Trivia - S1E6
Haemophobia
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Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
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Literary Reference - "Haemophobia" definition:  Morbid fear of blood, A pathological fear of blood.
Connecting the Episode Title to the Storylines
Several people in this episode are dealing with aversions or fears
Martin was diagnosed with haemophobia when he suddenly developed an aversion to the sight and smell of blood
and cauterized flesh.  This is the reason he is no longer a surgeon in London and is now the GP in the village.
Peter Cronk also has fears.  He doesn't feel part of the group in school so he does everything to avoid
participating in group activities.  
Several of the villagers seem to be fearful that their new GP may not be reliable because of his blood issue.
Martin and Louisa have been finding themselves drawn to each other, but neither is ready to admit their feelings.  
Peter tries to get Louisa to admit her feelings for Martin, but she brushes him off.  After Martin tells Louisa the
story about how he developed haemophobia and she watches him save Peter's life, she seems to become
emboldened.  In the taxi on the way back to Port Isaac, Louisa edges her hand toward Martin's hand on the seat
between them waiting for him to meet her halfway.  Martin tries, but doesn't have the courage.  A few minutes later
he gets the courage to touch her hand.  Louisa immediately grabs him and they share a passionate kiss.  Martin
spoils it by accusing her of having bad breath and the progress they both made is snapped - sort of like magnets
pulling together or pushing apart.
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Original Broadcast:  Oct 07, 2004

ACTION MARTIN - Martin sprints to the pub in response to the call that Bert has been injured.  

FOOD - Bert and the patrons in the pub use ketchup to fool Martin into thinking it is blood and elicit a response from him.

FOOD - Louisa gets ice cream cones for herself and Peter Cronk from the Kelly's Ice Cream truck in the car park near the top of the village.

FOOD - In the Fish and Chip shop we see Mrs Cronk peeling potatoes when Louisa brings Peter home from the hospital.

FOOD - When Mrs Cronk tries to call Louisa for help with Peter, we see the uneaten dinner on the table.  Beef, peas, carrots, potatoes, bread,
orange juice.

HAEMOPHOBIA - Martin gags when he first sees Bert's "injury".  It's not until he gets up close that he realizes it's just ketchup.

LOOK BACK - Louisa watches Martin walk away after he refuses her help with his warning to the sunbather outside the pub.

LOOK BACK - Martin watches Louisa walk away after they have a contentious discussion on his porch about his blood issue.

LOOK BACK - Martin watches the taxi drive away after Louisa has thrown him out.

LOUISA STANDING UP - Louisa marches up to Adrian Pitts, and in front of a group of colleagues gives him a dressing down and warning
about ever bad mouthing Martin again.

MEDICAL SPEAK - After Martin and Louisa share a passionate kiss in the taxi, Martin tells her that he is concerned she might have a medical
condition.  She realizes he is talking about her bad breath after they were up all night in the hospital.

NICE MARTIN - Martin attempts to apologise to Peter but is interrupted by Mark to take them to the air ambulance.

NICE MARTIN - Martin does apologise to Peter in the ambulance and tells him that he was having a bad day.

RADIOS - Radio on the windowsill behind Elaine's desk.

RADIOS - Radio in Aunt Joan's kitchen on the counter next to the back door.

RADIOS - Small portable radio on the bar of the pub that is broadcasting Caroline discussing Martin's blood issues.

RUDE MARTIN - While removing the mole from Don's temple, Martin is exasperated over the questions about blood and appears to let him feel
some pain.

RUDE MARTIN - Storming out of the pub after being pranked, Martin bursts between two people talking and shouts, "Move it!" startling the
older woman.

