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Doc Martin

Doc Martin

ITV 2004

Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. It was created by Dominic Minghella after the character of Dr. Martin Bamford in the 2000 comedy film Saving Grace. The show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, England, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn. Five series aired between 2004 and 2011, together with a feature-length special that aired on Christmas Day 2006. Series 6 began airing on ITV on 2 September 2013.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Doc Martin

Doc Martin - S2E9

#1 - On The Edge (1) (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Martin learns that he is under investigation for rude and condescending behaviour with the end result that he may have to go on a 2-week course to improve his people skills. Pauline advises him that he will have to find a new receptionist, as she is returning to university to study nursing. Bert Large thinks he's struck gold when word gets out that a rare bird is nesting in the local cliffs on Auntie Joan Norton's land, so he borrows the police van to offer guided tours. Louisa's father Terry Glasson suddenly re-appears in the village, accompanied by his friend, Jonathan. Terry had left the village under a cloud when he was accused of stealing money from the lifeboat fund, but he has always maintained his innocence and Louisa remains his staunchest defender. Things get serious when Jonathan stops taking his medication, and takes Martin, Louisa and Pauline prisoner. The problems in the town heat up.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 14 votes.

Doc Martin - S4E8

#2 - The Wrong Goodbye (Season 4 - Episode 8)

Dr Martin Ellingham and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before his Surgery closes and he moves to London.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 160 votes.

Doc Martin - S6E8

#3 - Departure (Season 6 - Episode 8)

Louisa is leaving for Spain, Bert and Jennifer's engagement party goes off with a bang, and Al is hailed as a hero for saving Caroline's life.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 190 votes.

Doc Martin - S7E8

#4 - The Doctor Is Out (Season 7 - Episode 8)

Louisa and Martin decide to make a go of it, starting with a conciliatory dinner but Louisa is concerned when Martin fails to show up. In fact he has been taken prisoner by elderly Annie Winton, who wants him to save her terminally ill husband Jim, despite Jim's more stoical attitude. Louisa and Joe Penhale track him down and the outcome provides a solution to the Ellinghams' marriage problems. There is good news too for Al, as not only have Ruth and Bert decided to go into business to market Bert's whiskey to promote Al's B & B but he also gets a date with ...

The episode was rated 8.03 from 309 votes.

Doc Martin - S8E8

#5 - All My Trials (Season 8 - Episode 8)

Martin prepares to face his hearing, but despite having closed the practice, he finds all his patients are trying to make appointments. An American tourist who visited Portwenn previously returns to the town, hoping to research her family tree. However, she also has a medical issue, and comes to the troubled doctor seeking his advice. Louisa goes to see Chris to find out how serious the situation is, while the townsfolk take steps to show Martin how much he is appreciated.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 285 votes.

Doc Martin - S7E4

#6 - Education, Education, Education (Season 7 - Episode 4)

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together - though neither of them was expecting they would be given homework - while Morwenna is not happy about it when a teenager on work experience starts trying to boss her around in the surgery. Mrs Tishell is surprised when her husband Clive returns and tells her he wants to give things another go, and Louisa has to call Martin when one of her pupils collapses during a school excursion.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 292 votes.

Doc Martin - S1E6

#7 - Haemophobia (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The tourist season has arrived in Portwenn. Disgruntled by the invasion of holidaymakers, Martin grimaces as he makes his way through the crowds. Then he notices an attractive woman, and stops to stare...at her chest! Not surprisingly she's annoyed at his blatancy. And she can't believe it when he says he'd like to examine her chest. Martin was actually trying to warn the woman about the dangers of sunbathing for fear of skin cancer, but his usual abrupt and quirky manner has caused offence. She tells him to go away in no uncertain terms. Louisa has witnessed the encounter, and advises Martin that he should have explained to the woman that he is a doctor to prevent her from thinking he is a pervert. At the surgery Adrian Pitts is waiting to see Martin. He's hovering lecherously over Elaine, getting a perfect view of her cleavage. He's one of Martin's former pupils, and has come for a reference. But Martin recalls he was not exactly a star pupil. Gossip about the blood phobia which forced Martin to terminate his brilliant career as a surgeon seems to have spread round the village like wild fire. Two patients in the surgery can't resist mentioning the 'b' word to Martin. Then he gets an urgent call from the pub. Bert has had a terrible accident while working there, and he's bleeding profusely. The sight of blood pouring from Bert's wound begins to trigger the all too familiar panic attacks for Martin. But on closer examination he realises the blood is actually tomato ketchup. Martin is not amused. He deduces that Roger Fenn must have been blabbing to the village, even though he promised to keep the phobia a secret. Martin challenges Roger as to why he has been gossiping. Roger is angry that Martin thinks he cannot be trusted with a secret, and denies spilling the beans. The whole village is buzzing with the rumours about the doctor's phobia. It even becomes the topic of hot discussion on Radio Portwenn's phone-in show. Martin can't believe what he is hearing on his car radio. He stops and phones into the radio station to put the record straight. But still he is the butt of village jokes.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 185 votes.

