Doc Martin: Series 1
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Each episode of Season 1 is better than the one before, culminating in an ending so funny I think I had tears in my eyes. He just never learns, does he?
I still can't quite put my finger on what makes Martin so charming, since I'm not sure I would enjoy knowing him in person. Probably (and due in large part to the brilliant Martin Clunes) it is because he is so very real, and you can't help but identify with his out-of-place, misunderstood persona. Haven't we all been there?
Simply a brilliant show - extremely funny, while taking itself seriously.
Can't wait for Season 2!
Dr. Ellingham ("Martin or Dr. Ellingham, please. Not `Doc Martin!'"), during one simple operation, found himself overwhelmed and unable to continue. The sight of blood suddenly sickened him, not a good thing for a surgeon. It stopped his career cold. He retrained and accepted the job of Portwenn's GP, far away from London and from the people who'd learned of his phobia.
But Doc Mar...Dr. Ellingham...seems to have a gene missing in his make-up. He is all too frank, oblivious to human courtesies, awkward, means well but has one of the worst bed-side manners in miles. If you're a young boy who has sprained an arm, an elderly gentleman whose wife is using too much hormone cream, a well-intentioned busy-body who stops by for tea or a cancer patient, don't expect much from the doctor by way of chit chat or hand holding. Even with an actor as good as Clunes, this could be a tiresome one-joke premise, except that Portwenn has a classic collection of idiosyncratic residents, all played by some skilled British actors. There's Doc Martin's aunt, Joan Norton, played by the fine Stephanie Cole, so good in Waiting for God. Joan is an elderly, brisk, no-nonsense woman (wise, too, of course) who wrings a chicken's neck to prepare it for dinner.Read more ›
This series is about two people in search of love and happiness: Doctor Martin Ellingham, an arrogant chief surgeon from London, and a local elementary school teacher Louisa Glasson, who will soon be a middle aged old maid school teacher. They both have never found success in "love." Martin, forced to leave his powerful position as chief of vascular surgery in London because of a sudden onset of panic attacks at the sight of blood, applies for the position as GP in Port Wenn, a village near his fraternal aunt's farm, where he spent summers as a child. He meets Louisa on his flight to Cornwall, to be interviewed by the committee that will hire him. Lousia is the "lay" representative from Port Wenn. Their meeting gets off to a bad start for both, but they both come away from that initial meeting puzzled and not understanding their feelings for each other. As the series progresses, their interaction stirs emotions and sexual tension. Martin Clunes stars as Doc Martin, and Carolyn Catz stars as Louisa Glasson.
Running side by side with the "love story" is Doc Martin's trials and tribulations with the locals and their quirky problems and ways. More than any series I've ever watched, the top quality filming of these episodes leaves you with a feeling that you are an invisible observer wandering about the village observing its life, and chiefly the day's activities of Martin Ellingham.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You've got to love this guy! Our whole family watches the Doc every chance we get.Published 14 days ago by Rumpelstiltskin
I loved this series The perfect combination of comedy and drama The protrayal of Doc was done with exquisite skill and the rest of the characters the same The scenery of Cornwall... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lois OLeary
I ihaven't been watching for long but my sister said I had to Absolutely watch it because she loves it!! I do like it but his secretary drives me crazy!!!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan, it is interesting to see how the series has evolved. It sucks you right in.Published 14 days ago by Kid Applesauce
Awesome series. Hooked after the first few shows. Will definitely watch all seasons.Published 17 days ago by LC