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 9, Episode 7 - Single White Bevy

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Angela Sim (Caroline Quentin), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes)
Caroline Quentin guest stars in this episode as local vet Angela Sim, who has to consult Dr Martin Ellingham about a lump in her breast.

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While at the surgery Angela comments on Buddy, the dog, not being himself. Buddy's condition worsens and Martin rushes him to Angela's surgery. He discovers Angela can barely see and diagnoses cat scratch fever. But her condition means she can't operate on Buddy, and that the Doc must carry out the surgery himself, under her guidance, to save the dog.

Selina Cadell's daughter Letty Thomas joins her for this episode of Doc Martin to play her character Mrs Tishell's young cousin Sarah Cardy, who is shadowing her for some work experience. Initially seeing her as a protégé, this quickly changes when Mrs Tishell realises Sarah could have jeopardised her relationship with Martin by giving Louisa the wrong medication to help with her fertility treatment.

One of Louisa's clients, Bethany Degan, arrives at the surgery unannounced, posing a dilemma for Louisa. She knows she shouldn't be seeing her, but she just cannot turn away a desperate child, and hopes a quick session will not do any harm.

Al is officially moving in with Morwenna ahead of their wedding. Caitlin is more thrilled by this than Bert, who fears she has ulterior motives, now it's just the two of them. Bert sees a softer side to Caitlin though, when they end up getting trapped in the cellar overnight. Maybe she isn't as bad as he first thought?

Meanwhile Ruth is increasingly concerned about Martin's upcoming final GMC assessment. She tries to offer advice, but quickly realises it is falling on deaf ears - until his blood phobia causes him to pass out again. Both Ruth and Louisa think an intervention may be the only thing that can help.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th November 2019
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 27th March 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Tuesday 26th May 2020 7:00pm ITV
Tuesday 24th November 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 17th September 2021 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
Elliott Blake James Henry
Guest cast
Angela Curran Caitlin Morgan
Caroline Quentin Angela Sim
Milly Toomey Bethany Degan
Letty Thomas Sarah Cardy
June Marlow Ethel
Robyn Addison Janice Bone
Writing team
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Julian Unthank Writer
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Sandy Poustie Associate Producer
Nick McPhee Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Jane Broomfield Production Designer
Toby Whale Casting Director
Simon Archer Director of Photography
Stewart Meachem Costume Designer
Alice Hopkins Make-up Designer
Colin Towns Composer
Sam Smith 1st Assistant Director
Jack Lothian Creative Consultant Producer


After a first half that's sleepy even by Doc Martin standards, this episode ends with two fine comic set pieces: first, a diagnosis battle with a vet (Caroline Quentin, reunited with her Men Behaving Badly co-star Martin Clunes), and then a layered misunderstanding involving a knife wound. Bloody good fun.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 6th November 2019

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