TARDIS Index File

Richard Lazarus

Richard Lazarus
Old Lazarus
Species: Human
Job: Professor
Affiliated with: Lazarus Laboratories
Place of origin: London
Appearances: TV: The Lazarus Experiment, TV: Human Nature, TV: The Sound of Drums, WC: Destiny's Door
Main actor: Mark Gatiss
Memorable moment
Inside Lazarus' Machine - Doctor Who - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC02:57

Inside Lazarus' Machine - Doctor Who - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC

Another memorable moment
Turn this up to eleven - Doctor Who - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC04:20

Turn this up to eleven - Doctor Who - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC

Behind the scenes video
Mark Gatiss' Monster Mask - Doctor Who Confidential - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC01:35

Mark Gatiss' Monster Mask - Doctor Who Confidential - The Lazarus Experiment - Series 3 - BBC

Professor Richard Lazarus was a man who craved immortality.

Biography edit

Childhood edit

Lazarus was only a child during World War II but had vivid memories of it. He hid in Southwark Cathedral during the London Blitz with others. He sat in the crypt, the living amongst the dead and feared death. His childhood home was destroyed in the bombing.

Genetic manipulation edit

Lazarus built a Genetic Manipulation Device with financial backing from Harold Saxon. It took him many years to complete, and he was seventy-six years old when he finished it. When interviewed on television, he spoke of how his experiment would "change what it means to be human."

The head of PR, Tish Jones, organised an unveiling of the experiment. He stepped into the machine when it was activated. Despite engineering faults, the machine worked, taking thirty years off his age. He stepped out a younger man.

After effects edit

Unbeknownst to Richard, the process had activated dormant genes in his DNA. They refused to settle down and he transformed into an alternate evolution of humanity which fed on human life energy. In this form he killed his associate, Sylvia Thaw, draining her of life. Lazarus then returned to human form. He needed still more for the mutation to stabilise, so he took Tish up to the roof, intending to drain her. The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones interrupted them and ran from him as he again mutated. He chased them down to the main room where he drained another victim.

Towering over

Lazarus mutates into a hideous creature, thanks to an evolutionary throwback. (TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

The Doctor distracted him, leading him to a lab where he caused an explosion. This only angered Lazarus, who continued his pursuit. Martha and the Doctor hid within the Genetic Manipulation Device, knowing Lazarus would not want to damage it. Lazarus activated it but the Doctor altered it so that it let out a blast that incapacitated Lazarus. He changed back to human form and, seemingly dead, was taken away in an ambulance.

Death edit

Lazarus had, however, survived the blast. He recovered and drained the two ambulance men with him. He then escaped the ambulance and hid in Southwark Cathedral. He chased Tish and Martha up to the bell tower, mutating again. While he was there, the Doctor used the amplified noise of the organ to confuse Lazarus, mere seconds before Lazarus could drain Martha. He fell from the tower to his death and his corpse changed into his young human form, then into his old form. (TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

Behind the scenes edit

  • Mark Gatiss, a longtime Doctor Who fan with several writing credits connected with the series, played Lazarus in both his young and old human forms.
  • Neill Gorton claimed that the prosthetic face for the older Lazarus was partially modelled on Vincent Price. (CON: Monsters Inc.)
  • The character's surname was a reference to the biblical character of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. The Doctor made reference to this when he discovered that Lazarus had "risen from the dead" and escaped from the ambulance.