List of Doc Martin episodes

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Doc Martin is a British comedy-drama that has aired on ITV since 2004, with a first series of six episodes. The episode number for the second series increased to eight. This was followed by a special bonus TV film and a third series of seven episodes. The next four series aired eight episodes each. Therefore, 54 episodes (from the series plus the stand-alone TV Film) have aired so far.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release Avg. UK Ratings
Series premiere Series finale Region 2 Region 1
1 6 2 September 2004 (2004-09-02) 7 October 2004 (2004-10-07) 31 October 2005 (2005-10-31)[1] 12 June 2007 (2007-06-12)[2] 9.32 million
2 8 10 November 2005 (2005-11-10) 5 January 2006 (2006-01-05) 3 April 2006 (2006-04-03)[3] 28 July 2009 (2009-07-28)[4] 8.68 million
TV film 1 25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) 29 September 2008 (2008-09-29)[5] 28 July 2009 (2009-07-28)[4] 5.88 million
3 7 24 September 2007 (2007-09-24) 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05) 18 February 2008 (2008-02-18)[6] 2 February 2010 (2010-02-02)[7] 9.12 million
4 8 20 September 2009 (2009-09-20) 8 November 2009 (2009-11-08) 1 March 2010 (2010-03-01)[8] 6 July 2010 (2010-07-06)[9] 9.15 million
5 8 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12) 31 October 2011 (2011-10-31) 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)[10] 5 June 2012 (2012-06-05) 10.60 million
6 8 2 September 2013 (2013-09-02) 21 October 2013 (2013-10-21) 24 March 2014 (2014-03-24) 10 December 2013 (2013-12-10) 8.97 million
7 8 7 September 2015 (2015-09-07) 2 November 2015 (2015-11-02) 16 November 2015 (2015-11-16)[11] 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 7.61 million[A]


Series 1 (2004)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers
Original airdate
1 1 "Going Bodmin" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella 9.93 2 September 2004 (2004-09-02)
Martin attends an interview for the post of general practitioner (GP). Having unwittingly offended local teacher Louisa Glasson, he spontaneously diagnoses her glaucoma. Although pleased to renew his acquaintance with his Auntie Joan with whom he spent holidays as a boy, he is less than enamoured of the other locals he encounters and the state of his predecessor's surgery. He also inadvertently uncovers an affair between a teenager and the wife of the Lieutenant Colonel, leading to threats of a divorce, a reconciliation and then a punch on his nose. Disillusioned, Martin decides he has made a mistake and plans to return to London.[13]
2 2 "Gentlemen Prefer" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella 8.98 9 September 2004 (2004-09-09)
Martin's surgery officially opens for business, but patients continue to treat it as a drop-in cafe. Former teacher Roger Fenn is hoarse and has a lump on his neck, so Martin refers him to a specialist for a biopsy. He is diagnosed with cancer and must have surgery which may cost the former singer his voice. Martin also sacks Elaine as his receptionist for her general attitude and incompetence after she inaccurately takes down the name or phone number of a boy with suspected appendicitis.[13]
3 3 "Sh*t Happens" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella 8.91 16 September 2004 (2004-09-16)
A stomach bug sweeps the village, filling Martin's surgery with patients. Martin appears on the local radio station in an attempt to alert the village to a potential health scare, but his efforts misfire. Bert Large and his son have an argument over college and the future of their family businesses.[13]
4 4 "The Portwenn Effect" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella 9.31 23 September 2004 (2004-09-23)

Louisa buys two tickets to the Portwenn Players Dance and invites Martin. He doesn't want to go so Louisa offers the ticket to Mark instead. Peter Cronk, a boy at Louisa's school, causes trouble on a wildlife trip and Martin meets the Park Ranger Stewart, who believes he lives with a 6 foot squirrel named Anthony.[13]

Special Guest: Ben Miller
5 5 "Of All the Harbours in All the Towns" Ben Bolt Kirstie Falkous & John Regier 9.45 30 September 2004 (2004-09-30)

John Slater, an old flame of Joan's, returns to the village hoping to rekindle his love affair with her, but Martin discovers he has a life-threatening heart condition. Fifteen-year-old Melanie Gibson (Stephanie Leonidas) has a crush on the doctor after he mends her dislocated shoulder.[13]

