8.2
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Doc Martin

Doc Martin

ITV 2004

Make an appointment with the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin. When Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Doc Martin

Doc Martin - S5E4

#1 - Mother Knows Best

7.45

Season 5 - Episode 4

Louisa's hippie mother Eleanor arrives in the village, immediately taking over Martin's kitchen to prepare a herbal tonic, which she later gives to the baby to stop his crying. A culinary rivalry develops between Bert and Mark Bridge, the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub, at Portwenn Fun Day with both keen to take advantage of the event by providing food for the spectators.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 137 votes.

Doc Martin - S8E2

#2 - Sons and Lovers

7.46

Season 8 - Episode 2

Martin and Louisa search for a nursery now that Janice has left, and Mrs Tishell is shocked to find out that Al has very high blood pressure. Louisa also helps with the diagnosis of a pupil, which spurs her on to explore the possibilities of a change of career. This is not welcome news for Martin, who dislikes any kind of change, even if it could be for the better. Elsewhere, Ruth is approached about selling her farm. Starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Selina Cadell and Ian McNeice.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 257 votes.

Doc Martin - S8E3

#3 - Farewell, My Lovely

7.50

Season 8 - Episode 3

The curmudgeonly GP is perturbed when he discovers Louisa, who is already spending much of her time away from home, has applied to take up a child and adolescent counselling course. However, achieving a work-life balance is far from the greatest of concerns for some of the Ellinghams' neighbours, not least of whom is Al, whose plans to demonstrate his business acumen are placed in jeopardy when Ken decides to close the pub. Unless Ruth agrees to serve as a guarantor, Ken will not allow Morwenna and Al to take over the establishment, so the pair arrange a race-walking event to raise funds and prove the community is on their side.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 253 votes.

Doc Martin - S8E1

#4 - Mysterious Ways

7.51

Season 8 - Episode 1

Portwenn is abuzz with activity for the preparation of Janice and Penhale's wedding, but a medical issue could prevent Penhale from making it down the aisle. Meanwhile, Al is struggling with the demands of being best man, especially when Bert's marketing antics mean there is only whisky available at the pre-wedding party.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 270 votes.

Doc Martin - S2E3

#5 - Blood is Thicker

7.53

Season 2 - Episode 3

The Doc deals with a strange family who seem reluctant to let him make house calls, and whose passion for taxidermy seems to hint at a dark secret involving their missing mother. PC Mystow also has family problems when his overbearing sister moves in a sets up shop - much to the Doc's disgust - as a herbalist. A chance remark by Pauline sets Al on a path that could well destroy his relationship with Bert.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 141 votes.

Doc Martin - S2E5

#6 - Always on My Mind

7.53

Season 2 - Episode 5

Pauline looks set to achieve her ambition of joining the Portwenn Lifeboat crew. However, her joy is short lived when she is confronted with the chauvinistic behaviour of her shipmates. Martin is accused of murder by the husband of a woman who died in his care.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 141 votes.

Doc Martin - S5E7

#7 - Cats and Sharks

7.53

Season 5 - Episode 7

Bert Large's restaurant business is financial trouble. He can't even afford the food and drink for a charity event to raise money for Florence Dingle's cat sanctuary. Mrs Dingle is distraught. She desperately needs the money to continue to look after the cats and kittens in her care. Bert is also being chased by loan sharks Alastair Tonken and his son Norman for the repayment of £1,000 they gave him to clear his debts, warning of repercussions if he doesn't pay up.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 122 votes.

Doc Martin - S5E3

#8 - Boho With A Shotgun

7.54

Season 5 - Episode 3

New receptionist Morwenna Newcross gets off to a bad start after arriving late on her first day, and her hyperactive behaviour leads Martin to believe she is high on drugs. Ruth tries to deal with an intruder on the farm who has stolen the hub caps from her car, and the sleepless nights begin to take their toll on Martin and Louisa, who are running out of ways to comfort their constantly wailing baby.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 145 votes.

