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

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama about village life. 62 episodes (8 series), 2004 - 2017. Stars Martin Clunes, Buffy Davis, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice and others.

Series 7, Episode 2 - The Shock Of The New

After Martin's first session with psychotherapist Dr Rachel Timoney, we see he may have met his match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr Timoney seems well qualified.

Full synopsis

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

Louisa's return further raises questions around their relationship: in order to stay together, perhaps they need to spend more time apart, until they have worked through their issues.

Meanwhile, Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed.

Bert decides to try to boost trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme, and offering a 2 for 1 lobster special with the help of Gus, a local fisherman. Morwenna thinks her responsibilities in the surgery have increased, and asks Martin for a pay rise.

Louisa, her return to work at school imminent, has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry, and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial.

Aunt Ruth has to face up to the fact that there is no escaping the ageing process, but doesn't want Martin to be constantly making her accept her health limitations.

PC Penhale receives his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly present opportunities to use it.

Broadcast details

Monday 14th September 2015
60 minutes


  1. Friday 15th July 2016 at 9:00pm on ITV
  2. Saturday 5th November 2016 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  3. Friday 21st July 2017 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  4. Friday 1st December 2017 at 8:00pm on ITV3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Robyn Addison Janice
Emily Bevan Dr Rachel Timoney
Ella Ainsworth Becky Trevean
Guest cast
Melanie Walters Heather Merchant
Bruce Alexander Paul Merchant
Jason Baughan Fisherman Gus
June Marlow Mrs Chubbin
Yasmin Wilde Min
Fiona Mason Female Tourist
Benjamin Symes Young Husband
Rebecca Hulbert (as Rebbeca Hulbert) Young Wife
Emma Handy Estate Agent
Julie Neubert Mrs Harris
Emma Spurgin Hussey Clare Milson
Writing team
Julian Unthank Writer
Evie Bergson (as Evie Bergson-Korn) Script Editor
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Nick McPhee Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer

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