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A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
Always on My Mind
When Ross comes to the surgery to tell
Pauline she is on the lifeboat crew, Martin
comes into the waiting room and recognizes
him.  He brags that he is a senior member of
the crew and puts his hand up to his chest.  If
you pay close attention, it looks like seeing
Martin has reminded him of their first meeting
- when Ross was diagnosed with
gynecomastia.  The same thing happens in
S2E9 when Martin runs into Colonel Spencer
on the coast path.
Easter Eggs
On the Edge
When Martin meets Colonel Spencer on the
coast path, as Martin is walking away, the
Colonel grabs his chest with both hands and
lifts up.  This is a callback to S1E1 when the
Colonel first met Martin and Martin diagnosed
him with gynecomastia. The surfer, Ross, who
was also diagnosed with the same problem,
had much the same reaction when he saw
Martin in S2E5.
The episode title is "Aromatherapy" and there
are lots of areas of the storyline that have to
do with odors.  In the very first shot of the
episode, in the first frame, we see Martin
walking to the kitchen counter smelling the
canister of coffee as he is about to make his
first cup of the morning.
Better the Devil
Martin is introduced to Mrs Tishell's husband
Clive and he responds that he assumed he
was dead.  This could be a callback to S2E9
(On the Edge) when Martin meets Louisa's
father and says he thought he was dead.
When Edith walks into the surgery for the first
time she tells Pauline that she needs to see
Martin.  When Pauline tries to explain that he
is seeing patients and she will have to wait
her turn, Edith pulls rank and says, "I'm Dr
Montgomery."  Pauline repiles, "I'm Pauline,
the receptionist".  This is reminiscent of S1E2
(Gentlemen Prefer) when Martin visits Roger
in the hospital and parks in the doctors' lot.  
He tells the receptionist, "Dr. Martin
Ellingham, Portwenn."  She says, "You're a
GP?" and his response is, "Right, yes.  And
you're a receptionist."
The Departed
Martin is standing in the Wenn's kitchen,
grabs some paper towels and bends down to
clean off his shoe because Theo threw up on
it.  As he turns his head to stand up, his face
is just inches from Claire's bum as she is
leaning over to take food out of the oven.
Gentlemen Prefer
We spot a couple of onions on the dashboard
of Louisa's car twice.  When she is getting in
the car on the beach to head to the hospital,
and then again as she is leaving the hospital.  
Some people think that it is a little tribute to
Ross Onions, who has worked in several
different capacities on the camera crew.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Martin is examining a patient and questions
him about how many times a day "it"
happens.  Martin tells him that about 15 times
per day is average.  We never find out what
the patient's complaint is, but according to a
couple of fans who are physicians, it seems
he is probably talking about passing gas.
Martin & Louisa's first dinner guests as a
married couple are Dennis and Karen Dodds.
In the 2000 movie, Dirty Tricks, starring Martin
Clunes, the couple whose marriage he was
thrust into the middle of were named Dennis
and Karen.
The Tameness of a Wolf
There's a scene where a farmer, Mr Nugent,
calls Joe Penhale because Robert's car is
blocking his tractor.  The farmer is played by
Johnny Bamford, who is the location manager
for Doc Martin.  Johnny was also the location
manager for Saving Grace and Martin's
character, Dr Martin Bamford, was named for
him.  That name carried over to the two Doc
Martin movies, but was changed to
"Ellingham" for the series.
When the altercation with Robert is done,
Aunt Ruth tells Martin that she had been
treating him for De Clerambault's Syndrome.  
This is what Martin accused Louisa of at the
end of S2E8 when she tells him that she loves
him too (after he drunkely told her he loved
her the evening before).  Of course, the next
time he sees her, he mumbles that perhaps
he hadn't thought through the diagnosis.
Happily Ever After
When Martin goes to the church looking for
the vicar, Mrs Tishell is practicing the organ.  
As he gets to the main aisle, Mrs Tishell starts
the first chords of the Wagner Bridal Chorus
and plays it as he slowly walks down the
aisle.  The timing is exactly as an organist
plays when the bride appears at that spot in a
When Martin is delivering Isobel's baby up on
the hill, look closely and you will see that she
is lying on Louisa's lilac colored jacket (you
can even see the polka-dotted lining).  In the
next scene, when Isobel is being loaded into
the ambulance, Louisa is again wearing the
On both of his wedding days, a villager
inappropriately asks Martin to examine their
problem knee.  In this episode, it is the Dry
Cleaner thinking he has just caught the bride
and groom returned home from the church.  
In S6, it is Chippy Miller at the wedding
Going Bodmin
Elaine refers to a "slapper from Dorset".  
Martin Clunes and his wife Philippa (producer
of Doc Martin) live in Dorset.
Aunt Joan tells Martin that if he wanted a
chocolate-box village to go to the Isle of
Wight.  Dominic Minghella who created the
characters and wrote most of the first two
series is from the Isle of Wight.
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The Portwenn Effect
The silhouetted couple in the window as
Martin is leaving the Portwenn Players'
Dance.  We know he sees them too because
he looks in that direction and says,
"Bloody Hell!"
Is the name given to the character, Stewart
James, an homage to the beloved actor
James Stewart?