Doc Martin (2004– )
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Better the Devil 

Martin's fear of blood has not decreased and he almost gags when he has to remove a pencil from a schoolgirl's ear. For all this he is still interested in returning to surgery. Louisa has ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Lia Williams ... Edith Montgomery
Stephanie Cole ... Joan Norton
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Joe Absolom ... Al Large
Katherine Parkinson ... Pauline Lamb
John Marquez ... PC Joe Penhale
Selina Cadell ... Sally Tishell
David Haig ... Mr. Strain
Malcolm Storry ... Clive Tishell
Georgie Glen ... Barbara
Vincent Franklin ... Chris Parsons
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... Caitlin
Luke Neal Luke Neal ... Andy


Martin's fear of blood has not decreased and he almost gags when he has to remove a pencil from a schoolgirl's ear. For all this he is still interested in returning to surgery. Louisa has left town and a visit from ex-student colleague Edith, now a high flyer in private practice, helps sway him. However, when Joan's friend Barbara has an accident caused by Mrs. Tishell's husband Clive, who has gone deaf working on oil rigs, Edith wants to operate on her, but Martin overrules her, feeling, correctly, that Barbara can be treated at home. Edith comes to apologize and has not been in Martin's house for more than a few minutes when Louisa returns, extremely pregnant. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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20 September 2009 (UK) See more »

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This episode marks the first appearance of Clive Tishell, played by Malcolm Storry. See more »


A few minutes into the episode Martin in in his office and Auntie Joan walks pass the window from right to left. She raps on the window, shows Martin a pie she is bringing him then continues walking to the left. As soon as she disappears, she appears again outside the window walking from right to left and carries the pie right past the window without stopping to show it to him. See more »


Edith Montgomery: It wasn't hard to find you, Ellingham. I just followed the trail of outraged people.
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Doc Martin Theme
Written by Colin Towns
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Doc Martin tries to get along and create a new life without Louisa.
26 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, Louisa's been gone from Portwenn for many months. As a result, Martin is beginning to question his future and is considering going back to surgery and his life in the big city. However, this also brings an old flame, Dr. Montgomery, into his life--and he seriously suspects she might have been a serious misdiagnosis.

Additional plots involve Burt trying the dating scene--and is shocked at the first woman he dates. And, the chemist turns out to have a husband--and he's home from his job on an oil rig. He's practically stone deaf and Martin might just be able to help. The show ends on a shocker....but you'll need to see that for yourself.

This is another interesting and exciting episode of this enjoyable series. Well worth seeing and well written.

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