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Doc Martin (2004– )

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Trials and tribulations of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England

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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Martin Ellingham (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
Caroline Catz ...
 Louisa Glasson / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Bert Large (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
Joe Absolom ...
 Al Large (49 episodes, 2004-2015)
John Marquez ...
 PC Joe Penhale (39 episodes, 2007-2015)
Selina Cadell ...
 Mrs Tishell / ... (33 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Joan Norton (27 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Pauline Lamb (24 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Ruth Ellingham (23 episodes, 2011-2015)
Jessica Ransom ...
 Morwenna Newcross (23 episodes, 2011-2015)


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. Written by garykmcd

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2 September 2004 (UK)  »

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(6 episodes)

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The third series was dedicated to Carrie Hilton, casting director, who died of cancer in August 2007. See more »


Dr. Martin Ellingham: Ah, Elaine. Any chance of making me a cup of tea?
Elaine Denham: Make it yourself. I'm not the tea girl.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: As you can see, I have patients waiting.
Elaine Denham: Well, best go faster then.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: White, no sugar.
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Doc Martin delivers!
4 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I do not understand why some people do not understand why they love this series nor understand why they love Doc Martin. Some dedicated viewers really don't understand why they are so hooked! So I shall tell them why they love Doc Martin. Doc Martin is real. I am a registered nurse and have worked in the Operating Room (theater, if you are picky) and I can tell you this man exists. That is why I switched to the Medical Floor, to get away from the Doc Martins of the hospital. Good grief, they are intimidating. It takes years to find out how weak and vulnerable and sad they are. When a patient codes and doesn't make it, the Doc Martins of the world are left to handle their grief and feelings alone. Isn't that sad? We notice (and love) Doc Martin first of all because he oozes alpha male chemistry and we react to that with a mixture of love and hate, contempt and admiration. We love him second of all because he has transcended most of his feelings (unlike us) and has moved to a higher plane of capability because of it and we benefit from his capability and confidence. We love him thirdly because he needs our love and he has been so mistreated and has such voids within him. There are all kind of subtle clues that Doc Martin is wonderful, but none so telling as the fact that dogs love him and are not impressed by his screams and sneers. You cannot fool a dog! Why does America love this series so much? Because the British do a much finer job than we do at so many many film endeavors. From the impeccable casting to the brilliant writing and believable dialogue to the ability the British have to plumb the depths and soar the heights of human drama and comedy without having holes and gaps that need filled with obscenity or worse. Thanks to the British for their genius. They are even brilliant in the way they use color to match the characters to the environment and create an ambiance that disarms the viewer. I love British films and "Doc Martin" best of all. I suspect another reason America is enthralled with the Doc Martin series is because we Americans are having socialized medicine crammed down our unwilling throats, and watching socialized medicine in action adds a certain little touch of horror spice to the story that Brits probably do not even notice.

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