The Long Game
Here is the Guide for Parents!!
Landing 200,000 years in the future on a super-news broadcasting satellite, the Doctor, Rose, and this pretty boy that Rose picked up in Utah sniff out a mystery and meet Simon Pegg!
Everybody they bump into on the satellite is talking about getting a promotion to Floor 500. Odd. After hacking into the satellite’s computers the Doctor is discovered by the Editor (Pegg) and is then invited to visit Floor 500 himself! He finds all the poor souls who thought they were being promoted, their frozen dead bodies used as hook-ups for a giant computer. Simon Pegg monitors them all on behalf of The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe. Turns out The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe is the evil ruler of the human race, broadcasting horrifying news to maintain docility and quiet in his empire.
Rose’s boyfriend Adam, meanwhile, has been roaming around, trying to cash in on his travels through time. He uses his souped-up cell phone to call his parents, listing the best investments. That’s good enough and so he goes of the upgrade:
He basically pulls a Sports Almanac 1950-2000 swindle. Once the Doctor caught wind of this he released the young fool and revealed the high cost of discipleship.
So. Two things: The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe (Max) represents Satan, believe it or not; and Adam couldn’t resist temptation.
Max hates humanity, setting them up only to knock them down. He makes his servants think they have some power, but they’re really of no value to him. He lies, distorts, and confuses. He represents Satan in this story. I’m not saying his character was designed to do this exactly. There are just certain types of villains we have to resort to using in our stories. Max is of the Satan-type; the type that leads people away from the truth and encourages them to destruction.
The Editor asks, “Is a slave a slave if he doesn’t know he’s enslaved?” To which the Doctor simply says, “Yes.” Even if we don’t believe in devils and gods and spirits and whatever, we’re still on one spiritual side or the other. There is no middle ground – we can’t think we’re okay because we’re on Floors 1-499, unaware that we’re serving some evil alien on the next floor up.
What about Adam?
First of all, he’s an idiot.
The Doctor gave him an excellent pep talk: “The thing is, Adam, time travel is like visiting Paris. You can’t just read the guide book. You’ve got to throw yourself in, eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers – or is that just me? Stop asking questions. Go and do it!“
There is no half-way! Go for it or don’t.
After his failure was discovered by the Doctor he got dropped off, back to dull old home. He pleaded, “I just wanted to help.” The Doctor corrected his statement, “You were helping yourself.” Adam didn’t go for it. He kept one foot in the old life and that was what finally doomed him.
Before even meeting the Doctor he was getting a taste of the big life, cataloging alien tech for van Statten. The Doctor invited him to more, he accepted…conditionally. That’s just not good enough. The Doctor said all or nothing; don’t act selfishly; be on the TARDIS team. You can just hear him, “Doctor, I have kept all these things from my youth!” And the Doctor says, “One thing you lack: give up your stuff.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had a desire for great possessions.