Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 6

The Lazarus Experiment (5 May 2007)

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The famous Dr Lazarus has appeared to discover the secret of eternal youth - but do his experiments hide a sinister secret?

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A 76 year old scientist, Doctor Lazarus of LazLabs, has created a device to restore youthfulness. However, the process doesn't go as planned. The Doctor and Martha must stop Lazarus before its too late. Written by Nettie

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An old head-cast of Vincent Price was tracked down and used by 'Neil Gorton' to add an aged and wrinkled look to the prosthetics Mark Gatiss wore when playing the elderly Dr Lazarus. See more »

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When The Doctor and Martha are in Martha's apartment for the second time, a boom mic is visible in front of the police box, just above the 'Public Call' wording. See more »

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Martha Jones: [having just escaped the transformed monster that was Lazerus] Are you okay?
Tish Jones: I was gonna snog him.
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Threadbare Plot But Engaging Enough
28 July 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Malcolm Hulke was the greatest writer on the classic show in my opinion and it was he who said " when you've got the series stuck on Earth this only allows two plots: invasion from outer space or mad scientist " . Maybe that's why I've not been too keen on the rather Earth bound format of Nu-Who ? The BBC has pulled out all the stops with the visual effects in this resurrection but for some strange reason RTD thinks council housing estates and the like are somewhat exotic . What's wrong with visiting planets that don't look like a quarry in Surrey ?

With a title like The Lazarus Experiment you know exactly what you're going to get in advance - a mad scientist trying to change the laws of nature . And this is exactly what happens in a plot rather similar to THE FLY or THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT . Stephen Greenhorn's script is rather threadbare but he does write some dramatic dialogue between Lazarus and the Doctor and Mark Gatiss does give a very good performance as the doomed eponymous victim/villain . By no means a classic episode this is still fairly engaging stuff for casual viewers and die hard fans alike


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