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Published on May 3rd, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

The Lazarus Experiment Preview

No doubt news has permeated that Doctor Who takes a week off on May 12th to accommodate Eurovision – but fret less…

According to the Official Doctor Who site, there may well be a surprise in store at the end of The Lazarus Experiment.

More on this weeks Doctor Who first, however, and there’s a nice feature from ichuddersfield.co.uk about guest star Thelma Barlow. Barlow, 77, is best known to UK TV viewers as Mavis Riley/Wilton from Coronation Street, and she appears in The Lazarus Experiment as Lady Sylvia Thaw, wife of Mark Gatiss’ Dr Lazarus.

“When my friends said that a part in Doctor Who would be good on my CV, I thought: `What do I need a CV for at my time of life?’

“But then I realised the character Lady Thaw is probably the nearest I could get to Lady Macbeth, whom I’ve always wanted to play.

“And my grandchildren would never forgive me if I didn’t do this. It’s good cred for them at school.”

And let’s add to that with a bit of background for the episode…

In the episode, The Doctor’s sidekick, Martha Jones, returns home as Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who continues.

This could be the end of her travels with the Doctor.

When she discovers her family is caught up in the scheming of Professor Lazarus and his Genetic Manipulation Device, it becomes a fight for survival, as human DNA twists into monstrous form.

So we’ll end on that message from the BBC site:

…Even though there’s no episode on 12 May 2007, the Doctor Who team have been working away feverishly to prepare a special treat for you at the end of this week’s episode, The Lazarus Experiment.

Hopefully it’ll make the wait for 42 seem a little shorter.

You’ll also be able to to see it here on the website as soon as it’s been on TV, and possibly behind the red button too if we can sort things out in time…

Hmmm… could it be a free Mavis-shaped lollipop?

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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