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Doctor Who 2005 - S03E06

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Location: London Date: 2008 Enemy: Professor Lazarus It looks as though Martha's odyssey is coming to an end when the Doctor drops her home, even landing the Tardis inside her lounge. But then a TV news report tickles the insatiable curiosity of our gallivanting Gallifreyan, and they're off again. So we're treated to the unusual sight of the Doc in a DJ as he escorts a glammed-up Martha to the launch of a scientific breakthrough: an eternal youth machine created by an elderly professor, Richard Lazarus. As with all weird science, the side effects are severe, but this is a very extreme case (and no, it's not suitable for tots). Doctor Who continues its game of spot the homage. Tonight's story is an enjoyable synthesis of She, The Fly and The Quatermass Experiment - even down to the final battle in a London cathedral. But despite some charming interplay between the two leads and an excellent turn from Mark Gatiss as the young and old professor, The Lazarus Experiment is a pretty conventional runaround, though the nightmarish Identikit creature is superbly realised and dedicated Whovians can look out for a "reverse the polarity" reference.

 
Episode Title: The Lazarus Experiment
Airs: 2007-05-5 at urday
  • Charlie McCollum

    If you're looking for allegorical, intriguing science fiction, this isn't it. If you're OK with rapid-fire, light-hearted dialogue with an occasional dig at politics and culture, this "Doctor Who" is your cup of tea.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    A spiffy new version.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Marilyn Moss

    Silly, sophomoric stuff that is sure to please its television audience.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sharon Eberson

    Some of the pop-culture humor and creatures owe a nod to "Farscape," but the camp level is high and can be mighty funny.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This remake achieves an Avengers-like balance of cheeky wit amid the cheesiness.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Charles McGrath

    Like so much British science fiction, especially Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, this "Doctor Who" has a goofy, homemade quality; it's less interested in gizmos than in characters.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Despite a few missteps, there's much to recommend.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joy Press

    The real disappointment of the new Who isn't its use of (slightly) slick special effects, though. It's a structural problem: Instead of stretching a storyline across a whole season, each adventure is resolved within a single episode, making this closer to your average detective series.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    It's pretty decent hokum--fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.

    Slate Full Review
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