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Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
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Consulting Room
(changes in Series 1 & Series 2)
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When Martin sees his first official patient in Episode 2, the consulting room has changed considerably
from the room he inherited from the late, great Dr Sim.

Here is a comparison between Episode 1 and Episode 2 (see the layouts below):
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5a  On the right wall, in the back corner is a tall wooden cabinet with an art deco patterned glass door.  On the fireplace
mantle is a glass box with a metal scale inside.  Above the mantle is a large painting of Portwenn (Port Isaac).  There is
also a fabric folding room divider to the right of the fireplace.





5b  The art deco cabinet is the only thing in the room that Martin has kept and remains in the back right corner of the
room.  There are now two Asian boxes on the mantle and two Asian looking floral pictures with red frames above the
mantle.  The large Portwenn painting has been moved to the waiting room and will move around the Surgery as time
goes on.
1a  Entering the room, in the left front corner are old wooden cabinets with a hutch sitting on top.  To the right of the
cabinets is an old fridge and then  
2a  attached to the wall is a green porcelain sink.  

1b  Now there are new stainless steel base cabinets with wall mounted upper cabinets.  To the right appears to be a new
fridge and then
 2b  matching stainless steel base cabinets and drawer unit with built in stainless steel sink.
3a  In the back left corner is a wooden device attached to the wall that appears to be a way to measure a patient's height.  
There is also a built in cabinet with double doors painted to match the walls.





3b  The wooden device is gone and the closet remains.  Martin uses the closet throughout the run of the show.
4a  Along the back wall are two bay windows.  Under the left window is a metal cabinet with drawers and some type of old
piece of machinery.  Between the windows is a very old exam light.  Under the right window appears to be a radiator
attached to the wall.  In front of the right window is the exam couch.





4b  Now there is a short table under the left window holding the wooden mantle clock that we saw Martin remove from a
box when he was unpacking.  Between the windows is a wooden two drawer piece (possibly a file cabinet).  On top of the
wooden cabinet is his gold Buddha and a green glass shade Banker's Lamp.  The radiator is still attached to the wall
underneath the right window.
6a  On the front wall, just to the side of the door is a large white metal and glass supply cabinet.





6b  The large cabinet is gone and replaced by a short white metal rolling cart.  On the wall above is an eye exam chart.  In
the corner is the new exam couch.
7a  The desk left by Dr Sim is a large wooden desk sitting in front of the fireplace.  Martin faces the left of the room.

7b  The new desk is stainless steel with a black painted wooden top.  This is angled into the left back corner and faces the
opposite direction of the old desk - Martin now faces the right wall and the fireplace.
8a  The old exam couch has a mauve vinyl surface and is located near the back right corner of the room.

8b  The new exam couch has a dark green vinyl surface and sits in the front right corner of the room.
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Episode 1
Episode 2
Every series we see changes in this room - sometimes very minor changes and sometimes fairly major changes.  Those
changes are shown on the main Consulting Room page.

However, there was a change to the size of the room between Series 1 and Series 2.  During Series 1 there was no
permanent set for the living room and the kitchen of the Surgery.  The living room was actually a room in Fern Cottage, the
cottage that is always used as the exterior of the Surgery.  The kitchen was filmed in one somewhere in or near Port Isaac.

Prior to Series 2, new sets were built in the barn and this completed the 4-room ground floor of the Surgery - living room
and kitchen on the left side of the building and waiting room and consulting room on the right side of the building.  They
did an excellent job of mimicking the kitchen that was used in Series 1 and you can see that on the page dedicated to the
kitchen comparisons.

As they were building out the rest of the set, they added a few feet to the front of the consulting room.  You can see the
difference below - there is much more room on the right wall between the fireplace and the front wall, and there is more
room along the left wall where the stainless steel cabinets and sink are located.
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In the three pictures above from Series 1, you can see the stainless steel cabinets that Martin installed after taking over
the surgery.  The double base cabinet (with matching overhead cabinets) was placed near, but not touching, the front
wall.  Next looks to be a small white fridge.  Then another set of matching stainless steel base cabinets, the first one with
a set of drawers and then a double door cabinet with a sink on top.  

