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Doc Martin

  • 2011
  • Season 5
  • 8 episodes
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Summary

Curmudgeonly GP Martin Ellingham's plans to resume his career as a consultant in London are put on hold with the birth of the baby he fathered with his now estranged partner, Louisa Glasson.

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Episode 1: Preserve the Romance

Summary

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.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Martin EllinghamMartin Clunes
Louisa GlassonCaroline Catz
Bert LargeIan McNeice
Al LargeJoe Absolom
Mrs TishellSelina Cadell
Dr Diana DibbsJoanna Scanlan
Gavin DibbsRobert Daws
Mike ChubbAnthony O'Donnell
PC PenhaleJohn Marquez
Mr HubbleRory Wilton
Mrs BollardChristabel Muir
Mr GillSteve Bennett
Mrs MabynJill Greenacre
Mrs PikeMaggie Tagney
DoctorKyla Goodey
ShopkeeperSarah Buckland

Crew

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DirectorBen Bolt
Executive producerMark Crowdy
ProducerPhilippa Braithwaite
WriterBen Bolt

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  • Episode 1

    Preserve the Romance

    Summary

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Dr Martin EllinghamMartin Clunes
    Louisa GlassonCaroline Catz
    Bert LargeIan McNeice
    Al LargeJoe Absolom
    Mrs TishellSelina Cadell
    Dr Diana DibbsJoanna Scanlan
    Gavin DibbsRobert Daws
    Mike ChubbAnthony O'Donnell
    PC PenhaleJohn Marquez
    Mr HubbleRory Wilton
    Mrs BollardChristabel Muir
    Mr GillSteve Bennett
    Mrs MabynJill Greenacre
    Mrs PikeMaggie Tagney
    DoctorKyla Goodey
    ShopkeeperSarah Buckland

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorBen Bolt
    Executive producerMark Crowdy
    ProducerPhilippa Braithwaite
    WriterBen Bolt

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