Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: ITV.

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama about village life. 70 episodes (9 series), 2004 - 2019. Stars Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom and others.

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Dr Ellingham raises the ire of seemingly the entire village when he sacks Elaine, who is taking out her own frustrations on her father and his fiancée. Meanwhile, Martin diagnoses former teacher Roger Fenn with a possible larynx cancer.

Further details

Dr Martin Ellingham's practice is officially open for business. Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the village of Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. The waiting room is full of patients having tea and biscuits served by Elaine, who is busy with a personal call on the phone.

It seems that the previous GP allowed his patients to treat the surgery as a drop-in cafe, but not necessarily to seek medical treatment. Martin announces to the packed waiting room that unless they have a genuine ailment they should all leave.

Stunned, everyone shuffles out. On his way out, sour-faced former teacher Roger Fenn offers Ellingham his own words of advice, and, alarmed by the hoarse sound of Roger's voice, Martin conducts an examination. Martin tells Fenn he must be referred to a specialist for a biopsy on a neck lump, but Fenn accuses the doctor of time-wasting and storms out.

Meanwhile, Elaine has failed to gain identifying details for a hysterical mother on the phone with a sick child. As Ellingham attempts to track down the youngster, whose symptoms suggest possibly fatal appendicitis, he gives Elaine the sack for her latest bout of incompetence - but with her connections throughout the village, she'll make sure he regrets it.

Elaine's problems don't stop at her new-found unemployment though. Her widower father is due to be married in less than a fortnight and she doesn't care for his fiancée in the slightest.

Louisa is outraged with Martin's apparent failure to visit Roger in hospital. Little does she know that he and the Doc have struck up a friendship on their shared curmudgeonliness.

Broadcast details

Thursday 9th September 2004
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
    Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
    Ian McNeice Bert Large
    Joe Absolom Al Large
    Stephanie Cole Joan Norton
    Stewart Wright PC Mark Mylow
    Lucy Punch Elaine Denham
    Jeff Rawle Roger Fenn
    Guest cast
    Nick Brimble Bruce Denham
    Elizabeth Woodcock Carmen
    Doreen Mantle Marianne Walker
    Jimmy Gardner Eddie
    Joanna Scanlan Toni Black
    Vicki Pepperdine Mrs Richards
    Rupert Young Adrian Pitts
    Richard Pears Junior Doctor
    Kyla Goody Nurse
    Alexander King Bobby Richards
    Melody Hunter Evans Lorna
    Sophie Gomis Jade
    Katherine Tozer Pamela
    Richard Green Driver
    Dave Lamb Courier
    Sharon Sheehan Hospital Receptionist
    Writing team
    Dominic Minghella Writer
    Production team
    Ben Bolt Director
    Philippa Braithwaite Producer
    Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
    Nick McPhee Editor
    Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
    Colin Towns Composer

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