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Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
George Layton ...
Simon Cuff ...
Jeanne Mockford ...
1st. Pregnant Lady
Guy Slater ...
Young Examiner
Sidney Vivian ...
College Officer
Ernest Clark ...
Sir Hartley Maynard
Johnnie Clayton ...
Mr. Bradford
Bert Palmer ...
Deaf Patient
George Merritt ...
Deaf Examiner
Glen Whitter ...
Bus Conductor


It's time for the lads to take their qualifying exams and Michael is so anxious to stay awake for them he takes pep pills - which turn out to be sleeping pills. Thus he falls asleep on the bus on his way to the exam and misses his stop. He flags down a motor-cyclist, who gives him a lift to the hospital and has a heart attack in the car park. Michael saves his life but misses the exam. Professor Loftus is extremely angry until the motor-cyclist comes forward to explain what happened - and Michael qualifies with the others. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The moment of truth
3 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The students are sitting their finals. Having done the oral part of the examination - which involves being questioned by both Loftus and the fearsome Sir Hartley Maynard ( John Phillips ) - Upton loses sleep studying like mad for the written test. To give himself energy on the big day, he takes three 'poppers' which turn out to be sleeping pills. He dozes off on the bus, misses his stop, and has to ask elderly motorcyclist Mr.Bradford ( Johnnie Clayton ) for a lift to the hospital. Bradford drops him off and promptly collapses. By tending to him, Upton misses the exam...

A superb concluding episode to 'Doctor In The House'. Everyone involved in the show thought it would be just that. Then, two weeks after filming ended, Geoffrey Davies was contacted by Humphrey Barclay to confirm that a further series - in which the newly-qualified doctors would spread their wings from St. Swithins and venture into the wide world - was planned. The result was, of course, 'Doctor At Large'.

Ernest Clark gets one of his best scenes as Loftus angrily rebukes Mike for missing the exam. Dick looks surprisingly pleased to have passed, even though it must now mean the end of the allowance from his dead Aunt. He did bet heavily on Hooley passing though - and won. Of the regulars, all would be seen again ( though in Hooley's case not for a few years ), except for Simon Cuff's Dave Briddock, whose swan song this was.

Funniest moment - Collier tells Upton that Sir Hartley failed Hooley the year before for not knowing who invented the Spencer Wells forceps. "Who was the inventor?", asks Upton, out of interest. "Spencer Wells!", replies Collier. Funny how the little things can trip you up, eh?

Things To Look Out For - the bus conductor whom Upton talks to briefly outside the depot was played by Glen Whitter, also in 'On The Buses' at that time as 'Chalky'. Interesting that. Is St. Swithins hospital located somewhere in the district of Luxton?

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