The Long Game


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The Long Game

Series 1

Episode 7

First Transmitted

7 May 2005

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Regular Cast

Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose)

Guest Cast

Bruno Langley (Adam), Simon Pegg (The Editor), Colin Prockter (Head Chef), Christine Adams (Cathica), Anna Maxwell-Martin (Suki), Tamsin Greig (Nurse), Judy Holt (Adam’s Mum).


Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by Brian Grant
Produced by Julie Garner and Phil Colinson


Adam discovers the wonders of travelling in the TARDIS. In the far future, Satellite 5 broadcasts to the entire Earth Empire. But anyone promoted to Floor 500 is never seen again, and the Doctor suspects mankind is being manipulated. Does Adam have what it takes to become the Time Lord’s companion?


  • In this episode, one of the news channels Cathica shows The Doctor is “Bad Wolf”. It is purported that the white noise information sent by Adam to a phone in the twenty first century is Morse code for “bad wolf, bad wolf.” The Geocomtex website has the same code on the SUPPORT section of their website.
  • During this episode, the official Doctor Who website had an icon in the lower right-hand corner that (when hovered over) showed the image of a wolf and (when clicked) the phrase “badwolf, badwolf, badwolf & hellip,” appeared.
  • The Face of Boe appeared previously in The End of the World, which was set five billion years in the future, he appears again here, in a story set a mere 200, 000 years in the future. We have yet to learn whether he is a time-traveller, a different member of the same species, or extraordinarily long-lived. The answer may or may not have something to do with the fact that he is seen here on the “Bad Wolf” channel, named for a phrase that has turned up in almost every episode of the season to date. It reappears in New Earth, set once again at the far end of human history, where it’s made fairly plain that he is, in fact, increditsibly long-lived.
  • The fast-food joint on Floor 139 is serving kronkburgers, a “delicacy” from the DWM comic strip The Iron Legion.
  • The title has no explanation within the story. It’s full meaning does not become apparent until Bad Wolf, when The Doctor realises that somebody (the Daleks, as it turns out) has been playing a long game with human history, using Satellite 5 as a front.
  • A “Station 5” is mentioned in The Wheel in Space as the intended destination of the Silver Carrier. Given that the two stories are millenia apart, however, this may be coincidence.
  • The Doctor makes reference to “kissing complete strangers”. Although spoken in the context of visiting Paris, he did kiss Grace Holloway shortly after his regeneration. (The TV Movie)
  • As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a NEXT TIME trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode
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