Doc Martin (2004– )
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The Family Way 

Martin's somewhat difficult parents come to visit from their home in Portugal. They have not spoken to one another for seven years and Martin finds his mother to be very withdrawn. His ... See full summary »


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Dominic Minghella (written & created by), Craig Ferguson (Arising from the film "Saving Grace" created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Stewart Wright ... PC Mark Mylow
Stephanie Cole ... Joan Norton
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Katherine Parkinson ... Pauline Lamb
Tristan Sturrock ... Danny Steel
Angeline Ball ... Julie Mitchell
John Woodvine ... Christopher Ellingham
Claire Bloom ... Margaret Ellingham
Jeff Rawle ... Roger Fenn
Ruth Sheen ... Maureen
Andrea Riseborough ... Samantha
Sasha Tilley Sasha Tilley ... Nikki
Nathalie Pownall ... Becky (as Natalie Pownall)


Martin's somewhat difficult parents come to visit from their home in Portugal. They have not spoken to one another for seven years and Martin finds his mother to be very withdrawn. His father, a retired surgeon, is somewhat dismissive of Martin's decision to become a small town doctor. Things come to a head when they all visit aunt Joan and the real reason for his father's visit comes to light. Martin also deals with Maureen Tacy who has been putting on weight despite attempts at dieting. Martin's conclusions are both surprising and delightful. Louisa's friend Danny has a serious attack while renovating his new home, but Martin comes to the rescue. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

15 December 2005 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tristan Sturrock, who plays Danny, the Doc (Martin Clunes)'s rival for Louisa (Caroline Catz)'s affections, also appeared all three of the other productions featuring "Doc Martin" (Saving Grace (2000), Doc Martin (2001) & Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie (2003)) as "Harvey". See more »


At the golf course, Christopher tells Joan all he wants is his share of the inheritance minus 40 years' rent. By his reckoning Joan owes him inheritance share PLUS rent for the years she's been living there rent free. See more »


Danny Steel: I sometimes wonder, with things not happening for me in London, whether it's a sign. It's a cliché I know but God, sometimes...
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Yes, he works in mysterious ways, doesn't he? Like malaria.
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You Don't Know Me
Written by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold
Performed by Ruth Sheen
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This episode is heart-rending
16 August 2018 | by tunix_2008See all my reviews

I've loved his show for its funny yet subtle story lines but this time the feels just got to me. The Doc's heart was rent by everyone he cared about. First by his dad who came after Joan. Then by Joan who didn't bother to hear his explanation. Then by Louisa's rekindling romance with Danny. But worst of all by his mother. Claire Bloom who portrayed the Doc's mom was so great she left me hating her by the end of the episode. She was so poignantly indifferent you wanted to throw her off the moor just get a reaction from her. I'm sure by the end the Doc realized blood didn't matter, family are those who love you. In that sense, Port Wenn is more family to him than his parents that's why he finally decided to break free from his past.

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