DOC MARTIN, SERIES 3
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If you love English seaside village views and homespun humor, this is a series that will tickle your fancy, every episode, and make you beg for more. Episodes tend to carry over to the next and all have SUBTITLES. This is some of the best British Doctor's Life Comedy/drama ever produced. The "Doc Martin Series" is to Medical Comedy what "Pie In The Sky" is to Police Comedy. (See my reviews on both.)
Bonus stuff includes cast filmographies and fun trivia along with subtitles.
For the detail minded:
..1 Tick Tock--Includes Pauline and Louisa seems to be trying to help doctor locals including a girl who jumps on car tops, her overweight mom, the fainting teacher Louisa, overlysleepy new cop, and a blind man with an untrained dog.
..2 The Morning After--Bert large changes from plumber to chef. Scenic Portwenn is hit with widespread food poinsoning, including Louisa, unrequited love to the stiff naive Doc. A general misdiagnosis also proves to be a huge error in source.
..3 Love Thy neighbor--Louisa's new neighbors, a psychologist, has strange parental practices for their brat son.Read more ›
Bob and Sherry Harger
Series 1: Released in UK Oct. 31, 2005; In US Jun. 12, 2007
Series 2: Released in UK Apr. 3, 2006; In US Jul. 28, 2009
Series 3: Released in UK Feb. 12, 2008; In US tbd...
I, along with the rest of you, am queued up with money in hand whenever Amazon is ready to take it.
First (not a spoiler, since it's revealed in episode 1), the greatest loss is that of PC Mark Mylow, played by the wonderful and bewitching Stewart Wright. Unlike Season 2's swapping in of Pauline for Elaine as Doc's receptionist (THANK YOU, writers! Who else couldn't stand Elaine?), PC Penhale is a ho-hum replacement. His character twists through a few plot turns that I found lame. With each episode, I just wanted Mark back. Thank goodness we viewers still get to visit Portwenn's other colorful characters, including Mrs. Tishell (played by Selina Cadell).
A few of the other "flattened" characters in this season are Pauline and Auntie Joan. Episode 4 focuses on, ahem, a highly improbable and slightly off-putting aspect of Joan's life (so out of character I wondered if I was hallucinating). In episode 5, Pauline's behavior takes a bizarre turn -- one that's summarily ignored in the rest of the series. It's just... odd, as though the writers don't understand how to make these characters three-dimensional.
Another bittersweet character note: the Large men (Bert and Al) are back -- although Bert's not quite so large anymore! (The DVD's trivia feature reveals that Ian McNeice lost 70 pounds before Season 3 was filmed. It shows.) Their interplay is lovely, and yet I can almost hear the show's creators/writers struggling to provide them with a new set of challenges.Read more ›
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This show grows on you! As you get to know the characters, their quirky ways become even more amusing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fine acting and writing, quirky characters who (mostly) are nevertheless plausible and cause the viewer to care about them, and lots of laughs.Published 3 months ago by OGC9vet