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DOCTOR WHO – Episode 3.6 "The Lazarus Experiment" WRITER: Stephen Greenhorn DIRECTOR: Richard Clark CAST: David Tennant (The Doctor) Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones) Reggie Yates (Leo Jones) Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones) Mark Gatiss (Professor Richard Lazarus) Thelma Barlow (Lady Thaw) Lucy O'Connell (Party Guest) Bertie Carvel (Mysterious Man) Martha arrives back home, only to find that her sister Tish is work ing for Professor Lazarus, a man who appears to have obtained immortality... After the entertaining, yet ultimately underwhelming Dalek two-parter, the adventure continues courtesy of writer Stephen Clark (creator of Scottish soap River City ) with The Lazarus Experiment. Mark Gatiss, himself a writer for the show, stars as the eponymous Lazarus, a 76-year-old genius who invents a machine that appears to be the fountain of youth. During his launch party one evening, Lazarus gives a demonstration of his system and accidentally unleashes a monster within... The Lazarus Experiment is pure and simple stuff from writer Clark, not particularly concerned with giving audiences anything more than an honest and straight-forward story. The entire episode is just an elongated chase with a CGI monster (a skeletal scorpion with a human face), although it was nice to see Martha's family given some development. Unlike Rose's family, Martha's clan seem to be more interesting already. It's particularly nice to see sister Tish (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and brother Leo (Reggie Yates) avoiding the "annoying hanger-on" trap that ruined Noel Clark's Mickey in series 1 and 2. But it was even better to find that Martha's mother Franchine (the excellent Adjoa Andoh) is opposed to her daughter's relationship with The Doctor, a neat juxtaposition to Jackie Tyler's flummoxed approval, especially considering how dangerous being a companion to The Doctor clearly is! Without the layering of series 3 mythology (we even get clearer mention of the mysterious Mr Saxon), this episode would be a competent but ultimately hollow experience. This is by-the-numbers stuff that doesn't offer any surprises. If anything it made me frustrated by how The Doctor's all-purpose sonic screwdriver can be manipulated each week to do anything -- here it restructures DNA over sound waves and can locate a monster! Lazy writing, I've always though. Overall, The Lazarus Experiment is perfectly entertaining fluff with a nice performance from Mark Gatiss, some impressive visuals and a finale that just about eradicate your memory of how shallow everything else has been. This is good honest fun for kids, interesting for fans with its nudges of mythology, but hardly essential viewing.
THE GOOD 1. Mark Gatiss -- another preening villain in the Doctor Who tradition. 2. Some great FX for the creature, 90% of the time. 3. Great use of the Jones family, particularly mother Francine. 4. Fans will get a kick out of the Mr Saxon mythology coming into play. 5. David Tennant (as usual) and Adjoa Andoh as Francine Jones. 6. The extended trailer shown at the end of the episode, with clips from the rest of series 3. It certainly looks fantastic, with plenty of stunning effects, the return of Jack Harkness and a look at Mr Saxon (John Simm).
THE BAD 1. A very, very predictable and unsurprising plot. The premise itself has also been done to death. 2. An overuse of the "writer's crutch" (sorry, sonic screwdriver)
THE GEEKY 1. Lazarus is a biblical character mentioned in John 11:41-44, whom Jesus raised from the dead. 2. The Doctor references Spinal Tap with his "have to turn it up to eleven" line, used in the famous spoof movie about volume levels on an amplifier. 3. Professor Lazarus mentions being born above a butcher's shop. Actor Mark Gatiss is famous as part of comedy troupe The League Of Gentlemen and one of this most popular characters, Hillary Briss, was a murderous local butcher. 4. Setting 754 on a sonic screwdriver will unlock doors. 5. Mark Gatiss is one of the few people to both write and star in Doctor Who. He wrote the revived series episodes The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern, after penning numerous New Adventures novels. He also appeared in various Who-related sketches before the show's re-launch in 2005. 6. The Lazarus Labs logo of multiple circles is very similar to the Gallifreyan writing system. Was this intentional? It would seem so if the Mysterious Man's connections to Mr Saxon reveal him to be Time Lord adversary The Master. 7. The Doctor mentions it shouldn't have taken him long to "reverse the polarity", a phrase often used by the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) RATING: 3 / 5 IN 2 WEEKS: The Doctor must uncover saboteurs aboard a spaceship hurtling out of control towards a sun...






