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"Doctor at Large" Where There's a Will... (1971)

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"Twice an hour? Twice a day!"

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
13 June 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Upton is called to the home of rich hypochondriac Mr.Medwin. Finding nothing wrong with him, he prescribes a tonic. No sooner has he returned to Dr.Whiteland's surgery than he receives a phone call informing him that Mr.Medwin has died.

Medwin's family are a greedy, grasping bunch who cannot wait to get their hands on his fortune. As the will is read out, they receive a terrible shock - Mr.Medwin has bequeathed his money to his doctor...

By 'Doctor' standards, this is a dark episode indeed, with an elderly patient dying suddenly and Upton fearing being struck off for accidentally over prescribing medication ( the tonic contained strychnine ). Even Dick briefly suspects Mike of 'bumping off' Mr.Medwin. The studio audience don't sound very amused by the proceedings. Even so, its a welcome change of pace for the show.

The late Jack May is well remembered as 'William E.Simms', the butler to Gerald Harper's 'Adam Adamant' in the cult B.B.C. series of that name. John Nettleton was a regular in 'Yes Minister'.

Funniest moment - Upton's Bergmanesque nightmare. As Mike dashes about in slow motion across a mist covered landscape, he is menaced by the Medwin family amongst others, a sequence which pulls off the impressive feat of being both disturbing and funny.

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