Special Guest: John Alderton
6 6 "Haemophobia" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella 9.31 7 October 2004 (2004-10-07)
Martin is forced to confront his fear of blood, first when the town plays a prank on him involving ketchup as a fake injury, and then when Peter, a young lad of the town, suffers a ruptured spleen that needs an urgent operation.[13]

Series 2 (2005–06)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers
Original airdate
7 1 "Old Dogs" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella & Edana Minghella 8.86 10 November 2005 (2005-11-10)
Louisa's old flame, Danny Steel, comes to Portwenn hoping to rekindle their romance. He is furious with Martin for interfering with his mother's move to a nursing home. A man who has a habit of inexplicably injuring himself consults Martin. Elaine has resigned and moved away with her boyfriend Greg and has been replaced by her cousin, Pauline Lamb.[14]
8 2 "In Loco" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 8.19 17 November 2005 (2005-11-17)
Louisa interviews for a position as headmistress and crosses Martin by insisting that children with a highly contagious disease should still come to school against the doctor's wishes. Peter stays with Martin after Peter's mother suffers serious burns. Bert Large steps in to maintain the chip shop whilst Mrs Cronk is hospitalised, only to find his "experience in the catering trade" is a little wayward.[14]
9 3 "Blood is Thicker" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 9.26 24 November 2005 (2005-11-24)
Al discovers that Bert is not his natural father; Martin diagnoses food poisoning for a rural family with a mysterious unseen mother.[14]
10 4 "Aromatherapy" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella & Edana Minghella 8.99 1 December 2005 (2005-12-01)

An old man, inexplicably emanating a horrible stench, consults Doctor Ellingham; and the local radio host, Caroline, seems to have a serious drinking problem. Julie Mitchell arrives in Portwenn and immediately catches the attention of PC Mark Mylow.[14]

Special guest: Hugh Lloyd
11 5 "Always on My Mind" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 8.56 8 December 2005 (2005-12-08)

Martin examines Helen Pratt, but she collapses and dies. Her husband, Phil, is angry with the doctor and blames him for his wife's death. A feud develops between Phil and Helen's long-time friend Joan after Phil becomes convinced that Joan knew something secret about him. Joan encourages Martin to explain the circumstances of Helen's death to Phil, having previously been extremely cold and insensitive following her death. Pauline begins training to become a member of the lifeboat crew, flirting with her instructor, Ross, in the process, causing Al to become jealous.

Special guest: Roger Lloyd-Pack [14]
12 6 "The Family Way" Ben Bolt Dominic Minghella & Edana Minghella 8.83 15 December 2005 (2005-12-15)

Martin's cold and difficult parents come to stay with him. He hasn't seen them for seven years, and is puzzled as to why they should turn up out of the blue. Mark and Julie get engaged. Danny Steel's lung collapses whilst renovating a house and Martin examines a woman with what she claims is a thyroid, but the results turn out to be rather different.

Special guests: John Woodvine & Claire Bloom[14]
13 7 "Out of the Woods" Minkie Spiro Jack Lothian 8.11 22 December 2005 (2005-12-22)
PC Mark Mylow plans to spend his stag night sleeping rough in the woods with Al Large, but gets bitten by an adder. The doctor doesn't have a clue where they are and his only hope lies with the area's park ranger – Stewart.[14]
14 8 "Erotomania" Minkie Spiro Dominic Minghella & Edana Minghella 8.60 5 January 2006 (2006-01-05)
Martin tries to persuade Mrs. Tishell, the pharmacist, to remove her collar, which she has worn for years. Louisa breaks up with Danny after career disagreements. A man from the Salvation Army arrives in Portwenn trying to trace a girl who left her home. Whom could he be after?[14]

TV film (2006)[edit]

No. overall Title Directed by Written by Viewers
Original airdate
15 "On the Edge" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 5.88 25 December 2006 (2006-12-25)
Martin learns that he is under investigation for rude and condescending behaviour with the end result that he may have to go on a 2 week course to improve his people skills. Pauline advises him that he will have to find a new receptionist as she is returning to university to study nursing. Bert Large thinks he's struck gold when word gets out that a rare bird is nesting in the local cliffs so he borrows the police van to offer guided tours. Louisa Glasson's father Terry suddenly re-appears in the village accompanied by his bi-polar friend, Jonathan. Terry had left the village under a cloud when he was accused of stealing money from the lifeboat fund but he has always maintained his innocence and Louisa remains his staunchest defender. Things get serious when Jonathan stops taking his medication and takes Martin, Louisa and Pauline prisoner and the problems in the town heat up.[15]

Series 3 (2007)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers
Original airdate
16 1 "The Apple Doesn't Fall" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 8.10 24 September 2007 (2007-09-24)
Martin believes Louisa may be anaemic after she passes out in front of her class. A young girl is treated for hyperactivity and it's suspected that she's been taking her Mum's diet pills. After the horror and shock of discovering his fiance Julie's secret, Constable Mark Mylow has left — PC Joe Penhale (John Marquez) arrives in Portwenn to replace him, arousing attention from the doc, who discovers him unconscious at the wheel of his police car.[16] Titled Tick Tock in American release.
17 2 "Movement" Ben Bolt Nick Vivian 8.58 1 October 2007 (2007-10-01)
Bert Large abandons his plumbing business in favour of running a restaurant. Following the restaurant's opening, several cases of food poisoning occur with Louisa being one of the victims.[16] Titled The Morning After in American release.
18 3 "City Slickers" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 8.84 8 October 2007 (2007-10-08)
A couple and their son move in next door to Louisa causing problems for her, Martin and the local people. Residents also begin to discover something unusual about PC Penhale[16] Titled Love Thy Neighbor in American release.
19 4 "The Admirer" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 8.81 15 October 2007 (2007-10-15)
Hotel owner Carrie Wilson has her sights on Martin much to Louisa's chagrin. Joan has an admirer in painter Edward Melville, who is 30 years younger than she.[16] Titled The GP Always Rings Twice in American release.
20 5 "The Holly Bears a Prickle" Ben Bolt Ben Bolt 9.21 22 October 2007 (2007-10-22)
Pauline's gambling addiction finally comes to a head after an explosive confrontation in the surgery. Martin and Louisa go out on a date, but it is ruined by an inappropriate remark, and Louisa ends their relationship. Louisa's friend, Holly (Lucy Robinson), injures her back while walking in Portwenn. The episode ends with Martin proposing to Louisa, telling her he can't imagine life without her. [16] Titled Breaking Up Is Hard to Do in American release.
21 6 "Nowt So Queer" Ben Bolt Keith Temple 9.92 29 October 2007 (2007-10-29)
The news of Martin and Louisa's engagement spreads like wildfire through Portwenn. A mysterious respiratory infection breaks out in the village. Martin becomes concerned about a patient who lives with her domineering and sinister sister, a biochemist. Al Large is concerned about his finances. [16]Titled The Two of Us in American release
22 7 "Happily Ever After" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 10.37 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
On the day of their wedding, Louisa's bridesmaid is hit in the eye with a party popper; the local florist gets arrested and his shop shuttered. Bert Large has to make contingency plans for the wedding party. Martin suggests the vicar has a drink problem and later catches him with a bottle of whiskey. The vicar ends up in hospital after falling over and fracturing his hip. Martin has to find a replacement, and pays a high price for his services. Louisa's maid of honor has another emergency.[16] Titled In Sickness and In Health in American release.

Series 4 (2009)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers
Original airdate
23 1 "Better the Devil" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 8.30 20 September 2009 (2009-09-20)
Life in the beautiful Cornish village of Portwenn has become ever more infuriating for Dr. Martin Ellingham since his and Louisa's heart-wrenching decision to call off their wedding. Louisa has left the village, and Martin has begun to question what keeps him in Cornwall. It's certainly not his relentlessly annoying patients. Mrs Tishell's husband Clive returns to his wife and concerns the doctor with his lack of hearing. Martin's ex-girlfriend Dr. Edith Montgomery aids a patient of his, and the pair immediately come to a disagreement over the patient's need for an operation. The episode ends with the return of Louisa and her surprise news.[17]
24 2 "Uneasy Lies the Head" Ben Bolt Ben Bolt 8.03 27 September 2009 (2009-09-27)

Dr. Martin Ellingham struggles to deal with Louisa's news, and is conflicted over what action to take. But Louisa is adamant she does not want Martin involved. Auntie Joan, however, is highly insistent that she help Louisa through the pregnancy. Louisa takes a job back at Portwenn Primary School, where the headmaster is creating suspicion and public concern over his increasingly erratic behaviour. Martin realises the schoolmaster is unwell when he evacuates blue urine. Things come to a frightening turn when he takes a class of schoolchildren to the beach.

Special guest: David Haig[17]
25 3 "Perish Together as Fools" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 8.71 4 October 2009 (2009-10-04)
Dr. Martin Ellingham is shocked to find Louisa and Aunt Joan knocking at his door before the Surgery has opened. Louisa has had a medical scare and wants Martin's reassurance that everything is fine. PC Joe Penhale's big brother Sam comes to Portwenn. Louisa moves in with an old man who wants to move to a nursing home but Martin refuses his request. The doctor is less than pleased when he hears the surgery needs to be re-decorated. Al Large goes to lengths in order to convince Pauline he is good enough for her.[17]
26 4 "Driving Mr. McIynn" Minkie Spiro Richard Stoneman 9.21 11 October 2009 (2009-10-11)
Dr. Martin Ellingham is called to Louisa's new home after she has a dizzy spell while shifting furniture. Martin urges her to slow down, but is shocked to learn that Louisa has applied to be her school's headteacher again, with the previous one getting porphyria and having to leave. Martin refuses an application to an elderly couple for a disabled parking badge when the wheelchair bound man refuses to prove he is indeed disabled, thus when Martin tries to gain proof anyway, he ends up stabbing the man in his hand with a surgical pin.[17]
27 5 "The Departed" Minkie Spiro Jack Lothian 9.49 18 October 2009 (2009-10-18)
Dr. Martin Ellingham is in London to meet Robert Dashwood, who is leading the selection process for the prestigious Imperial College London surgeon's job that Martin has applied for. Robert can tell that Martin is excited to be back in the world of surgery, and is pleased when Martin says he has finally conquered his debilitating blood phobia. Robert is confident that Martin will get the job. Meanwhile, a family sues Joan after she traps their highly troublesome child in her chicken coop, after which he develops a mysterious malaise.[17]
28 6 "Midwife Crisis" Ben Bolt Ben Bolt 9.23 25 October 2009 (2009-10-25)
Dr. Martin Ellingham meets Portwenn's new midwife, Molly, who will be looking after Louisa. Martin is dismissive of her profession and irritated by her prejudiced attitude towards him and by her insistence that men aren't needed to help pregnant women. Thus the two of them do not hit it off. In the meantime, Bert hires Marigold to work in the restaurant kitchen. She responds by bringing him game to use in the restaurant. Her husband Michael becomes deathly ill, Marigold shows some milder, but similar symptoms, and when Bert calls in Martin to look at Michael, the Doc finds spoiled roadkill (the very same game Marigold has been supplying Bert) in the kitchen cupboard. He determines that they both are suffering from toxoplasmosis from eating bad meat. [17]
29 7 "Do Not Disturb" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 9.95 1 November 2009 (2009-11-01)
Dr. Martin Ellingham seeks out Louisa to talk about his new surgeon's job at Imperial College London, but they are interrupted by Bert, who wants to plan a baby shower for Louisa. Joan opens up her house to the public as a B&B, and her first guest is an old friend with disgusting breath and a constipation issue. Martin and Pauline exchange angry words when she discovers a letter offering him a job at Imperial College London, with Martin incensed that she opened his mail in the first place.[17]
30 8 "The Wrong Goodbye" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 10.28 8 November 2009 (2009-11-08)
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, but after a series of mishaps, including the taxi driver crashing his car with Louisa inside it, Louisa goes into labour and the Doc is facing a dilemma; should he move away or stick around to support Louisa and their newborn child?[17]

Series 5 (2011)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers (millions)
includes ITV1 HD and ITV1 +1 broadcasts[18]
Original airdate
31 1 "Preserve the Romance" Ben Bolt Ben Bolt 10.24 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12)
Curmudgeonly GP Martin Ellingham's plans to resume his career as a consultant in London are put on hold with the birth of the son he fathered with his now estranged partner, Louisa Glasson. At the surgery, new GP Dr Diana Dibbs is excited to begin work, but Martin begins to have serious doubts about her competence after she misdiagnoses patients, dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs and advises patients to up dosages if problems persist. Pauline has left and got a job in Bristol, and replaced as receptionist by the new doctor's husband, much to Dr Ellingham's shock. Later, Ellingham receives some devastating news: the day previously when driving over Bodmin Moor to visit Louisa in hospital with the new baby, Aunt Joan had a heart attack and died at the wheel of her parked car.
32 2 "Dry Your Tears" Ben Bolt Richard Stoneman 10.66 19 September 2011 (2011-09-19)
Determined to get to grips with fatherhood he asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their son. He even suggests that Louisa and 'baby' could move to London with him. Louisa is none too sure about the move to London. Meanwhile, Aunt Joan's sister Ruth Ellingham turns up at Portwenn for Joan's funeral. Aunt Ruth is a doctor like Ellingham and his father Christopher "Chris", but she is a psychiatrist. Aunt Ruth, Aunt Joan, and Ellingham's father Chris were all siblings. Ellingham turns Joan's funeral into a medical warning. Aunt Ruth has no intentions of staying until Martin reveals that Aunt Joan's farm is all Ruth's.
33 3 "Born with a Shotgun" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 10.37 26 September 2011 (2011-09-26)
Ellingham has a new receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, an attractive teenage girl to replace Pauline. Morwenna fails to make a good impression on the doc by arriving late on her first day. Her grandfather William Winchelcy gives her some 'magic pills' to make sure she is on time, and bright as a button at work. Sleepless nights are taking their toll on Martin and Louisa. Tempers are frayed as they try to find ways to comfort their constantly wailing baby. Meanwhile, Aunt Ruth is dealing with an artistic intruder on the farm, Michael Dunwich, who has stolen the hub caps from her car and whose mother, Mrs Dunwich, is having mysterious abdominal and mental problems, and also believes her son is trying to poison her. Can Dr Ellingham and Constable Penhale solve the mystery?
34 4 "Mother Knows Best" Ben Bolt Chris Hurford, Tom Butterworth 10.43 3 October 2011 (2011-10-03)
It's Portwenn Fun Day and the village is buzzing with excitement about this major fund raising event. PC Penhale is in his element rallying the runners and whipping up support. The event sparks culinary rivalry between Bert Large who runs Large's restaurant with son Al and Mark, the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub. They are both keen to take advantage of the day to boost their takings by providing food for the runners and spectators. Also, Louisa's mother Eleanor (played by Louise Jameson) arrives unexpectedly, and Martin and Louisa find their son is sleeping through usual feeds until they find out her mother gave him some of her brew to calm him down.
35 5 "Remember Me" Paul Seed Jack Lothian 10.66 10 October 2011 (2011-10-10)
PC Joe Penhale has an unexpected visitor in the shape of his ex-wife Maggie, who appears to have completely forgotten that they split up a couple of years ago. Joe takes her to Large's restaurant, where fellow diner Martin quickly spots that Maggie is showing symptoms of amnesia. Louisa's mother Eleanor catches up with her old school friend Paul, a local fisherman, who takes her out on a date. Morwenna arrives at the surgery with an injured foot and the doctor grimaces at the sight of the blood as he treats the wound. Ellingham notices that Morwenna avoids having an injection and realises she is frightened of needles. PC Penhale warns Martin and Louisa that if they do not register a name for their son soon, the state will be forced to step in. In the end they name their son James Henry Ellingham.
36 6 "Don't Let Go" Ben Bolt Chris Hurford, Tom Butterworth 10.86 17 October 2011 (2011-10-17)
In an effort to get Maggie to stay in Portwenn after she gets the all-clear, PC Joe Penhale tries to prove that he is the man for her – and even engineers situations where he can show off his macho side to impress her. Maggie does eventually leave but she and PC Penhale part on good terms. Martin steps in when school caretaker Mr Coley becomes confused after breathing carbon monoxide and puts the children of the school at risk. Tensions mount between Martin and Louisa as they find themselves unable to agree on anything, from schooling for their son to what to have for dinner. Feeling that things will never change, not wanting to move to London and that Martin is incapable of showing affection Louisa takes James and moves in with her mother.
37 7 "Cats & Sharks" Paul Seed Richard Stoneman 10.92 24 October 2011 (2011-10-24)
Bert Large's restaurant business is in financial trouble. He can't even afford the food and drink for a charity event to raise money for Florence Dingle's cat sanctuary. Mrs Dingle is distraught. She desperately needs the money to continue to look after the cats and kittens in her care. Bert is also being chased by loan sharks Alastair Tonken and his son Norman for the repayment of £1,000 they gave him to clear his debts, warning of repercussions if he doesn't pay up. Mrs Tishell's infatuation for Martin increases, encouraged by his continued separation from Louisa. Martin, assisted by Morwenna, performs an emergency hernia operation on Louisa's mother Eleanor and saves her life when the ambulance's arrival is delayed.
38 8 "Ever After" Ben Bolt Jack Lothian 10.65 31 October 2011 (2011-10-31)
Mrs Tishell discovers that she can no longer hide her infatuation with Dr Ellingham and she decides that she must take drastic action, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs that are affecting her judgment. Martin asks her to look after James for the day. Mrs Tishell mis-dispenses eyedrops to PC Penhale causing him to crash his Land Rover. Mrs Tishell mistakenly thinks that Martin has sent her a covert message through a young couple he has treated and vanishes with James to a nearby holiday home. The drugs, for a few hours, cause her to think that James is her and Ellingham's son. Martin, Louisa, Aunt Ruth and PC Penhale chase after her. To coax her out of the locked house, Martin pretends to profess his love for Mrs Tishell and a desire to stay in Portwenn, while actually aiming his remarks at Louisa. James Henry is rescued, Martin and Louisa profess their love, kiss and reconcile.

Series 6 (2013)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers (millions)
includes ITV HD and ITV +1 broadcasts[18]
Original airdate
39 1 "Sickness and Health" Nigel Cole Jack Lothian 9.51 2 September 2013 (2013-09-02)
Wedding bells are ringing for the Doc and Louisa. But will the marriage finally go ahead? The Doc is irritated by PC Penhale, who wrongly presumes he is best man, plus Louisa is late. The Reverend has his doubts as to whether she will turn up, putting Martin on edge. Meanwhile, Ruth is having a rough time looking after James. He refused to eat his dinner and he won't settle, crying continuously. To make matters worse, they have a power cut.
40 2 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Nigel Cole Ben Bolt 9.05 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09)
It is Louisa's first day back at school and their new child minder, Mel, is late for work. When Mel finally does arrive Martin is dubious about handing James over to this woman who is constantly scratching. Martin insists the new nanny have a medical appointment to diagnose the cause of the itch. Meanwhile, Ruth has been roped into doing a phone-in programme on Radio Portwenn with Caroline the DJ, and a listener called 'Cliff' phones in saying he finds it difficult to make friends.
41 3 "The Tameness of a Wolf" Nigel Cole Richard Stoneman 8.36 16 September 2013 (2013-09-16)
Two fishermen wake the Doc and Louisa at the crack of dawn - they found a man collapsed on the beach. Martin examines the mystery man. His name is Robert Campbell. When Robert realises the Doc is Dr Ellingham, he starts to probe Martin about his family. Meanwhile, It's Mike's first day looking after James. Louisa is frosty with him. When she gets to school she can't help but feel uneasy and sneaks back home to check up on Mike. Al rents Morwenna's spare room.
42 4 "Nobody Likes Me" Paul Seed Charlie Martin 8.89 23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)
Louisa wants Martin to engage more with James, so she arranges for him to take their baby to playgroup, where he has to pair up with a mother and daughter and sing songs. Meanwhile, Al signs up to a dating website, Bert is suspicious when he catches Jennifer in the bathroom with a needle, and Ruth moves into a cottage in the village, but soon has a spot of trouble with her grumpy new neighbour.
43 5 "The Practice Around the Corner" Paul Seed Julian Unthank 9.17 30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
Mrs Tishell returns to the village, and her affection for Martin quickly disappears when he refuses to pass her fit for work. As if he didn't have enough on his plate, Martin must also face his fear of blood when tests show that Lorna has a high level of ferritin, which is placing a strain on her heart and liver. Meanwhile, Penhale hopes to be selected for an elite police squad by taking part in a survival training course, which goes horribly wrong when he shoots himself in the foot.
44 6 "Hazardous Exposure" Paul Seed Charlie Martin 9.09 7 October 2013 (2013-10-07)
Bert pops the question to Jennifer, and Ruth finds fault with Al's business proposal. Hypochondriac Malcolm Rayner is struggling with his breathing and Martin asks him if he has ever worked with asbestos. Penhale then spreads pandemonium by putting up warning notices about the substance's harmful properties throughout the village.
45 7 "Listen with Mother" Nigel Cole Richard Stoneman 8.58 14 October 2013 (2013-10-14)
Mrs Tishell finds herself falling in love with Martin all over again. Al receives a visit from two military policemen who are trying to track down Baby James's babysitter, Mike Pruddy. Martin becomes convinced that something is wrong with him following a conversation with his mother. The school sports day ends up in disaster, and Louisa's attempts at getting him to open up about the loss of his father prove futile.
46 8 "Departure" Nigel Cole Jack Lothian 9.07 21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)
Louisa decides to leave for Spain with baby James and says an awkward goodbye to Martin, but when he finds the scan of her brain, he spots a malformation and realises she could suffer a haemorrhage if she gets on the plane. Will the doctor make it to the airport in time? Meanwhile, disaster strikes at Bert and Jennifer's engagement party.

Series 7 (2015)[edit]

No. overall No. in series Title Directed by Written by Viewers (millions)
includes ITV HD and ITV +1 broadcasts[18][A]
Original airdate
47 1 "Rescue Me" Nigel Cole Jack Lothian 6.64 7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor.
48 2 "The Shock of the New" Nigel Cole Julian Unthank 7.33 14 September 2015 (2015-09-14)
Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed, while Bert decides to try to rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme. Morwenna asks Martin for a pay rise, and Louisa has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial. Penhale is excited to receive his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly offer him plenty of opportunities to try it out.
49 3 "It's Good to Talk" Nigel Cole Charlie Martin & Jack Lothian 6.72 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21)
Martin decides to move out of the Surgery to give Louisa space, leaving Mrs Tishell concerned he will not be able to look after himself on his own. Penhale helps Janice babysit, and Al is very concerned when he finds out about Bert's behaviour and when he hears there are bailiffs at the restaurant.
50 4 "Education, Education, Education" Charles Palmer Richard Stoneman 8.26 28 September 2015 (2015-09-28)
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together - though neither of them was expecting they would be given homework. Morwenna is not amused when Peter Cronk, who is on work experience starts trying to boss her around in the surgery. Mrs Tishell is surprised when her husband Clive returns and tells her he wants to give things another go, and Louisa has to call Martin when one of her pupils collapses during a school excursion.
51 5 "Control-Alt-Delete" Charles Palmer Julian Unthank 8.06 5 October 2015 (2015-10-05)
Reaching breaking point with being followed around by Buddy, Martin resolves to find a vet to have the dog put down once and for all. Meanwhile, Ruth finds out that Bert has been trying to make his own whisky. Clive is suspicious of Mrs Tishell and who she might be cooking meals for, Penhale makes a hash of asking Janice out, and Louisa and Martin's therapy homework results in a picnic on the beach, where they are interrupted by local vet Angela Sim - who appears to be hallucinating.
Special Guest: Caroline Quentin
52 6 "Other People's Children" Ben Gregor Julian Unthank 7.82 19 October 2015 (2015-10-19)
Louisa helps out her ex-boyfriend Danny when he brings seven children from London to camp on Ruth's farm - supervised by Al and Bert - while she and Martin plan a date on the advice of Dr Timoney. However, their night at the restaurant is interrupted when Danny calls saying one of the youngsters has gone missing. Things get worse for the couple when Martin uncovers a health scare at James's first birthday party that makes all the guests leave very quickly.
53 7 "Facta Non Verba" Ben Gregor Richard Stoneman 8.04 26 October 2015 (2015-10-26)
Louisa is not best pleased when her new art teacher Erica wants to try out some rather alternative ideas on the children, while Dr Timoney is involved in a car accident outside the school. Penhale is confused when he is offered a transfer to Exeter, Bert decides to go back to being a handyman, and Louisa and Martin are intrigued when Dr Timoney invites them for an additional therapy session.
Special Guest: Sigourney Weaver & Gemma Jones
54 8 "The Doctor Is Out" Ben Gregor Jack Lothian 8.03 2 November 2015 (2015-11-02)
Louisa worries Dr Timoney's suggestion that she and Martin aren't meant to be together might have prompted him to leave Portwenn for good. Calling on Ruth, Morwenna and Janice for help, she tries to track the down the missing GP, with no luck. However, what Dr Ellingham's friends and family fail to realise is that he is actually trapped up at the Wilton farm, where desperate wife Annie is trying to coerce him into curing her seriously ill husband Jim. Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert offer Al a proposition regarding the whisky and the B&B..
Special Guest: Gemma Jones


A. ^ Episode 1 is based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1. Episodes 2 and 3 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1 and 7 day data for ITV HD. Episodes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV, ITV+1 and ITV HD.


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