183) THE LAZARUS EXPERIMENT

5 May 2007

Viewing Figure: 7.2M

Plot

Professor Lazarus rejuvenates himself into a younger self but unlocks dormant DNA turning him to turn into a monster

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 Lazarus), Thelma Barlow (Lady Thaw), Lucy O'Connell (Olive Woman)

Bertie Carvel (Mysterious Man)

Crew

Stephen Greenhorn (Writer), Phil Collinson (Producer), Richard Clark (Director), Dan Mumford (1st Assistant Director)

Jennie Fava (2nd Assistant Director), Sarah Davies (3rd Assistant Director), Lowri Thomas (Location Managers)

Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager), Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Kevin Myers (Production Secretary)

Debi Griffiths (Production Assistant), Lowri Denman, Barry Phillips (Floor Runner), Kath Blackman(Contracts Assistant)

Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Simon Winstone (Script Editor), Steve Rees (Focus Pullers), Andy Leonard (Polecam Operator)

John Robinson (Grip), Penny Shipton (Camera Assistant), Jon Thomas, Bryn Thomas (Boom Operator), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer)

Peter Chester (Best Boy), Tom Lucy (Stunt Co-ordinator), Charles Jarman (Stunt Performer)

Stephen Nicholas (Chief Supervising Art Director), Jonathan Marquand Allison (Art Dept Production Manager)

Matthew North (Art Dep Co-ordinator), Adrian Anscombe (Chief Props Master), Arwel Wyn Jones (Supervising Art Director)

James North (Associate Designer), Malin Lindholm (Set Decorator), Leonie Rintler (Standby Art Director)

Peter McKinstry, Ben Austin (Design Assistants), Naseem Syed (Cyfle Trainee), Phill Shellard, Nick Murray (Standby Props)

Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Paul Aitken (Property Master)

Blaanid Maddrell (Props Buyer), Barry Jones (Chief Props Maker), Penny Howarth, Mark Cordory, Nick Robatto (Props Makers)

Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Allen Jones (Construction Chargehand), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics)

Marnie Orminston (Assistant Costume Designer), Lindsay Bonaccorsi (Costume Supervisor)

Sheenagh O'Marah, Kirsty Wilkinson (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins Steve Smith, John Munro (Make-Up Artists)

Ben Ashmore (Special Effects Co-ordinator), Paul Kelly (Special Effects Supervisor)

Danny Hargreaves, Henry Brook (Special Effects Technicians), Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Designer), Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Supervisor)

Helen Rowe, Alex Wothey (Prosthetics Technicians), Andy Brierley (Casting Associate), Ceres Doyle (VFX Editor)

Tim Hodges (Assistant Editor), Samantha Hall, Chris Blatchford (Post Production Supervisors)

Marie Brown (Post Production Co-ordinator), Matthew Clarke (On Line Editor), Mick Vincent (Colourist)

Nicholas Hernandez, Jean-Claude Deguara, Neil Roche, Jean Yves Audouard, Jeff North (3D Artists), Sara Bennett

Melissa Butler-Adams, Tim Barter, Greg Spencer, Adam Rowland, Bryan Bartlett (2D Artists)

Jenna Powell, Rebecca Johnson (Visual Effects Co-ordinators), Simon Wicker, Charlie Bennett (Digital Matte Painters)

Barney Curnow (On Set VFX Supervisor), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor)

Doug Sinclair (Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor), Kelly-Marie Angell (Foley Editor), Chris Rogers (Finance Manager)

with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of WalesRon Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julian Scott (Production Executive), Endaf Emyr Williams (Production Accountant), Julian Howarth (Sound Recordist)

Louise Page (Costume Designer), Babara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects)

Will Cohen, Marie Jones (Visual FX Producers), Dave Houghton (Visual FX Supervisor), Any Effects (Special Effects)

Millennium FX (Porspethics), John Richards (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Rory Taylor (Director of Photography)

Tracie Simpson (Production Manager), Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Steffan Morris (2nd Assistant Director), Fraser Fennell Bell (3rd Assistant Director), Huw Jones (Unit Manager), Marc Covington (Focus Puller)

Clive Baldwin (Grip), Kevin Staples (Boom Operator), Steve Slocombe (Gaffer), Ian Redmond, Carl Lockyer (Stanby Rigger), Angela Jones

Ian Chapman, Ali Kedge, Ross Goodhart, John Laurie (Costume Assistants), Ros Wilkins, Julie Davies, Sara Anghard (Make-Up Artists)

Mike Crowley (Special Effects Technician), Ray Parker (Sound Recordist), Debbi Slater (Production Manager)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells

  • Welsh National Assembly Building, Pierhead Street, Cardiff

  • Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff

  • Lloyds TSB, Tresillian Way, Cardiff

  • Cardiff National Museum, Museum Avenue, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios, Trefforest

  • Biomedical Science Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff

Deaths

  • Professor Lazarus [falls down Southwark Cathedrals' tower]

  • Lady Thaw [drained of her life force]

  • Olive Woman [drained of her life force]

  • Paramedics [two have their life forces drained]

Production Errors

  • [no known production errors] 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Production Days

  • 13 Days between Tuesday 3 October - Tuesday 6 November 2006

Production Errors

  • [no known production errors]​​​

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]

Verdict

A miss matched monster movie with plenty of good ideas but not really the best approach. While the story looks expensive and has plenty of elements which make a good monster story it feels like a rehash of Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel where an old man attempts to prolong his life only this time using science and technology to make himself younger. The production is full of potential and looks sleek and fancy but in doing turns the plot against itself. The story deals with other ideas – profit and money, rejected evolution, loss and grief and philosophical messages about one’s own mortality. Mark Gatiss shines as both versions of the Professor, playing each one with a different approach but essentially the same person. The monster is bad, one of the poorest CGI monsters to appear in the show thus far and the interesting qualities it possess are never really used to their full advantage. On the whole its fine but as a classic definitely not. ***​

Number of Production Days: 5