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  • May 5, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    First?

    by magnius

    Cool...my first first? Anyway...shit episode...sorry but it was :(

  • May 5, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Second

    by mfitt

    The end clip was extended? Crap! I thought everything was happening in 2 weeks time! Damm the Eurovision Song Contest.

  • May 5, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Dr. Who ain't all that bad, BUT...

    by Red43jes

    I agree, there is some lazy writing in it. So far, this season hasn't set my world on fire. They need to crank it up...

  • May 5, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I think this seasons getting really good..

    by Gabba-UK

    The sonic screwdriver has ALWAYS been a writer 's crutch for the show. At least in new Who they've poked fun at that fact a couple of times. Was that just an extended clip from the rest of the series?? I was rather hoping that all that was happening next week to make up for the Eurovision Song Contest. Bloody Hell!

  • May 5, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Bad effects tonight. It was The Rock from The Mummy 2

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Honest/ A giant, badly done scorpion was tonights baddie.

  • May 5, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Eurivision

    by artichoke

    Can I just point outm that Dr Who wasnt delayed for a week by the Eurovision song contest. thats been shown at 8pm every year since at least the 60's. Its shown all over europe at the same time. Its the fault of that dreadful reality show Any Dream Will Do. Death to Abdrew Lloyd Webber.

  • May 5, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    And I also think...

    by artichoke

    ...that this series has been the best so far. Ive not watched a bad episode. Tho the CGI monster in tonights Ep was dreadful [thats the only mona i have about it tho!]

  • May 5, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    GOOD EPISODE

    by DECKERS

    I understand what the reviewer means by the straightforward telling. It was nice not have the obvious RTD brand of pseudo political/social/sexual messages rammed down our throats, but instead given a classy sc-fi story. The montage at the end was veeery enticing-bring on Sam Tyler:-)

  • May 5, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I thought the monster was...

    by Gabba-UK

    much better than the Rock from Mummy Returns and on a TV budget too. But that's my opinion.

  • May 5, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I thought the monster was...

    by F69

    Ripped straight out of Resident Evil. Also, the Doctor uses the vibrations of the bell to defeat the monster... For some reason I just got a weird sense of Deja Vu.

  • May 5, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Top stuff.

    by livrule

    Best episode of the series so far ... The second half of the season looks incredible.

  • May 5, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    The Writing has been off this season.

    by mistergreen

    The writing in season 1 & 2 have been better...

  • May 5, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Bleah

    by kentrel

    You could tell from the start this was going to be about de-aging as soon as you saw Lazarus with his god-awful BBC budget quality makeup on.

  • May 5, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    the creature FX...

    by danowen

    ... impressed me. Great for a TV budget and certainly better than The Scorpion King (which it closely resembled) -- although it didn't have an entire upperbody to render. Still, great stuff and the s3 trailer was superb. The shot with John Simm rapping away on his desk with a gas mask on was spine-tingling! What's going on there? Some kind of morse code? Isn't Simm The Master -- if so, why was he so helpless looking? Very interesting....

  • May 5, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Greenhorn not Clark

    by danowen

    I'll correct my own mistake before some clever-clogs spots it ;-) I meant Greenhorn in the review. The director's surname was Clark. Oops.

  • May 5, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    De-aging

    by supertoyslast

    You could tell the episode was going to be about de-aging from the trailers. And, knowing that it was Gatiss under there, I was reasonably impressed by the make-up. The monster, less so. But there were still a couple of good shots - such as when the camera twists upside-down as the monster runs down the corridor.<P>I also loved Martha and the Doctor crammed together inside the machine with only the sonic screwdriver for company. "What are you doing?" "Improvising!" Gotta love any innuendo featuring a sonic screwdriver. And it may be a crutch, but no more so than the all-purpose handheld scanners in Star Trek.<P>Link for the "Coming Up" trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/2hv9lc And anyone catch the clip from "42" on Parkinson? Looks pretty good to me. "I'll save you!"

