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
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 »
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 »
[to all the guests]
Listen to me! You people are in serious danger. You need to get out of here, right now!
Don't be ridiculous. The greatest danger here is choking on an olive.
[the mutated Lazarus breaks in]
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12 hours after Martha and the Doctor left for that promised 'one trip' at the tail end of episode one they arrive back in her time. He plans to merely drop her off, but gets intrigued by a news conference that has a professor, Martha's sister by his side, proclaiming he's made a new scientific discovery that will change humanity. He decides to stay for a bit to see what that's all about and thus begins the new adventure.
The story in this episode is nothing overtly special, in fact it's a very simple straight-forward mad professor and his monster creation tale. But after the overly convoluted mess that was the previous Dalek two-part fiasco, this was a breath of fresh air. Sure there are a some thongs that don't work. (the CGI-monster is merely mediocre, Martha's mum is a pale imitation of Rose's, etcetera...) But it's still enjoyable. Plus Mark Gatiss is brilliant as Lazarus.
My Grade: B-
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