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Doc Martin

IMDB: 8.3

2004, 9 seasons to date

Comedy / Drama

By Dominic Minghella

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Dr. Martin Ellingham, a London-based surgeon, relocates to the picturesque seaside village of Portwenn, establishing himself as the area's general practitioner. He grew up in the area having been raised by his now widowed Aunt Joan Norton. His reasons for leaving London and the high-paid life of a consultant are not clear initially but related to a phobia he has recently developed. He soon meets several of the locals and eccentricity abounds. Martin's situation is made more difficult by what can only be referred as an almost complete lack of an acceptable bedside manner. He is gruff, abrupt and intolerant, not only in issues related to medicine, but to life in general. He and the headmistress of the local school, Louisa Glasson, are clearly attracted to each other and despite their awkwardness, slowly develop a relationship.

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Season 1

  • Sh*t Happens

    When an epidemic of diarrhea strikes the village the doctor takes immediate action. This, however, does not go down well with the population.

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  • The Portwenn Effect

    The doctor pays a visit to the forester, who apparently shares his shack with a giant squirrel. Little Peter Cronk gets into trouble over some nest boxes.

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Season 2

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    Episode 1: Old Dogs
    With Elaine away with her boyfriend, Martin finds himself wi...
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    Episode 2: In Loco
    When his mother has to go to hospital, Peter Cronk needs a p...
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  • Blood Is Thicker

    Martin has to deal with PC Mark Mylow's sister Sandra, a naturopath who has returned to Portwenn selling her natural remedies. Martin's effort to have her consult before "prescribing" any of her concoctions falls on deaf ears. Martin also has to deal with a odd family where the father is a bit of a ruffian and his two adult sons are in fear of him. They obviously rely on their mother to calm the home situation, but Martin is concerned when he observes that she is kept locked in a room to which he is refused admission. Al Large and receptionist Pauline start dating and...

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  • Aromatherapy

    Martin has to deal with local radio host Caroline Bosman, who seems to be developing an dependence to alcohol and prescription drugs. Several people in the village are concerned about her well-being, but she refuses all help. Her problem may be more serious, however. Martin also has to help Mr. Cooke, who has a particular problem with bad odor. A new arrival in the village, Julie Mitchell, convinces local constable Mark Mylow to give her driving lessons.

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Season 3

  • City Slickers

    Martin and Louisa are still trying to develop something of relationship, but their plan for dinner is again disrupted this time by Louisa's quirky new neighbors. Martin is particularly perturbed by their approach to child rearing especially when he learns that the child has been vandalizing cars. Martin also learns that in addition to being narcoleptic, Constable Joe Penhale is also agoraphobic. He feels he has no choice but to report him but aunt Joan reminds Martin that many individuals have phobias but are still able to work in their chosen profession.

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  • The Admirer

    Martin confirms to his aunt Joan that she suffers from osteoporosis. When she begins to have a relationship with someone much younger than herself, Martin has great difficulty accepting the fact, but she insists that she is having fun and has no intention of stopping. Carrie Wilson clearly has her sights set on Martin, much to Louisa's annoyance. PC Joe Penhale throws a party for himself. Al Large returns home after having been traveling for a while but it may not have been the holiday he makes it out to be.

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Season 4

  • Perish Together as Fools

    P.C. Joe Penhale's older brother Sam arrives and Martin employs him to paint the waiting room and surgery, but his lack of coordination leads the doctor to believe he is not well. Joe panics, believing the brothers have an hereditary disease but Sam's illness is actually caused by lead poisoning, as a result of his illegal side-line. Louisa gets nearer to renting a house in town, owned by an old hypochondriac whilst Martin is strangely touched when he sees her X-ray photo of the baby.

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  • Driving Mr McLynn

    Mr. McLynn asks Martin to help him apply for a disabled sticker for his car, claiming that he has been in a wheelchair for just over a year but Martin finds out that it's more like seven years and when Mrs. McLynn bangs into Joan's truck, it becomes obvious which partner really needs the doctor's help. Martin falls out with the rest of the PTA when he disapproves of Louisa getting her old job back and becoming a single working mother, but he does kiss Edith after she has recommended a therapist for his haemophobia.

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Season 5

  • Born with a Shotgun

    Ruth is disturbed when reclusive neighbour Shirley Dunwich tells her that her surly young son Michael is trying to poison her, and, since Ruth has no liking for Michael, who stole her hub caps for his art installation, she believes her, informing Martin. Unfortunately this leads to a siege situation before Martin rectifies matters. Morwenna's eagerness to please does not endear her to Martin, who sacks her for drug-taking though he reinstates her after finding that she is taking her grandfather's Second World war pep pills in order to be efficient. Louisa hands in her...

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  • Mother Knows Best

    As the first annual Portwenn charity fun run leads to unfit casualties and a price war between Bert and publican Mark Bridge Louisa's feckless,long-absent mother Eleanor turns up at the surgery. Louisa is not overjoyed to see her but she proves to be a very useful baby-sitter - until it transpires that her soothing herbal infusion that she put in the baby's feed contains alcohol. However,Louisa,sensing that her mother meant well,goes behind Martin's back and asks her to stay around whilst Ruth takes Al on as her permanent farm manager.

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Season 6

  • The Tameness of a Wolf

    Bert welcomes old flame Jennifer Cardew, Sally Tishell's replacement as pharmacist, as his lodger; but, is less than pleased when pupil Becky Wead claims in the school magazine that she got food poisoning from his restaurant -- especially when it turns out that her stomach ache was actually caused by an ulcer. Whilst Mike continues to impress as an immaculate nanny, Louisa is slightly perturbed by his obsessive neatness. Meanwhile, Robert Campbell, an articulate drifter, is found unconscious on the beach, and proceeds to stalk Ruth, eventually getting into her house ...

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  • Nobody Likes Me

    Following her stalker scare, Ruth moves into a new house, next door to cantankerous, asthmatic hoarder John Moysey, who matches Martin in rudeness. When Ruth's attic is flooded, Moysey is responsible; but, when he suffers from excessive nose-bleeds, Martin discovers that his unhealthy life-style has given him scurvy. Martin grudgingly takes James to a play-group, where his brusqueness does not go down well with the other mothers; though, he does diagnose another baby's eye problem. Bert suspects Jennifer is on drugs when her Botox goes wrong, and Morwenna agrees to ...

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Season 7

  • It's Good to Talk

    Following another disaster at his restaurant Bert takes drastic action and disappears, leading Al to contact P.C. Penhale, though he is more interested in courting Louisa's baby-sitter Janice. Martin turns down a request by local radio presenter Melanie to do an interview on healthy eating whilst Louisa is less than impressed by Rachel Timoney's suggestion of a couples interview. However after hearing Martin inadvertently save a life on live radio she could change her mind.

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  • Education, Education, Education

    Schoolboy Peter Cronk begins work experience at the surgery. He is enthusiastic and almost as pedantic as Martin himself but he has an ulterior motive for the placement that almost ends in disaster. Sally Tishell's husband Clive reappears after several months' absence, anxious to help her in the chemists though she is less than enthusiastic whilst Bert, hiding out on Ruth's land, attempts to recover the gear from his repossessed restaurant. Martin and Louisa attend a therapy session but it is the shared experience when one of her pupils falls ill that starts to ...

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