  • May 5, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I think Simm was tapping his own alien heartbeat out.

    by Smashing

    " hearts equals 4 raps maybe?, I enjoyed tonight's show, the family interactions where really good and the monster quiet a nod to the homunculus from the League movie, I agree that it looked pretty good and if I was young it would have made me jump, sadly I am 33 and it made me skin up, still fun episode and the Doctor hardly did his Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque "nooooooo" that's become his series 3 trade yell. So jack is not back next week then?, sneaky, and taking it off for the Eurovision, please BBC have some pretence of standards you have shafted sci fi since TNG in 1989, removing it week after week for tennis?, you make me pay for 4 channels utilise one of them please.

  • May 5, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    David Tennant...

    by Specktron

    ...must surely be uncomfortable now with the feeling of the Sonic Screwdriver yet again in the palm of his hand. unless he's done porn before.

  • May 5, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The BBC has lost it

    by ElPaw

    Neighbours that is.

  • May 5, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    A Bit Spider-Manish?

    by DarthDooku

    Anyone have feelings of Spider-Man when watching this? A mutated man-creature, a bell tower, and weaknesses for noise.... however, good episode.

  • May 5, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Quatermass homage...

    by palimpsest

    ...all the way through. Scientist gets mutated by messing with things he doesn't understand? Check. Climax in cathedral? Check. Basically a one-episode doff of the cap to 1950s Brit sci-fi series Quatermass, though none the less enjoyable for that. Fairly straightforward story, but reasonable effects, both practical and CGI, good work from the always entertaining Mark Gatiss, the principals were on top form as well, plus a couple of nods to the expanding Saxon story arc, Freema Agyeman in a little black dress, a few throwaway James Bond references (including some neat musical cues) and a lovely cameo from a Brit soap veteran. A perfectly entertaining 45 minutes, ta very much. Grumbles? Calling the scientist "Lazarus" was a bit much. The two weeks wait for the next episode is awkward, but the next episode should be a good one. It's called "42", is set on a spaceship on a collision course with a star, and is in real time (42 minutes in the show, you see). Personally, I can't wait...

  • May 5, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I just saw it... it wasn't bad.

    by mistergreen

    IT was good.. The monster had a good human story behind it. Next episode looks pretty good..Captain Jack is back. And Derrick Jacobi is in it!

  • May 5, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    The trailer was for the REST OF SEASON 3

    by performingmonkey

    It wasn't just for the next episode, in fact there seemed to be only a couple of shots from episode 7 with most coming from the finale and the 8/9 two-parter. They made this trailer to appease people who are pissed off that it isn't on next week. This was an OK episode, only anything more due to the setups for later on and Mark Gatiss facing off against Tennant. Unfortunately they over-relied on the CG creature. In fact, this was one of those episodes where everything just ceases to matter once a CG creature appears, it's like an episode shark-jumping moment. Although kudos to the writer for having the sheer BALLS to try to explain why he turns into this scorpion-like thing - it's because, apparently, humans had the potential to evolve into that, and it's still hidden in our genetic structure!

  • May 5, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Ait like TNG's Genesis

    by Smashing

    Look Troi is a frog.

  • May 6, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Didn't hate, didn't love it...

    by Kelvington

    overall it was OK, I think it could have been just as effective if Gatiss would have just had a practical tail or his hands would have morphed into life sucking devices. The sonic screw driver needs a rest, just like the Daleks. I thought the guy was tapping out the Doctor Who Theme... da da da dunt...da da da dunt...da da da dunt... This family thing with the mum slapping him was great, nice moment remembering CE's slap by Rose's mum. The rest of it was eh. Not terrible. Nice body count for a small episode though. And when he killed his wife, I was reminded of the scene from "About Schmidt" where Jack goes when did I wake up next to this old woman. How does Saxton know about the Doctor? Is this guy the master's assistant or what? And what did he say? Everyone already knows death surrounds the Doctor. He's the Jessica Fletcher of the UK. No surprise there.

