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Doc Martin is
The Surgery
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The "Surgery" section is my own little love letter to the set designers and prop masters of Doc Martin.  
The dressing of the sets provides such a rich viewing experience since there is always so much to see in
the background of any scene - which is one reason many fans enjoy watching the episodes over and
over again.  In the multiple viewings, not only do we catch additional nuances from the performances,
but we also catch the little inside jokes and "Easter Eggs" that the crew have created for us.  We
probably sometimes look for meaning in things that have no meaning, but that's part of the fun of being
a fan of such a richly rewarding show.

So, thank you to the crew for keeping us so entertained!  (We need something to keep us going for 2
years at a time!)
Martin's surgery is a cottage called "Fern Cottage" on Roscarrock Hill in Port Isaac, Cornwall

During the time they are shooting the series, the Doc Martin Production team has their interior sets and
production offices located at Roscarrock Farm which is just a short drive southwest of Port Isaac.

For S1, they constructed the waiting room and the consulting room in a barn at the farm.

For the production of S2, they added the kitchen and living room for the surgery.  In S1 they had used

the kitchen in a cottage in Port Isaac, so when they constructed the new kitchen in the barn
they did a good job of duplicating the one used in S1.  If you paid close attention you could spot some
differences, but on the whole they have the same feel.  For the few scenes that took place in the living
room in S1, they actually used the living room at Fern Cottage.  

Check out the individual pages for the four main rooms of the surgery to see how they have changed

(or been furnished) over the run of the show.  One of my favorite things to spot is the multiple doors
used for the kitchen back door! I tried to get good, clear shots of everything, but in some cases the
only views were not in focus (of course, the focus tends to be on the actors - not the background!)

Other sets have also been constructed in the barn.  The ones that I am certain about are the police
station interior in S2
, the kitchen in Bert's restaurant starting in S3, a mock up of the exterior of Martin's
cottage in S7 (the scene when he tossed Buddy out the window), and the cellar for the pub in S8 & S9.

See below for an approximate layout of the main floor and upstairs in the surgery.