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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When The Doctor mentions, "It shouldn't take that long to reverse the polarity. I must be out of practice", it is a reference to Jon Pertwee, who played the Third incarnation of The Doctor, whose very frequent solution to problems was to yell (and then do) "Reverse the Polarity!" 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: Really shouldn't take that long just to reverse the polarity. I must be a bit out of practice.
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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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