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

Doc Martin (2004)

  • TV comedy drama
  • ITV1
  • 2004 - 2022
  • 79 episodes (10 series)

Comedy drama following the trials and tribulations of a socially challenged surgeon turned GP working in Cornwall. Stars Martin Clunes. Also features Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Selina Cadell, John Marquez and more.

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Series 6, Episode 8 - Departure

Louisa is leaving for Spain, Bert struggles with party plans, and Al is hailed a hero for saving Caroline's life.

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Doc Martin. Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions

Louisa is leaving for Spain with baby James and says an awkward goodbye to Martin. Martin goes back to his consultation room, but is distracted and walks out. He goes to find Ruth, who is relieved that he has finally come to ask her for help. She tells him that all his problems stem from his childhood, because his parents never showed him any love. She also tells him that he has the propensity to change.

Al has a meeting with Ruth to pitch her a business idea and needs to get away to finish the presentation, but Bert manages to rope him into helping out. The generator Bert hired isn't working, so they use extension cords from the restaurant to the beach. Finally Al manages to escape and rushes off to Ruth's, dropping parts of his presentation en route.

Martin decides to confront his mother and find out why she really came to Portwenn. Margaret tells Martin that she doesn't want to make the same mistake his father did. On his death bed, Christopher, Martin's father, wished that he could apologise to Martin, tell him he loved him.

Martin asks if his father died from a stroke, how could he talk? Margaret realises she has been caught out and reveals the real reason she is there, she needs money. Christopher left her high and dry and she needs a couple of hundred thousand to buy a cottage in the country.

Al meets Ruth at her farm. He pitches her his vision: The farm house is turned into a bed and breakfast for fishermen who fish on the lake / river running through her land. Ruth is less than impressed with the crumpled bits of paper she is handed. Al knows he has blown it.

Invigorated by confronting his mother, Martin tries to book a flight to Spain to get Louisa back. Whilst on hold he sorts through his mail and finds the scan of Louisa's brain. He spots a malformation. The pressure in an airplane could trigger it to bleed and Louisa has recently taken anticoagulants. If the malformation were to bleed, she could suffer a brain haemorrhage.

Martin tries to call Louisa to tell her not to get on the plane, but she thinks he is just trying to stop her leaving and hangs up on him. Martin has to race to the airport to stop her.

Al is glum and tells Morwenna about his disastrous pitch. Janice, Morwenna's friend, points out to Morwenna that she is always talking about Al, perhaps she fancies him. Ruth approaches Al at the party, she has done her own research and thinks the business plan is a good idea. Al is thrilled and goes to tell his dad, they make up.

Bert can't fix the electrical problem, it keeps tripping. He rams a nail into the circuit board to circumnavigate the trip switch, without repairing the fault. Caroline hears the music come on and pics up her mic to get the party started, but it was the mic that tripped the electricity and a massive electric shock throws her off the music platform.

Morwenna checks Caroline's vital signs - no pulse. They phone the Doc who tells them to get a defibrulator kit. Al races off to the Life Boat Station and comes back with the kit. He shocks Caroline's heart and saves her life.

Morwenna is so impressed with Al that she engineers a date for them that evening.

Meanwhile Louisa has arrived at the airport and is struggling with a headache...

Broadcast details

Monday 21st October 2013
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 29th August 2014 9:00pm ITV1
Friday 5th December 2014 10:00pm ITV3
Friday 24th July 2015 9:00pm ITV1
Thursday 25th February 2016 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 22nd October 2016 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 7th July 2017 8:00pm ITV3
Wednesday 29th November 2017 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 29th March 2019 9:30pm ITV3
Friday 6th December 2019 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 11th September 2020 8:05pm ITV3
Friday 18th June 2021 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 11th March 2022 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 30th June 2023 8:00pm ITV3
Sunday 2nd July 2023 10:35am ITV3

Cast & crew

Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
Ian McNeice Bert Large
Joe Absolom Al Large
Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell
John Marquez PC Penhale
Eileen Atkins Aunt Ruth Ellingham
Jessica Ransom Morwenna Newcross
Annabelle Apsion Jennifer Cardew
Guest cast
Felicity Montagu Caroline Bosman (Radio Presenter)
Claire Bloom Margaret Ellingham
Katie Moore Janice
Carol MacReady Ethel
Roger Sloman Wild Bill
Corinne Wicks Radiologist
Benjamin Symes Delivery Man
Eliza Collings Check-in Assistant
Nick Wilton Airport Security
Richard Dempsey Colin Westmore
Emerald O'Hanrahan Nurse
Vivien Keene Neighbour
Writing team
Jack Lothian Writer
Claire Poulson Script Editor
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Nick McPhee Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Jane Broomfield Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer

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