Doc Martin

Series 5 - 1. Preserve the Romance

Preserve the Romance
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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The charmless, socially inept, emotionally disconnected, rude and unpleasant Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) returns as a new dad for a fifth series of this much-loved chunk of escapism.

His dim schoolteacher lover Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz) has just given birth to a baby boy (we pick up exactly where we left off at the end of the previous series), temporarily halting the Doc’s escape to a new job in London. Cradling the mite as if it’s a missile that could go off at any moment, Martin finds he can’t let go of Portwenn and his old job, particularly as his replacement, Dr Dibbs (The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan) is nervous and her overbearing husband (Robert Dawes) is insufferable.

I suppose part of Doc Martin’s charm is its predictability, so you’ll be able to see exactly where all this is heading, as the episode, eschewing all the rules of drama (a plot, an engaging lead character), potters along in the Cornish sunshine.

About this programme

1/8. The curmudgeonly GP struggles to come to terms with his new role as a father, having planned to resume his career as a consultant in London before the arrival of his and Louisa's as-yet unnamed son. To make matters worse, he begins to have serious doubts about the competency of his replacement Dr Di Dibbs when she misdiagnoses a patient as well as herself. Martin is then dealt a devastating personal blow after hearing his aunt Joan has died. Starring Martin Clunes, Joanna Scanlan and Caroline Catz.

Cast and crew


Dr Martin Ellingham
Martin Clunes
Louisa Glasson
Caroline Catz
Bert Large
Ian McNeice
Al Large
Joe Absolom
Mrs Tishell
Selina Cadell
Dr Diana Dibbs
Joanna Scanlan
Gavin Dibbs
Robert Daws
Mike Chubb
Anthony O'Donnell
PC Penhale
John Marquez
Mr Hubble
Rory Wilton
Mrs Bollard
Christabel Muir
Mr Gill
Steve Bennett
Mrs Mabyn
Jill Greenacre
Mrs Pike
Maggie Tagney
Kyla Goodey
Sarah Buckland


Ben Bolt
Executive Producer
Mark Crowdy
Philippa Braithwaite
Ben Bolt