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 Dr. Martin Ellingham (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
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 Louisa Glasson / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
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 Bert Large (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
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 Al Large (49 episodes, 2004-2015)
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 PC Joe Penhale (39 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Joan Norton (27 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Ruth Ellingham (23 episodes, 2011-2015)
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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. Written by garykmcd

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Although Martin Clunes' character is the only one to carry over (with significant back-story changes) from the telefilms, Tristan Sturrock joins Clunes as the only actor (thus far) to appear in both versions of Doc Martin. See more »

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Dr. Martin Ellingham: [Recurring, exasperated phrase] It's not my dog.
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Minority Report
24 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected a curmudgeon of a doctor descending on a pleasant hamlet. As his aunt warns him, "this is no chocolate-box village, these are real people". Not quite. Turns out the "Doc" is fairly normal, and it is the locals who are insensitive, incompetent, rashly judgmental,needy, and almost relentlessly unpleasant. Thay come down hard on a fairly reasonable medico who, admittedly, has problems of his own, although they pale in comparison to the inhabitants in this (as the Doc puts it): "Village of the Damned".

Hilarity ensues... No, really, MOST other people laugh at loud at this series. Give it a try. I think that if you are not as cranky as I am ( I kept shouting at the screen "Get out Doc! Run for your life! Emigrate!") , then you may find the beautiful countryside and relentless tea drinking a charming British alternative to "House", one in which it is the patients who need to develop a bedside manner. In fact, if you stick with it, the characters are painted in greater depth and sympathy. Give it at least three episodes before you decide.


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