The students are let loose on a ward where each is assigned a patient whom they must assess with a report by mid-day. Michael ends up with Mr. Drobnic, a Slav with no English, who manages ... See full summary »

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The students are let loose on a ward where each is assigned a patient whom they must assess with a report by mid-day. Michael ends up with Mr. Drobnic, a Slav with no English, who manages to elude Michael in his electric wheelchair. Michael thinks he's caught up with him only to find he's ended up with a pregnant woman whilst his patient is carried off in an ambulance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Running Out Of Patients!
2 March 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The students ( minus Hooley ) are allowed to examine patients in the Patrick Snooth Ward. And a right lot they are too. One is more concerned about his missing hat than his illness, another is a compulsive liar who makes his ailment sound worse than it is ( it is gout ), another is concerned about sexual impotence. Upton gets Mr.Drobnic, an elderly Yugoslavian railway driver who speaks absolutely no English.

Just as his attempts to communicate with Drobnic appear to be succeeding ( thanks to a pen and a sketch-pad ) at last, the patient takes flight in a motorised wheelchair...

David Jason makes the first of a number of appearances in the 'Doctor' series; others include 'The Voice Of The Toad' in the 'At Large' episode 'Congratulations! Its A Toad!', 'Victor Bligh' in 'Let's Start At The Beginning', and 'Manuel Sanchez' in the 'At Sea' instalment 'Go Away Stowaway!'. Quite a few 'Dad's Army' actors appeared in this show

  • Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Harold Bennett. Here a moustache-less


James Beck ( 'Private Walker' ) plays 'Mr.Wale'. It is little more than a cameo, but he does it in his inimitable style.

Joy Stewart, who had been a 'Physiotherapist' in last season's 'Its All Go', is seen here for the first time as the fearsome 'Sister Fowles' ( though she is only credited as 'Sister' ). She would remain with the show until 'In Charge'.

Funniest Moment - Upton finds what he thinks he is Drobnic's wheelchair, and pushes it back to the ward. However, when Dr.Merriford ( Donald Bisset ) requests to see the patient, he sees a pregnant woman instead!


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