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513 of 527 people found the following review helpful
Two years on from Series 4 Doc Martin has returned to our screens and this series was well worth the wait. Formerly a highly successful surgeon who has developed a phobia for performing operations and in particular to the sight of blood, Doctor Martin Ellingham has started a new life as a GP in the quiet Cornish village of Port Wenn in the UK. However, having absolutely zero people skills and a nonexistent bedside manner, traits which extend to his personal life and in particular his relationship with his former partner, the long suffering Louisa, his dealings with the locals are somewhat uneasy.

The last series ended with Doc Martin wondering whether to move back to London, or stay in Port Wenn to support Louisa who has just given birth to their child. However, Doc Martin is less than impressed with his replacement as GP, and predictably decides to stay on. Quite a number of the plots this time round feature the rather haphazard child minding arrangements for the baby, and at one stage this is subcontracted out by Louisa's mother to some teenage girls at the bargain price of £2 (about $3) an hour! The climax to this series again revolves around the baby, but we do not have a cliffhanger ending this time round which I was grateful for as this always seems somewhat contrived.

Port Wenn is a quiet, country village and nothing of great significance seems to happen for a lot of the time. When something out of the ordinary does happen, it is played out to the full. For example, one episode is based on Bert Large, the restaurateur, borrowing £1,000 ($1500) from a wheelchair bound loan shark and his dim son, and being concerned about unspecified `repercussions' in the event of non repayment. However, much of the charm of this show lies in the gently eccentric characters who abound in Port Wenn. This time particular mention should be made of Morwenna, the Doc's new and somewhat scatty young receptionist who clearly does her best - Bless! Louisa's mother, who has rather eccentric views on keeping babies quiet and the rather stoic Aunt Ruth are also strong characters worthy of mention.

Yet again Martin Clunes excels as Doc Martin, playing the part with a largely expressionless face except for the odd twinge of exasperation or irritation which occasionally crosses his brow. He has made this part his own and you really cannot imagine anyone else as Doc Martin. There seems to be some doubt as to whether there will be a sixth series and certainly there has been no announcement so far. I think it will be a real shame if we have to make do with the 37 episodes to date, 8 of them from the latest series, as I would think this show has the potential to run and run.
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
At first glance it wouldn't seem like a viable storyline for a television series, phobic doc goes to small town, has hilarious mini-adventures, often inspired by a seemingly endless local population of zany characters. Yet Doc Martin spins it own magical web, drawing the viewer ever more into the lives of these people and before long you're another diehard fan. It's sad Hollyweird can't seem to grasp how in an increasingly complex and stressful world it's not more shows about drug dealers, biker gangs, or dancing wannabes we want. Too bad, but after following British television for the last 3 decades, I've come to the conclusion America isn't a superpower when it comes to entertainment.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Doc Martin (Martin Clunes) had packed prepared for a new position out of Portwenn. But girlfriend Louisa, a nameless son, & Aunt did not love his planned exit. That was then. Now we have 8 new episodes, and enjoy you will. If not a Doc Martin groupie yet, you will be soon. Funny, heartwarming, and some of the quirkiest characters the UK has ever produced. Many of the old cast is back--like a family reunion.
Episodes have Subtitles for Hearing Impaired available, but works for accents too.
SUBTITLES also on film bonus stuff.
Graphic med. scenes. Behind-the-Scenes; photo gallery; and cast filmographies bonus.

