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A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
Of All the Harbours in All the Towns
When Elaine throws a tantrum and breaks
a glass, Martin says nothing and just walks
out of the kitchen.
Martin tries to stand up to John for Joan,
but she waves him off.
Martin is very gentle and very nice to
Melanie all through the episode.  Of course,
this gets him into more and more trouble as
she becomes even more besotted with him.
Martin hugs and comforts Aunt Joan as
John sails away.
Nice Martin
Cats and Sharks
Even though he was rude to her in one part
of the episode, Martin has a little bit of a soft
spot for Mrs Dingley.  This is surprising
because she is a very unkempt woman and
she rescues cats.  You would have expected
that Martin would have little regard for her.  
On the surface it seems that way, but his
interactions with her were a little bit
surprising.  Especially in the last scene.  He
was cleaning her face and very gently told

her that she wouldn't fall so much if she got
new spectacles.  He then told her a little

soap wouldn't go amiss either, but again,
said in a soft, caring voice.  When Joe tries
to question her about the broken car
window, Martin tries to advocate for her but
she confesses to the crime.  After Joe

decides to let her off and walks away, her
tears miraculously dry up and Martin shoots
her a look because she fooled them both

with the tears.
Sh*t Happens
Martin meets Mrs Tishell for the very first
time and is very cordial to her.  When she
tells him that she has been waiting to meet
him, and that it is common practice for the
new GP to pay a visit on the local
pharmacist, he apologises to her.  He even
admits that it was unprofessional of him.
We see Martin trying to teach Elaine how
the computer network works, but when
Martin discovers that Al is trying to develop
a career working on computers, he plays
dumb about networks and asks Al to take a
look at it.  Al checks out the computer and
says that the network is all messed up but it
seems obvious that Martin has fiddled with it
to make it look like he needs Al's help.  He
then hires Al to keep the computers in the
surgery maintained.
After Bert agrees to stop selling the
contaminated bottled water, Martin covers
for him - both with Caroline on the radio
and with Louisa as they walk into the pub.
Mark interrupts Martin and Louisa's first
date at the pub and he is dismayed but
listens to Mark's troubles as Louisa walks
Always on My Mind
After being very rude to Louisa and Tricia
(although it was really meant for Louisa), he
takes his time to be helpful to Tricia on two
occasions.  The first time is when he sees

her trying to enter her cottage.  He stops
and walks up to her and gently tells her
that he thinks her problem is OCD.
Martin is just about to leave to meet Louisa
at the pub when Trisha walks in, finally
ready to admit her OCD.  While Martin tries
to explain that he has to be somewhere, he
recognizes that she needs his help now and
misses out on the evening with Louisa.
After the confrontation in his office about
her drinking, Martin is very gentle with
Caroline when he comes to the police station
to draw her blood.  He asks her if she is all
right, but she is dismissive of his concern.  
After drawing the blood, he tells her that she
is not well and asks if he can do some more
tests while he is there.  She tells him that

he is no longer her doctor, but he still tries
to convince her to let him examine her.  She
refuses and he offers to drive her home.  
When they pull up to the house, he looks at
her with concern, but before he can say
anything she lurches out of the car and into
the house.  
Better the Devil
Buddy follows Martin up Roscarrock Hill to
the surgery.  After he shuts the door on
him, he opens it again, looks around, and
next you see him driving him back out to

Aunt Joan's farm.
The Departed
Martin is arriving at the surgery porch after
attending Theo Wenn and Mrs Selkirk is
standing there waiting for him.  She tells him
again that her late husband is with her.  This
time he seems to show a real concern for
her.  He asks her a couple of questions to
determine her mental well-being, and even
though she passes the test he tells her that
he would still like to have the district nurse
check in on her.
Gentlemen Prefer
Although Roger and Martin have not had a
good start to their doctor-patient
relationship, when Martin finds out that
Roger's tests show that he has cancer, he
immediately drives out to his house and
gently shares the news.
Even though Bobby and his family also didn't
have a great start with Martin, when he sees
him playing football on The Platt, he
retrieves the wayward ball for him and
nicely asks how he is feeling.  When Bobby
says he doesn't like him, Martin responds
that it's okay because Martin likes Bobby.  
Bobby repays him by calling him the w-word,
the t-word, the p-word and the z-word.
Martin just can't seem to shake the dog, so
he drives him out to Aunt Joan's farm to
re-home him there.  He tells him that dogs
are supposed to enjoy living on farms.
When Elaine comes in to collect her back
pay, Martin tries to convince her to attend
her father's wedding.  He also delves into
her feelings about Carmen replacing her
mother and admits that he could have
been more understanding.
When Martin visits Roger in the hospital
they really seem to bond.  Martin reveals to
him the reason that he had to quit surgery
and then makes jokes about how the village
will fall out of love with him if they find out
and about how Roger won't be able to tell
them anyway because of his surgery.  He
sits down and shares with him the bad
relationship he has with his parents.
At the wedding, as they are standing
outside the reception tent, Martin jokes
with Roger about how he will try to fit him in
to his rather empty patient appointment book.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
When Morwenna shows up late for work and
tells Martin she was putting new flowers on

