34     191,100    Luke Curtis          2  3  7  2  1  5  5  7 13  1 
35     201,600    Ed Rackstraw         1  3  6  1  1 WR WR WR  1 WR 
36     232,960    Magicbaboon          4  2  7  2  1  2  5  8 WR  1 
37     407,680    Mr. Saxon            4  4  7  2  1  5  1  2 WR WR 
38     499,200    Tin Machine          4  4  4  2  1 WR WR  3 13  1 
39                Ben Goudie           3  2 WR  3  2  4 WR  4 13  1 
40                The Wanderer         5  2  7  1  1 WR WR WR 13  1 
41                Badgers              4  2  6 WR  2  3 WR  3 WR  1 
42                TheMonitor          WR  4  5  3 WR  1 WR  3  2 WR 
43                Andrew Wiggins       4  3 WR  2  1  5 WR  8 WR  1 
44                Nicole Carlson       4  4 WR  3  2  4  4  7 WR  1 
45                HolmesBaker          4 10  6 WR WR  5  1  8 WR  1 

One quirk of DWRE13 is that very few answer slates were without wrong
answers - these are often rather rare in the top half of the results unless
one question has proven to be particularly troublesome, but here out of 45
entries, only 15 are without wrong answers. At the same time, no one person
has more than four wrong answers and no one question has more than 11 wrong
answers. It seems as if there were something here to trip almost everyone up,
but no one question which was in general difficult.

Here is the complete list of answers given.  Each list shows correct answers
in the order worst to best (most to least popular).  >>> indicates that the
"more specific variant" scoring was used.

0. Name a character who is seen to officially hold the title of King, Queen,
Prince or Princess.

5    King Priam (Myth Makers)
4    King Charles IX (The Massacre)
4    King Dalios (Time Monster)
4    King Richard (The Crusade)
4    Princess Astra (The Armageddon Factor)
3    King Thous (The Underwater Menace)
2    King Louis XV (Girl in the Fireplace)
2    Prince Reynart (Androids of Tara)
2    Queen Elizabeth II
1    Android Prince Reynart (Stones of Blood)
1    Catherine de Medici (The Massacre)
1    King Peladon (Curse of Peladon)
1    King Rokon (Hand of Fear)
1    King Yrcanos (Mindwarp)
1    Prince Giuliano (Masque of Mandragora)
1    Prince Paris (Myth Makers)
1    Princess Joanna (The Crusade)
1    Princess Rapunzel (The Mind Robber)
1    Queen Elizabeth I (Shakespeare Code)
1    Queen Thalira (Monster of Peladon)
1    Queen Victoria (Tooth and Claw)
1    Queen Xanxia (Pirate Planet)
1    Chimeron Princess (not named)
1    Draconian Prince (not named)

Hartnell historicals were an obvious place to start looking, and The Myth
Makers and The Massacre are missing stories neither held in particularly high
regard, so may have been thought to be "under the radar". Thus King Priam and
King Charles IX made a good showing, and Prince Paris also got a look-in. The
Crusade, despite being part-intact and featuring more star-power, nevertheless
scored votes for both Richard and Joanna.

From The Androids of Tara we find not only Prince Reynart but also the prince's
android double who is crowned King. Whereas I wouldn't accept that an android
replica of a prince officially holds any title, I am minded to accept that if
the said android is crowned King, even in error, then he/it is officially seen
to hold that title.

Of the two Romana doubles, Princess Astra is also popular, but Princess Strella
is not named by anybody. Guiliano in Masque of Mandragora is only called
"prince" occasionally (he's a Duke) but this does occur, for example at the
start of episode 2. As usual, if I ask for a name, then although I will accept
titles such as "The Keeper" if they are common forms of address for that
character, I can't accept descriptions like "Chimeron Princess" or "Draconian

Other than that, only Catherine de Medici caused me any real grief - but this
answer caused me enough grief for six rare entries contests! Here goes...

Catherine was certainly at one time Queen of France - she was married to Henry
II - but when Henry died in 1559, the crown passed to her son Francis and then
in 1560 to her son Charles. Although she was given various monarchic powers (as
Charles was only 10 when he became King), she was not Queen, but rather Queen
Mother during the time that the first Doctor visited 16th century France (1572).
The entrant in question attempted to claim that a "Queen Mother" was a kind of
queen, which reminded me of the spirited debate we had back in DWRE2 during
which we established (among other things) that an assistant director is not a
kind of director (although an executive producer is a kind of producer). The
question did not require a character whose title included the word "Queen", it
required someone who was actually called "Queen". The word ordinarily means a
woman who is either herself the monarch or who is the wife of the monarch. By
the time of the first Doctor's visit, Catherine de Medici was neither.

That doesn't necessarily rule her out, however, since the question also does
not require you to name a queen, merely someone who officially uses that title.
Our own Queen Mother bore the full title of "Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother"
for many years. Had Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (aka The Queen Mum) ever appeared in
Doctor Who, she would have been a correct answer, so we see that at least some
widows of Kings do continue to use the title. But I was unable to determine how
Catherine de Medici was actually known in the French court at the time, nor
what the traditions of sixteenth century France might have been, and despite a
request from me, the entrant in question was also unable to shed any light on
these matters.

I next attempted to let the episode itself guide me. My test here was: if
somebody addresses her as "Queen" or she calls herself "Queen" then it's a right
answer. In fact, she is twice referred to as "the Queen", but both times in her
absence, and she describes herself only as "Queen Mother", which is what
everybody else calls her the rest of the time. So, there is no evidence I could
find in the episodes that she has any right to use the title "Queen" and this
therefore does not help us.

At this point I decided I needed some outside counsel, so I contacted via email
a couple of historians who specialised in the French court of the period, whom
I found through an Amazon search. At the time of writing, neither has
responded. I also contacted Mark Brader, who does not get enough credit on these
forums, and who introduced me (and the world) to Rare Entries contests on Usenet.
Since Mark has run 60 such contests and judged each one with superb precision, I
thought his input might be helpful. Here is my question to him and his reply, in

| | Question: Name a character who features in an episode of the BBC TV series
| | Doctor Who, who is seen to officially hold the title of King, Queen, Prince
| | or Princess
| | 
| | Answer: Catherine de Medici
| | 
| | Catherine de Medici is in a Doctor Who story - The Massacre broadcast in 1966.
| | But at the time of The Doctor's visit, 1572, Catherine de Medici was Queen
| | Mother and her son Charles was King.
| |  
| | In the episode itself, she is twice referred to (in her absence) as "the
| | Queen". The rest of the time she is called, and calls herself, "Queen Mother".
| | 
| | Is this a correct answer in your opinion?
| It would be in the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II's mother was Queen
| Elizabeth both while her husband King George VI was alive and after his death
| when she became queen mother. The wife of a king normally takes the title of
| queen (specifically, queen consort) and keeps it (becoming queen dowager) if
| she outlives her husband -- I say "normally" because apparently Prince
| Charles intends to make Camilla an exception if and when he takes the throne.
| If one of the queen dowager's children becomes monarch, she is additionally
| known as the queen mother. (The other kind of queen, one who is monarch
| herself such as Elizabeth II, is a queen regnant.)
| I don't know if the French monarchy used similar terminology, but I imagine
| they did. Anyway, you say that in the episode she is spoken of as the queen,
| so that seems to qualify her right there. It is rather peculiar, though, as
| Charles IX was married at the time and you would expect "the queen" to refer
| to the *other* queen -- his wife.

