Doctor in Charge: Season 1, Episode 15

The Long, Long Night (16 Jul. 1972)

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Waring and Bingham are on night duty in the emergency room, with sole patient Nobby Watts, when a sailor who has returned from Asia checks in - with all the symptoms of small-pox. Having ... See full summary »

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Waring and Bingham are on night duty in the emergency room, with sole patient Nobby Watts, when a sailor who has returned from Asia checks in - with all the symptoms of small-pox. Having rung the Medical Officer of Health to report the outbreak, the two doctors panic as they are bitten by the sailor's pet mouse and accidentally break the radiator, causing a flood. Next day it is revealed that the sailor had chicken pox, not small-pox, but the medics have to go into isolation since they were bitten by a - possibly rabid - mouse. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Two Doctors, A Sailor, A Joker And A Mouse!
28 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Waring and Bingham are on night duty. A feverish Asian sailor turns up. His symptoms indicate smallpox.

Panicking, Bingham locks them in, losing the key down a plughole. With only another man - who calls himself 'Nobby The Joker' - and a mouse for company, it looks as though its going to be a long, long night indeed...

Remember those 'Goodies' episodes where Tim, Bill and Graeme were trapped in their office, and arguing amongst themselves? 'Night' is similar, except here its Duncan and Bingham getting on each other's nerves. Nedwell and O'Sullivan are on excellent form.

We learn that Mary Bingham is a lousy cook. Her coconut fudge is so bad that Duncan prefers to go hungry.

It doesn't say much for the doctors' training when they can't distinguish smallpox from chickenpox.

This must have been a very difficult episode for the cast, but thanks to a superb Oddie/Garden script, its one of the series' finest half-hours. Albert Moses, from 'Mind Your Language', plays the sailor.

Funniest moment - a row over sleeping arrangements inflames Duncan and he breaks the radiator in temper.


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