her grandfather's grave, he isn't angry with
her - despite patients already in the waiting
room.  He simply says, "Yes" and calls for his
first patient.  A new, married, more
understanding Doc?
Louisa comes into the consulting room after
putting James to bed and sees Martin

working on a clock.  She asks what he is
doing and he invites her to sit down and
proceeds to explain how he is repairing a

part of the clock.  Of course, this goes all
wrong when Louisa tries to talk about their

two week anniversary.  Martin says its not
really an anniversary and goes back to
explaining the repair.  Louisa gets up and
leaves, Martin looks a bit puzzled, but just

goes back to his clock.
Martin seems to be trying to fulfil his role as
husband to the village's head teacher by
willingly attending a school concert.  When
Louisa prods him to be more sociable, he
suddenly invites one of the school governors
to dinner, not realizing that Louisa doesn't

like the man but was only being pleasant to
him because her job demanded it.  After
making the invitation, he even turns to Louisa
and says, "What do you think darling?"  

Louisa seems stunned by the public
endearment, but Martin doesn't realize the
mistake he made by choosing the wrong
person to invite as their first guest as a

married couple.
The Tameness of a Wolf
When Martin tells Becky Wead that he will
need a stool sample, her mother interprets
that he is asking for "poo-poo."  Martin gets

a container and hands it to Becky and tells
her to put a piece of "...poo-poo" into it.  

(He is usually a stickler for proper medical
When Martin and Joe meet at Aunt Ruth's
farm to confront Robert Campbell, they
actually seem to be working together.  Joe
tells him that they need backup: swat team,
chopper, armed response.  Martin sincerely
asks him if he can get all that.  It's not until
Joe says, "No" that Martin says, "Idiot" and
walks away.
Martin is very nice to Aunt Ruth a few times
in the episode.  He invites her to lunch for
her birthday (with a slight prompt from
Louisa), offers to come by in the evening
when she is concerned about a stalker, and
offers to make her a cup of tea after the
incident with Robert.
Perish Together as Fools
When Joe tries to give Martin the painting
that Sam forged, he also apologises for
what his brother almost did to their "special"
relationship.  He asks Martin if they are

okay now and Martin just give him a "pffft",
which is one of the nicest reactions he has
had to Joe's repeated declarations of
Going Bodmin
As Martin is driving into Portwenn to move
into the surgery, he stops at the beach and
smiles when he sees a Volkswagen floating
in the harbour.
Martin drives to Aunt Joan's farm and
greets her with a smile and a hug.  When
he leaves, he gives her a kiss on the cheek.
Martin has his first nice conversation with
Louisa at the fair and makes a joke that the
primary school teacher is apparently a pirate.
Martin is upset that he might be responsible
for the break up of Gilbert and Susan's
marriage, so he invites Susan to the pub to
apologise and see if there is anything he
can do to help.  But he has also invited
Gilbert and Ross so that they can all talk it
out.  His intentions were good, but as
Gilbert tells him, he knows nothing about
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The Portwenn Effect
Martin is very patient and gentle with Mark
when he comes to him with his concerns
about his "size".  Mark reveals his
prospective date with Louisa and his long
time crush on her, which seems to have a
strong affect on Martin.  But he very calmly
tells him he has patients to see and even
reminds him not to leave his pills.  
Although Martin was not happy about
needing to drive out to see Stewart, he
seems to find him intelligent and astute.  
He smiles and laughs at Stewart's
descriptions of the villagers and Elaine.
Even though Martin enjoyed the banter
about the villagers and Elaine with Stewart,
he seems to draw the line when Stewart
starts making fun of Mark.  Perhaps this is
because of the sensitive conversations he
has had with Mark about his inability to find
a girlfriend and now his recent consultation
over his concerns with his physical
inadequacies.  This time, he doesn't laugh
with Stewart and changes the subject.
Martin has gone back out to see Stewart with
the intention of having him sectioned, but
when Stewart tells him a little more about his
issues and especially his strong reactions to
smells, Martin suddenly finds he can relate.  
Stewart's remark about this being a good
place to be if you're fragile also seems to
resonate with Martin and he decides to follow
Mark's advice and find a more creative
Martin has a small bonding moment with
Peter in the school hallway over feeling like
an outsider.
Martin attempts to apologise to Peter but is
interrupted by Mark to take them to the air
Martin does apologise to Peter in the
ambulance and tells him that he was having
a bad day.