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Old 04-07-2013, 11:44
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This is inspired by a thread in the Apprentice forum (all credit to FM george.millman for the idea!). Basically, a place we can all think up some tricky puzzles, riddles and brain teasers for each other to test our collective Who knowledge.

I'm going to start with the basic format of the puzzles in the Apprentice forum, which is "what do these episodes have in common?"

1) An easy one:
The Gunfighters
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
The Christmas Invasion
The Runaway Bride
Daleks in Manhattan
Voyage of the Damned
A Christmas Carol
The Rings of Akhaten

2) A medium one:
The Chase
The Myth Makers
The Daleks' Master Plan
The War Machines
Planet of Fire
Dragonfire
Doomsday

3) A very tough one:
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
The God Complex
Closing Time

Post your answers in spoiler tags so other people can keep guessing! And please do post your own puzzles afterwards. A bit of fun to pass the time.

Enjoy!
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Old 04-07-2013, 13:27
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Oh, and I should just add that The Crimson Horror should be in the third list as well. Too late to edit.
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:14
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I'm struggling with all of these to be honest, haha.
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:17
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1) An easy one:
The Gunfighters
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
The Christmas Invasion
The Runaway Bride
Daleks in Manhattan
Voyage of the Damned
A Christmas Carol
The Rings of Akhaten
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:20
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Correct!

Clue for number 2: Something about the story.

Clue for number 3: Something about what/who's in the story.
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:23
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I did think of that for number 1, but I don't remember a song in The Christmas Invasion?
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:25
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I did think of that for number 1, but I don't remember a song in The Christmas Invasion?
Song for Ten, as the Doctor chooses his outfit in the TARDIS.
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:30
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Song for Ten, as the Doctor chooses his outfit in the TARDIS.
Ahh, now I remember.

As for the others, the second one has too many classic episodes (only seen a few classic stories, though I'm going to watch them all soon. ), and I'm still looking at the third one...
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Old 04-07-2013, 16:31
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Actually, would the second one be...

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Old 04-07-2013, 16:34
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Actually, would the second one be...

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Ooooh. You're getting there. That is something they all have in common, but you need to be more specific. There are many more episodes that would go in that list if that was the answer. The list is all the episodes that apply. But you're getting very warm.

Number 3 is admittedly very tough, it took me a while to think of more than a few examples and I'll be impressed if anyone gets it without substantial clues.
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Old 04-07-2013, 17:04
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I don't know how to do spoiler tags but I know the second one. It is easier than the first in my opinion. Sorry but it is that not only a companion leaves but a new companion is also introduced in the story (assuming Sara Kingdom is a companion).
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Old 04-07-2013, 17:13
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I don't know how to do spoiler tags but I know the second one. It is easier than the first in my opinion. Sorry but it is that not only a companion leaves but a new companion is also introduced in the story (assuming Sara Kingdom is a companion).
Correct!

(Spoiler tags is the faint "s" button on the reply page).

And yes, The Daleks' Master Plan just barely qualifies. I thought about including Voyage of the Damned (Astrid/Wilf) but decided that it was a quite questionable example.

I found it quite interesting that they suddenly stopped doing that after the Hartnell years apart from the odd story.
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Old 04-07-2013, 17:33
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Ah, good one for number 2 there.

Could we get a clue for number 3 please?
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Old 04-07-2013, 17:34
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Ah, good one for number 2 there.

Could we get a clue for number 3 please?
Characters.
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Old 04-07-2013, 18:08
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Old 04-07-2013, 18:15
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That's a very good answer that I hadn't thought of, but it's not the one. It is related to characters though.
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Old 04-07-2013, 18:16
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I don't think so, there were people in comedies who appeared in the old series as well such as Richard Briers.
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Old 04-07-2013, 19:21
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Another clue: think about the production of the episodes, as well as what's in them, and you'll have the answer.

It's a lot more specific than any of the guesses so far. Quite proud of myself.
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Old 04-07-2013, 20:18
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Another clue: think about the production of the episodes, as well as what's in them, and you'll have the answer.

It's a lot more specific than any of the guesses so far. Quite proud of myself.
I give up, if it is involved with production I have no idea. Could you tell us the answer?
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Old 04-07-2013, 23:37
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Ahh, now I remember.

As for the others, the second one has too many classic episodes (only seen a few classic stories, though I'm going to watch them all soon. ), and I'm still looking at the third one...
Have you got access to all the missing episodes???
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Old 05-07-2013, 00:30
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Have you got access to all the missing episodes???
Haha, well when I say I'm going to watch them all soon, I mean all existing stories (or ones where some episodes have been animated).

Though I suppose I could listen to the audios of the missing episodes too at some point.
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Old 05-07-2013, 00:39
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I'm not going to reveal the answer just yet because it's only been a day.

Final clue: think characters, a particular production element and consider it in terms of the wider Whoniverse. That's as much as I can say without giving it away.
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Old 05-07-2013, 00:53
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Did they all have a doctor that wasn't THE Doctor? Although I admit I am struggling to think of one in Closing Time, but I think the others all had one.
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Old 05-07-2013, 00:53
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Ok, one last go for me as the only thing I can think of that they all could maybe seem to have in common...

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I'm probably way far off what all those episodes actually have in common, but still an interesting idea I think, so... yeah.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:03
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Orrrrr is it about...

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If it's not that, or my last post, then I have no idea, haha.
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