Chapter 17 – The Lazarus Experiment Part 1 2 December 2008 London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Martha Jones was not impressed that the Doctor had apparently picked up someone else whilst he had been away. This 'Felicia' person was not explaining herself, but was clearly was not comfortable around the Doctor. “Why, if you are concerned about what that person said on the TV, did you pick up someone else?” she asked. The Doctor did not know how to answer. At least not right away. “There was a problem with the TARDIS. A future version of it connected with the current version somehow. I somehow travelled between them,” Felicia said. “I suppose so,” Martha said, after some thought. Felicia did not sound like she was lying. “So, tell me what is going on with the scientist,” Felicia requested. “I guess I should call Tish,” Martha said, referring to her sister. “You had better do that,” the Doctor said. Later that night the Doctor, Martha and Felicia were approaching the Lazarus Laboratories building. “Black Tie. Why do I have to wear it?” the Doctor pondered. “It looks good. In a James Bond kind of way,” Martha said. “James Bond!” the Doctor exclaimed in a mock offended tone. “Not really. It is more Jack Bauer,” Felicia said. “That is even worse,” the Doctor said. “Sorry,” Felicia said. Meanwhile on the top floor of the Lazarus Laboratories building, Letitia Jones was delivering the guest list to Professor Lazarus. “You wanted to see the guest list for tonight?” she asked. “Yes Letitia,” Professor Richard Lazarus said. He came very close to her as he took the guest list off her. “Interesting fragrance,” he said. “It's Soap!” Letitia snapped and turned around. It may have appeared that she walked calmly out of the office, but she was seething inside. Professor Lazarus was very creepy... Downstairs, the Doctor, Martha and Felicia entered the building and were met by Letitia. “Tish!” Martha said as the sister's hugged. “You look great. So, what do you think? Impressive, isn’t it?” Tish asked. “Very,” Martha said as she nodded. “And two nights out in a row for you—that’s dangerously close to a social life.” “If I keep this up, I’ll end up in all the gossip columns.” “You might, actually. Keep an eye out for photographers. And Mum—she’s coming too, even dragging Leo along with her.” Martha was incredulous. “Leo in black tie? That I must see.” Tish then glanced at the Doctor and Felicia. “This is the Doctor,” Martha said. The Doctor held out his hand. “Hello.” “And Felicia.” “Hi!” Felicia said. “Are they with you?” Tish asked. “Yes,” Martha answered. “But they're not on the list. How did they get in?” .”They're my plus three,” Martha explained. “There's no plus three,” Tish objected. “There was in my case.” The Doctor interjected. “So, this Lazarus, he's your boss?” “Professor Lazarus, yes. I'm part of his executive staff.” “She's in the PR department,” Martha explained. “I'm head of the PR department, actually.” Martha was even more incredulous. “You're joking.” “I put this whole thing together,” Tish said to her sister.[ “I guess Martha didn't know that,” Felicia said to the Doctor.[ “Something may be going on...” the Doctor said to Felicia. He then seemed to be in thought. He then said to Tish. “So do you know what the professor's going to be doing tonight? That looks like it might be a sonic microfield manipulator.” The words went over Tish's head. “He's a science geek, I should have known. Got to get back to work now. I'll catch up with you later.” Tish left. The trio walked further into the lobby. “Science geek? What does that mean?” the Doctor asked. 'I'll let Martha answer,' Felicia thought. “That you're obsessively enthusiastic about it,” Martha answered. “Oh, nice!” When they entered the main room, Felicia looked around it. There was equipment with many dials and switches sitting near the back wall, and a chamber around which a large device was installed. She supposed that this was the 'incredible device' that was supposed to 'change what it means to be human'. The lighting in the room was accentuating the device, making it stand out much more than anything else in the room. She also saw that the room was getting crowded as more people arrived to see the revelation of the device and the 'miracle' it was supposed to produce. Soon, Martha saw her mother with her brother. She ran and hugged her mother. “Mum!” “All right, what's the occaision?” Francine Jones asked her daughter. “What do you mean? I'm just pleased to see you, that's all.” “You saw me last night.” “I know. I just miss you. You're looking good, Leo." “Yeah. If anyone asks me to fetch them a drink, I'll swing for him,” Leo said. “]You disappeared last night,” Francine said. 'She suspects something...' Felicia thought. “I just went home,” Martha said. “On your own?” Francine asked. “These are friends of mine, the Doctor, and Felicia.” “Doctor what?” Francine asked, taking no notice of Felicia, but focusing on the Doctor. “No, it's just the Doctor. We've been doing some work together,” Martha said, trying to defuse the situation. “You all right, mate?” Leo asked. “It's lovely to meet you, Mrs Jones. Heard a lot about you,” the Doctor said.Have you? What have you heard then?” “]Oh, you know, that you're Martha's mother and. Er, no, actually, that's about it. We haven't had much time to chat. You know, been busy,” the Doctor said. “Busy?” Francine asked. “Doing what, exactly?” “Oh you know. Stuff,” the Doctor answered. Felicia shot him a look as if saying. 