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 9, Episode 2 - The Shock Of The New

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Lorna Argyll (Rosalie Craig), Miles Green (Jeremy Swift), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: ITV
Dr Martin Ellingham's GMC report has arrived. He's required to pass three refresher courses, which will then decide whether he is deemed fit to practice, starting with a phlebotomy course.

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Dr Martin Ellingham's GMC report has arrived. He's required to pass three refresher courses, which will then decide whether he is deemed fit to practice, starting with a phlebotomy course.

Martin finds it a complete waste of time, but both Ruth and Louisa point out how detrimental the outcome may be if he does not take it seriously.

Not only is there change for Martin, but for Louisa too. Having resigned as head teacher at Portwenn School, she is focused on her new career path as a child and adolescent counsellor.

James, however, seems to be struggling to socialise at nursery, and Louisa wonders if having a sibling for him might help. Martin is concerned when Louisa interrupts his phlebotomy course to tell him about a medical emergency; Lorna, the new head teacher, has collapsed.

At the Crab and Lobster Bert Large's cousin, Miles pops in with his fiancé Shirley with a proposed new addition to the pub menu: goat's milk ice cream. Customers are less than keen to try the unusual pudding.

Morwenna Newcross is disturbed to discover from PC Joe Penhale that Al Large didn't mean to propose to her, and demands to know the truth from Al. Al confesses it was an accidental proposal, but that he does want to marry her. It makes him realise he needs to prioritise Morwenna over the pub, which means finding extra staff. Much to Bert's dismay Al hires Caitlin Morgan, who he has been trying to avoid.

Morwenna is pleased Al is honest with her about the accidental proposal, and that the wedding is still on. But while practicing her First Aid Responder CPR training a little too vigorously on Al, she manages to crack one of his ribs.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 6th March 2020 9:00pm ITV3
Tuesday 17th November 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 3rd September 2021 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 2nd December 2022 9:00pm 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
Rosie Ede Mel Hendy
Elliott Blake James Henry
Guest cast
Angela Curran Caitlin Morgan
John Hollingworth Professor Sam Bradman
Rosalie Craig Lorna Argyll
Jeremy Swift Miles Green
Ruth Gemmell Shirley Knott
Olivia Darnley Amy Boyd
Hamza Jeetooa Dr Khan
Melanie Downs Postwoman Steph
Writing team
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Aschlin Ditta (as Ash Ditta) Writer
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Toby Whale Casting Director
Stewart Meachem Costume Designer
Alice Hopkins Make-up Designer
Colin Towns Composer
Matthew Cooper 1st Assistant Director


Cream was prescribed in lashings on Doc Martin (ITV), as two goat farmers went down with an itchy infection that left one paralysed in hospital - all because he wouldn't apply the ointment as the doctor (Martin Clunes) instructed.

After a couple of weary seasons, this long-running show has found its rhythm again. That's chiefly because the doc and his wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) are happily reconciled and devoted to their toddler, James... a boy who is showing all his father's obstinate lack of interest in other human beings.

Doc Martin fans are happy to see villagers stricken with respiratory crises caused by an allergy to gulls. They're positively disappointed if a patient with mildly raised blood pressure isn't incubating a plague of boils. Even a case of ebola would be acceptable. But this is entirely the wrong show for marital hostilities.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 3rd October 2019

Doc Martin, episode 2 review

This grumpy GP's diagnostic skills are unlike any other.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 2nd October 2019

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