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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The Doctor: You're a joke, Lazarus. A footnote in the history of failure!
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A simple tale, wonderfully executed
5 May 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"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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