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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.

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9 Seasons, 76 Episodes
September 2, 2004
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  • Ruth plans an intervention to help Martin overcome his blood phobia before his final medical refresher course. Wedding bells are ringing in Portwenn, but things don't go as planned when the officiant cancels at the last minute and a medical emergency threatens to ruin the day.

  • Martin and Louisa attend their first fertility consultation, but Martin struggles to adapt to being the patient instead of the doctor. Penhale investigates a case of vandalism at a local surf school, and Louisa prepares for her first supervised counseling session.

  • Penhale has a real investigation on his hands when a camper is shot, and he feels duty-bound to look after the victim. James's first playdate goes awry, and the Larges' business aspirations fizzle as the pub goes up for sale, but they can't afford to buy it.

  • Louisa panics when Buddy the dog goes missing, but Martin is too busy preparing for his second required medical assessment to help search for their errant pet. Bert and Al learn distressing news about the pub, and Penhale receives an unexpected visitor to the police station.

  • As Martin avoids his approaching birthday, Louisa plans to have her study group over to their home for a presentation. PC Penhale investigates a break-in at Ruth's house, and Al finds a way to make up for his lackluster proposal to Morwenna.

  • As part of the inspector's recommendation, Martin is forced to attend refresher courses, starting with phlebotomy. While Louisa worries that James is struggling to make friends, she attempts to befriend the oblivious new school head. Bert's cousin arrives with a business proposition for the Larges.

  • The Doc Martin cast & crew gather in Port Isaac to share an exclusive sneak peak at the storylines in Season 9 and their love of filming in Cornwall.

  • The cast & crew of Doc Martin recount the trials and tribulations of Bert Large's numerous business endeavors.

  • The Doc Martin cast & crew share the joy of working with brilliant young actor, Elliot, who plays Doc Martin's son, James Henry.

  • The Doc Martin cast & crew recount the many romantic gestures, accidental proposals, and missed weddings throughout the Doc Martin series.

  • Martin stops practicing the week before his hearing, but patients continue to solicit his advice. An American tourist asks Mrs. Tishell for help, and Penhale commissions a bust of himself.

  • Penhale decides to have a police open house to raise community awareness, but it only attracts one genuine visitor. Louisa questions her decision to return to school, while Morwenna leaves the surgery for a weekend away with Al.

  • With James teething, Martin and Louisa are desperate for more sleep. In an unusual display of mourning, Mrs. Tishell closes the pharmacy, inconveniencing everyone. Meanwhile, Al needs Bert's help to get the whisky business back on track.

  • Louisa's stress is compounded when she must take a group of students on a sailing trip. Ruth's decision regarding the farm causes trouble for the Large family enterprises, and so Morwenna and Al throw an event to help save their business.

  • With Janice's departure, Martin and Louisa need to find a day care for James, and they settle on Portwenn Tots. Ruth considers selling her farm, and Mrs. Tishell's pharmacy receives a new blood-pressure monitor.

  • After having therapy to save their marriage in the last series, Martin and Louisa face the challenge of living happily together with their baby James Henry. Meanwhile wedding bells are ringing for Portwenn's police constable, Joe Penhale and the Doc's nanny Janice Bone.

  • Go behind the scenes of Doc Martin Series 8

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