Make an appointment with the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin (Martin Clunes). When Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar.
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The first time we tried to watch this, decided against it, but then my neighbor who is from England suggested we try again. Her favorite all time series, so we did. We absolutely love this show. Humor but yet serious times as well. Give it a try
If you enjoy and appreciate British humor as much as my wife and I do, you will enjoy Doc Martin. We have watched the more recent seasons on our local PBS station, but hadn't seen season 1. It was a hoot! The producers have toned down the English accents for the American viewer, so it should be easy enough to follow. Kudos to Ms. Braithwaite. Highly recommended.
Ok, so I am a hardcore lover of BBC, have been for more years than I care to share. PBS has offered BBC comedies for decades now, however this is the most recently produced series available on PBS to date (at least in our area). When our local PBS station went into it's month-long fund-raising they stopped the regular programming and we decided to watch this series via Apple TV instead (and Amazon's Prime video app). The PBS station was showing the episodes out of order (very annoying since it is a cumulative story line) which was another reason we wanted to be able to watch the series in order. There are currently 6 seasons out, with the first being aired in 2004 and Season 6 aired in the fall of 2013. According to internet news, there WILL be one additional season made, to tie up the story lines, but at this time it is unclear whether it will air in 2014 or 2015.
Technical Notes: We had some difficulty with Amazon Prime's video streaming dying in the first five minutes of many of these episodes. Not sure if it is attributable to this series, Amazon's app, or possibly the Apple TV. If this happens, you may have to restart the video several times before it runs properly. The opening credits are displayed faster than when watching these episodes on regular tv - maybe Amazon is trying to save bandwidth, not sure, but it is the fast forward during the opening credits that is causing the streaming to fail I am sure.
My husband and I - as well as our closest friends - have become dedicated to BBC series for their quality and subtle story/character developments. Conversations between characters tend to be verbal and non-verbal, with inflection and innuendos not commonly seen in US television. Together with our friends - we've created "libraries" of these series on DVD sharing them back and forth - and turn to these when "scheduled" television offers nothing on a given night...
That said - Doc Martin is one of the very best of these series. Combining drama and humor - it at times seems to faintly reinvent the BBC classic - "All Creatures Great and Small" - although with the 'patients'(including the doctor himself) being HUMAN this time round. At other times - you might be reminded of Northern Exposure at its best - but with more focus and with the ongoing interest of the medical challenge facing the doctor in each episode.
The characters all have depth and foibles - and over time you come to see that the community of Portwen (where the series is set) is a reflection of real towns - and friends - and families - anywhere. This is suggested early in the series - when the inevitable clash between the "arrogant" Doc Martin - and the "unsophisticated" villagers comes to a head - one villager steps in as mediator and points out the obvious - despite all their differences - the villagers - including their new doctor - need one another. They are in fact - the sum of their parts. And then you get it. The series is not one-dimensional - the plots of each episode generally turn not on one story - with key players and a back up cast - but rather on the development of circumstances - which likely involves multiple characters and their personalities. For this reason the show somehow remains fresh - season after season - episode after episode.
Highly recommended for anyone over 14 (there are some adult situations and medical situations in some of the shows that in my opinion are not appropriate for younger children)
This is a delightful series. I am a fan of English films and this never disappoints. I still revisit favorite episodes. This is set in a sweet Cornish fishing village with quirky characters who make me laugh out loud. I love to be entertained with heartwarming stories and that is what Doc Martin is all about.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2012
This medical drama about a surgeon who decamps to a small Cornish town as a lowly GP after he develops an aversion to blood is absorbing and entertaining. In fact, I am riveted to the screen if only because it's filmed in a town where my family once rented a house on vacation. My favorite crab shack is in almost every shot taken by the cove!
The characters are endearing and quirky (but not overly so, which can be annoying... although I'm glad Elaine is gone after the first season), even Doc Martin, who is actually abrasive and even unpleasant at times. But you come to understand him somewhat, and of course he saves the day on a regular basis.
My only complaint about the show is that some of the story lines are overly dependent on sexual themes. I dislike when TV writers distrust their audience with tamer matters. Everyday life is fascinating enough; there's no need to try to dress it up with salacious (and patently ridiculous) matters, in my opinion. My favorite U.S. show at the moment is Royal Pains, another medical drama that has a MacGyver -like main character who can be a little much at times, but at least the story lines don't reach so low for viewer attention.
Having watched this series on TV, I simply had to buy the DVD. Although this storyline was very unconvincing (no doctor would last five minutes with an attitude like Doc Martin's!) it was a good fun, very watchable movie and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was unusual to see a lovely actor like Martin Clunes playing the part of a grumpy, unapproachable G.P, but being the brilliant actor that he is, he played the part so convincingly that you started to feel sympathy for him after the first few scenes. The absolutely beautiful Cornish scenery complimented the storyline superbly, and made this a film that I've watched again and again. Thoroughly worthy of five stars.
Myself and my husband just love the series and prefer to skip it on tv and watch the dvd so we can watch as many episodes as we please in one sitting ( I have since bought them all ). Martin Clunes is so funny and his character is very easy to fall into . The scenery is beautiful and shot very well . All the actors in it act well and i havent found anyone annoying in it to date . We tended to watch it to unwind , a good family all rounder . Good hardcase and good artwork.
