Doc Martin, Series 3
‘Doc Martin’ S3: The ‘House’ is in the doctor
The show is so good because the drama is kept at the appropriate level and the humor is low-key. Like most good shows, these elements make me want to live in the community where it is set.
Martin is similar to Northern Exposure in that it revolves around a cranky general practitioner in a small community full of usually harmless eccentrics who often ignore his orders; it is similar to Exposure and House in that “Doc” Martin Ellingham has no problem with being brusque and informing people of their stupidity.
The more notable eccentrics include the new village constable who is narcoleptic and also suffers from occasional disabling agrophobia, Ellingham’s abused receptionist who becomes addicted to gambling, and the throw-back parents who hold funerals for wild badgers and who refuse to properly discipline their son for keying other people’s cars.
A typical episode revolves around a medical mystery that often affects a large percentage of the population of Martin’s seaside village. The most humorous one involves Martin ruining the business of a bumbling restaurant owner that he believes is selling tainted meals.
My favorite Martin was a variation of the hilarious film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The Martin episode showed Ellingham trying to treat a terrified elderly woman whose mad scientist sister was dominating. I was disappointed that the patient was not served rat tartar.
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Doc Martin, Series 3
"Delightful … You’ll be hooked in no time." --The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly) is brilliant, dedicated, and highly efficient. He’s also brusque, abrasive, and terrified of blood. Once a successful London surgeon, he’s now a GP in the idyllic Cornish fishing village of Portwenn, where he’s every bit as eccentric as the villagers he serves.
With his terrible bedside manner, he has insulted everyone in town several times over. His relationship with Louisa (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia) seems dead in the water. And he faces fresh challenges: The town’s new constable has narcolepsy. Martin’s beloved aunt Joan is aging. His receptionist, Pauline, is bored. He’s also being pursued by a hypochondriac hotelier, much to Louisa’s dismay. All of which make the good doctor even grumpier--and his antics even funnier. "The unlovable Doc Martin will win your heart" --Brattleboro (VT) Reformer.
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