The trials and tribulations of Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Clunes ...  Dr. Martin Ellingham 71 episodes, 2004-2022
Caroline Catz ...  Louisa Glasson / ... 71 episodes, 2004-2022
Ian McNeice ...  Bert Large 70 episodes, 2004-2019
Joe Absolom ...  Al Large 65 episodes, 2004-2019
John Marquez ...  PC Joe Penhale 55 episodes, 2007-2019
Selina Cadell ...  Mrs. Tishell 49 episodes, 2004-2019
Jessica Ransom ...  Morwenna Newcross / ... 39 episodes, 2004-2019
Eileen Atkins ...  Ruth Ellingham 39 episodes, 2011-2019


Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a London-based surgeon, relocates to the picturesque seaside village of Port Wenn, where he establishes himself as the area's general practitioner. He grew up in the area, having been raised by his now-widowed Aunt Joan Norton (Stephanie Cole). His reasons for leaving London and the high-paid life of a surgeon are not clear initially but related to a phobia he has. He soon meets several of the locals and eccentricity abounds. Martin's situation is made more difficult by what can only be referred as an almost complete lack of an acceptable bedside manner. He is gruff, abrupt, and intolerant, not only in issues related to medicine, but to life in general. He and the headmistress of the local school, Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), are clearly attracted to each other and, despite their awkwardness, slowly develop a relationship. Written by garykmcd

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The phone number for the Large's restaurant (seen on their van) is 01632 960008. The 01632 area code is a fictional code used in U.K. productions. See more »


Dr. Martin Ellingham: Ah, Elaine. Any chance of making me a cup of tea?
Elaine Denham: Make it yourself. I'm not the tea girl.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: As you can see, I have patients waiting.
Elaine Denham: Well, best go faster then.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: White, no sugar.
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this doctor is always in
2 October 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Doc Martin" focuses on Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a surgeon who develops hemophobia and moves to the fictional quaint town of Portwenn on the Cornish coast. Portwenn is full of quirky characters, a perfect contrast to Martin's straightforward attitude. As the series progresses, more and more about the various characters gets revealed. And there are always some neat secrets in store.

One of the best things about "Doc Martin" is that there are no commercial breaks. Each episode lasts almost an hour, during which Martin always carries out his duties to the community, but has no shortage of run-ins with the locals. But more than anything, it demonstrates what a TV show can be when it relies on plot (and clever jokes) rather than a series of gags. It's definitely one that I recommend.

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