The Tameness of a Wolf

Series 6 - Episode 3 The Tameness of a Wolf



An unkempt man is found slumped unconscious on Portwenn’s beach and is dragged to Doc Martin’s surgery by two well-meaning fishermen. The unfortunate gent is woozy and dehydrated though a sharp slap around the face from the world’s most curmudgeonly ministering angel soon brings him round, after which the mysterious stranger wants to talk about the Ellingham family, particularly Aunty Ruth.

She’s just accepted a job as a Frasier-type radio psychiatrist on the otherwise terrible Radio Portwenn, but her audience isn’t quite what she’d hoped for. Yes, it’s another busy week in this twinkling Cornish jewel by the sea, a place that refuses to be darkened by the thunderclouds of its doctor’s appalling personality. His miserable aspect is counterbalanced by the cheery locals, like the owner of its awful restaurant who is furious at a schoolgirl’s review, and its endearingly stupid policeman.


A secret admirer makes Ruth feel a little uncomfortable when he places a red rose on her car windscreen and then leaves a birthday cake on her kitchen table while she's at the radio station, and when matters take a turn for the worse, Martin has no choice but to take drastic action. Meanwhile, Bert is furious when one of Louisa's pupils writes a damning review of his restaurant in the school newspaper, and a new pharmacist arrives in the village. Annabelle Apsion (Shameless) joins the cast.

Cast & Crew

Dr Martin Ellingham Martin Clunes
Louisa Glasson Caroline Catz
Ruth Ellingham Eileen Atkins
Bert Large Ian McNeice
Al Large Joe Absolom
PC Joe Penhale John Marquez
Morwenna Newcross Jessica Ransom
Mike Pruddy Felix Scott
Jennifer Cardew Annabelle Apsion
Robert Campbell Paul Moriarty
Caroline Bosman Felicity Montagu
Becky Wead Lily Laight
Director Nigel Cole
Executive Producer Mark Crowdy
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Writer Richard Stoneman
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Drama Comedy