Episode 1: Preserve the Romance
London can wait, a son doesn't. An incompetent replacement at Doc's practice arrives, then death. Will he claim Louisa's (Carolyn Catz is back) baby? Will love linger? Will Doc again pass out at the sight of blood? (Large men both return.) Ian McNiece & Joe Absolom.
2: Dry Your Tears
Don't drop the dead. Doc's back at home, Louisa too. Aunt Ruth (Eileen Atkins, a grande newie) replaces Aunt Joan, irritable as Doc. Al Large is handy, but will Doc head to London after all?
3: Born with a Shotgun
Baby no-name cries Doc & Louisa to their last nerve. Morwenna (Jessica Ransom), is new office help, but can she handle it? Bert's dizzy. Aunt Ruth robbed. Gramps Newcross (Peter Vaughn) saved. Dunwick's are odd--imagine that at Portwenn. Doc confuses patient names.
4: Mother Knows Best
A charity turns calamity. Bert Large restaurant dukes it out with a pub. Ma Eleanor (Louise Jameson-newie), surprise!, at least a baby sitter, surprise!, not good.
5: Remember Me
PC Penhale (John Marquez is back, yeah) surprised by an ex (Julie Graham). A Large quarrel. Locals face tetanus, chess, & beach lust. Rugrat named.
6: Don't Let Go
Penhale frantic to keep Mags. School emergencies & even choco-digestives cause strain in Doc's family mix plot. Another patient name error on Martin's part.
7: Cats and Sharks
Alan Williams plays a loan sharks Bert owes large. Anne Reid as Dingley--cat sanctuarian. Emergency surgery, can Doc stand thru it? Is Doc leaving Portwenn again?
8: Ever After
Doc wants Pharmacist Tishell (Selina Cadell is back in her neck brace & still in love with you know who)as a sitter. Baby kid nappie, and we're not talking soiled diaper here. Penhale's posse pursues. Not to worry, there is a new season six planned, surely. Although they don't film annually. Will it be in London or Portwenn? But `Do we care?' as long as the show continues for a few more years, and years, and years?

So good your neighbors will pay you to borrow your DVD copy.
Doc just keeps getting grumpier and funnier.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this series and it is addicting as others have mentioned. I love all the characters and their quirks, but the Doc himself and the struggle between him and Louisa are obviously what makes you want to keep watching. Season 5 release date of June 5 can't come fast enough!

And a previous reviewer is right, why can't American TV be this good? When they try to manipulate the already successful UK formulas into awful US-versions of the show, they of course flop (Touching Evil, Prime Suspect, etc). Maria Bello is the US version of Helen Mirren? Please!!! I find myself watching BBC and PBS shows most of the time...so if you do too, you'll really like this series as well as William + Mary, an older series Martin Clunes did.
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122 of 139 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2011
Just purchased seasons 1-4 on Amazon,Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4 and am eagerly awaiting season 5. I wish television here in the states could be as good.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
I was just reading on ACORNONLINE.COM that Doc. Martin will be available to ship on 03/19/2012, so we will not have much longer to wait. I stumbled across this series by accident on Netflix and I was absolutely enthralled with the show.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Last summer, we breezed through seasons 1-4 and then eagerly awaited the fifth season on Public Television. When that didn't work, I learned that Season 5 is now available from Acorn Media (woo hoo!)

While I love "the Doc", this season was very dark. Lots of tension between characters. IMO, there was a "lightness" in the previous seasons that isn't in Season 5.

When we finished all of the episodes, I found myself thinking "that's it?!" This season starts out with a death, and then addresses the struggles faced by almost all of the regular characters, including money problems, loan sharks, a psychiatric break, the return of an absent (and narcissistic) parent, the Doc's continued battle with his inability to express feelings to Louisa, and that tension of "will they or won't they?" However, there isn't one hint of anything resembling romance between them until the last episode. I found myself thinking, "how can she put up with him?" Don't want to say much more, lest I give away too much.

Will be curious to see what others think.
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
"Doc Martin" was what the doctor ordered when I became a job casualty victim due to my company's budget cuts. I laughed so hard. Thank God, Netfix made it available to view and to become a loyal fan.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2011
This show is completely addicting. It has its weaknesses, but the concept and characters and actors and scenery are just irresistable. You won't want to stop watching. Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
I am a veterinarian and though not a human doctor, I can very much relate to Martin's clients and wish sometimes I could say to them what he says!! Go Away. Shut up. If you don't have a real medical problem, why are you here?!! Don't get me wrong, I do love most of my clients but there are just days when I'd just wish they'd go away or stop talking. And, 90% of my clients will continue to talk to me when I'm listening to their pet's chest, or trying to anyway! Then there is the subtle humor of Martin tripping over clients or running them into doors. It's just an all around great show and I'm glad I can keep updated here on Amazon :)
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