Doctor Who

The Long Game

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 5/7/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: Satellite 5 Date: 200,000 Enemy: The Editor, The JagrafessThe Doctor, Rose and Adam arrive in the year 200,000 on a broadcasting station that transmits programming to Earth. But soon, trouble is afoot, when they discover that any worker promoted to a position on level 500 never returns. The Doctor and Rose attempt to find out what is happening, whilst Adam investigates part of the station himself, and makes a decision that he's going to regret for the rest of his life.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Bruno Langley

    Adam Mitchell

  • Simon Pegg

    The Editor

  • Colin Prockter

    Head Chef

  • Christine Adams


  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • 'The LONG Game' indeed!

    By arkanitoo, Aug 24, 2014

  • The Long Game

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 21, 2012

  • The political message was great, the story was so so

    By BevinChu, Oct 14, 2012

  • Something different...

    By ben-the-hen, Aug 12, 2008

  • Not my favourite episode by a long shot - Adam kind of ruins it for me!

    By Pucktweety, Dec 24, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (The Doctor takes Adam back home to Earth) The Doctor: The whole of history could have changed because of you. Adam: I just wanted to help. The Doctor: You were helping yourself. Adam: And I'm sorry and I've said I'm sorry. And I am, I really am. But you can't just leave me like this! The Doctor: Yes, I can. 'Cause if you show the head to anyone, they'll dissect you in seconds. You'll have to live a very quiet life. Keep out of trouble. Be average. Unseen. Good luck. Adam: But I want to come with you! The Doctor: I only take the best. I've got Rose.

    • The Editor: Create a climate of fear and it’s easy to keep the borders closed. It’s just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilize an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote.

    • The Editor: It may interest you to know that this is not the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. In fact, it's not actually human at all. It's merely a place where humans happen to live. (a loud alien growling interrupts) Sorry. It's a place where humans are allowed to live by kind permission of my client. (The Editor points upwards. Rose and the Doctor look up to see a gigantic mass on the ceiling, which growls, showing large pointed teeth) Rose: What is that? The Doctor: You mean that thing's in charge of Satellite 5? The Editor: 'That thing', as you put it, is in charge of the human race. For almost a hundred years, mankind has been shaped and guided, his knowledge and ambitions strictly controlled by its broadcast news, edited by my superior, your master and humanity's guiding light, The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe. (pause) I call him Max.

    • The Editor: (to the Doctor and Rose) This is fascinating. Satellite 5 contains every piece of information within the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Birth certificates, shopping habits, bank statements. But you two… you don't exist. (laughs) Not a trace. No birth, no job, not the slightest kiss. How can you walk through the world and not leave a single footprint?

    • Cathica: Doctor, I think if there was any kind of conspiracy, Satellite 5 would have seen it. We see everything. The Doctor: I can see better. This society's the wrong shape. Even the technology. Cathica: It's cutting-edge! The Doctor: It's backwards. There's a great big door in your head!

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    Notes (19)

    • Original International Air Dates: Turkey: October 11, 2009 on CNBC-e.

    • Substantial scenes were edited out of this episode in post-production. The most crucial, an alternative motivation for Adam's actions, his father's terminal illness, was removed completely. Another was that both Suki and The Doctor were meant to have a courier deliver gold keys to them, which granted access to Floor 500.

    • Adam's mother, played by Judy Holt, was never named on-screen but was called Sandra in the script.

    • At the beginning of the episode, when the Doctor first arrives at Satellite 5, one of the women welcoming them uses the BBC's slogan; This is what we do.

    • In the book The Shooting Scripts, Russell T. Davies claims that he had originally set out to write this episode from Adam's perspective, watching the adventure unfolding from his point of view (exactly as Rose did in Rose) and seeing both the Doctor and Rose as enigmatic, frightening characters. He even gave this outline a working title: Adam.

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    Trivia (2)

    • The Doctor: Time travel is like visiting Paris. The last time The Doctor was seen visiting Paris was in the fourth Doctor episode City of Death where he also fought against an alien playing a long game, this one over 400 million years, the similarly named but unrelated Jagaroth.

    • It's cold on floor 500, yet you can't see anyone's breath, and Suki is wearing a thin blouse.

    Allusions (1)

    • The Long Game In finance, "playing a long game" refers to implementing a long-term strategy rather than focusing on short-term gains. This refers to the subtle scheme implemented by the Jagrafess to enslave the human race without its knowledge over a period of eight decades.

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