Doc Martin - S1E4

#9 - The Portwenn Effect

7.55

Season 1 - Episode 4

It's the Portwenn Players dance, an auspicious event in the village's social calendar, and Bert is in charge of selling tickets. Louisa buys two tickets and invites Martin. But Martin doesn't do dancing, and most certainly doesn't do social occasions. Even Bert with his sharp sales tactics can't persuade him. Louisa offers her spare ticket to Mark. He thinks it must be his lucky day, especially when Bert suggests that Louisa fancies him. On a school wildlife trip, Louisa has to deal with troublesome ten year old Peter Cronk. He's a clever boy, but he's a rebel, and hates every minute of his school days. He's determined to wreck the trip to Mrs Potter's house where the children are learning about bird life. Sure enough when Mrs Potter steps into her garden she finds her prized bird tables have been smashed, and Peter is the prime suspect. Peter is called to the school head's office to be reprimanded. Mark says there has been a spate of criminal damage in village gardens. He suggests to Peter that he could help to make some new bird tables. But the belligerent boy says he'd rather be arrested. Peter's mother despairs of her son. At the surgery Mark has an appointment with Martin to discuss an embarrassing dilemma. He fears his lack of success with the opposite sex is something to do with size, and wants to hear the doctor's opinion of what is normal! After all he has a date with Louisa, and money is no object if he can make things 'normal'. Martin is flabbergasted by Mark's confession and may be just a bit jealous? Martin has to make a home visit to Stewart James, the park ranger on Bodmin Moor. Elaine tries to warn him about Stewart before he sets off, but Martin isn't listening. He's in for a shock.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 173 votes.

Doc Martin - S1E3

#10 - Sh*t Happens

7.56

Season 1 - Episode 3

Dr Martin Ellingham makes his debut on the local radio station, Radio Portwenn. He's not a natural in front of the microphone, and the interview is like pulling teeth for presenter Caroline. She's furious with his monosyllabic answers to her questions. Bert Large is in dispute with his son Al over his future in the plumbing business. Al desperately wants to change career. He's determined to go to college to learn about computers and break away from the family business. His father won't hear of it. Their row prompts Al to leave, breaking his dad's heart. Bert shares his woes with Martin, who tells him he fell out with his father too, and still doesn't speak to him. A nasty stomach bug is sweeping through Portwenn. People are dropping like flies, and filling Martin's surgery. The local pharmacist has been busy with customers seeking remedies. Martin decides he must try to track the source of the bug, and heads for the swimming pool. The staff assures him the water is checked rigorously. But Martin tells them they must close the pool immediately. When they refuse Martin makes his own announcement to every one in the pool about something dangerous in the water. It creates mass panic as everyone tries to scramble out at once. Martin's theory loses credibility when patients who have never been near the pool develop symptoms. He makes a return visit to Radio Portwenn to warn people on air that the culprit is Portwenn's water supply. Caroline is furious. The last time the village had a scare about contaminated water supply it almost closed down. After the broadcast villagers are equally furious with Martin, and vent their anger on him as he walks away from the radio station. Bert thinks he has the answer to the problem. He's been bottling spring water as a side line, and presents a bottle to Martin to try. Bert claims it is from an ancient spring ""beneath the green hills of France"". Business is booming since Martin's radio warning.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 200 votes.

Doc Martin - S2E7
#11 - Out of the Woods
7.58
Season 2 - Episode 7

PC Mark Mylow can't persuade Dr Ellingham to be his best man, but Al Large agrees. The stag weekend – a camping trip – goes wrong when an adder bites Mark’s ankle and he suffers a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Meanwhile, Dr Ellingham deals with a spate of weever fish stings among teenage boys playing a dangerous game of dare.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 142 votes.

Doc Martin - S4E4
#12 - Driving Mr McLynn
7.58
Season 4 - Episode 4

Dr Martin Ellingham is called to Louisa’s new home after she has a dizzy spell while shifting furniture. Martin urges her to slow down, but is shocked to learn that Louisa has applied to be her school’s headteacher again.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 145 votes.

Doc Martin - S4E6
#13 - Midwife Crisis
7.61
Season 4 - Episode 6

Dr Martin Ellingham meets Portwenn’s new midwife, Molly, who will be looking after Louisa. Martin is dismissive of her profession, and the two of them do not hit it off.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 136 votes.

