Thursday, September 19, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: The Long Game

Doctor Who:
The Long Game
By Russell T. Davies

“And no one's going to stop you because you've bred a human race that doesn't bother to ask questions. Stupid little slaves, believing every lie. They'll just trot right into the slaughter house if they're told it's made of gold.”

The Doctor, Rose and Adam arrive on Satellite 5 in the year 200,000 which is during The Fourth Great and Bountiful Earth Empire.  They do a little bit of exploring and find out that Satellite 5 main job is to send information across the Earth Empire.   Lots of stuff goes on in Satellite 5 like how they do the information sending which is pretty strange in itself as the computer is interfaced from a chip they implant in you.  The highest upgrade has the info downloaded into your brain directly.

The Doctor is not at all convinced that things are what they seem as it is extremely warm on Satellite 5.  Plus what happens to those who are promoted to floor 500. It seems once you get up there you never return or seen from again.   The Doctor and Rose curiosity has been aroused and are determined to find out what the big mystery of floor 500 is.

 The Long Game is not a particular favorite of mine.  In fact I do not like it all that much and in my opinion is the worst story of the Eccleston era.   With that said is there anything redeeming about this story at all besides the performances of the two main stars.  Well yes there is.  Simon Pegg is in it as the Editor and I have been a fan of his since his show Space was on the air.  His performance turned an otherwise drab story and gave it some much needed shot in the arm.  The Editor was somewhat creepy and eccentric and you can tell he was evil from the performance of Simon Pegg.  Unfortunately they gave him a shoddy story to be in and he would have been better used for something else.  Well he was considered to play Roses dad but was unavailable to do it so I guess we should be lucky he did make an appearance in the show after all.

Another good thing was that they ditched Adam in this story.  I never liked him much and adding his character as the only idiot to be kicked out of the TARDIS for breaking the rules was such a dumb character that I did not have a care for.  Glad he got stuck on Earth with that thing in his forehead.  I guess the character did have a purpose in the story but in my opinion the story did not really need his part in it at all.  

The Jagrafess wasn’t a bad CGI alien and looked sort cool with all the teeth and the way it was sticking to the ceiling like a slug but it just seemed to be silly considering it was pink in color.  I guess it was ok and it was funny when it blew up all over the place.  The Long Game just is not one of my favorite stories as it is just an average story that doesn’t really enhance anything and is just simple in nature.  For me I find this story to be boring and uneventful and if Simon Pegg wasn’t in it I would probably not watch this story much if at all.
Grade D

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