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The Long Game
This is the seventh story of the first series of the Doctor Who revival.
Where does this fit?
This story happens immediately after the previous episode, Dalek.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London 2005. Before meeting the Doctor, Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby. In Rose (New Series Series 1), she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and she saw him blow it up. Rose then helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS. In The End of the World (New Series Series 1), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is. In the previous story, she invited Adam to join her and the Doctor on the TARDIS.
Adam Mitchell is a self-proclaimed genius, who the Doctor and Rose met in Dalek (New Series Series 1). In that story, he was working for an organisation that collected alien artefacts. At the end of that story, Rose begged the Doctor to let him join them onboard the TARDIS.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
It is probably worth watching TV]Dalek[/TV] (New Series Series 1) to see something of Adam's background, but it is not essential.