Doctor on the Go: Season 1, Episode 3

It's the Thought That Counts (11 May 1975)

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To celebrate Sir Geoffrey's twenty years as a professor of surgery, Dick and Duncan decide to buy him a present to celebrate the event, but the other doctors are not keen as they have had ... See full summary »

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To celebrate Sir Geoffrey's twenty years as a professor of surgery, Dick and Duncan decide to buy him a present to celebrate the event, but the other doctors are not keen as they have had recent run-ins with the great man. Dick eventually buys him a tape recorder but it has a mind of its own and accidentally begins recording - a conversation the doctors are having in which they all criticize Sir Geoffrey. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A Present For Loftus
8 October 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

While researching in the St. Swithins library, Duncan and Dick read in 'Who's Who' that Loftus has been Professor of Surgery for nearly twenty years. Duncan decides to commemorate the occasion by giving him a special gift. He and Dick pay Lady Loftus a visit.

Spotting them leaving his house, he asks his wife what they were doing there. She replies that they wanted to discuss the fund for the proposed library extension. He wonders why they did not see him first, he happens to be the fund committee's Chairman.

Duncan asks Gascoigne, Kate and McKenzie to contribute to the cost of Loftus' present, but none are keen to do so. The Professor has been getting up everyone's noses of late. Kate is riled because he told her off about wearing trousers to work, and McKenzie launches into a fiercely patriotic rant when Loftus complains about his kilt.

Dick supplies the gift - a tape recorder of doubtful quality. It begins recording when the doctors run down Loftus in the Common Room...

A very good Layton/Lynn penned episode. Ernest Clark is on fine form here, switching moods abruptly from angry to happy ( when Lady Loftus informs him of the surprise the doctors have for him ). Jacquie-Ann Carr also impresses, particularly when she stands up to Loftus and calls him an 'old fuddy-duddy'. She was a great asset to 'On The Go'. John Kane's patriotic outburst is hilarious, but surprisingly fails to get the deserved response from the audience.

Funniest moment - Kate telling Loftus she plans on coming to work in future in 'tassels and nipple pads'. Following a beautifully timed pause, Loftus asks: "What are they?".

Last night, I.T.V.-1 made the 'Doctor' series the latest subject of 'Comedy Classics'. It was then followed by the 'Face The Music' episode of 'In Charge'. Chosen apparently because it was one of George Layton's favourites ( a pity the punchline was given away before it went out ). As I have already reviewed the episode, I will place my thoughts here instead. Overall, the documentary was much better than expected. No Sarpong/Cotton/Wright for one thing. The appearance of Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden came as a pleasant surprise, and it was good to hear Layton and Geoffrey Davies paying tribute to Robin Nedwell.

It was incorrect to say John Cleese and Graham Chapman left to create 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' though. Chapman stayed, teaming up first with Barry Cryer, and then Bernard McKenna, David Sherlock, and Douglas Adams. Cleese returned to write for 'At Large'.

Layton revealed that Barry Evans had in fact been sacked ( due to erratic behaviour ) and had not left of his own accord, which I had long understood to be the case.

'At Sea' and 'At The Top' were skirted over, and 'Down Under' not mentioned at all ( no bad thing ). It was a lot of ground for a half-hour programme to cover, but I thought they managed it well ( though I would not have used the Sherrie Hewson stuff ). And we got to see sexy Sammie Winmill!


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