  • May 6, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Great fun

    by wizzstick

    Good episode - very Marvel comics mad professor story. Loving the Coming Up trailer - check it out on: http://freemaagyeman.com/news/2007/05/05/doctor-who-series-three-special-preview/

  • May 6, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    spectacularly mediocre...

    by lynxpro

    The cgi was better than most SciFi Channel Original Pictures, but there wasn't enough drama. The whole black tie affair seemed so much an homage to the TVM that I expected to see a berillium (sic) atomic clock somewhere in there. Gatiss resembles Peter Davison so much that they missed an opportunity to have dropped a bomb-shell that Lazarus had spliced a bit of The Doctor's DNA with his...but I guess that would have confused "new" viewers as well as trashing the idea that we all are hidden monsters due to our leftover junk DNA.

  • May 6, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap

    by Thomas Cromwell

    Forget the Empty Child Zombies, the Daleks, the Beast or the Lazarus monster the sight of Mr Saxon tapping away was the creepiest thing i've seen in Dr Who so far. Maybe its John Simm's dead, reptillian eyes?

  • May 6, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST

    We're skipping a week for the fucking Eurovision crap ?

    by RobinP

    Does anybody else feel that the BBC is deliberately scuppering Dr Who ? Look at the evidence - a major Dr Who spoiler actually given away on the cover of the BBC's listings magazine but NOWHERE else ! We skip a week to accomodate the Eurovision Song Contest - now - by their own admission, around half a million people watch this talent show which should've been scrapped 2 decades ago against the 3-4 million that watch Dr Who on average. Am I alone in thinking this makes absolutley NO sense at all ? I'm beginning to feel that Dr Who is being treated with the same contempt by the BBC as it was in the eighties when it was deliberately targeted for cancellation after their own budgetary sabotage. We pay a licence fee to fund these fuckers. How can they get away with this ? On the other hand - good episode, and yes, I did catch the Gallifreyan symbols. What the hell is up with Martha's mom's eyebrows ? Are they a special effect ?

  • May 6, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    (Makes RobinP a nice cup of tea)

    by palimpsest

    Actually it makes total sense. Eurovision, total bunch of shite that it is, is a once-a-year event that attracts gazillions of viewers (your figures on this are just plain made up). If you run DOCTOR WHO earlier than 7pm, then viewing figures for that drop off. So you hold the episode back a week. Eurovision fans get their annual fix of campy awful song contestness (if you're unfamiliar with Eurovision, it's like a once-a-year live international X FACTOR thing that's been running for half a century), and all you have to do is wait seven days. Your comments on the BBC's treatment of WHO are similarly ill-thought out. WHO is the BBC's best-rated non-soap drama, and a linchpin of Saturday schedules. To run it earlier on a night when viewers are guaranteed by Eurovision would be stupid, and a waste of the programme. The BBC actually realise this, and are waiting accordingly...

  • May 6, 2007, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I still want a licence fee refund, damnit !

    by RobinP

    And that's two sugars with a little drop of milk, thank you. Really - this winds me up EVERY year whether Dr Who is on or not....gazillions of viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest? Only Terry Wogan's decrepit fan club and maybe relatives of whoever's representing the UK. Conspiracy, I tell you. CONSPIRACY !!!! (Uh...got a digestive to go with the tea ?)

  • May 6, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    HAROLD SAXON...

    by moobit

    ...Mr Saxon's real name-how does that translate, anagram fans??

  • May 6, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Eurovision wasn't always crap

    by Vadakin

    But when the public vote came in, it became more about the flair than the songs...plus everyone votes for neighbouring countries. <p> If they got rid of the public vote and wen back to selected judges in each counry, it would be a lot better but that won't happen because phone voting rakes in a lot of money. Eurovision used to be a big thing in Ireland but now it's just a joke. <p> Anyways, regarding Who... <p> The episode was ok, certainly not essential viewing...it's the BBC equivelant of a "filler" episode that has a small bit of info regarding a future plot. <p> About the Master...isn't he supposed to be dead? I know he had the whole bodysnatching thing going on in the TV movie, but even if he is alive...he's not a Time Lord anymore is he? Physically I mean. I wonder how they're going to explain it all...maybe they'll just ignore it (like ignoring the "half-human" Doctor from the movie). <p> However the get round the problem with bringing the Master back, I think he should be the "mysterious man" from this weeks episode and that he should regenerate into Sam Tyler...I mean John Simm, setting up the finale, but that won't happen. <p> And just for the few people who doubt the Master's return... Mister Saxon. = Master no. Six (is it really the sixth version of the Master?) <p> And what about what's her name? Romana (think that was her name), did she die in the Time War? I'd kinda like to see her back as well.

