Doc Martin: Season 1, Episode 1

Going Bodmin (2 Sep. 2004)

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Dr. Martin Ellingham is a successful London surgeon who decides to relocate to the seaside village of Portwenn to practice medicine as a GP. His reasons for doing so are his own and even ... See full summary »



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Dr. Martin Ellingham is a successful London surgeon who decides to relocate to the seaside village of Portwenn to practice medicine as a GP. His reasons for doing so are his own and even his aunt Joan, who lives locally, isn't quite sure what his motivation is. As Martin settles into the village he comes across the village characters: Bert Large and his son, who as general handymen take on fixing the plumbing in Martin's house; Colonel Gilbert Spencer who has a peculiar medical condition; and Louisa Glasson, the local school teacher who also happens to be the only member of the local medical advisory committee to argue against Martin's hiring in the first place. Martin's gruff demeanor and poor bedside manner brings him into conflict with several locals and he seriously considers packing it in. Written by garykmcd

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Opening credits for Felicity Montagu were end credited as Felicty. See more »


[first lines]
Louisa Glasson: [spoken to Doc after staring at each other] You've got a problem.
[switches airplane seats]
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Written by Colin Towns
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An in auspicious beginning...
1 June 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I recently wanted to see the TV series "Doc Martin" but was surprised to see season one was not available through Netflix--though other seasons are. It IS available currently through Amazon Prime or by buying the DVD set.

The show begins with Dr. Martin Ellingham getting a job in a tiny town on the Cornish coast--a far cry from his fancy work doing surgery in London. Why he does this isn't mentioned in this show and it becomes amply apparent in later shows. Unfortunately, Doc Martin's first days in the town go extremely poorly. Part of it is because of his brusque and nasty demeanor and part is because this is an awful little town. Regardless the two need to learn to work together. Another issue involves some guys with gynecomastia--a situation with the doctor clearly screws up royally.

Overall, this is a nice introduction to the series though very different from the three previous movie incarnations of Doc Martin. While Martin Clunys plays all these folks, the movie Doc Martin comes to the same town but is Doc Martin Bamford, not Doc Martin Ellingham. Odd-- especially since Doc Ellingham is a much nastier sort.

By the way, the title refers to a person going crazy, or going 'bodmin'.

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