Doc Martin

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  • TV-14
  • 2004
  • 10 Seasons
  • 8.4  (17,147)

"Doc Martin," produced by England's ITV, is a comedy that follows the life of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a high-flying surgeon who finds his career abruptly halted when he develops a phobia of blood. After leaving his desirable post in a London hospital, Martin reluctantly takes a much less exciting job as the GP, or general practitioner, for the small oceanside village of Portwenn. Though he chooses Portwenn in part to be near his beloved Aunt Joan, his gruff and often rude manner soon alienates him from the villagers, who insist on calling him Doc Martin, much to his chagrin. Throughout most of season one, it remains unclear if Martin and the residents of Portwenn will overcome their differences. However, when he faces his blood phobia to save the life of a young Portwenn boy suffering from a ruptured spleen, the attitude of the villagers changes and Doc Martin becomes a cherished part of the town -- though his unpleasant demeanor is as present as ever. Throughout the show there is considerable romantic tension between Martin and Louisa Glasson, the principal of Portwenn's elementary school. Though the mutual attraction is evident, Martin's tendency to be unintentionally, and sometimes intentionally, offensive initially prevents the romance from escalating. At the end of season three, Martin abruptly proposes to Louisa in a moment of passion, but both have second thoughts and neither show up at the alter. Nonetheless, the romance is not over, and season four finds Louisa unexpectedly pregnant but still unwilling to marry Martin. A recurring theme throughout this series is Martin's struggle to relate to the people around him. He frequently does not understand why his manner is so off-putting, especially to Louisa, and he often struggles to be more personable. When Louisa goes into labor with their child, Martin seems to experience an epiphany and tells Louisa that he loves her. Nonetheless, the question remains if he will be able to overcome his own personality to be a good husband and father. This question is the focus of season five, and promises to continue to plague Doc Martin in the yet-to-be-filmed sixth season.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
January 1, 2020
As the Ellinghams prepare to leave for London, Ruth admits to Martin that she"s been writing a paper on his blood phobia, and she thinks he"s been misdiagnosed. Ruth is also counseling Mrs. Tishell on how to overcome her obsession with the Doc, while Penhale anxiously arranges their goodbye party. But when Chicken the dog escapes, Martin has a life-threatening accident trying to catch him.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
January 1, 2020
The news of Martin"s invitation to be the dean of Imperial College spreads through Portwenn like wildfire, before Martin and Louisa have even decided whether he will take the job. Mrs. Tishell and Penhale are crushed, while Morwenna questions what she wants to do with her life. Can the villagers cope with the Ellinghams" ultimate choice?
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
October 12, 2022
Martin and Louisa travel to London so he can deliver the keynote address at the Imperial College Obstetrics Conference. All does not go smoothly, however, as Martin is accidentally headbutted while saving a choking woman, and then his ex-flame Sophie causes a scene at the cocktail reception. Back in Portwenn, Penhale proves to be both a hindrance and a help to Janice as she babysits the children.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
October 5, 2022
Louisa is shocked when her father, Terry, makes an unannounced visit. After it becomes clear Terry is unwell, he agrees to let Martin examine him—but that backfires on the Doc, who is now bound by the rules of medical confidentiality. Ruth employs an unconventional method to test Martin"s blood phobia, and Bert tries to get a squatter to vacate his trailer park.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
September 28, 2022
When Martin advises a patient suffering from migraines to stop cold-water swimming, Mrs. Tishell"s attempts to help almost lead to disaster. Martin has his own headaches to deal with when an herbalist sets up shop in the village and then an ex-flame arrives on his doorstep, inviting him to speak at a medical conference in London. Meanwhile, Penhale tries to rekindle his romance with Janice.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 1, 2020
While checking on a sick sheep farmer, the Doc runs into Stewart James, a patient who used to suffer from delusions that he lived with a giant squirrel. Stewart is now starting a survival course business, and he invites Al and PC Penhale to join him in the woods for a test run. But when Stewart begins to behave oddly, Al worries he"s having a mental breakdown and must figure out how to get help.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 1, 2020
The Portwenn surgery has reopened, but between Martin and Louisa sharing the office and a less-than-competent new receptionist, things aren"t running very smoothly. When Louisa"s childhood dream home goes on the market, she jumps at the chance to look for a larger space. The house"s owner is an accident-prone recent widower who seems haunted by his wife"s death—perhaps literally.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 1, 2020
It"s been a year since Martin resigned his medical license, and Louisa is now the one seeing patients out of the surgery for her child counseling practice, while Martin looks after James Henry and four-month-old Mary Elizabeth. When the mother of one of Louisa"s patients presents with serious symptoms but refuses to allow Martin to examine her, he finally admits that he wants to be a doctor again.
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"Doc Martin," produced by England's ITV, is a comedy that follows the life of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a high-flying surgeon who finds his career abruptly halted when he develops a phobia of blood. After leaving his desirable post in a London hospital, Martin reluctantly takes a much less exciting job as the GP, or general practitioner, for the small oceanside village of Portwenn.

Though he chooses Portwenn in part to be near his beloved Aunt Joan, his gruff and often rude manner soon alienates him from the villagers, who insist on calling him Doc Martin, much to his chagrin. Throughout most of season one, it remains unclear if Martin and the residents of Portwenn will overcome their differences. However, when he faces his blood phobia to save the life of a young Portwenn boy suffering from a ruptured spleen, the attitude of the villagers changes and Doc Martin becomes a cherished part of the town -- though his unpleasant demeanor is as present as ever.

Throughout the show there is considerable romantic tension between Martin and Louisa Glasson, the principal of Portwenn's elementary school. Though the mutual attraction is evident, Martin's tendency to be unintentionally, and sometimes intentionally, offensive initially prevents the romance from escalating. At the end of season three, Martin abruptly proposes to Louisa in a moment of passion, but both have second thoughts and neither show up at the alter. Nonetheless, the romance is not over, and season four finds Louisa unexpectedly pregnant but still unwilling to marry Martin.

A recurring theme throughout this series is Martin's struggle to relate to the people around him. He frequently does not understand why his manner is so off-putting, especially to Louisa, and he often struggles to be more personable. When Louisa goes into labor with their child, Martin seems to experience an epiphany and tells Louisa that he loves her. Nonetheless, the question remains if he will be able to overcome his own personality to be a good husband and father. This question is the focus of season five, and promises to continue to plague Doc Martin in the yet-to-be-filmed sixth season.

Doc Martin is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (86 episodes). The series first aired on September 2, 2004.

Where to Watch Doc Martin

Doc Martin is available for streaming on the Digital Rights Group website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Doc Martin on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, Crackle, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 2, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (17,147)