Doc Martin - S9E8

#8 - Licence to Practice (Season 9 - Episode 8)

Martin rushes to Ruth's for a medical emergency, and preparations for Morwenna and Al's wedding do not go to plan. Elsewhere, Martin takes his final GMC assessment under the watchful eye of eminent surgeon Bernard Newton, who monitors Martin's skills in assisted surgery.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 138 votes.

Doc Martin - S5E1

#9 - Preserve the Romance (Season 5 - Episode 1)

The curmudgeonly GP struggles to come to terms with his new role as a father, having planned to resume his career as a consultant in London before the arrival of his and Louisa's as-yet unnamed son. To make matters worse, he begins to have serious doubts about the competency of his replacement Dr Di Dibbs when she misdiagnoses a patient as well as herself. Martin is then dealt a devastating personal blow after hearing his aunt Joan has died. (This Episode Is Rated TV-PG-V)

The episode was rated 7.95 from 190 votes.

Doc Martin - S7E3

#10 - It's Good to Talk (Season 7 - Episode 3)

The irascible medic decides to move out of the Surgery to give Louisa space, leaving Mrs Tishell concerned he will not be able to look after himself on his own. Elsewhere, PC Penhale helps Janice babysit, and Al is very concerned when he finds out about Bert's behaviour and hears there are bailiffs at the restaurant.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 289 votes.

Doc Martin - S9E1
#11 - To The Lighthouse
Season 9 - Episode 1

Martin's medical career remains under scrutiny, as a GMC representative has come to assess him and his surgery.

The episode was rated from 175 votes.
Doc Martin - S6E1
#12 - Sickness and Health
Season 6 - Episode 1

Martin and Louisa are about to get married but will it ever happen. Martin is feeling irritated by PC Penhale, who wrongly believes that he is going to be the best man and Louisa is also late for the service. The vicar has serious doubts as to whether she will turn up, leaving Martin on edge. After she finally arrives the couple are married. Things after the wedding don't go as Martin hoped and Ruth has a difficult time looking after James.

The episode was rated from 204 votes.
Doc Martin - S2E8
#13 - Erotomania
Season 2 - Episode 8

A Salvation Army member arrives in Portwenn to try to trace a missing woman, Danny asks reluctant girlfriend Louisa to move into him, and PC Mark Mylow's medical check has a shock result.

The episode was rated from 154 votes.
Doc Martin - S3E5
#14 - The Holly Bears a Prickle
Season 3 - Episode 5

Martin and Louisa go on a date, but his usual bluntness ruins a romantic moment, and Louisa ends the struggling relationship. However, a friend of Louisa's visiting from the City, Holly, injures her back on the beach, and is forced to remain in Portween. Martin has to treat her at Louisa's house, while at the same time trying to overcome his own distraction at Louisa's dismissal of him.

The episode was rated from 147 votes.
Doc Martin - S7E2
#15 - The Shock of the New
Season 7 - Episode 2

Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed, while Bert decides to try to rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme. Morwenna asks Martin for a pay rise, and Louisa has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial. Penhale is excited to receive his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly offer him plenty of opportunities to try it out.

The episode was rated from 290 votes.
Doc Martin - S4E2
#16 - Uneasy Lies The Head
Season 4 - Episode 2

Dr Martin Ellingham struggles to deal with Louisaโ€™s news. But Louisa is adamant she does not want Martin involved.

The episode was rated from 161 votes.
Doc Martin - S7E1
#17 - Rescue Me
Season 7 - Episode 1

With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor. Will he get back in time for his first session?

The episode was rated from 301 votes.
Doc Martin - S9E7
#18 - Single White Bevy
Season 9 - Episode 7

Martin has to rush Buddy the dog to the vets. Meanwhile, Mrs Tishell's young cousin Sarah joins her for some work experience, but it does not go to plan, and one of Louisa's clients arrives at the surgery unannounced, posing a dilemma.

The episode was rated from 149 votes.
Doc Martin - S9E3
#19 - S.W.A.L.K.
Season 9 - Episode 3

Ruth is concerned about becoming increasingly forgetful, and is even more perturbed when Martin offers to perform a mini mental state examination.

The episode was rated from 174 votes.
Doc Martin - S9E2
#20 - The Shock of the New
Season 9 - Episode 2

Martin's GMC report requires he passes three refresher courses which will then decide whether he is deemed fit to practice, starting with phlebotomy.

The episode was rated from 167 votes.

Last updated: dec 04, 2022



Great Show


Doc Martin is House + River Cottage. Awesome.


Dry English Humor and GREAT


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