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
  • ITV
  • 2004 - 2019
  • 70 episodes (9 series)

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

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Series 8, Episode 5 - From The Mouths Of Babes

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), Angela Sim (Caroline Quentin)
James is teething and nothing seems to be working, so Martin and Louisa try Mel's suggestion of amber beads. Mrs Tishell seems to be having a delayed onset of mourning. Al receives a Large whisky order, but when he tries to put the still together he has to ask Bert for help. Louisa has problems at school with Toby, who is Angela Sim's nephew.

Further details

James is teething: nothing seems to be working, and nobody is getting any sleep. In desperation, Martin and Louisa agree to try Mel Hendy's suggestion of amber beads. They appear to be working, until James gets a bead stuck up his nose.

Mrs Tishell seems to be having a delayed onset of mourning and is "speaking to" Clive. Bert tries to offer advice, which only leads to Mrs Tishell shutting the pharmacy, inconveniencing everyone.

After receiving a large potential order of 'Large Whisky', Al tries to put together the still, with no luck. Al goes to Bert to ask for help, and Bert couldn't be more relieved to see him, as things were getting very tricky with Caitlin. But they will need to get Ruth's approval to go ahead.

Local artists, Lily and Walter O'Donnell are preparing for an upcoming exhibition. Walter puts Morwenna on the guest list after he sees Martin for his eye infection. Since Mrs Tishell has closed the pharmacy, Morwenna offers to deliver Walter's medication, but when she does, she finds a very ill Lily.

Louisa persuades Martin to go and speak to Mrs Tishell. He is the only person who she will listen to. Mrs Tishell reads more into it than Martin intended but does agree to reopen.

Louisa has further problems to deal with at school, when she meets Toby, Angela Sim's nephew. His parents think he has ADHD, but have left him with Angela whilst they are working abroad. Angela tries to juggle moving her surgery, looking after Toby and setting up a mobile veterinary clinic. Toby falls ill with Scarlet Fever and is sent home to rest. Toby infects Angela with lobar pneumonia, which Martin discovers when she collapses whilst out walking her dogs, and has to treat Angela in her surgery.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 18th October 2017
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th August 2018 9:00pm ITV
Friday 31st August 2018 9:00pm ITV
Friday 24th May 2019 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 21st February 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Tuesday 7th July 2020 7:00pm ITV
Friday 23rd October 2020 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 6th August 2021 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 29th April 2022 8:00pm 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
Buffy Davis Pippa Woodley
Noah Frucella-Tildesley James Henry
Luca Frucella-Tildesley James Henry
Guest cast
Angela Curran Caitlin Morgan
Caroline Quentin Angela Sim
Paul Copley Walter O'Donnell
Rocco Peacock Toby
Linda Broughton Lily O'Donnell
Sam Alexander Rob Hellier
Richard Hainsworth Fisherman
Miles Sloman Guy
Writing team
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Andy Rattenbury (as Andrew Rattenbury) Writer
Production team
Stuart Orme Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Sandy Poustie Associate Producer
David Yardley Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Jane Broomfield Production Designer
Toby Whale Casting Director
Giles Gale Costume Designer
Simon Archer Director of Photography
Lorraine Hill Make-up Designer
Colin Towns Composer
Jo Lea 1st Assistant Director
Jack Lothian Creative Consultant Producer
Evie Bergson (as Evie Bergson-Korn) Script Executive


A particularly fine episode of a comedy-drama that has 5 million discerning fans. Yes, it's quaint and tells the same tale every time, but the array of reliably funny minor characters gives it more laugh-out-loud moments every week than most sitcoms. At its centre tonight is Caroline Quentin as the rogue veterinarian Angela, whose blase approach to both the disruptive behaviour and scarlet fever of her nephew Toby (Rocco Peacock) results in a classic DM clifftop caper.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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