It’s in the game

Doctor Who : The Long Game

The Doctor, Rose and Adam – the geek from the previous episode who had gone aboard the TARDIS last week – land on Satellite 5. Satellite 5 orbits the Earth and, the first time that we see it, is very similar to the first time we saw the platform in End of the World. Also like that episode we have a viewing platform where people can see the Earth from but this is not as far in the future of the planet as there are humans aboard the station.

The Doctor can immediately sense that something is not right so let’s Adam and Rose to explore, and uses his sonic to get some currency for them so that they can do a bit of shopping whilst he works out what is going wrong. The Doctor meets a couple of Journalists Cathica and Suki who explain to him about Satellite 5, what it does and how it does it and they get an demonstration as Cathica clicks her fingers and her head opens up showing her brain which is then used as a gigantic computer.

There are some interesting ideas in this episode but to be honest this is the weakest episode of the series so far and has little to redeem itself when compared to the others. The idea of the whole community having chips implanted into their brains to enable to them link with computers is quite interesting, as is the whole hold in the head thing.

The most memorable thing about that is the way it is used as a joke at the end of the episode which says a great deal about it I would say. In this case it was the ideas and the technology shown and talked about that was interesting rather than the story itself.

Simon Pegg played the Editor and was quite good but wasn’t particularly villainous or menacing at all, which I do believe he was, meant to be, unless you were about eight year old.

Adam was shown to be a rather bad example of a travelling companion, who was totally the opposite or Rose and was probably more like most of us would be i.e. totally overwhelmed with the TARDIS and with being thousands of years in the future rather than like Rose who just seemed to think that it was perfectly normal that she was far, far in the future.

He was a rather annoying and whiny character so it was probably as well that he was kicked out the TARDIS, literally in this case but I am not too sure that it was wise of the Doctor to do so considering what had happened to Adam in the story, but that was another example of the Doctor not thinking about things in the way that we would do.

This is definitely not an episode that I am likely to return to again, unless as parts of a complete re-watch of the entire first season, as there is so little about this episode that warrants repeated viewings.

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