Doctor Who Rare Entries Contests

DWRE17: 8 December 2009

This is my seventeenth Doctor Who Rare Entries Contest. There have been no significant changes to the rules since DWRE16.


For each of the following questions, your objective is to give an answer that
(1) is correct, and
(2) will be duplicated by as FEW other people as possible.

This contest closes at noon (UK time) on Friday 18 December 2009.

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


  1. Name a story or episode whose exact title features in the dialogue of another story.
  2. Give the name of a real chemical element or compound which is used as a modifier to describe or name a fictional person, place or thing in a Doctor Who story. For example, if there was a staff called The Caesium Staff or The Staff of Caesium in an episode of Doctor Who, then caesium would be a correct answer.
  3. Name someone who has written or co-written five or more Doctor Who stories. In general, programme credits should be taken as authoritative, however every story was written by someone, so if a non-existent person is named in the programme credits, you should instead count those who in fact did most of the actual writing.
  4. Name an episode which ends with the apparent death of the Doctor (as opposed to, say, the imminent death of the Doctor).
  5. Name an actor who has played credited speaking roles in at least one episode of Doctor Who and at least one James Bond movie.
  6. Name a character who has been possessed on at least one occasion, such that dialogue they were seen and heard to speak should be interpreted as articulating the thoughts of another character or entity.
  7. Name someone credited on at least one episode of Doctor Who with three names, either because they use a middle name professionally, or because they have a double-barrelled surname. For example, both Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Daniel Day-Lewis would be correct answers had they received a credit on an episode of Doctor Who.
  8. Name someone who has been seen to operate The Doctor's TARDIS. ("Operate" means that their interaction with the TARDIS console was apparently required for the ship to complete its journey, as opposed to, say, opening the doors or activating the scanner.)
  9. Name a story in which The Doctor calls himself John Smith, or someone else refers to him using that name.
  10. Name a story which features at least one Dalek (other than in clips from other stories) but which does not include the word "Dalek" or "Daleks" in its title, or in the titles of any of its episodes.


In order to participate in the contest, send your answers to me by email ( before noon on Friday 18 December 2009. 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: 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
Unless a question indicates otherwise, all 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 (in this case 8 December 2009) 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. For the avoidance of doubt, the list of stories is taken to be the list presented here. This page also provides a list of characters who are referred to as "companions".

4.1.1. Anything which is seen only in the “Previously on…” or “Next week on…” segments of the 2005- series is not deemed to be part of that story. Any other flashbacks, recaps or the like are deemed to be part of that story.

4.1.2. Where multiple versions of a story exist, consider only the version originally prepared for transmission on BBC1, unless the question specifies otherwise.

4.2 "Appears" or "Seen" mean seen on-screen, as opposed to merely referred to in dialogue or implied. If a character is clearly heard to speak, then they, and the actor who played them, are deemed to have "appeared" regardless of whether we see them or not. “Appears with” means that the two characters featured at least once in the same scene, with the exception that a character who appears in a scene only in “flashback” footage shot for a previous episode is not deemed to have “appeared with” any other characters in the scene.

4.3 "Actor" includes both male and female performers. To qualify as an actor in any given episode, a person must portray a named, speaking character and/or be given an on-screen acting credit.

4.4 Unless otherwise specified, different incarnations of the same character are the same character and will be treated as equivalent answers, and equivalent to specifying that character without reference to incarnation. In other words, “Romana”, “Romana I” and “Romana II” are all the same answer.

4.5 Any two answers which are expressed in the same words are treated as equivalent, even if entrants specify that they have different referents in mind. This does not prevent me from also ruling that two answers are equivalent even if they are expressed in different words.

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.

7. Archive
This contest will be added to the archive of DWRE contests at where past contests are available for viewing.

8. Forum Disclaimer
This contest is not endorsed by Gallifrey Base, Gold Usher Ltd NFP or its staff. Gallifrey Base and Gold Usher Ltd NFP are not responsible for this contest or any issues arising from this contest.



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