This is not the kind of slamdunk I was hoping for. In an email relating to this
contest, one entrant described my rulings as "infuriatingly watertight" and it
bothers me that I can't make a watertight ruling here. I just don't think
there's enough evidence either way to come to a firm conclusion. However, given
the (weird) reference to her in the episode as "The Queen", and given Mark's
leaning in the entrant's favour, I too am minded to be lenient, and so I have
- eventually! - given the benefit of the doubt here.

A definitive view on the habits of the French court, or the specifics of the
mode of address for Catherine de Medici would be interesting to know, but I
would not reverse this ruling on that basis, since this ruling is ultimately
based on what is said in the episode, regardless of whether or not this happens
to accord with any real facts about French sixteenth century politics. Thanks
for the input, Mark. I hope the rest of you enjoyed your history lesson.

Other answers submitted included real-life royalty (Queen Elizabeth II), real-
in-the-Doctor-Who-universe royalty (King Rokon) and fictional-in-the-Doctor-
Who-universe royalty (Princess Rapunzel) but all counted as having a right to
use the title.

1. Name or otherwise identify a means of travelling in time which we have seen.

 >>> 4   Doctor's TARDIS
 >>> 2   Monk's TARDIS
 >>> 1   Hanging on to the outside of a TARDIS
 >>> 1   Rani's TARDIS
4    Time Lash = Kontron Tunnel
4    Time Ring (Ark in Space etc)
3    Dalek Time Machine (DARDIS) (The Chase)
3    Lady Peinforte's Magic (Silver Nemesis)
3    Osmic Projector (The Time Warrior)
3    SIDRAT (War Games)
2    Dalek time cabinet (Evil of the Daleks)
2    TOMTIT (Time Monster)
2    The Eight Legs teleporting
2    Time contour / concorde (Time Flight)
2    Time scoop (Five Doctors)
1    Dalek Time Controller (Remembrance)
1    Space time tunnel (Pyramids of Mars)
1    The slow path
1    Time Window (Girl in the Fireplace)
1    Time corridor (Resurrection)

For this question, anyone who submitted "the TARDIS" is deemed to have referred
to The Doctor's Type 40, usually disguised as a 1960s police telephone box -
whereas anyone who submitted "a TARDIS" (or simply "TARDIS") is deemed to have
referred to any Gallifreyan TT capsule of any vintage, and so this is a less
specific variant of The Doctor's TARDIS, The Master's TARDIS and so on.

"Clinging to the outside of a TARDIS" is a different means of time-travel from
simply riding along inside it. Had the entrant cited "Clinging to the outside
of the Doctor's TARDIS" this too would have been a right answer, but it would
have been a more specific variant of "Doctor's TARDIS".

In some cases, entrants used different words to describe what I am ruling is the
same means of time-travelling. The several entrants who referred to whatever it
is that Lady Peinforte does which transports her to 1988 all described it in
different ways, and all emphasised different things - the potion, the
incantation, the arrow etc. However since they all referred to the same journey,
they must all be referring to the same means of travel, and so these answers
have all been marked as equivalent. It was a similar case with the Eight Legs
teleporting to and from Metebelis Three (which is established as being in the
far future), and I am further ruling that "Time lash" and "Kontron tunnel" are
equivalent answers and that it does not matter whether entrants referring to
the events of Time Flight mention Concorde or not (since Concorde played no role
in the actual time-travelling).

On the other hand, entrants successfully distinguished between the Dalek Time
Machine known as a DARDIS in The Chase, the Dalek Time Cabinet used in Evil of
the Daleks and the Time Controller, played by a plasma ball in Remembrance of
the Daleks and this obviated the need for any further more specific variant

It is not clear what period the Death Zone on Gallifrey might be in, but The
Time Scoop in The Five Doctors is variously said to take people out of time,
or out of their proper timestreams. That's good enough for me. In fact, there
were no wrong answers for this question - the only question this time round
for which this is the case. I was even prepared to accept "The slow path" -
i.e. simply living - especially as this is explicitly mentioned in both The
Girl in the Fireplace and Blink.

2. Name a character who appeared in at least two consecutive stories, who was
then absent for at least two consecutive stories, and who later appeared for
at least two more consecutive stories.

7    Benton
7    Wilf
6    Brigadier
5    The Master (= Anthony Ainley Master)
4    Martha Jones
4    Rose Tyler
3    Donna Noble
2    Jackie Tyler
2    Mickey Smith
2    Mike Yates
1    Captain Jack
1    K9
1    Turlough

A (mild) complaint of this contest, and some previous ones, is that for some
questions there are too few right answers. I'm not sure this makes much of a
difference, since to win it is necessary only to come up with a rarer answer
than your competitors, not to get a straight series of ones. A question of the
form "Pick one: heads or tails" is not entirely unknown in rare entries
contests, and actually there is a little more tricky than you might at first

This is certainly an unusual set of criteria, which was why I thought it might
make a good question. Generally speaking, in the classic series, recurring
characters were either companions - who joined, stuck around and then left
never to return - or people who popped up once or twice a series but for
one-off appearances only. Exceptions to this rule were a few prominent UNIT
soldiers and one villain in particular - The Master.

In the new series, companions and their families are more likely to stick
around for a few episodes and then fade away again, before returning (usually
in a season finale). Let's take new series recurring characters first.

All three major companions are right answers. Rose clearly qualifies: she
appears in every episode from Rose to The Runaway Bride and then, after a
lengthy absence, appears in both Turn Left and The Stolen Earth / Journey's
End, so she's a right answer. Martha is also uncontroversially correct. She
appears in every episode from Smith and Jones to Last of the Time Lords and
then returns, following a four-story gap, for The Sontaran Stratagem / The
Poison Sky and The Doctor's Daughter. And Donna is also correct - although
I did momentarily forget her brief (qualifying) appearance in Doomsday during
one exchange of emails. Luckily an on-the-ball entrant set me right - many
thanks. One entrant prophetically told me "I was tempted to put Donna Noble but
am worried other people will notice she's in Doomsday and think they're being
really clever putting her down; now I've said that nobody will and like 31
others will put down Wilf. That's life, though." 

Among companions' families, Rose's mum qualifies. Jackie Tyler appears in Rose
and The End of the World, is absent for Dalek and The Long Game but then
appears in Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion and New
Earth. And Wilfred Mott also makes the grade, appearing in Voyage of the Damned
and Partners in Crime, missing the next two stories, but then appearing in both
Turn Left and The Stolen Earth / Journey's End. I assume Wilf is a popular
answer here because he appears in the fewest number of stories of all the
qualifying characters - just five. Or because people just like Bernard Cribbins
so much?

