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Christmas special. The tranquility of Portwenn is disturbed when a group of birdwatchers descends on the village in search of a rare bird. Pauline announces that she wants to go to university, so Martin has to start looking for another receptionist. Louisa's father Terry arrives unannounced in Portwenn - could this have an effect on the relationship between Martin and Louisa? Written by Anonymous

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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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The cast was not available for a long enough time in 2006 for an entire series to be filmed, so a 2-hour special was made instead. See more »


When Louisa gets angry with Martin in front of the ice cream van, she sticks the ice cream in the middle of his forehead. When Martin goes to wipe off the remains of the ice cream, it is all on the right side of his forehead. See more »


[to Gavin Peters]
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Take your hands off me, you unctuous platitudinising eunuch!
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This episode states "This series is dedicated to John Coleman (1946-2005)". 'John Coleman (IV)' was the props manager for the series who died when he fell from a cliff in Port Isaac during a break in the filming of the programme. See more »


Doc Martin Theme
Written by Colin Towns
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A bit far-fetched but well worth seeing.
25 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently, the various cast members for "Doc Martin" were off doing their own things and the folks who made the show were a bit ambivalent about making more episodes. Because of that, nearly a year after the last episode, they made this movie-length episode and no more for a while.

The episode begins with a crazed local, the Colonel, in a tizzy about some chough birds (some sort of birds that nest among the cliffs-- look 'em up on Wikipedia if you want to know more). The problem is that he's running around with a loaded gun--a gun which causes some much trouble throughout the episode. Folks get shot, nearly shot and the chough birds get the worst of it in the end. Other plots which are sprinkled throughout the show include a crazy man who becomes progressively more delusional and dangerous, Pauline deciding to go to college, a baker who is potentially passing about a gastrointestinal disorder and the return of Louisa's scum-bag father. See the show to see how all these come together in the incredibly strange finale.

Overall, this is a very good installment of the show. As a trained psychotherapist, I was a bit dubious of the Bipolar Disorder (as he was far more delusional than a typical case of the disorder--and seemed more like he had a Schizoaffective disorder, since he seemed like he had Bipolar Disorder AND Schizophrenia). However, this is a minor technical quibble. One more more obvious problem is the sloppiness of the hostage portion--as again and again, everyone made it EASY for a clearly insane man to get a hold of guns and explosives! Still, I could ignore this a bit as the rest was quite entertaining.

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