DOC MARTIN: THE MOVIES
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“Thoroughly charming” —The Guardian (UK)
He’s surly, self-centered, rude, and uptight—but he’s the only doctor in town. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) stars as Doc Martin, a hotshot London surgeon forced to change careers when he develops a fear of blood. Relocating to a sleepy, scenic Cornish fishing village, he offends everyone in town and falls in love with a beautiful teacher. Collection includes the first 4 seasons of this wildly popular Britcom seen on public television.
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Firstly, these movies are really good! I don't think most people would be disappointed, HOWEVER, to fans of the TV series, I must warn you that this Doc is NOT the same surly Doc from the ITV television show.
If you've ever noticed the end credits to an episode of DOC MARTIN, you might have noticed the credit "arising from the film SAVING GRACE." That is because the character of Doc Martin is based on the character Dr. Martin Bamford from that movie, who was also played by Clunes, and which was also set in the same fishing village (except under its real name of Port Isaac rather than the made-up name of Port Wenn).
After the film SAVING GRACE came out, Clunes' production company decided they'd like to do some more with the character and signed a deal with Sky television to produce a series of made-for-TV movies: two a year for what was to have been a three-year deal. The two movies in this collection, "Doc Martin" and "Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie" were the only two that were made (as Sky Pictures went under before any others could be produced).
Both telefilms are "prequels" to SAVING GRACE and take place in the same "universe". In other words, the locations are the same and some of the supporting cast are the same. The first telefilm tells the story of how the Doc leaves behind city life to be in the country. The second film shows him as more-or-less established in the village.
To use a comic-book/sci-fi analogy, these movies (including SAVING GRACE) are set in a parallel universe to the ITV show.
Besides Clunes, carryover characters for both films include lobsterman Harvey (Tristan Sturrock who also played Harvey in S.Grace & Danny Steel in the TV series); Justine (Barbara Lott-`Ballet Shoes') a nosy shopkeeper; lovely Rita (Neve McIntosh-`Lady Audley's Secret') almost a lover; Petronella (Lynsey Baxter) the wife/cheater who caused Martin to leave; Cabbie Mitch (Mark Heap-a superstar postman in "Lark Rise to Candleford"); Pub owner Charley (Paul Brooke-"Bridget Jones Diary' and also Charlie in S.Grace); & Vicar (Stephen Moore). It's a stellar cast, good writing, and fantastic setting. You will notice similarities from scenes in these films, the TV series, & Saving Grace. All were filmed in Port Isaac, but in the TV series the name changed to Portwenn. The locals of this double feature as every bit as eccentric and delightfully common as those in the TV series. Awesome pub-style music by Mark Thomas.
Doc Martin- 87 minutes with SUBTITLES
Doc Bamford discovers his 3 doctor friends have been bedding his wife Petronella. Thus the trip to seclusion, which ends in Port Isaac mud and a lobster boat gig.Read more ›
I was a Clunes fan from Doc Martin, like most. I was not disapointed in these films. They do hold their own. Clunes is also great in "William and Mary." If you haven't seen it, check it out.
So, this is not the same character as in the show, though I think you will enjoy this if you like the TV show or the movie "Saving Grace" (I love both).
Anyways, in this movie Doc Martin, a surgeon, runs away from his cheating wife to a small town in Port Issac. Here he ends up fishing and finds himself caught in the mystery of "the jelly maker". I don't want to spoil what the jelly maker does...but it is one of the most hilarious things that I have ever heard of or seen, and it is worth buying this just to see this hilarious plot. Many other things along the way are humorous, and there are scenes where the doc helps sick people.
I find the character Doctor Martin Bahnford to be a very interesting because he can be very nice to people (unlike the one in the TV show), yet still yell at things in humourous ways. Also, a few characters from "Saving Grace" are carried over and all of the locals, though they are crazy, are very likable. All great acting.
Anyways, I highly reccomend this to anyone especially if you enjoy the movie "Saving Grace", the show "Doc Martin", British TV, or just a very good and funny movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We thought it was very different than the series, First 10 minutes had two different blatant sex scenes, so we turned it off.
Would like to return it for refund.
Much, much better than series....more depth and actual character development. LolPublished 24 days ago by Roger H Bauer
Love the Doc Martin series. Wanted to watch the remaining episodes. Very pleased.Published 26 days ago by Kathleen G Russell
I have to say that it was a bit jarring to see these movies after having watched the series, because Martin behaved so differently in these movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fran W.