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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The Doctor brings Martha home but decides to stay on when he hears that that very evening, a scientist will reveal a discovery that will forever change mankind. The 72-year old Dr. Lazarus host a lavish party, organized by Matha's sister Tish, to unveil his new machine. He enters it and a few moments later - with only a slight hiccup rectified by the Doctor - emerges as a young man. Everyone is amazed but the Doctor soon realize that the younger Dr. Lazarus has had his genetic code scrambled and is now a beastly creature. Meanwhile, Martha and Tish's Mum is also at the reception and not pleased that Martha has taken up with this strange man who doesn't seem to have a name. It doesn't help that someone keeps telling her that the Doctor is very bad news. Written by garykmcd

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Several of Stephen Greenhorn's initial ideas had to be discarded because they were too similar to concepts being developed either for the first season of Torchwood (2006) or (in the case of using the Thames Flood Barrier as a setting), "The Runaway Bride". See more »

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In the final sequence in the cathedral, Lazarus is crouched on the floor covered by a blanket. In different shots, the position of the blanket constantly changes from being over his shoulders to halfway down his body. See more »

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The Doctor: Using hypersonic soundwaves to create a state of resonance... That's inspired.
Professor Richard Lazarus: You understand the theory then.
The Doctor: Enough to know that you couldn't possibly have allowed for all the variables.
Professor Richard Lazarus: No experiment is entirely without risk.
The Doctor: That thing nearly exploded. You might as well have stepped into a blender.
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Lazarus rising
8 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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