Believe it or not, neither Mickey nor Captain Jack meet the specified criteria.
(Although I initially assumed that they would and - not having at that stage
checked - wrongly proclaimed that ten answers could be found for every
question. Sorry if that was unhelpful.) Mickey's first consecutive stories are
Boom Town to New Earth. He then skips only Tooth and Claw before returning for
School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace and Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of
Steel. All his subsequent appearances are one-offs. It's a similar story with
Captain Jack, whose first consecutive appearances are from The Empty Child to
The Parting of the Ways but who never again appears in two consecutive stories
- since Utopia is the first part of a three-parter (according to the Wikipedia
list which is authoritative here). And, no, it makes no difference if you also
include all appearances of the Face of Boe as well. Mickey does appear very
briefly at the start of The End of the World but this is part of the flashback
to Rose and under 4.1.1. this material is not a part of the episode. 

On to the UNIT soldiers then, and the Brig obviously qualifies. He's in every
story from Spearhead from Space to Day of the Daleks, he then misses three
stories and returns for The Time Monster and The Three Doctors. Benton appears
from The Ambassadors of Death to Day of the Daleks, missing only Colony in
Space, then misses the same three stories as the Brig and then returns for the
same two stories as the Brig. But it's a different situation for Mike Yates.
He appears in every story from Terror of the Autons to Day of the Daleks,
missing only Colony in Space, but he never again appears in two consecutive
stories (despite one entrant confidently claiming that he appears in The Three
Doctors, which he does not). No other UNIT types come close.

The Master, however, is obviously a right answer: he appears in all five
stories of Season Eight, and the three stories from The Keeper of Traken to
Castrovalva, having missed many in between. One entrant pointed out that the
Anthony Ainley Master is a right answer by himself, but despite the slight
lack of clarity surrounding The Master's various bodies, I have no problem
invoking rule 4.6 to mark all these answers as equivalent.

That makes a total of only eight right answers - rather fewer than I imagined
when I set the question - and all were named by somebody.

If you go by programme credits only, you might be mislead into believing that
K9 is a right answer (as one entrant presumably was), since no-one is credited
as playing K9 in either Destiny of the Daleks or City of Death, but although
struck with laryngitis and so not speaking, K9 certainly does feature in
Destiny. One entrant wondered whether the picture of Sarah Jane Smith in Turn
Left would be enough to qualify her, on which I'm not prepared to comment

The entrant who submitted Turlough I assume failed to understand the question.

3. Name a Target novelisation of a Doctor Who story, no published edition of
which has had a cover illustration by or largely by Alister Pearson. (Answers
which refer to the same story will be treated as the same answer).

3    Colony in Space
2    Fury from the Deep
2    Nightmare of Eden
2    Terminus
2    Terror of the Autons
2    The Android Invasion
2    The Crusades
2    The Moonbase
2    The Myth Makers
2    The Time Monster
2    Time Flight
1    An Unearthly Child
1    Claws of Axos
1    Creature from the Pit
1    Frontios
1    Inferno
1    Keys of Marinus
1    Marco Polo
1    State of Decay
1    Terror of the Vervoids
1    The Deadly Assassin
1    The Green Death
1    The Invisible Enemy
1    The Romans
1    The Sea Devils
1    The Sontaran Experiment
1    Underworld
2    The Web Planet (reissued with Pearson cover 1991)
1    Castrovalva (reissued with Pearson cover 1991)
1    Mawdryn Undead (reissued with Pearson cover 1992)
1    The Silurians (reissued with Pearson cover 1992)
1    The Underwater Menace (only published edition featured Pearson cover)

Through the late eighties and early nineties, as well as providing stunning
covers to new Target novels (almost all the McCoy stories, and those which had
avoided the Terrance Dicks drag-net of the 70s), Alister Pearson painted a
large number of new covers for Target reprints of old books - and in some
cases his VHS cover artwork was reused. The result is that Pearson can claim
to have painted book covers for around half the classic Doctor Who corpus.
This gave you quite a lot of choice (more than I anticipated) which makes the
minor collision on Colony in Space all the more surprising.

One entrant provided a lengthy list of criteria by which I could mark entrants
wrong, for example omitting the phrase "Doctor Who and the..." where
appropriate. However, my use of the phrase "Answers which refer to the same
story will be treated as the same answer" was intended to avoid this kind of
unnecessary pedantry. (Nothing wrong with pedantry, you understand. It's just
unnecessary pedantry I wish to avoid.) The terms of the question often made
this approach the only possible one, since for example Terror of the Zygons
was originally published as "Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster" (with a
cover by Chris Achilleos) but was reprinted as "Doctor Who - Terror of the
Zygons" in 1993 with a (stunning) Alister Pearson cover. So, I only worried
about which story you were referring to and didn't bother about how you
referred to it.

The five wrong answers, are all fairly clearly wrong I think. Even if you
dispute that "Doctor Who and the Zarbi" had a cover by Alister Pearson, a
later edition of the same book (now titled "Doctor Who - The Web Planet")
certainly did. And in the case of The Underwater Menace, Alister Pearson
is the only cover artist. The book was published with his painting on the
cover and never reissued. Those Pearson covers can be seen here:

4. Name a human character whose surname is never given on-screen, but whose
first name is.

3    Polly
2    Ace
2    Anita (The Two Doctors)
2    Hilda (Planet of Giants)
2    Janet (Terror of the Vervoids)
1    Adelaide (Horror of Fang Rock)
1    Ahmed (Pyramids of Mars)
1    Annalise (Smith and Jones)
1    Aunt Vanessa (Logopolis)
1    Barney (Macra Terror)
1    Ben (Horror of Fang Rock)
1    Bert (Green Death)
1    Bert (The Daemons)
1    Cameca (The Aztecs)
1    Charlie (The Gunfighters)
1    Doris (Battlefield)
1    Edith (The Time Meddler)
1    Gregory (The Invasion)
1    Jenny (Dalek Invasion of Earth)
1    Jim (The Doctor Dances)
1    John (Sensorites)
1    Kitty (The War Machines)
1    Marco (Masque of Mandragora)
1    Martha (The Stones of Blood)
1    Mel
1    Mollie (The Highlanders)
1    Rosita (The Next Doctor)
1    Tabby (Paradise Towers)
1    Tony (Terror of the Autons)
1    Tosh
1    Trev(or) (Dalek Master Plan)
1    (Pigbin) Josh (name not given onscreen)
1    Bernard (Remembrance, not a character)
1    Claire (Daly) (Carnival of Monsters)
1    Cyril (Toymaker's construct
1    Hur (does not have a surname)
1    Isobel (Watkins) (The Invasion)
1    Ringway (surname)
1    Sir George (Hutchinson) (The Awakening)

This question was the eventual product of a longish period of drafting and
redrafting questions on the theme of characters known only by one name, and
the version I finally settled on gave you rather a lot of choice. Polly's
surname is never used onscreen at any time (she, Mel and Ace are the only
human companions of whom that's true I believe) despite contemporary production
paperwork referring to her as "Wright" and fan legend which (wrongly) claims
that the surname "Lopez" is established for her in The Faceless Ones. I
wondered if this might create a collision on Polly, and we did get a very
minor one.