Doc Martin - S6E3
#14 - The Tameness of a Wolf
7.62
Season 6 - Episode 3

A stranger stops dead in his tracks when he sees Ruth in the village, and later he spies on her when she is having a coffee with Caroline. Ruth is not sure why, but she starts feeling uneasy. One of Louisa's pupils blames an upset stomach on a meal she ate at Bert's restaurant and writes about it in the school magazine. Bert and Al are furious, and they go to see Louisa wanting something to be done.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 155 votes.

Doc Martin - S1E2
#15 - Gentlemen Prefer
7.62
Season 1 - Episode 2

Dr Martin Ellingham's practice is officially open for business. Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the sleepy village of Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. The waiting room is full with patients enjoying tea and biscuits served by Elaine, who is busy with a personal call on the phone. It seems the previous GP allowed his patients to treat the surgery as a drop-in café to share their ailments, but not necessarily to seek medical treatment. Martin announces to the packed waiting room that unless they have a genuine ailment they should all leave. Stunned and embarrassed, everyone shuffles out, leaving just one man, sour-faced former teacher Roger Fenn who has a nasty cough. Martin tells Fenn he must be referred to a specialist for a biopsy on a lump on his neck. But Fenn accuses the doctor of time-wasting and storms out. Elaine's inefficiency pushes Martin over the edge when she gives him an unreadable message about a sick child, with no name or phone number for him to contact. Angry at Elaine's consistent complacency, Martin sacks her on the spot. News of the sacking spreads around the village like wildfire, and Martin becomes universally disliked. The café won't serve him, and patients are cancelling appointments. Martin takes a call from the hospital about the results of Roger Fenn's biopsy. It's not good news, and Martin decides he must tell Fenn face to face.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 223 votes.

Doc Martin - S3E6
#16 - Nowt So Queer
7.63
Season 3 - Episode 6

As an excited Portwenn digests the news that Martin and Louisa are engaged, it's business as usual for the doctor. Beth Sawle's knee wound is not responding to the treatment he's prescribed, and when Martin visits the remote cottage where she lives with her strange sister Janet, he makes a disturbing discovery. Meanwhile, Bert's restaurant is in financial trouble, prompting son Al to take decisive action. Episode is named "Just The Two Of Us" in the US DVD release.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 136 votes.

Doc Martin - S9E5
#17 - Wild West Country
7.63
Season 9 - Episode 5

Martin investigates after local farmer Dennis Thorpe shoots at Robert for taking some of his eggs. Meanwhile, Emily returns to the surgery to see Martin after her acne medication caused a bad reaction, a secret bidder buys the Crab and Lobster pub, and Louisa ponders if she should see a fertility specialist.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 123 votes.

Doc Martin - S9E6
#18 - Equilibrium
7.63
Season 9 - Episode 6

Martin and Louisa have their first fertility consultation with Dr Emma Ryder. Meanwhile, a case of vandalism at a local surf school is reported and PC Joe Penhale investigates. Elsewhere, Dr Edward Mullen returns to the surgery, and Bert is feeling the pressure from Caitlin. Starring Martin Clunes, Lucy Russell and Conleth Hill.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 121 votes.

#19 - From the Mouths of Babes
7.63
Season 8 - Episode 5

Louisa has problems at school with Toby, Angela Sim's Nephew. Meanwhile, Al has a 'Large Whiskey' order and has to ask Bert for some help, and Mrs Tishell seems to be having a delayed onset of mourning. Elsewhere, Martin and Louisa decide to try Mel's suggestions of using amber beads to help James while he is teething.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 245 votes.

Doc Martin - S4E5
#20 - The Departed
7.63
Season 4 - Episode 5

Dr Martin Ellingham is in London to meet with Robert Dashwood, who is leading the selection process for the prestigious London surgeon’s job that Martin has applied for. Robert can tell that Martin is excited to be back in the world of surgery, and is pleased that Martin has finally conquered his debilitating blood phobia. Robert is confident that Martin will get the job.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Doc Martin from 141 votes.

Last updated: feb 23, 2021

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Doc Martin is House + River Cottage. Awesome.

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