  • May 6, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    (opens a packet of Hobnobs)

    by palimpsest

    Biscuit (or cookie, if you insist on being American), anyone?

  • May 6, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Moobit

    by Vadakin

    As I said above...Mister Saxon=Master no Six...not sure where Harold fits in though.

  • May 6, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Harold...

    by palimpsest

    ...it may mean nothing, but Harold was the last Saxon King of England. He was the one that got the arrow in the eye off William the Conquerer at the Battle of Hastings in 1066...

  • May 6, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Halrold from Neighbours is the new master ???

    by dj_bollocks

    Well that was weird...

  • May 6, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    View the trailer on youtube

    by ElPaw

    http://tinyurl.com/2xn2o9

  • May 6, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    if you live in Ireland as I do and you watch Eurovison

    by emeraldboy

    As i dont. the persons to blame for irelands disastrous Eurovision entries apart from RTE. is linda Martin. This woman hasnt got a clue. Every year ireland sends these moronic balladeers over to Eurovision on the basis Eurovision loves ballads. they dont they love performance. Anyone who saw that hysterical yet very cruel moment on Podge and rodge where the allowed nevergonnabies donna and joe to sing their song then cut to commeercial was great cause it summed up how indifferent WE are to Eurovision. I remember when on one show martin oblivious to the fact they were brother and sister order to act like a couple in love by keeping eye contact. Bizaare!

  • May 6, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Linda Martin

    by Vadakin

    It's not just her...it's the whole process of doing a pop idol style competition for Eurovision where all the songs are ballads. <p> But ballads don't win anymore...Eurovision isn't about the best song these days, it's about putting on a show and the public vote has meant that the best songs will probably never win. <p> Go back to the height of Irish success in the 90's, we had some pretty cool songs actually, but these days, you could write the greatest song ever and it wouldn't win, all because of the public vote. <p> Eurovision is a joke now.

  • May 6, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    So Eurovision just like that crap American Idol?

    by ComputerGuy68

    Never understand how people could watch that stuff... <p> Not a bad episode, I imagine Saxon has the Torchwood files on The Doctor. That may have been a Torchwood agent talking to the walking eyebrow, er Martha's Mother...

  • May 6, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Ireland nees to bring back My Lovely Horse

    by F69

    I'd vote for it.

  • May 6, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    The tardis has room for three.

    by Filmrage

    Tonights episode was boring . . but . . . . Marthas sister is smoking hot. When she ran off with Martha and the Doc i thought my dream was gonna come true and she was gonna get sucked into the Doctors psychotic lifestyle along with Martha. Man I'd love to see her tagging along. Martha is hawt, has a great ass but her sis is pretty hawt too.

  • May 6, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    If Saxon is called Harold...

    by Thomas Cromwell

    ...then perhaps the Doctor is called William Norman? And perhaps the rythmn that Saxon is tapping out is a reference to the penultimate episode 'The Sound of Drums'? (best name ever!)

  • May 6, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    ...Spinal Tap ref..

    by Ron Burgandy

    ..turning the Church organ up to 11...lovin it. Vadakin...you're along the right path on what u wanna see POSS Spoiler... Sir Derek Jacobi (spotted in the trailer) is rumoured to be the master who will regenerate into John Simm - i.e Saxon. Nae a bad episode, cheesy fun which is what Who is all about.

  • May 6, 2007, noon CST

    BBC trailers are great

    by danowen

    The team do a wonderful job with the Doctor Who trailers. They're usually 10x better than the actual episodes! Stuff from the previous 6 episodes looked EPIC in the initial s3 trailers. It's a shame that the actual content of the episodes has to please the under-10s sometimes, as the trailers satisfy my twentysomething hunger for Who more than many of the eps :-( The shot of Simm tapping out his own heartbeat (that has to be the answer) was, I agree, the creepiest thing ever... I hope it's just as creepy in the context of the episode!