The entrant who submitted Isobel did not specify a story, so I assumed that
Professor Watkins' niece in The Invasion was what was intended. Since she is
referred to by the Brig more than once as "Miss Watkins", this answer is
incorrect. If another "Isobel" was intended, then I rule that the entrant
failed to clearly identify a character, which was what the question required.

Two more wrong answers were Cyril, who as a being created by The Toymaker can't
count as "human"; and Ringway, which has to be the surname of the character
played by Alec Sabin in Earthshock. And a fleeting reference to "Bernard" in
Remembrance isn't enough to turn him into a character. I have previously ruled
that including existing footage of, say, The Beatles isn't enough to turn them
into Doctor Who characters, and this seems consistent with that ruling.

"Hur" is one of the cave-dwellers in An Unearthly Child. While I will accept
that these characters are human, I think the wording of the question requires
that - on the balance of probabilities at least - the character in question
has a surname, but one which just isn't mentioned. With characters that seem
to have only one name, it is not really possible to talk in terms of first
names and surnames, so Hur is a wrong answer as she doesn't have a surname.
My brief research into the Aztec culture leads me to conclude that they did
use surnames, so I'll accept that "Cameca" was probably a first name.

One crafty entrant ventured Claire Daly from Carnival of Monsters with the
following justification.
| I'm not, of course, saying that her father doesn't mention his surname; but
| I'm pretty sure (well, I'm banking on the fact) that it's never directly
| attributed ('given') to his daughter.

But the question doesn't say anything about a surname being given to anyone,
it just stipulates that the surname not be given on-screen. Daly is Claire's
surname - there seems to be no argument about that - and this surname is given
on-screen, so this is a wrong answer.

Along the same lines, but slightly tricker is the issue of Doris in
Battlefield. I think it is a fair assumption that her surname is Lethbridge
Stewart, given that she's married the old soldier, but whereas it is almost
inconceivable that the young daughter of a British Army Major in the 1920s
would not share his surname, it is at least possible that a late middle aged
independent woman who married a retired Army Brigadier in the 1980s might
retain her maiden name for any one of a number of reasons. So, I'll let this
one in.

Finally, we have Pigbin Josh and Tosh Sato, both of whom raise the problem
of credits. The entrant who submitted Tosh acutely pointed out that in Aliens
of London the character is never named, and when she comes up in The Stolen
Earth, she is only ever referred to as "Tosh". Since Torchwood has no bearing
on this question, that would make Tosh Sato a correct answer.

On the other hand, Pigbin Josh (Derek Ware's tramp from The Claws of Axos) is
never named in dialogue at all, and so he apparently fails the second clause
of the question - his first name is never given. However, the entrant in
question made a good case for character names given in the show's credits
counting as "given onscreen" but if this principle were applied across the
board, it would mean that Tosh becomes a wrong answer, since she is named as
"Dr Sato" in the Aliens of London credits. I can't just give in on Pigbin
Josh in order to be nice, therefore. ;)

After some consideration, I am sticking to my original view which is that it
is not appropriate to include credits under "given onscreen". When considering
facts about the fictional world of Doctor Who, we have to look at what is
portrayed within the episode itself. To determine facts about the production
of the show, we can and should look at programme credits (and - if appropriate
- other details besides) but these can't be relied on for information about
the Doctor Who universe. For an indication as to why this makes sense, consider
what rank Benton holds in Robot. It's clearly established that he's been
promoted and is now Lethbridge Stewart's number two, yet the credits show him
still as Sergeant instead of Warrant Officer or RSM. We can still use the
credits to determine that John Levene is playing the part, but we can't take
their word for it that Benton is only a Sergeant. The entrant in question made
much the same point to me in a later email.

Thus, Tosh Sato is a correct answer since the name "Sato" is never used in the
programme itself, but the name Josh is never given onscreen except in the
credits so this answer is wrong. Tough call to make, and I trust both entrants
are satisfied that they were fairly dealt with.

5. Name or otherwise identify something transmitted on BBC television which
includes a character identifiable as The Doctor, but which does not count as a
story under rule 4.1, or any part or any version of such a story.

5    Curse of Fatal Death
4    A Fix with Sontarans
3    Dead Ringers
 >>> 1   Dead Ringers Christmas Special
 >>> 1   Dead Ringers S4 E2
3    The Lenny Henry Show
2    Dimensions in Time
2    Doctor Who: Children in Need
2    Extras Christmas Special
2    Season 17 Coming Soon trailer
2    Victoria Wood As Seen On TV
2    Web of Fear trailer
1    Blue Peter (Davison and Hurndall)
1    Doctor Who
1    Doctor Who Season 7
1    Doctor vs Lauren Cooper
1    Harry Enfield and Chums
1    Jim'll Fix It (7 June 1975)
1    Roland Rat: The Series
1    Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars
1    Search out Science: Search out Space
1    Series one fireball trailer
1    The Web of Caves
1    Top Gear
2    Buffy 6.15 (not The Doctor)
1    An Unearthly Child pilot (version of An Unearthly Child)
1    Doctor Who Confidential
1    Pebble Mill at One (not the Doctor)
1    Star Trek Voyager (not The Doctor)

Time for my goof of the week. My initial wording of this question, which was
up for an hour or two, omitted the phrase "or any part", and I quickly
realised the error when an entrant submitted "Flight Through Eternity" -
episode 3 of The Chase. This was obviously transmitted on the BBC, but equally
is not a story under 4.1 and obviously features The Doctor. I hastily amended
the wording and permitted the entrant in question to submit a new answer. Had
any further answers been submitted which would have been correct answers under
the old wording, but which were not correct answers under the new wording,
then I would have made the same offer to that entrant, unless the new wording
had been quoted in the entrant's email.

So, question duly amended, your choices here fell into several categories, all
of which I was happy to accept: Doctor Who spoofs like Curse of Fatal Death or
Dead Ringers (provided they use the form of address "Doctor" or "Doctor Who"),
the incumbent actor appearing in character in other programmes like Jim'll
Fix It or Roland Rat and specially-shot trailers as well as more recent
probably-canonical offerings like Time Crash.

The title "Doctor Who: Children in Need" may seem at first to be ambiguous
(since Doctor Who has had a long association with Children in Need) but this
is the exact form of words used to describe the 2005 mini-episode on the
Wikipedia page referenced in the rules, so I have accepted it as referring
to what RTD calls "Pudsey Cutaway".

