Tom Stevenson was an octochamp in Series 86, from Burford in Shropshire. At the time of his appearance, he was a Media, Culture & English Literature student at the University of Worcester. He is also an Apterite who was formerly under the name Spike Nard, and participated in Series 1 and 2 of ZoomDown prior to his appearances on Countdown. He will return for the series finals in December 2022.
Stevenson made his TV debut on the episode after Alan Young become an octochamp himself, kicking off with a hefty 120 points against Mike Oliver, which he repeated in his second episode. In his fourth episode, he scored a max game, and broke the record for the highest ever score on the show with 154, surpassing Elliott Mellor's 3-year-old record by 2 points. In his eighth appearance, Stevenson won with 124 points, bringing his total score to a very round 1,000, and also became only the thirteenth person to solve all eight conundrums in their preliminary matches on the show.
Amazingly, he became the first contestant to never lose a single round in the heat matches, as well as the first to never score 0 points in a single round in the heats. For those reasons, his octorun is considered to be one of the most consistent in Countdown history. He is also the 4th member of the 1,000 club, after Mellor, Luke Johnson-Davies and Luke Boynton.
In 2020, Stevenson was a contestant on the Radio 2 music quiz Popmaster, winning a Bluetooth speaker.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|7857||26/09/2022||P||Mike Oliver||58 – 120||Tom Stevenson||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Eve Muirhead||Susie Dent||136|
|7858||27/09/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||120 – 61||Sean Mowat||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Eve Muirhead||Susie Dent||135|
|7859||28/09/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||119 – 10||Sara Woolridge||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Eve Muirhead||Susie Dent||124|
|7860||29/09/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||154 – 28||Lauren Bowley||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Eve Muirhead||Susie Dent||154|
|7861||30/09/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||117 – 39||Andy Keeble||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Eve Muirhead||Susie Dent||145|
|7862||03/10/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||117 – 37||Steve Robinson||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Pat Nevin||Susie Dent||122|
|7863||04/10/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||129 – 57||David Clerkin||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Pat Nevin||Susie Dent||135|
|7864||05/10/2022||P||Tom Stevenson||124 – 41||Ben Timi Nuga||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Pat Nevin||Susie Dent||139|