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Doc Martin is
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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 Series 1, they constructed the waiting room and the consulting room in a barn at the farm.

For the production of Series 2, they added the kitchen and living room for the surgery.  In Series 1 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 Series 1.  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 Series 1, 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 Series 2 and the kitchen in Bert's restaurant starting in Series 3.  I also believe that
the upstairs bedroom in the surgery is a set that was built on the farm starting in Series 5 (if not earlier).  

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