‘The Lazarus Experiment’ (TV)

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Please feel free to comment on my review.

Lazarus and the Doctor

This episode is by Stephen Greenhorn. This is one ‘Doctor Who’ story I’ll never forget as it features a mad scientist in an experiment that goes wrong and becomes a monster in a Marvel movie-style.

The TARDIS takes Martha back home to her flat in London. It’s been 12 hours since Martha left home. The Doctor promised Martha ‘one’ trip in the TARDIS, but it’s clear she doesn’t want to leave.

Watching the news on TV, Professor Lazarus announces ‘he’s going to change what it means to be human’. This news shocks the Doctor as he goes before coming back much to Martha’s delight.

This episode has the familiar plot of a Marvel comic-superhero movie like ‘Spider-Man’; ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’. It’s cleverly structured and it’s so well-paced for a good ‘Doctor Who’ story.

Mark Gatiss guest stars as Professor Richard Lazarus, the mad scientist in this episode. It’s nice to see Mark appearing as he usually writes episodes for the series and now he gets to act in the series.

Professor Lazarus is an old man who wants to be young. He has his wish when conducting an experiment at a demo at Lazarus Laboratories. Despite a faulty demo, Lazarus becomes young again.

The Doctor and Martha see this and aren’t happy. It isn’t long before Lazarus starts to undergo a transformation where he becomes a horrible monster mutant and goes on a murderous rampage.

David Tennant is absolutely tremendous as the Doctor. He gets to wear his tuxedo again and is at his best when challenging Lazarus. The Doctor gets to know Martha more as he gets to meet her family.

Freema Aygeman is lovely as Martha when she attends the demo at Lazarus Laboratories in evening dress. Martha has an adventure in this, but finds it difficult to explain where she’s been to her family.

Martha’s family returns including Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Tish working at Lazarus Laboratories. There’s also Reggie Yates as Leo and Adjoa Andoh as Francine, Martha’s mum who also come to the demo.

Francine gets suspicious of Martha’s new friend and doesn’t like what’s going on between them. She’s determined to protect Martha and gets information from a mysterious man about the Doctor.

By the end, the Doctor invites Martha for one more trip in the TARDIS. I liked it where Martha refuses to go as she doesn’t want to just be a passenger and wants to join as a proper companion.

After a moment of misunderstanding, the Doctor agrees to let Martha come, much to her joy and happiness as she hugs him. The two leave in the TARDIS, before a messages goes on Martha’s phone.

It’s from her mum who begs her to call her and to keep away from the Doctor since she’s not safe according to information from Mr Saxon. Mr Saxon?! Who’s that then? Who could he be?

This is a great episode of ‘Doctor Who’ and is an enjoyable one with a thrilling ride. It delves deeper into Martha’s character and family background and is a great action-packed adventure where the Doctor fights a mad scientist turning into a monster in movie style. What more can you want?!

The DVD special features on this episode on ‘The Complete Series 3’ are as follows. On Disc 3, there is a trailer and commentary with David Tennant and Mark Gattis. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Monsters Inc.’.

‘The Lazarus Experiment’ rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘The Lazarus Experiment’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Mr Saxon? Who’s he then? Lol.

    Yeah another good episode, this has a hammer horror vibe to it especially the ending set in the cathedral, ok the effects look a little dated now but Mark Gatiss is perfect casting as Professor Richard Lazarus who’s arrogance will be his eventual downfall.

    Great review Tim, not a bad episode in this season so far.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hmm. Not sure. I have heard a rumour that Mr. Saxon may come back in Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’. No guarantee there. 😀

      Yeah, even I found the CGI for Lazarus’ mutated form to be rather off and not sophisticated. It should’ve been better and not a dated CGI scorpion-like hybrid. How did he become like that anyway? But still as you rightly say, Mark Gatiss is brilliant as Professor Lazarus and I like how he portrays the character in mad scientist villainous form.

      Thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you enjoyed the review.

      Tim. 🙂



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