Not counted as "a character identifiable as The Doctor" are other characters
who happen to be referred to by that form of address. Rule 4 should make it
clear that, absent any other information to the contrary, questions refer to
Doctor Who and so "The Doctor" means the time lord who fought the Daleks on
Skaro, the Yeti in the Underground, the Axons in the home counties and so on.
Thus neither Robert Picardo's character in Voyager nor a demon in a late
episode of Buffy can count. 

I was troubled viewing some of these "in character" appearances (such as Colin
Baker on Roland Rat) since many of them push on, if not actually break, the
fourth wall - they acknowledge the existence of a television series called
"Doctor Who" and so place the apparent Doctor-figure outside the world of
Doctor Who, but - as one entrant pointed out - the Doctor does this in The
Feast of Steven anyway, so this isn't enough to discount these appearances,
given the rather loose wording of the question. I certainly wouldn't want to
eliminate A Fix With Sontarans on the basis that Colin Baker also appears as
"himself" after the conclusion of the drama.

Pushing this rule to its limits were appearances by Doctor Who lead actors
in programmes such as Top Gear and Blue Peter. The test here was whether or
not they were referred to as actors. In each of those cases, the presenters
relate to Colin, Peter and Richard Hurndall as The Doctor and never use the
actors' names, so these sneak in. On the other hand, although I'm aware that
various Doctor Who actors have been interviewed on Pebble Mill at One, I'm not
aware of any in-character appearances, so this question is wrong. If the
entrant is thinking of a specific edition of the programme, unknown to me, I
rule that they failed to identify it.
One entrant told me that he had almost submitted Daleks Invasion Earth
2150AD which obviously passes the test of "broadcast on the BBC" even though
it was not made for that purpose. The entrant was concerned that Peter Cushing
introduces himself with the words "I am Doctor Who" and that the Milton
Subotsky movies can't be fit into the regular continuity of the show. But
almost none of the answers submitted can be fit into the regular continuity
of the show, which is (partly) the point of the question. The chap with the
little moustache taking Tom Campbell off to fight the Daleks is clearly a
version of Our Hero and so I would have allowed this answer.

Much later in the contest, when I thought I had closed the loophole which
allowed entrants to submit single episodes of Doctor Who as correct answers,
two further entrants ventured "Doctor Who Season 7" and just "Doctor Who" -
which I take to mean the entire series from 1963 to 2008. These are clearly
cheating, but I can't see any way to disallow them. Of each, I ask was it
broadcast on the BBC? Yes. Is it a story under 4.1? No, is it a version of
a story under 4.1? No. Is it part of a story under 4.1? No. So I think I
have to allow them. Luckily, other entrants failed to notice this loophole,
since I suppose nonsenses like "BBC1's programming from 4:00pm to 9:00pm on
29 August 1964" would count, which gives you essentially an unlimited choice
of right answers. Serves me right for making a last-minute substitution of

The wording of the question should probably also have eliminated use of
existing footage from Doctor Who episodes in other programmes. As it is,
the clips of David Tennant used in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures
qualify that programme, but I was not prepared to let in Doctor Who
Confidential (one day that will be a right answer, I promise!) since all
appearances of The Doctor are either interviews with actors or established
through the rest of the programme as being extracts from a television series.
In other words, the fictional character of The Doctor is never presented as a
real part of the world of Doctor Who Confidential.

I nearly marked Extras wrong on the same basis. We are not asked, within the
structure of Extras ever to imagine that the Doctor is a real part of that
world, but here I was minded to extend the entrant a little leniency, since
the sequence involving the Doctor looks much more like an episode of Doctor
Who than, say, the Blue Peter appearance I've already allowed. If the episode
had included David Tennant speaking to Andy in his normal Scottish accent
behind the scenes, then this would almost certainly have been a wrong answer,
but all we saw was The Doctor vs an alien slug. I did briefly reconsider my
stance on Doctor Who Confidential at this point, but since all the potentially
qualifying portions are parts of things which are stories under 4.1 this is
clearly against the spirit of the question so I am not minded to make
exceptions or take a lenient view here.

And the pilot version of An Unearthly Child is clearly a version of An 
Unearthly Child which is a part of a story under 4.1

6. Give the complete text of a caption which has appeared onscreen, for any
purpose other than for identifying an episode or a contributor to an episode.
"Caption" excludes any text which could be visible to any of the characters,
or which is in any other way a part of the fictional world of the story (such
as for example "YANA" in Utopia).

5    Through the millennia... (Deadly Assassin)
4    3000 years later (Girl in the Fireplace)
3    Keep rowing (Curse of Fenric)
3    Windsor, England 1638
2    But what has happened to Steven (Dalek Master Plan)
2    Skaro (TV Movie)
2    This unworthy person welcomes you and delights in your safe arrival
(Mind of Evil)
1    100 years later (Bad Wolf)
1    209 Kliks later (Midnight)
1    251 Kliks later (Midnight)
1    98 Kliks later (Midnight)
1    Chiswick, London (The Stolen Earth)
1    Germany 60 miles outside Nuremburg
1    Hunt the key, to fit the door; That leads out on the dancing floor. Then
escape the rhythmic beat; Or you'll forever tap your feet. (Celestial Toymaker)
1    London 1599 (The Shakespeare Code)
1    Meanwhile back at the TARDIS (Dalek Masterplan)
1    Move it. Take the boat up. (Curse of Fenric)
1    New York (Stolen Earth)
1    One year later (Last of the Time Lords)
1    Paris (Reign of Terror)
1    ROMA (The Romans)
1    San Francisco 1999 (TV Movie)
1    Set up camp. Over there. (Curse of Fenric)
1    Six months later (Boom Town)
1    Doctor Who (identifies an episode)
1    No answer given
1    Professor Richard Dawkins (could be visible to characters watching that
1    ROME (The Romans)
1    Twelve months later (Aliens of London)
1    Voyage of the Damned - caption at the end dedicating the show to the
memory of Verity Lambert (not the text of a caption)
1    YANA

In setting this question, I had three examples in mind - the subtitles seen at
the beginning of The Curse of Fenric, the roller caption at the start of The
Deadly Assassin (both mentioned multiple times) and the absurdly melodramatic
"To be continued" at the end of The Stolen Earth (not given by anyone). I
assumed that entrants would find more examples, but was surprised at just how
often the new series especially has used onscreen captions to establish time
and/or place.

This was another question which was tricky to word briefly and yet clearly. I
assume I failed to make myself clear to the entrant who submitted "Professor
Richard Dawkins" since this caption is clearly part of the fictional world of
the episode and would have been seen by any character who happened to be
watching the broadcast of "Universally Speaking" (a programme which presumably
asks biologists to comment on astronomy, chemists to speculate about art
history and so on). The entrant who submitted "YANA" admitted they had misread
the question.