  • May 6, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    RE Spoilers

    by fleegle7

    if anyone is interested I met someone who worked on the Dr Who production who in his drunken state told me the story arc for end of the series and the identity of Saxon - (major spoilers but am not sure how to write invisi text to hide it from anyone who doesnt want to know)

  • May 6, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    John Simm in gas mask

    by DoctorTom

    maybe he is the Master, post-Curse of Fatal Death (with RTD conveniently ignoring all the Doctor deaths). He could be recently back from the planet Tersurus, where CoFD showed they communicate by farting, and he's trying to get his nose to recover. One thing that probably should have been mentioned in the Trivia section: Not only is Mark Gatiss one of the few to both write and act in Doctor Who, but he is one of the few people ever to have played both the Doctor (in the BBC2 sketches - the Web of Caves bit) and the Master (in one of the Doctor Who Unbound audios). Sir Derek Jacobi is another, sort of - and we'll have him in this season also.

  • May 6, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    palimpsest...

    by moobit

    Good bit of info there- nice one. Not sure how it would fit into the Who-niverse, but it'd be good if they managed it somehow... BTW: I’d love a Hobnob-especially if they’re Chocolate ones... mmmm.....

  • May 6, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Neill hannon is writing

    by emeraldboy

    a musical which will open in the west end next year.

  • May 6, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    F69...

    by moobit

    LOL-DRRINK!!

  • May 6, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    what if Harold Saxon is King Harold?

    by lynxpro

    I still think it would be a better twist if Saxon turned out to be a more sinister version of The Meddling Monk. That would jive since RTD likes The Master as a character about as much as Sam Raimi likes Venom. Then again, maybe the BBC overruled RTD just as Sony overruled Raimi.

  • May 6, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    fleegle7

    by Shan

    Maybe you could put that information in The Zone in the Doctor Who thread.

  • May 6, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Master theory...

    by danowen

    I'm not sure it's as simple as The Master coming back. Tennant has indicated in many interview it's not as simple as "another Time Lord". Is Jack Harkness' DNA somehow spliced with The Master's after the finale of s1 (the reason for his "immortality"). Is Saxon actually an alien with knowledge of Gallifreyan technology, who wants to become a Time Lord by using Jack's DNA and the DNA-altering Lazarus-style technology...? Something cleverer than "The Master is back" is going on, I reckon. He was, after all, destroyed in the TARDIS in the 96-TVM (which is canon, otherwise DT would be the 9th Doc, not the 10th)...

  • May 6, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The Saxon Anagram....

    by CloneRangerUK

    ....I heard that Mister Saxon = Master No. Six refers to the fact that this will be the sixth actor to play The Master in the series history: Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt (The Deadly Assasin), Geoffrey Beevers (Keeper of Traken), Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts (TVM) and...?? (John Simm?) - which makes sense to me, but if Derek Jacobi is also the the Master pre-Simm (although isn't Jacobi touted as being called 'The Professor'?), then that scuppers that theory a bit! Thought the episode was okay, albeit a bit simplistic. Thought the creature was quite a nasty creation, would be a bit scary for kids I should think. Shades of Patrick from Species 2 springs to mind & that upside down POV shot in the corridor reminiscent of Alien 3 to me....

  • May 6, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Master/Boe

    by supertoyslast

    At this stage I'm going to guess that Saxon is in some way the Master. It seems that the Doctor is the last of his species, but he is also not alone. I think some part of the Master survived (his psychic force or whatnot) and inhabited Saxon. Whatever it is, it should be reasonably simple. Or simple enough for a general audience to understand after a basic explanation. What intrigues me more is the notion that the Face of Boe's story is not yet complete and we will find out who he is. Will this somehow be tied in to Saxon?

  • May 6, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Could it be Omega??

    by Kelvington

    Maybe instead of it being The Master, could it be another timelord like Rassilon or Omega? We haven't seen their lot in a while?

  • May 6, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    So King Harold got an arrow in the eye.

    by Smashing

    And the master was last seen being sucked into the eye of harmony, tenuous?

