Doc Martin

Series 5 - 6. Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Events often happen quickly for Martin and Louisa, as if lingering on the pair would reveal their love to be too unlikely. Not tonight! We’re in snappy screwball territory as the new parents are given time to bicker over who goes to work and who looks after baby James. It’s nicely judged: Louisa’s never as soppy as you think and Martin’s never as insensitive.

Another odd couple are in crisis, as meek Joe Penhale clings on to his estranged wife. Joe married above himself and needs to become a different man if he’s to keep her. It’s a sweet, sad story with a perfect end.

Meanwhile, the kids in Louisa’s school are all being sick. Martin rudely investigates.

About this programme

6/8. Maggie gets the all-clear from the doctor and decides she will return to Bude, forcing PC Penhale to take desperate measures to persuade her to stay in Portwenn. Ruth uncovers a raft of family heirlooms while clearing out a barn at the farm, and the mounting tension between Martin and Louisa peaks when she discovers he has booked a date for James Henry's christening without consulting her.

Cast and crew


Dr Martin Ellingham
Martin Clunes
Louisa Glasson
Caroline Catz
Ruth Ellingham
Eileen Atkins
Bert Large
Ian McNeice
PC Penhale
John Marquez
Morwenna Newcross
Jessica Ransom
Eleanor Glasson
Louise Jameson
Maggie Reid
Julie Graham
Mr Coley
Brian Pettifer
Adam Dawson
Samuel Timson
Garth Dawson
Joseph Timson
Pippa Woodley
Buffy Davis
Lucy Hutchinson
Sarah Buckland


Ben Bolt
Executive Producer
Mark Crowdy
Philippa Braithwaite
Chris Hurford
Tom Butterworth