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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Series 7, Episode 1 is repeated on ITV3 on Monday at 10:35am.

Series 7, Episode 5 - Control-Alt-Delete

Martin reaches breaking point with being followed around by Buddy: He resolves to find a vet to have him put him down.

Further details

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), Angela Sim (Caroline Quentin). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions.

Martin resolves to find a vet to have Buddy put down.

Morwenna, and eventually Louisa, manage to persuade him that it isn't quite that simple - a vet will not put down a healthy dog just on Martin's say so. They intervene and find a new home for Buddy, with Angela Sim, a local vet, though Martin will have to take him there himself. Martin is not impressed by Angela's alternative approaches to medicine, even if it is veterinary medicine, but at least he has managed to offload Buddy onto her.

Meanwhile, Ruth finds out what Bert has been up to, in trying to make his own whisky, and he eventually persuades her to keep his secret.

Clive Tishell is suspicious of Mrs Tishell and who she might be cooking meals for, but decides to give her the benefit of the doubt so that they can really give their marriage another go.

PC Penhale wants to ask Janice out, but only succeeds in asking her to a barbecue at his place, and then has to persuade Al and Morwenna to come too, to make up the numbers.

Louisa and Martin's therapy homework results in a picnic, much to Martin's dismay, but even this doesn't go to plan, when they are interrupted by Angela and Buddy on the beach: Angela appears to be hallucinating, and Martin has to get Penhale to help him calm her down, so that he can treat her and find out what has been going on.

Newcomer to Portwenn, Debbie Sharrock, asks the Doc for a repeat prescription for her daughter Kelly. The doc refuses until he has been able to see Kelly's notes and make his own diagnosis.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th October 2015
60 minutes


  1. Friday 11th December 2020 at 10:35am 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
Malcolm Storry Clive Tishell
Stephen Ventura Eric the Fishmonger
Emma Spurgin Hussey Clare Milson
Caroline Quentin Angela Sim
Holly Burgess Kelly Sparrock
Jason Gregg Rachel's Client
Finty Williams Debbie Sparrock
Maggie Tagney Molly the Collie Owner
Finn Corney Frisby Teenager
Writing team
Evie Bergson (as Evie Bergson-Korn) Script Editor
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Julian Unthank Writer
Production team
Charles Palmer Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer

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