He first appeared on Countdown towards the end of Series 22, beating Karen Willis 56 – 52 in a closely-contested match. Waddington went on to win seven more games to become an octochamp and #1 seed for the series. In the final rounds, Waddington beat Philip Griffiths and David Webb before taking on Robert Teuton in the final. The final was nip and tuck all the way, eventually being decided on a crucial conundrum, which Waddington unscrambled at the very last second to snatch a 98 – 90 victory and become the 22nd series champion.
Waddington returned for Championship of Champions VI, beating Jackie McLeod in the first round and winning a rematch with Robert Teuton on his way to the final against Wayne Summers. This time, it was all done and dusted by the conundrum, with Waddington for once emerging on the losing side, going down 79 – 67.
Waddington returned to Countdown one last time for the Supreme Championship at the end of 1996. His first game was against Christine Hunt of Series 4, and he made good finds of STEALING and BUSHEL but had sublets ☓ disallowed to set up a crucial conundrum. He quickly turned INTERNOTE into RETENTION to win 58 – 41. He next faced another boy wonder in the shape of Andrew Perry. This game again finished with Waddington buzzing in on a crucial conundrum, ANOISYEGG. However, his answer of SYNAGOGUE was wrong, leaving Perry to beat him 37 – 43.
Waddington is still interested in Countdown, and is a member of the online forum C4Countdown.
|Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions VI
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1175||28/08/1991||P||Chris Waddington||56 – 52||Karen Willis||Bill Tidy||Catherine Clarke||73|
|1176||29/08/1991||P||Chris Waddington||60 – 40||Margaret Woodford||Bill Tidy||Catherine Clarke||74|
|1177||30/08/1991||P||Chris Waddington||60 – 50||Clifford Lee||Bill Tidy||Catherine Clarke||75|
|1178||2/09/1991||P||Chris Waddington||58 – 38||Eric Massey||Sheridan Morley||Judy Pearsall||71|
|1179||3/09/1991||P||Chris Waddington||38 – 37||Angus Douglas||Sheridan Morley||Judy Pearsall||74|
|1180||4/09/1991||P||Chris Waddington||63 – 48||Jenny Edge||Sheridan Morley||Judy Pearsall||85|
|1181||5/09/1991||P||Chris Waddington||55 – 52||John Nixon||Sheridan Morley||Judy Pearsall||73|
|1182||6/09/1991||P||Chris Waddington||73 – 60||Terry Stapleton||Sheridan Morley||Judy Pearsall||81|
|1191||19/09/1991||QF||Chris Waddington||59 – 35||Philip Griffiths||Martin Jarvis||Richard Samson||82|
|1195||25/09/1991||SF||Chris Waddington||60 – 56||David Webb||Martin Jarvis||Richard Samson||83|
|1197||27/09/1991||GF||Robert Teuton||90 – 98||Chris Waddington||Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres||Richard Samson||138|
|1328||4/01/1993||CQF||Chris Waddington||59 – 49||Jackie McLeod||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||71|
|1332||8/01/1993||CSF||Chris Waddington||54 – 44||Robert Teuton||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||73|
|1334||12/01/1993||CGF||Chris Waddington||67 – 79||Wayne Summers||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||117|
|1864||22/10/1996||bQF||Chris Waddington||58 – 41||Christine Hunt||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||72|
|1867||25/10/1996||bSF||Chris Waddington||37 – 43||Andrew Perry||June Whitfield||Susie Dent||71|
|Championship of Champions Runners-Up|
I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm