The Doctor film series were developed from a series of comic novels by British physician Richard Gordon covering the antics of a group of young doctors. The early films featured Dirk Bogarde in the lead as Doctor Sparrow and Donald Sinden as Benskin. Later films centred on Leslie Phillips.
The films were directed by Ralph Thomas and produced by Betty Box. The films inspired several spin-off television series.
A successful television series Doctor in the House (TV), from London Weekend Television, Seven Network (Australia), and the British Broadcasting Corporation followed.