  • May 6, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Saxon

    by Vadakin

    After watching the latest episode, I kind of assumed that the machine to make people young again was funded by Saxon because he is the Master and the Master has always been obsessed with finding ways to gain more regenerations and stay alive...by the way...last episode before the season finale...final scene: <p> INT. Saxon's office <p> THe Doctor and Martha watch helplessly, detained by security guards as Saxon begins to convulse in his chair, his body seemingly tearing itself apart. <p> MARTHA What is it? What's happening to him? <p> The Doctor doesn't answer. His eyes are transfixed on the sight before him, watching as Saxon becomes enveloped in a bright light, energy within his body being released. <p> MARTHA (CONT'D) Doctor? <p> THE DOCTOR It can't be...he's...he's regenerating. <p> MARTHA He's what? <p> Suddenly the light fades. Saxon has changed. A New body, a new face...a Time Lord reborn. The Doctor stares at Saxon, his eyes widening as he slowly begins to realise... <p> DOCTOR No... <p> SAXON Hello Doctor. <p> DOCTOR You're supposed to be dead. <p> SAXON Sorry to disappoint you. <p> MARTHA Will someone please tell me what's going on? <p> SAXON Go ahead Doctor...tell her who I am. <p> MARTHA What's he talking about Doctor? Who is he? <p> THe Doctor looks at Martha for a moment, his face showing total shock and confusion as he tries to understand how what has occured is even possible. He then glares back at Saxon <p> DOCTOR The Master... <p> (Cue Doctor Who music...end credits)

  • May 6, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Ahh

    by Vadakin

    Damn, forgot to put the dialogue in different paragraphs...anyways, all caps means the person who's taling, and the line in normal lettering after it is he dialogue.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    was that old lady that lazurs eats

    by INWOsuxRED

    the bitch Jedi librarian from Attack of the Clones? Either way, some of the character stuff was fun, but this was a pretty weak episode. A big dumb cgi monster does seem to be the jump the shark moment for new Who episodes. The rest of the season looks promising. The scarecrows look good.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Why not leave earth more??

    by cooper2000

    Why, in the new show, don't they travel to different planets, like they did in the old show?

  • May 7, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Earth...

    by palimpsest

    ... because a) it's cheaper b) RTD's on record as saying he prefers Earth-set reasons as it's easier for a non sci-fi audience to buy into the drama and c) because The Doctor likes humans, feels protective towards Earth, and believes he is the last of his kind and lonely as hell. Besides, it helps set WHO apart. Plenty of series do space travel all the time (and let's face it , who cares if it's the 21st or 211th century on Planet Zonko, so time travel doesn't come across that well in alien environments) but WHO likes time travel as its gimmick...

  • May 7, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Valeyard & JKR

    by ROBE

    Mr Saxon might be the Valeyard? David Tennant did hint at something inbetween and the Valeyard was an evil incarnation between the Doctor's future 12th and 13th (final) incarnations. As for JKR writing an episode of the 4th (or 30th) season of Doctor Who, RTD said they had three new writers which he was calling Geordie, Old and Blonde. Based on this evidence I presume Geordie is from Newcastle, Old is a writer from the old series and Blonde is blonde. As JKR is blonde there is the possibility it could be her, then again maybe not?

  • May 7, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Another thing - Why no TARDISODES ?

    by RobinP

    I loved those little teasers.They were great fun last year...where are they now ? Why cancel them ?

  • May 7, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Something in-between

    by gothfae

    As Tennant said Both he and Boe are right. Technically The Master is no longer a Time Lord. He ceased to be a Time Lord when he first took over the Keeper of Traken.

  • May 7, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Heavy hints

    by John Nefastis

    Would be interesting if the whole The Master / Mister Saxon / Dr Who's Brother / John Simm thing did turn out to be a massive read herring. But the hints have been pretty clunking so far. It's hard not to have been struck by the fact that pretty much the first words Martha and the Doctor spoke to each other were: MARTHA "Have you got a brother or something?" DOCTOR: "No.... not any more...."

  • May 8, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Daleks can climb stairs

    by platelet

    Master number six my a*** 1. Delgado 2. Pratt 3. Beevers 4. Ainley 5. Tipple 6. Roberts 7. Jacobi 8. Simms Still good episode, we had running up / down corridors, running up / down stairs, some good shouting from the doctor, and an escape using the sonic screwdriver. what more can you ask for. 42 is too scary to be moved pre 7:00pm, it's not fear of losing viewers. And finally, every week some troll posts a comment about Daleks and stairs - how many episodes do they have to make with daleks going up stairs before you get the point?