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The Lazarus Effect, liveblogging it

Poor Martha, all in lurve and the Doctor doesn't see it.

Reference to Mr Saxon already!

Big reception reminiscent of that scene in the Eighth Doctor movie.

Martha's mother has the Doctor beaten!

Lots of flashing lights and switches, even smoke rising, great stuff!

And the man in the box is... Mark Gatiss!

"What it means to be human" - echoes of last week's plot, such as it was. (Also dodgy DNA science.)

Ah, he's got the munchies and the Doctor knows why...

Smart Martha, picking up DNA samples!

Hmm, old woman not attractive to newly young man. Not sure if I approve. But he's going to die, I bet; and her too.

Martha and Doctor in the lab, very sweet.

Yep, Dr Lazarus is going to die.

Oh, I didn't expect that! Cool!!!

Now he's back again, right as rain, having had his snack. And Tish is next on the menu...

Sinister waiter! Who is he? A minion of Mr Saxon?

Yay, a monster that doesn't look crap!

And escaping down a tall building - like last week, only better.

Doctor shouting at the monster - great!

Running down the corridor - great!

Martha has the sonic screwdriver - cool!

Doctor blows up the lab.

Martha's mother and the sinister waiter again. Can't lip-read but did he say "he's not human"?

Yep switching the machine on - will we get Chris Ecclestone back? No, but we get a "reverse the polarity" phrase. Good.

Dead Mark Gatiss. But for how long?

Martha's mother unable to articulate her feelings.

Yes, with a name like Lazarus of course he is going to come back from the dead.

Much better lines in this episode. Doctor v Lazarus on death and immortality. "No such thing as an ordinary human." "If you live long enough, the only certainty is that you'll end up alone."

Martha and sister up the tower. Very hunchback. And the organ as well! Fantastic!

Killed by a discord. (And a long drop.)

Martha saved not quite by the bell, but by her sister.

Goodbye scene again? Surely not.

"One more trip?" But she puts it well. Doesn't want to be an extra. Not really "just a passenger" - so what, then?

Oooh. Shiny trailer!

Anne points out that for once it was just a mad human scientist, no aliens for a change. (Though Mr Saxon...)

I'm travelling next week, so I'm glad it's postponed to the week after.

Comments

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bellinghman
May. 5th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yep. A good episode. The first time I saw the monster, I thought 'oh, God, bad CGI again, just like Father's Day'. But funnily enough, the longer we saw it, the better it got (unlike FD).

I liked the writing - modulo dodgy DNA, of course. And the whole 'reverse the effect using sound' bit wasn't over explained.

Can I just say, I think Martha is the best companion to date?
qatsi
May. 5th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Killed by a discord [sic]

You remind me of something I have hanging on the wall next to my piano. I think it might be due to Hoffnung.

Chord - Something an organist plays with one finger.
Dischord - Something an organist plays with two fingers.
ephiriel
May. 5th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yep, Dr Lazarus is going to die.

Oh, I didn't expect that! Cool!!!



Unfortunately slovobooks guessed and mentioned where he had seen it before - Superman!

On the whole can't wait for the next episode - Captain Jack :)
ang_grrr
May. 5th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
On the whole can't wait for the next episode - Captain Jack

*wrowl*

Best ep this series. And that was just the trailer at the end. :)
del_c
May. 5th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Very hunchback

Was I wrong to think "very Quatermass Xperiment"?
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del_c
May. 7th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Particularly as I see that the episode was actually titled "The Lazarus Experiment", not, as this LJ post is titled, "The Lazarus Effect", which is a Frank Herbert novel.
mscongeniality
May. 6th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Hmm, old woman not attractive to newly young man. Not sure if I approve. But he's going to die, I bet; and her too.

Actually I got the 'I don't really like you, I'm just using you' vibe from him in their first scene together so I don't get the impression that it was a sudden change of heart or because she was old, I think he just didn't like her and had planned to ditch her by outliving her. Draining all her life energy and leaving behind her dead husk was just a bonus.

At any rate, loved the episode. :)
dmw
May. 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Doctor pulled out all the stops on that one...
sammywol
May. 7th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Seriously shiny trailer! Pity about the dratted Eurovision between then and now though. Grrrr!
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