Doctor at Sea: Season 1, Episode 9

In a Little Spanish Town (16 Jun. 1974)

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The two doctors are relaxing on a Spanish beach when Duncan sees a local girl in difficulties in the water and rushes to rescue her, applying mouth to mouth resuscitation. The locals assume... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Gillie Gratham ...
Angela
Sarah Whitlock ...
Carol
John Grieve ...
Purser
Ernest Clark ...
Ricardo Montez ...
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The two doctors are relaxing on a Spanish beach when Duncan sees a local girl in difficulties in the water and rushes to rescue her, applying mouth to mouth resuscitation. The locals assume he is kissing her and Duncan finds he is expected to marry her. When he refuses he is accused of rape and jailed, requiring Captain Loftus to bribe the police chief in order to release him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Accused!
7 September 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Duncan and Stuart-Clark are warned by Loftus not to make amorous advances towards the lady passengers. As if they would! On their next port of call - Spain - they make for the beach in search of senoritas. While Dick goes to fetch ice-cream, Duncan relaxes. Spotting a girl in trouble in the water, he rushes in to save her. His attempts at mouth-to-mouth resuscitation are misinterpreted by the locals, who think he is trying to molest her.

Duncan suddenly finds that he is to marry the girl, whether he wants to or not. When he protests, he is formally charged with rape...

This is the episode that landed the show in ( if you'll pardon the expression ) hot water. I.T.V. received complaints from people objecting to the 'rape' storyline. 'The Sun' hypocritically ran a story that week entitled: 'Has 'Doctor At Sea' sprung a leak?'.

The complainants were right, of course; rape should never be taken lightly. But the argument needed to be put into context; Duncan had not committed rape, he was being falsely charged with the offence. When Stuart-Clark rushes to tell Loftus, the old sea-dog automatically accepts that Duncan is innocent. The row may have been a contributory factor in Humphrey Barclay's decision not to make another series of 'At Sea'.

On the plus side, this episode offers nice location filming, and the sight of our smartly dressed heroes strolling along a busy Spanish street ( nice work if you can get it ), eyeing up the local talent, is enough to gladden the heart of any 'Doctor' fan.

The barman is played by Ricardo Montez, 'Juan' from 'Mind Your Language'. He does not get to say 'por favor!' here, but you expect him to.

Funniest moment - Duncan in jail. His attempts to communicate with the guard all meet with the same response; "No comprendo!". Duncan loses patience, and insults the man. The guard understands this, however, and whacks the doctor across the back of the head.


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