Compare this area in the pictures below from Series 2.  At least a couple of feet have been added to this area of the room.  
The stainless steel cabinets have been pushed together to form one long unit, pushed up against the front wall of the room,
and an additional top cabinet has been added so there are now 3 top cabinets.  I have inserted red arrows to indicate an
area of the wall that bumps out a few inches and you can see that the entire set of cabinets now fits in the space before
that bump.  With the additional room along that wall, there is now room for a piece of furniture behind the desk.
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Above are two Series 1 views of the other side of the room to show how the room was enlarged.  The lighting in Series 1
was much darker, but you can see the small area of the wall between the fireplace and the front wall.

Compare to the picture below from Series 2 that shows a much longer wall area.
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When Martin sees his first official patient in Episode 2, the consulting room has changed considerably
from the room he inherited from the late, great Dr Sim.

Here is a comparison between Episode 1 and Episode 2 (see the layouts below):
1a
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5a  On the right wall, in the back corner is a tall wooden cabinet with an Art Deco patterned glass door.  On the fireplace
mantle is a glass box with a metal scale inside.  Above the mantle is a large painting of Portwenn (Port Isaac).  There is
also a fabric folding room divider to the right of the fireplace.
1a  Entering the room, in the left front corner are old wooden cabinets with a hutch sitting on top.  To the right of the
cabinets is an old fridge and then  
2a  attached to the wall is a green porcelain sink.
3a  In the back left corner is a wooden device attached to the wall that appears to be a way to measure a patient's height.  
There is also a built in cabinet with double doors painted to match the walls.
4a  Along the back wall are two bay windows.  Under the left window is a metal cabinet with drawers and some type of old
piece of machinery.  Between the windows is a very old exam light.  Under the right window appears to be a radiator
attached to the wall.  In front of the right window is the exam couch.
6a  On the front wall, just to the side of the door is a large white metal and glass supply cabinet.
7a  The desk left by Dr Sim is a large wooden desk sitting in front of the fireplace.  Martin faces the left of the room.

7b  The new desk is stainless steel with a black painted wooden top.  This is angled into the left back corner and faces the
opposite direction of the old desk - Martin now faces the right wall and the fireplace.
8a  The old exam couch has a mauve vinyl surface and is located near the back right corner of the room.

8b  The new exam couch has a dark green vinyl surface and sits in the front right corner of the room.
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1b  Now there are new stainless steel base cabinets with wall mounted upper cabinets.  To the right appears to be a new
fridge and then
 2b  matching stainless steel base cabinets and drawer unit with built in stainless steel sink.
3b  The wooden device is gone and the closet remains.  Martin uses the closet throughout the run of the show.
4b  Now there is a short table under the left window holding the wooden mantle clock that we saw Martin remove from a
box when he was unpacking.  Between the windows is a wooden two drawer piece (possibly a file cabinet).  On top of the
wooden cabinet is his gold Buddha and a green glass shade Banker's Lamp.  The radiator is still attached to the wall
underneath the right window.
5b  The art deco cabinet is the only thing in the room that Martin has kept and remains in the back right corner of the
room.  There are now two Asian boxes on the mantle and two Asian looking floral pictures with red frames above the
mantle.  The large Portwenn painting has been moved to the waiting room and will move around the Surgery as time
goes on.
6b  The large cabinet is gone and replaced by a short white metal rolling cart.  On the wall above is an eye exam chart.  In
the corner is the new exam couch.
The day that Martin moved into the Surgery, the Consulting Room was filled with old, outdated,
dusty furniture and equipment left from Dr. Sim.  For all of Episode 1 we saw Martin bringing in
boxes and examining the old equipment with dismay.  In Episode 2, when his first official patient
arrived, the room had been transformed.  Below you will see the differences in the room from
Episode 1 to Episode 2.  The only item that he kept was the large wooden cabinet with the
Art Deco glass front that sat in the back right corner of the room.

From Episode 2 through Episode 6 the room remained unchanged.  But in the first episode of
Series 2 there were a lot of changes.  The biggest difference was that the room was larger.  
Several feet were added to both side walls near the front of the room.  See the information at the
bottom of this page for screenshots showing the differences.