Had an entrant submitted "In Memory of VERITY LAMBERT 1935 - 2007" then 
I would have had to make the difficult call as to whether this has the purpose
of identifying a contributor to an episode or not. (It clearly does identify a
contributor to an episode, albeit not the episode it was attached to, but its
purpose could be said to be commemoration, and not identification.) However,
the entrant saved me the trouble by failing to include the complete text of
the caption, as required by the question. Despite my abbreviated rendering of
it here, all five entrants who answered with the roller caption from the start
of The Deadly Assassin faithfully reproduced it in full.

The entrant who submitted "Twelve months later" confessed they had actually
been thinking of Last of the Time Lords and not Aliens of London as their
initial submission claimed. Had this caption been included in the Series Three
finale (or any episode) then this would have been a right answer, but the
actual caption is "One year later".

Clever answers here were from stories with many such captions, such as the
silent-movie style title cards in episode seven of The Dalek Master Plan or
the several instances of "X Kliks later" in Midnight.

A would-be clever answer was "Doctor Who" - meaning the logotype at the
start of the programme. "Would-be" because this clearly identifies a given
episode as part of the BBC TV series "Doctor Who" and so is wrong on that

And bad luck to the entrant who submitted "ROME". The actual caption is
"ROMA" (the DVD of The Romans arrived just in time for me to easily check).

7. Name an episode which runs at least five minutes longer than the episode
which immediately precedes it or which immediately follows it. For the
purposes of this question, you should ignore rule 4.1.1.

8    The Invasion #1
7    TV Movie
4    The Runaway Bride
3    Attack of the Cybermen #1
3    The Christmas Invasion
3    The Five Doctors
3    Turn Left
3    Voyage of the Damned
2    Journey's End
1    Resurrection of the Daleks #1
1    Revelation of the Daleks #2
4    Trial of a Time Lord #14 (only 4'48 longer)
2    The Last of the Time Lords (only 4'44 longer)
1    The Mind Robber #5

Answers here came from two sources. Episodes which were markedly longer than
those which preceded or followed them, usually for obvious reasons; and
episodes which were just a bit longer or shorter than average. Feeling no
doubt that the former were "too obvious", entrants plumped for the latter in
a big way. Episode five of The Mind Robber at 18'00" is the shortest episode
in Doctor Who's history. Since the following episode, The Invasion episode
one, is a chunky 24'32", then this is a right answer and since it is a right
answer for no particular reason, many of you decided it was the most obscure
and therefore best. This effect may have been magnified by a recent article
in DWM about The Mind Robber which included a fascinating account of why
these episodes were so slimline.

As far as I can tell, no other classic series episodes make the grade, except
for the "obvious" ones, discussed in a moment: even Trial of a Time Lord part
14, which was given a 30 minute broadcast slot instead of the usual 25 minutes,
is only about four-and-a-half minutes longer than the episodes either side of
it - this caught four entrants out in total.

However, what is less remarked-upon is that three episodes of Series Four -
over and above the colossally bloated 65 minute finale - were also given
longer than usual broadcast slots. Partners in Crime, Fires of Pompeii and
Turn Left were all given 50 minutes to play with instead of 45. However, the
first of these clearly isn't longer than the Christmas Special which precedes
it and the Doctor and Donna's Roman holiday is only 4'39" longer than their
adventures on The Planet of the Ood. Turn Left on the other hand is a full 
5'36" longer than the slightly skimpy Midnight and so this is also a correct
answer. Last of the Time Lords was also given a 50 minute slot, but despite
running 51'24" in total, it is only 4'44" longer than the already fairly
chunky The Sound of Drums.

As an aside, the timings given here for new series episodes are the full
extent of the episode, including flashbacks and throwforwards, for the reason
that these are the timings available on Internet sources, or if you pop a
DVD into your laptop. One entrant queried my reference to rule 4.1.1. here,
suggesting that I had meant to refer to another rule instead, but rule 4.1.1.
insists that for the new series, you discount flashbacks and throwforwards,
which I felt was an unnecessary burden on entrants here. Amusingly, this was
the same entrant who tried Mickey Smith as an answer to question 2, which
answer was disallowed because of rule 4.4.1.

On to the more obvious candidates then. The first and last episodes of
Season 22 are clearly correct and netted four right answers between them,
with entrants preferring Cybermen to Daleks. In fact this must have quite
a strong preference since both episodes of Resurrection of the Daleks are
much longer than the episodes either side of them but one of these were only
named once and the other was not named by anybody. The Five Doctors and The
TV Movie both qualify and so do all the Christmas Specials, bar The Next
Doctor which runs nearly three minutes shorter than Journey's End. With
regard to limited right answers, here you have 12 right answers to choose
from of which only 11 were actually given, two of them only once.

8. Name an actor who has played two entirely different characters in the same
story, where at no time was any resemblance between those two characters a
part of the story. I will accept an actor who is only credited for one of
their two parts, provided both characters are heard to speak.

13   Peter Purves (The Chase - Morton Dill, Steven Taylor)
3    Nicholas Briggs (Doomsday - Dalek voices, Cybermen voices)
2    Bryan Mosely (Dalek Master Plan - Malpha, Prop Man)
2    Gerald Cross (Stones of Blood - White Guardian, Megara)
2    John Leeson (The Invisible Enemy - K9, nucleus)
2    Michael Wisher (Revenge of the Cybermen/Planet of Evil)
1    Alan Rowe (The Moonbase - Dr Evans, Space Patrol)
1    Campbell Singer (Celestial Toymaker - King of Hearts, Sgt Rugg)
1    Colin Baker (Twin Dilemma - The Doctor, Jacondan voice)
1    David Gooderson (Destiny - Davros, Dalek voices)
1    John Greenwood (The Mind Robber - D'Artagnan, Sir Lancelot)
1    Martin Cort (Keys of Marinus - Voord, Aydan)
1    Pat Gorman (Colony in Space - Long, Colonist)
1    Peter Stenson (Keys of Marinus - Second Judge, Ice Soldier)
1    Reg Whitehead (The Tenth Planet - Krail, Jarl)
1    Roy Skelton (Planet of the Daleks - Wester, Dalek voices)
2    Kevin Lindsay (Sontaran Experiment - Styre, Marshall)
1    Anthony Ainley (Keeper of Traken - Tremas, Master)
1    Colony in Space (not an actor)
1    John Woodnutt (Terror of the Zygons - Broton/Forgill)
1    Jon Pertwee (Inferno)
1    Julian Glover (City of Death - Scaroth, Scarlioni)
1    Nick Evans (Dalek Invasion of Earth - Slyther operator, Dalek operator)
1    Ric Felgate (Ambassadors of Death - Van Lyden, Astronaut)
1    Tom Baker (Face of Evil - Doctor, Xoannon)
1    Tom Sheridan (The Rescue) (Sand beast not heard to speak)

My aim in setting this question was to include the likes of Peter Purves,
playing both Morton Dill and Steven Taylor in The Chase for no reason of
any relevance to the plot, while excluding BOTH actors who played 
dopplegangers, like Sarah Sutton playing both Nyssa and Ann Talbot in Black
Orchid AND situations where a few actors played a lot of the same monster
(like all those cybermen in The Five Doctors). Thus, right answers included
only those who played two entirely different characters (as opposed to, say,
voicing a lot of Daleks) but where any such resemblance was not part of the
plot (no twins). Another (less precise) way of putting this might have been
"Name an actor who played two parts which could just as well have been
played by two different actors."

