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
Mr. Saxon Reference: Throughout the episode, Mr. Saxon is brought up by Professor Lazarus, as one of his confidants and supporters of the experiment. Also, Francine Jones begs Martha not to go with the Doctor, that she's heard terrible things about him from "Mr. Saxon himself". See more »
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 »
"The Lazarus Experiment" is a solid, highly entertaining episode from writer Stephen Greenhorn. Returning Martha to her home, 12 hours after she left on her intergalactic travels, The Doctor's interest is raised by Dr. Lazarus' claims of changing forever what it means to be human.
Lazarus is played by "Doctor Who" fanatic and "The League of Gentlemen" star Mark Gatiss. Gatiss is always superb and his portrayal of the ageing scientist given a major face-lift is excellent.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is cute as a button as Martha's younger sister, Tish, while Adjoa Andoh plays the mother role to perfection.
The special effects take centre stage in "The Lazarus Experiment". Neill Gorton's makeup effects are as realistic as ever and the CGI work from The Mill gives the episode a Hollywood feel. The Lazarus creature is a marvellous design and the dynamic action scenes are jaw-dropping for a UK television production.
While this is a simple enough tale, the story continues the Mr. Saxon arc, really building up the suspense factor.
The future episodes look like absolute crackers from the sneak preview. Strap yourself in for what appears to be a true roller-coaster ride with the return of a familiar face...
9 out of 10. Great fun.
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