Doctor in Charge: Season 2, Episode 16

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot? (29 Dec. 1973)

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Duncan re-encounters Irishman Danny Hooley, a former colleague from his medical student days, who claims to have been working in Africa. Duncan gets him a job at St Swithins as a locum, but... See full summary »

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Duncan re-encounters Irishman Danny Hooley, a former colleague from his medical student days, who claims to have been working in Africa. Duncan gets him a job at St Swithins as a locum, but Bingham discovers he has been struck off for having affairs with patients and Sir Geoffrey sacks him. Duncan tries to hide him in his room but it's clear Danny's days as a doctor are over. Written by don @ minifie-1

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12 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Given the title, its apt that this was first broadcast on New Year's Eve 1973.

Duncan gives a lift to an old friend from his student days, the boozy, girl-chasing Danny Hooley. The Irishman claims to have been working with missionaries in Africa, and is now looking for a job back home. Duncan takes pity, and gets him into St.Swithins as a locum.

But a suspicious Bingham checks the authenticity of Hooley's story. He discovers that Hooley got struck off for committing adultery with three female patients.

Worse, Hooley does not seem to have changed. Finally, he admits he was never in Africa, but Shepherd's Bush. Loftus gives him the sack, but, loyal to the last, Duncan conceals him in his room. The question is, what to do with him?

An unexpected return to the 'Doctor' series for 'Danny Hooley', played by the brilliant Jonathan Lynn, co-writer of this episode. Its a pity he did not stay. With George Layton and Richard O'Sullivan about to move on, his larger-than-life presence would have been more than welcome. It seems likely that Hooley was the inspiration for the 'Dr.McKenzie' character from 'Doctor On The Go'.

Far from the comic character of old, this new Hooley is rather a tragic figure, possessed of both a drink problem and an inability to tell the truth. He tries to molest Lucy, Duncan's girlfriend, when Waring has gone to so much trouble to protect him. And why does he not ask Waring about Mike Upton?

The success of 'Man About The House' meant Richard O'Sullivan no longer had any need to continue playing the creepy 'Lawrence Marwood Bingham' and after this episode, he did not. Our very last glimpse of 'Silly Old Bingher' ( as Mary once referred to him ) is of him standing behind Loftus as he confronts Duncan outside his room. His departure was a great loss to the show. Ditto George Layton, next seen on television as 'Bombadier Solomons' in the B.B.C.'s 'It Ain't Alf Hot, Mum'.

Funniest moment - The final scene, as Collier stops to give Hooley a lift, and says that the lads at St.Swithins will be overjoyed to see him again! Erm, I don't think so.


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