Doctor in the House: Season 2, Episode 9

Hot Off the Presses (5 Jun. 1970)

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Upton is put forward to edit the medical student magazine 'Tonic'. Ingrid, the glamorous girl-friend of medic Dave Briddock, is the cover-girl and there is even a centrefold. It is a huge ... See full summary »

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Upton is put forward to edit the medical student magazine 'Tonic'. Ingrid, the glamorous girl-friend of medic Dave Briddock, is the cover-girl and there is even a centrefold. It is a huge success - 4000 copies being printed and sold all over London, including in Parliament. Professor Loftus, however, is displeased and demands the withdrawal of every copy, which costs Upton and his friends. However Ingrid has been signed up to pose for 'Plaything' magazine as a result so she and Briddock will foot the bill. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Tonic!
14 September 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Loftus is looking for someone to edit the St. Swithins magazine. For a joke, Hooley puts Upton's name forward. Mike is furious, but comes to realise what a good job it is. The other students pitch in with unbridled enthusiasm, and soon the first issue of 'Tonic!' is born. Resembling a cross between 'The Lancet' and 'Playboy', it has Briddock's sexy girlfriend Ingrid on the front cover, and a centrefold inside. Copies sell like hot cakes. Even Members of Parliament want them. As the clamour for more issues grows, Loftus is not happy...

Characters running their own ( or contributing to ) publications has long been a staple sitcom plot; in the 'Steptoe & Son' episode 'Men Of Letters', the Vicar unwisely got Harold and Albert involved in the parish magazine, and the 'Please Sir' story 'Vive la Revolution', 4C came up with 'The Fenntasy' which challenged Cromwell's authority. More recently, Simon Pegg's underrated 'Hippies' had young people trying to change the world with the radical 'Mouth'. Here the St. Swithins gang, fearing that Loftus' idea of a medical magazine will be numerous articles on varicose veins ( they are right ), decide to spice it up a little.

Funniest moment - Dick keeps the woman in charge of the X-ray department occupied while Duncan and Hooley develop sexy photos. Loftus arrives unexpectedly, demanding to see the latest X-ray of patient Mr.Williamson. The picture that goes up on the screen is that of shapely Ingrid. Loftus says to the other doctor: "Will you break it to him or shall I?".


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