Before the contest began, I quickly compiled a list of possible right answers,
as follows: John Leeson (The Invisible Enemy), Michael Wisher (Genesis of the
Daleks), Peter Purves (The Chase), Roy Skelton (Planet of the Daleks AND The
Invisible Enemy), Nicholas Briggs (Doomsday), Martin Court, Peter Stenson,
Alan James (all Keys of Marinus), Ken Tyllsen and Joe Greig (The Sensorites)
and Bryan Mosley (DMP). That's 11 right answers, and entrants soon found more.
Of these, however, Peter Purves' two characters certainly stand out. I can't
think of another example of an actor simply being recast in another featured
part a few weeks later, as opposed to an existing actor filling in, or a bit
part player doubling up. No wonder this was the most popular answer, for this
question and the contest as a whole.

I thought Michael Wisher's doubling-up as Dalek voices in Genesis was well-
known - and the clause about uncredited but heard to speak was intended to
include him - but in the event only two entrants went for him, and each
entrant specified a different story (not that that made a difference, since
the question asked you to name an actor). I was surprised though when one
entrant ventured David Gooderson since the usual Internet sources were silent
on the matter of him having provided Dalek voices as well as playing Davros.
This site decisively settled the matter however, with a clip of one of
Gooderson's Daleks to boot.

Julian Glover is a wrong answer, despite the entrant's insistence that
Scarlioni and Scaroth don't look much alike. This may be true, but there's
a strong vocal resemblance, and this is not surprising since they are the
same character! The entrant who submitted Tom Baker was thinking of his dual
role as The Doctor and Xoannon, but again the resemblance here is very much
part of the story - practically the point of it. Similarly, The Master
looking an awful lot like Nyssa's old dad is no coincidence (and is in fact
depended on in the following story). The entrant who submitted John Woodnut
made the case that Broton and Forgill are different characters (I agree) and
that Broton does not resemble Forgill; if he did, agues the entrant, he
would not have to change his appearance (I agree). But following his change
of appearance, Broton does resemble Forgill and this is part of the story.
The question rules out any resemblance at any time.

More of a close call is Kevin Lindsay's dual role as Styre and The Marshall.
The first entrant to try this justified their answer as follows:
| In the case of the Sontaran Experiment, the similarity between
| Styre and the Marshall is not mentioned and not relevant to this specific
| story. The resemblance between Styre and a character from a previous story
| (Linx of course) is mentioned, and therefore part of the story, but that's
| not what the question asks.

But what is established in this story is that Sontarans are a clone race.
While it's true that later stories would tend to essentially ignore this and
just cast as many different actors as were required, the logic of this story
is that all Sontarans look and sound alike. It is for this reason (as well as
to save money, no doubt) that Kevin Lindsay plays both roles, and this reason
is also part of the story, so this is a wrong answer. That in subsequent
stories, different actors would play different Sontarans is not relevant (as
the entrant points out).

The entrant who submitted Jon Pertwee was thinking of his voice-over as a
radio announcer in Inferno but this falls foul of rule 4.1.2. The version
which was originally transmitted by the BBC did not include this scene for
fear Pertwee's voice would be recognised. For overseas transmissions, BBC
video releases and UK Gold repeats, the scene was reinstated, but rule 4.1.2
is clear on this issue.

Ric Felgate was a slightly tricky one. His voice is clearly heard as Van Lyden
early in the story, and this is how he is initially credited, but when the
three astronauts go on the rampage, his credit shifts to simply "Astronaut".
So, he has two credited parts which should be enough. We don't see his face
which makes the issue of resemblance hard to resolve. But it is only at the
end of episode 7 that our heroes realise that the real astronauts are still
up in space and so that means that the Ric Felgate character has been mistaken
for Van Lyden for many episodes. Thus, there is a resemblance between the two
which is part of the story, and so this is wrong.

In keeping with my ruling in DWRE12, Dalek Operators are not actors, and so
Nick Evans is a wrong answer. Note that even had his credit for the Slyther
not included the word "operator", thus moving him back into the category of
what we now call "movement artistes", this answer would still have been wrong
since Evans is not heard to speak as a Dalek, nor as the Slyther. Similarly,
Tom Sheridan's performance as the Space Captain in The Rescue is credited, 
but although he doubles up as the Sand Beast and although I said I would allow
one credited and one uncredited part, the Sand Beast has no dialogue.

Campbell Singer's multiple roles in The Celestial Toymaker are also difficult
to judge. As constructs of the Toymaker, there is a certain plot logic to the
King of Hearts and Sgt Rugg having the same face, but as far as I've been able
to ascertain, such a resemblance is never mentioned, and so the episode would
have been identical if the parts had been played by different actors, so I
think this is a correct answer.

9. Give a question suitable for a Doctor Who Rare Entries contest to which
"Tegan Jovanka" would be a correct answer

2    Name a companion who saw The Doctor regenerate
1    Give the full name of a character in The King's Demons
1    Name a character not from the UK who appears in at least two episodes
and speaks in at least one
1    Name a character who appears in at least two episodes featuring
1    Name a character who appears in more than one story and whose first
story features The Master
1    Name a character who appears in the story Enlightenment
1    Name a character who can speak more than one language
1    Name a character who comes from Earth but was not born in the UK
1    Name a character who has also appeared in a TV programme other than
Doctor Who
1    Name a character who has appeared in exactly one Big Finish audio play
with the Fifth Doctor
1    Name a character who has appeared with six Doctors
1    Name a character who has appeared with the Daleks and the Cybermen
1    Name a character who has appeared with two Doctors
1    Name a character who has at some point worn an item of clothing made
(or seemingly made) of leather
1    Name a character who has attempted to pilot The TARDIS
1    Name a character who has been shown to be 'possessed' either by
supernatural, alien or artificial means
1    Name a character who has had two or more relatives appear in separate
1    Name a character who has traveled in the TARDIS while wearing a uniform.
1    Name a character who has worn a wig
1    Name a character who is seen in a room of the TARDIS, other than any
console room
1    Name a character whose country of birth is visited by the Doctor, but
not in any of the stories in which said character appears.
1    Name a character whose last chronological appearance in Doctor Who is in
cameo form
1    Name a character whose occupation we are told on-screen (excluding
soldiers/hired security)
1    Name a character whose relative is seen to be killed
1    Name a companion who accompanied the first Doctor
1    Name a companion who appears in more than 15 stories
1    Name a companion who has appeared with at least two Doctors in the
official show, and with one other in something not part of Doctor Who canon.
1    Name a companion who has appeared with the Daleks
1    Name a companion who has appeared with the Daleks and the Cybermen.
1    Name a companion who has appeared with three Doctors
1    Name a companion who has featured in at least two separate stories which
feature Daleks or Cybermen or the Master
1    Name a companion who has met the Brigadier
1    Name a companion who has met two Doctors who are at least three
regenerations apart
1    Name a companion who is female
1    Name a companion who is not from the UK
1    Name a companion who is placed under a form of mind control in more than
one story
1    Name a companion who wears the same uniform or outfit for at least three
consecutive stories
1    Name a companion who wore a hat in at least one episode
1    Name a recurring character who first met the Doctor on a definitely
established Earth date
1    Name a recurring character who has apparently worn the same clothing for
four consecutive stories
1    Give the full name of a character that appeared in the show with an
Australian connection (unclear)
1    Name a character whose dialogue has included the words 'rabbits',
'clock', and 'mouth' (only one right answer)
1    Name a character with more than one eyeball who has appeared on screen
in more than three stories (redundant clause)
1    Who once described herself to the Doctor as 'Groggy, sore, and bad-
tempered' (only one right answer)

