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The Long Game 

In the year 200,000 the Doctor discovers that a satellite with a dark secret is controlling humanity and slowing its development.


Brian Grant




Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Bruno Langley ... Adam Mitchell
Colin Prockter Colin Prockter ... Head Chef
Christine Adams ... Cathica Santini Khadeni
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Suki Macrae Cantrell (as Anna Maxwell-Martin)
Simon Pegg ... The Editor
Tamsin Greig ... Nurse
Judy Holt Judy Holt ... Sandra Mitchell


The Doctor, Rose and Adam travel 200,000 years into the future and land on Satellite 5, a space station orbiting the Earth. From the moment they arrive, the Doctor feels that something is wrong but he can't quite put his finger on it. Satellite 5 provides 600 channels of news and information to everyone on Earth and the crew, all humans, have a chip implanted in them allowing their brains to work as computers. As they explore the station, the travelers learn of the mysterious Level 500 that some of them are promoted to but are never seen again. The Doctor and Rose go to that mysterious level to find out just who - or what - is up there. Adam meanwhile tries to access the computer banks with the view to taking advanced knowledge back to present day Earth. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Kronkburgers were first mentioned in the comic The Iron Legion. See more »


(About 14 minutes in) when Suki is leaving the lift on floor 500 her bag is by her side in shots from the front but over her backside in the reverse shots. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: So, it's two-hundred thousand, it's a spaceship - no, wait a minute - space station, and, er... go and try that gate over there. Off you go.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Finale (2006) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Long Yawn
9 May 2007 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Without doubt this is the weakest story of the first season of the DOCTOR WHO relaunch and it's all down to writer/executive producer . Like most episodes written by RTD it has a very good opening hook and a very good closing sequence but in between we have a fairly bad structured and paced story where nothing much happens

The opening revolves around new companion Adam experiencing his first trip into space with humorous results and it's at this point the audience are left rubbing their chins thinking hey this guy might be a really good addition to the Tardis crew but unfortunately as the story progresses it becomes obvious that he's only included to take up some running time and to set up a joke at the end . Likewise the inclusion of both Simon Pegg and Tamsin Grieg seems more like gimmick casting in order to make the episode more memorable than it really is and there's no way you'll believe this story was part of the Bad Wolf running theme . As always Ecclestone's performance as possibly the most callous incarnation of The Doctor is fantastic

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