The Lazarus Experiment

 

My assessment of  this episode is  that it was okay, neither particularly bad nor good. Whenever a lot of attention gets paid to CGI special effects it seems that the story is the weaker for it. It can’t be denied that the special effects themselves were excellent and the fact that we’re seeing this sort of money being paid by the BBC in making Doctor Who, after all those years of neglect, is something to be grateful for, and reassured by.

The story was a familier one, with roots going back to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll_and_Mr._Hyde”>The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In fact Lazarus’s final death scene was very reminisant  of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Creeping Man and more recently the various versions of The Fly.

As Professor Richard Lazarus was an unpleasant character to start with it meant that this story lacked the distinct demarcation between good and evil, between man and the monster within, that was contained in the Stevenson classic, and it thus lost any opportunity for pathos that it might have had.

The Lazarus Experiment served mainly as a convenient platform from which to launch a number of elements that will no doubt prove significant when the Doctor finally confronts the Master at some point later in the series. The most signifcant of these is the constant reference to Mr Saxon. There may be clues in the name that suggest his true identity, and the comparison, suggested by the Doctor, between Lazarus’s regeneration technique (financed by Mr. Saxon) to that of the Time Lords may prove important if the continuity between the Master in the Classic series and the new series is maintained.   

 



4 comments


    prof

    May 7, 2007

    Two quotes caught my attention. The definitive opening where the Doctor says, “hang on a minute, didn’t he say that he’s going to change what it means to be human?!” The essence of SF in one quip. The other great quote was the damning indictment of the hard scientist in Lazarus, “you think history is only made with equations?”. Marvellous.

    theagingfanboy

    May 7, 2007

    I loved the comment (something like): “It shouldn’t take so long to change the polarity!”

    I dream of a Dr Who/Star Trek crossover.

    Martin

    May 7, 2007

    I preferred the comment about The Doctor being called a science geek and not knowing what one was. But, he seemed to like the term none the less.

    And be careful about giving away spoilers.

    Dai

    May 7, 2007

    In the episode Lazarus’ regeneration was proactive, i.e. before he died, whereas the biblical version is reactive.

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