Doc Martin (2004– )
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The Wrong Goodbye 

Dr Martin Ellingham and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before his Surgery closes and he moves to London.


Ben Bolt


Jack Lothian, Dominic Minghella (creator: series) | 2 more credits »


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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 ... Mrs. Tishell
Sophie Thompson ... Tasha
Nigel Betts ... Tommy
June Marlow June Marlow ... Mrs Rudd
Pameli Benham Pameli Benham ... Mrs Wilson
Andy Robb Andy Robb ... Mick
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... Will


It's Martin's last day in Portwenn and the surgery is packed. Edith turns up, expecting an apology from Martin for walking out on her but of course does not get one and Joan again rebukes him for distancing himself from his child. As he is about to leave, Tasha, a school-teacher friend of Louisa, collapses. She has been inhaling fumes from an illegal bio-fuel used by her cab driver husband Tommy. She is all right but Tommy, who is driving Louisa to hospital for the birth, also collapses at the wheel and crashes the car. Martin races to save him and to help deliver the baby. It's a boy, and the whole of Portwenn, who have been listening via Pauline's amplified mobile phone, cheer Martin and Louisa and their new offspring. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 November 2009 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This is the final appearance of Joan Norton, played by Stephanie Cole. See more »


When Doc places Tommy in the back of the car he is in the spot where the Buddha and broken Vodka bottle are supposed to be. There was no time to clean it up. It shows up again when Doc takes Louisa home from the hospital. See more »


Mick: How long have I got left? A year? Two?
Dr. Martin Ellingham: [Doc Martin grabs a book from a packing box]
Mick: Oh bloody hell, you know it's bad when even the doctor has to look it up in a book.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: It's a ganglion, a cyst of the joint. Hold your hand up.
[Doc Martin suddenly swings the book hard, striking Mick's hand]
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Spoofs The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


Doc Martin Theme
Written by Colin Towns
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It's in the blood
14 September 2018 | by tunix_2008See all my reviews

For four seasons we had the pleasure of watching Doc Martin navigate the satirical social situations of Portwenn all because this top surgeon suddenly developed a "thing" for blood. That became the operative focus point for the first three seasons until the doc's old fling showed up and shook things around. "I helped you get over your blood thing. I can help you beat this too" -- meaning his supposed fear of intimacy. She did overbearingly help him get over his hemophobia for a couple of episodes lulling us all (the Doc included) into believing that he'll be on his way back to surgical theater in London. For all her overbearing ways, Dr. Montgomery got her tell off when the Doc said, "I just didn't want to be with you." On his last day of treating patients, Pauline suddenly got all efficient, performing triage and good practice management sense. The parade of patients ensued. There was woman who wanted her prescription filled even though she wasn't taking the meds, then the taxi driver with incessant headaches, a woman with infection on her hands which she got from her husband's best friend, a man using a cricket ball to support his hernia, and the mover with a ganglion the Doc got rid by striking it with book. It took four years but socially inept Doc was finally getting a clue by giving Louisa something for their baby. Of course it was a clinical breakdown of projected expenditure and postdated checks but for me it's what that represented: he cared about her and their baby that he's taking care of them his way -- financially. Things took the Portwenn turn when Louisa's co-teacher started showing signs of dizziness and headaches much like the taxi driver patient. It turned out that they were a married couple who used recycled cooking oil to fuel their taxi. Unknowingly they were inhaling the methanol by-product of burning cooking oil making them both sick and possibly dying. The Doc was on his way out of Portwenn for good when he saw the teacher pass out in front of the festival goers. He gave her an alcohol drip and had Pauline call an ambulance. Joan told him that Louisa might have taken the husband's methanol cab on her way to hospital. Sure enough, Louisa was on the ill-fated cab. When the Doc got to them, the cab had already hit the rocks and the cabbie was unconscious. Once again, the Doc turned to Pauline to find out where the nearest pub was and to call an ambulance. The Doc unknowingly kept the phone connection on so the rest of Portwenn heard what was going on all the way to the birth of the Doc and Louisa's son. Then the Doc rushes out to throw up because their baby was all bloody. The Doc was emotional held his son in his arms and -- as he always does when uncomfortable -- he launches into his encyclopedic spiel saying that the baby's head was deformed because of the pressure of the birth canal. I hope Louisa finally got this -- that the Doc was only reverting to his comfort zone when confronted by happy feelings to detach himself from his discomfort but not from her and now their son. I guess we can conclude that the hemophobia is back and London is out. I can't wait for the next season.

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