I bought this as a present for my mother, who has dementia and can't cope with complicated plots. She likes comedy and has watched these shows on TV for years (before the dementia really appeared) so Doc Martin is a familiar friend and she is very happy watching him on DVD - it doesn't matter how many times she sees these programmes. Given that one has to sit and watch them with her, I am glad this is so well written, acted and produced. I wouldn't really watch this when broadcast - I really don't have time to watch much TV, but I am very happy to see it with my mother
5.0 out of 5 starsMartin Clunes is excellent as the brilliant but grumpy no-nonsense GP
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2016
Martin Clunes is excellent as the brilliant but grumpy no-nonsense GP, Dr Martin Ellingham. The show relies on a community or individual ailment/illness for the good doctor to investigate and so the situation is set. Doc Martin has a bedside manner that leaves a lot to be desired which creates opportunity for humour, tension and plot development. The cast of characters range from down right looney to the normal, giving ample opportunity for the shows quirkiness to come through. The love interest between Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Caroline Catz (Louisa Glasson) is a wonderfully awkward stop start affair that gives you real insight into Doc Martin character and ultimately explains his behaviour towards his patients. This is a great programme and well worth buying.
5.0 out of 5 starsliebenswert, kauzig, humorvoll mit tollem Schauplatz in Cornwall
Reviewed in Germany on July 4, 2017
Die erste Doc Martin-Staffel ist bereits 2004 produziert worden und kommt nun 13 Jahre später auf in deutscher Syncro auf den Markt. Die Rahmenhandlung ist schnell erzählt. Doc Martin war erfolgreicher Chirurg, konnte dann kein Blut mehr sehen und übernimmt in einem verschlafenen Küstenstädtchen in Cornwall eine Landsarztpraxis.Er selbst ist - gelinde ausgedrückt - etwas kauzig. Die Dorfeinwohner sind es nicht minder. Es kommt zu allerlei Verwicklungen. Die Lehrerrin (Caroline Catz) dürfte Krimi-Liebhabern aus Inspector Banks bekannt sein. Die Serie spielt an der wundervollen Nordküste von Cornwall in Port Isaac; in der Serie heisst der Ort Portwenn. Es hat etwas gedauert bis man sich an den kauzigen Typen gewöhnt hat. Ja, manchmal musste ich der Optik wegen an Mr. Bean denken. Die Serie ist teilweise einfach staubtrocken lustig, manchmal dramatisch durch die jeweils aktuellen Fälle. Alles wächst einem ans Herz. Die Serie wurde übrigens vor ein paar Jahren adaptiert mit Axel Milberg in der Hauptrolle. Doktor Martin. War auch sehr nett, aber kam nicht an den Charme des Originals heran. Alles soweit top, freue mich auf die nächsten Staffel. Termin für Staffel 2 und 3 steht. Hoffentlich werden hier auch die anderen 4 veröffentlicht. Kritikpunkte – dafür gibt es keinen Sternabzug. 6 Folgen a 45 Minuten sind für knapp 20 € etwas dürftig. Die Bildqualität ist nicht 1a. Bild ist etwas kriselig. Vielleicht wird das in den nächsten Staffeln besser. Aber ansonsten: mein aktuelles Serienhighligt! Waren diese Woche in Cornwall und natürlich auch in Port Isaac. Sind doch tatsächlich in Dreharbeiten zur 8. Staffel reingestolpert.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2007
I'm pretty hard to please when it comes to TV drama but this show has hit all the right buttons. Clunes is just superb as the cermudgenly doctor Martin Ellingham with some of the best put down lines I've ever heard. These are, however second to his facial expressions and his physical manner, his walk in particular is just so wonderfully superior. The rest of the characters in the series are brilliantly observed and receive a good deal of development. Particular mention should be made of the village bobby, Mark Milo, Aunty Joan and especially Caroline Catz as the village school teacher Louisa Glasson. The continued will-they, won't-they situation between her and the Doc. is excrutiating but also wonderful to watch. The series is not all comedy however, there are some touching moments too and it is this mix of comedy and pathos which contributes to what is about the best drama on British television at present. Chris Wood
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2014
Martin Clunes offers a superb performance, which is accurate and encapsulates the lifestyle of a Cornish Village, with a highly competent and knowledgeable character. The storylines are engaging and superbly staged. Highly Recommended.
I took these to my son in Austria for him and his family to enjoy, he used to work in Port Issacc where it was filmed, a wonderful part of Cornwall. These will help my Austrian grandchildren with their English!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2013
I think Martin Clunes is a great actor who can play any part be it funny or straight. This series is extremely good and I feel it will remain a favourite for years to come. Fast free delivery and cheaper than anywhere else. Amazon, my favourite place to shop and never lets me down.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2009
Long time I thought "Doc Martin" was a German series. But my daughter told me, "no it's british!" Now I discovered the original and I'm surprised that its really not so much different to our German version. And therefore I can only tell you: It's really great! A fine masterpiece of drama and humour! Ordering from Germany was very easy as well. So go ahead and buy it, where ever you are on this planet! :-)