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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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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[to all the guests]
The Doctor: Listen to me! You people are in serious danger. You need to get out of here, right now!
Olive Woman: Don't be ridiculous. The greatest danger here is choking on an olive.
[the mutated Lazarus breaks in]
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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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