Days left till the 50th: 69
Episodes watched: 34
Today’s Episode: Lazarus Experiment
Writer: Mark Gatiss
I have a love/hate relationship with Mark Gatiss’s episodes as I have mentioned before. He is a great amazing actor… but he isn’t that great when he inserts himself here in the episode. I adore him in Sherlock, and if you haven’t sat down to watch BBC’s Sherlock with Cumberbatch… you are totally missing out on some great TV. GO WATCH!
Now back to Who. We FINALLY SEE MARTHA IN A NEW OUTFIT! surprisingly enough, after he takes her home… and looks at her “pants” that she just happened to leave drying out. Funny!
I also found it funny at the end when its clear that Gatiss is a Spinal Tap fan.. when he “Turns it up to 11” on the organ.
Finally about the funny bits… Martha’s MUM slapped the Doctor. No wonder he was hesitant to meet Donna’s mom after TWO mothers have slapped him… tee hee.
Anyway.. Gatiss does do a good job with the overall theme of this episode once you really think about it.. cheating death, and how humans do what they can to prolong their lives, while others accept death and greet it like an old friend. Some awesome quotes are thrown down by the Doctor.. “It’s not that time that matters. It’s the person. Some People live more in 20 years than others do in 80”, and this quote that makes you realize the weight of everything the Doctor has seen in his 900 something years… “I’m old enough to know that a longer life isn’t always a better one. In the end, you just get tired. Tired of the struggle. Tired of losing everyone that matters to you. Tried of watching everything turn to dust. (Squats beside Lazarus). If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you end up alone.”
Many themes are at play here, first is the biblical theme of Lazarus, as he rose from the dead and got his youth back in the bible. Thus, the whole name of the character and the experiment, however what actually happens in the episode reminds me the Ray Bradbury film… “The Sound of Thunder”. Martha actually references it back in Shakespeare Code when she mentions the short story book version, about going into the past and accidentally stepping on a butterfly and changing the future. Then you realize that’s exactly what the Doctor does, steps on TONS of butterflies. Especially Nine, after the Long Game, when he sees what he did created the Game Station in Bad Wolf in Season 1.
Here, there are more references to the film version, as the what evolution might have rejected us to look like in the past is what Lazarus eventually becomes when his freak side comes out to play. It really makes you stop and think sometimes, what if we didn’t have thumbs? What if we had four eyes? So many different choices that nature could have picked for us.. just might be locked away in our DNA? Really makes you think about life a little bit more. Also, that we are always evolving and changing, who knows what humans might look like 2,000 years from now?
Wow, Doctor Who, just a silly scifi show can really make you think about stuff sometimes!