'That's not helping!' The sound of tapping on a glass drew the attention of everyone in the room. "Ladies and gentlemen, I am Professor Richard Lazarus and tonight I am going to perform a miracle. It is, I believe, the most important advance since Rutherford split the atom, the biggest leap since Armstrong stood on the moon. Tonight, you will watch and wonder. Tomorrow, you will wake to a world which will be changed forever." Technicians flipped switches as the device powered up and began to spin around the chamber, seeming to produce some sort of visible vibrations in the air. Suddenly alarms blared and the smell of burning electronics permeated the room. With mechanical squeals growing louder as it spun, the device was clearly beginning to overload! “Something's wrong. It's overloading,” the Doctor said. He leapt into action, dodging through the startled crowd. He leveraged himself over the outer ring of equipment surrounding the chamber to access the controls. He flipped a few of the switches that he had seen the technicians flip earlier as he watched several dials and monitors. Then he kicked the machine with the biggest dial as the dial continued to move further into the red! One of Lazarus's investors, Lady Thaw said. “Somebody stop him. Get him away from those controls!” “If this thing goes up, it'll take the whole building with it. Is that what you want?” the Doctor asked. He finally pulled out a big power cable and the contraption slowed down. Martha and Felicia rushed to the chamber. “Get it open!” the Doctor said. Martha opened the door and Lazarus clambered out. “My name is Richard Lazarus. I am 76 years old and I am reborn!” he said in a clear voice. He held up his arms triumphantly, a smug look on his face. He looked decades younger... “It can't be the same man. It has to be a trick,” Martha said. “Oh, it's Lazarus alright,” Felicia said. “You're right, it is Lazarus,” the Doctor said to Felicia. “But I wish it was a trick,” he said to Martha. “]What just happened then?” Martha asked. “He just changed what it means to be human,” the Doctor said. Lady Thaw had approached Lazarus. “Excuse me. That was the most astonishing thing I have ever seen. Look at you,” she said, holding her hands up to his face. “This is only the beginning. We're not just making history, we're shaping the future too,” Lazarus said. "]Think of the money we'll make. People will sell their souls to be transformed like that. And I'll be first in line,” Thaw said. Lazarus stiffened and gasped. He grabbed a tray from a passing waiter and proceeded to all all of the food on it. “Richard!” Thaw exclaimed. “I'm famished.” ]The Doctor stepped in. “Energy deficit. Always happens with this kind of process.” "You speak as if you see this every day, Mister?" "Doctor. And well, no not every day, but have some kind of experience with this kind of transformation." "That's not possible,” Lazarus objected. "Using hypersonic sound waves to create a state of resonance. That's inspired." “You understand the theory, then?” “Enough to know that you couldn't possibly have allowed for all the variables.” “No experiment is entirely without risk.” “That thing nearly exploded. You might as well have stepped into a blender.” “You're not qualified to comment,” Thaw interjected. “If I hadn't stopped it, it would have exploded,” the Doctor said. "Than I thank you, Doctor. But that's a simple engineering issue. What happened inside the capsule was exactly what was supposed to happen. No more, no less.” "No have no way of knowing that until you've run proper tests,” Martha said. "Look at me. You can see what happened. I'm all the proof you need.” "This device will be properly certified before we start to operate commercially,” Thaw said. "Commercially? You are joking. That'll cause chaos,” Martha said. "I don't remember anything about this happening in the late naughties,” Felicia said to the Doctor. " Time can be rewritten,” the Doctor said to her. "Not chaos, change. A chance for humanity to evolve, to improve,” Lazarus said. "This isn't about improving. It's about you and your customers living a little longer.” "Not a little longer, Doctor. A lot longer. Perhaps indefinitely.” "Richard, we have things to discuss, upstairs.” "Goodbye, Doctor. In a few years, you'll look back and laugh at how wrong you were,” Lazarus said. He kissed Martha's hand and left with Lady Thaw. "Oh, he's out of his depth. No idea of the damage he might have done,” the Doctor said." "That'll be right,” Felicia agreed. "So what do we do now?” Martha asked. "Now? Well, this building must be full of laboratories. I say we do our own tests,” the Doctor suggested. "Lucky I've just collected a DNA sample then, isn't it?” "Oh, Martha Jones, you're a star.” Felicia followed them as they went to look for a laboratory.