Screencaps and Review for The Long Game

Screencaps for The Long Game are now up.

Monsters and Wank

Monsters: Yes. Two if you count the Editor. Nine or so if you count the dead people still working.
Emotional Wank: 0 out of 10

Intended Destination: not given
Actual Destination: Satellite Five, during the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire – approx. 200,000 AD


The Doctor and Rose set out to impress new companion Adam with a far-future trip and discover Satellite Five, hub of all news for humanity throughout the galaxy. The Doctor soon notices that the civilization has been stunted. He questions journalistts Cathaca and Suki, finding that human inquisitiveness has been dampered through manipulation of the news. Believing themselves to be in line for promotion, the journalists offer a demonstration of their work wherein raw data is streamed to a chip in Cathaca’s brain, and other journalists help her package and distribute it. On Floor 500 where the walls are said to be made of gold, the Editor uncovers a deception on Suki’s part. He “promotes” her to Floor 500; when she arrives, he exposes her true identity as a freedom fighter and refers her to the Editor-in-Chief, who kills her. Adam feigns culture shock to get some alone time to obtain data from the computers and send it home to his own time via Rose’s enhanced cell phone, ostensibly for profit. He uses unlimited credit the Doctor gave him to get an open-forehead chip like Cathaca’s and then accesses the news stream. The Doctor and Rose gain access to Floor 500 and are captured. The Editor uses Adam’s access to the data stream to discover who the visitors are, deciding to take the TARDIS for his own gain. He also reveals that the Editor-in-Chief is the Mighty Jagrafess, a being installed in the top of Satellite Five who controls all of human civilization therefrom. Cathaca, who has followed Rose and the Doctor, hears this and seizes control from a disused newsroom. She alters the enviroment controls so that the Jagrafess explodes. The human race is expected to normalize soon, and the Doctor drops Adam off back at home, where he must live a quiet life to keep his forehead chip from being discovered.


  • The sets.
  • The lowbrow hustle and bustle of meal break. The look of the extras.
  • Simon Pegg as the Editor. He takes such delight in his job.
  • That Cathaca saves the day.
  • The icy world upstairs.
  • All the computer displays and display banks. Love future human tech.
  • Never get enough of the Face of Boe.


  • Adam, but I feel like we’re supposed to dislike him.
  • Cathica’s almost infantile expressions of ambition.

Raw Caps: 643

Finished Caps: 100

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

By the way, I spotted Christine Adams, who played Cathaca in this episode, in ads for Terra Nova, the new time travel show on Fox. Have you seen it? Is it any good?

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