And finally, a question with almost unlimited scope. I had often before
thought about including a question which referred to rare entries contests
themselves in some way, but felt that referring back to past contests was too
onanistic for words. I was inspired to include this question when I remembered
a (probably apocryphal) story about a university entrance paper which included
the question "Write a suitable question for this paper and answer it,"
prompting one student to answer by copying the question out twice! (In fact,
this doesn't quite work.)

I was greatly pleased by the imagination shown by entrants, and not too
surprised by the almost totally flat field resulting. Interested parties may
care to compare this to the slightly similar question 5 in DWRE2.

I briefly considered usually more specific variant marking, with questions
whose right answers formed a subset of another question's being marked as more
specific variants, but quite apart from this being a hidden extra constraint
(which - as you know - I regard as unfair), the administrative overhead was
far too burdensome since to do it I would have had to generate comprehensive
right-answer lists for 40-odd questions!! As it was, I simply satisfied myself
that multiple answers existed, and tidied up the wording just enough to
harmonise the answers, so that duplications and variants were easy to spot.
Entrants often went for Tegan's Australian heritage, her clothing or her
having met lots of Doctors in looking for criteria which she - and others -
would fit.

What I did allow myself to do was to use the issue of whether or not two
questions generated the same list of right answers as a tiebreaker for whether
or not to mark questions as equivalent. For example, Rose is a right answer to
"Name a character who has also appeared in a TV programme other than Doctor
Who" (Children in Need) but not to "Name a companion who has appeared with at
least two Doctors in the official show, and with one other in something not
part of Doctor Who canon" despite both questions using A Fix With Sontarans
as their basis, so these have been marked as separate answers. In fact only
one pair of similar-sounding questions met this criterion.

One lesson I failed to heed from DWRE2 was to give you the first part of the
answer. If I'd limited you to completing the sentence "Name a companion who..."
I might have got a less flat distribution of answers. Indeed, there are a
couple of answers which really differ only in whether they specify "character"
or "companion", but since these would generate different lists of right
answers, they must be different questions. That is, answers.

Since the question asked you for a "suitable" question, I was prepared to let
in what I personally thought were poor questions. I reckon there are very few
characters of whom we have seen two different relatives in two different
stories (Tegan, Donna, The Doctor, er...) so this is probably quite a poor
question, but it's not totally unsuitable. At the other extreme, scores of
characters have appeared in only one of the dozens of Fifth Doctor Big Finish
dramas, and so this would produce a very flat distribution of answers (hey,
that can happen sometimes), but it's still not crossing the line from poor to

However, I can only find one companion who "described herself to the Doctor as
groggy, sore, and bad-tempered" and so this is an unsuitable question for a
rare entries contest, which needs at least two right answers to any given
question. The same goes for "Name a character whose dialogue has included the
words 'rabbits', 'clock', and 'mouth'". A little research turns up that the
Doctor has used the words 'clock' and 'mouth' and the Master has used the
words 'rabbits' and 'clock' but I can't find another character with the
trifecta and nor it seems could the entrant.

As far as I am aware, all of the other proposed questions do have multiple
right answers (even if only two or three) but if any eager correspondent
believes they have found another one to which "Tegan Jovanka" is the only
correct answer, by all means bring it up here, and I or the entrant or another
competitor will - hopefully - set you right. If I was in doubt, or couldn't
think of any further right answers after a minute or two's thought, I
generally sent an email to the entrant in question asking for clarification,
which was usually provided to my satisfaction.

A harder to call to make was "name a character with more than one eyeball
who has appeared on screen in more than three stories". The number of one-eyed
Doctor Who characters is very small indeed (even the apparently monocular Guy
Crayford turns out in fact to have two fully-working eyeballs) and I'm pretty
sure that none of them has ever appeared in more than three stories in any
case - Daleks, of course, have no eyeballs, simply an eye stalk. So this
question is equivalent to "name a character who has appeared in more than
three stories" and the eyeball clause is totally redundant. This is
sufficiently misleading to tip the answer out of "poor" and into "unsuitable"
territory, so it has been marked wrong. A couple of other answers skirted
this line, but I was sure this one had crossed it as soon as I saw it.

I also wasn't satisfied that "Give the full name of a character that appeared
in the show with an Australian connection" was a suitable question since I
have no idea what an "Australian connection" might be. "Australian heritage"
I might have understood, but does Colin Frazer have an "Australian connection"
because his cousin's Australian? Does Turlough have an "Australian connection"
because he's shared a TARDIS with an Australian? Does Will Chandler?? I would
have no idea what was a right and a wrong answer here, and so this is an
unsuitable question and a wrong answer.

I will post another contest, which is not in the usual Rare Entries form,
towards the middle of next week. My thanks to all who entered.




I failed to adequately check run times for Last of the Time Lords and The
Sound of Drums which resulted in two entrants mistakenly receiving wrong
answers. This creates some rearrangement within the top 10, which now looks
like this.

RANK     SCORE    ENTRANT             Q0 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9

 1          84    Blowfly              1  1  6  1  1  1  1  7  2  1 
 2         128    Ssarl                4  2  2  2  1  2  1  2  1  1 
 3         144    Will 'OZOO' James    2  3  3  1  1  1  1  8  1  1 
 4         192    Chriskelk            1  2  3  2  1  4  1  2  2  1 
 5         288    Paul Sigma           4  3  4  1  1  1  2  3  1  1 
 6         672    David Ainsworth      4  1 WR  1  1  1  4  3  1  1 
 7       1,176    Starfighter Pilot    1  2  7  2 WR  1  2  3  1  1 
 8       1,248    Phil Evans           2  2  4  1  1  1  1  3 13  2 
 9       1,456    DoctorBrownCoat      1  1  7  2  1  1  1  8 13  1 
10       1,920    Mighty Chicken Man   1  4  5  2  1  3  1 WR  1  1 

Apologies to Ssarl and Chriskelk and congratulations once again to the
top-placed finishers.

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