RUDE MARTIN - Still smarting from the prank pulled on him in the pub, Martin tells Louisa that, obviously, nine year olds and nursery teachers
know more than him, so they should take him to the hospital.
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MARTIN & LOUISA
Louisa is sitting in the pub reading a newspaper and sees Martin, just outside the pub door, annoying a woman over her sunbathing.  She
attempts to convince him to leave the stranger alone and then offers to go outside and explain that he's a doctor and that's why he is
concerned.  Martin tells her that he doesn't need to be apologized for and walks away leaving Louisa annoyed.
Martin is summoned to the school to check on Peter after his fall in the playground.  He has just come from the pub where the patrons played
a joke on him to test his aversion to blood, so his mood is even more surly than usual.  Peter tries to impress Martin by diagnosing himself
and Martin asks Peter if he has a medical degree.  When Louisa tries to reason with Martin and remind him that Peter is nine years old,
Martin says, "Obviously, nine year olds and nursery teachers know better than I do." and he storms out.  Louisa tells Peter that it's not his
fault - she believes Martin is still upset with her over the sunbather incident. As Louisa and Peter are heading to the hospital he says, "Do
you love him?"  Louisa blurts out, "No.  Who?"  Peter gives her a smirk and she tells him to mind his business.  It is a callback to part of a
conversation that Louisa and Peter had before his accident when she told him that he is her special project.  Peter asked, "Is that cause
you've given up with Doc Martin?"  So Peter has an idea that there is something going on there, even though neither Louisa or Martin are
ready to admit it.
Louisa walks up to the surgery to see Martin to tell him that Peter was checked out at the hospital and is fine.  She finds Martin sweeping the
porch and brings up the discussion on Radio Portwenn where she discovered that Martin has a blood issue.  This annoys him and he starts
to go off on the village and their gossiping.  Louisa stays calm until he asks if "you people have anything better to do with your time than
gossip?"  Louisa says, "You people?"  That sets her off and she lays into him about the fact that she was on the panel that hired him and his
blood issue was never brought up - and refers to it as negligence at best.  She immediately realizes she has gone too far and backs down
saying she didn't mean it.  Martin tersely informs her that before the interview he wrote to the head of the PCT and explained the issue in
full.  Louisa again apologises and says, "I don't know why every conversation we have is so combative.  Do you?  Martin?"  Martin seems a
little flummoxed and says, "No, when I speak it just makes things worse."  Louisa responds that it's not an answer and is so childish. She tells
him that just like Peter, he deliberately stands outside the crowd and then wonders why he feels isolated. She finishes by telling him it is very
selfish and storms off the porch and down the hill while Martin stands there watching her leave.  He then goes back to his sweeping, but now
with a vengeance.  
When Louisa receives a call in the middle of the night and realizes that there is something wrong at the Cronk house, she immediately calls
Martin.  As she is leaving a message on his answering machine, he must hear her voice in his sleep saying, "Martin.  Martin.  I need you,
Martin." because it becomes a dream that she is in his bed seducing him.  He wakes up to discover that he is kissing the shaggy dog and
hears the end of the message from the phone downstairs.  Martin and Louisa work together at the Cronk house to get Mark there and to call
for an air ambulance.  When the air ambulance can't get there, they are loaded into an ambulance and sit on either side of Peter as they
speed to the hospital in Truro.  Louisa watches Martin apologize to Peter and then he tells her the very personal story about how he
developed the blood phobia.  When Peter starts bleeding out, they again work together to stabilize him and Louisa watches Martin fight
through his nausea to save Peter's life.  At the hospital, they run along with the emergency team through the hall and are stopped when
Peter is rushed through the doors to the surgical theatre.  Louisa grabs Martin's hand as Peter and the doctors disappear through the door.  
When they turn to walk away, Martin looks down, sees their locked hands and shyly breaks the connection.
In the morning, Martin, Louisa and Mrs Cronk are sitting in the hospital waiting area and Louisa is asleep with her head on Martin's shoulder.  
Martin is looking down at her and seems very content with the arrangement.  Just then, Mrs Cronk gets up, Louisa wakes up, and the
surgeon arrives.  After they are assured that the surgery was successful, Martin realizes that the surgeon, Adrian Pitts (a former pupil of his)  
was the one who told the villagers about his blood issue.  As they leave the hospital, Louisa asks Martin to wait in the taxi for her and she
goes back into the building, walks up to Adrian Pitts (who is surrounded by other hospital staff) and gives him a severe dressing down over
his treatment of Martin.  She tells him that Martin is ten times the man he will ever be and finishes by warning him to never do anything like
that again or he will suffer her wrath.  As they drive home in the taxi, Louisa tells Martin that he did a very special thing.  Louisa talks about
Peter and how he, and others like him, will never quite fit in and will never be ordinary.  She concludes that maybe it's not such a bad thing
and maybe that's why we love the Peters of the world, and then she trails off embarrassed because she realizes she is talking about Martin.  
Louisa sets her hand on the seat between them.  Martin looks down and starts to move his hand toward hers, but loses his courage and pulls
it back.  A minute later, his courage returns and he moves his hand to touch hers.  At the instant they touch, Louisa turns and grabs him for
a passionate kiss.  They break apart for a second and this time Martin grabs her and they have a second, even more passionate kiss.  As
they break apart and stare into each other's eyes, Louisa is smiling.  Martin seems to want to say something and Louisa urges him to say
what's on his mind.  He asks her if she has a regular dental hygiene routine?  Louisa realizes that he is trying to tell her that she has bad
breath.  He tries to salvage the situation by saying he needs to rule out any infections in the aerodigestive tract, but that a dietary
explanation would be the happiest outcome.  Louisa can't quite believe what she is hearing.  Just then, the taxi stops, the door is pushed
open and Martin steps from the car.  Louisa slams the door shut and as the taxi speeds away, Martin can't quite believe she has left him in
the middle of the road.  He pulls himself together, climbs up the embankment on the side of the road, finds the shaggy dog waiting for him
and starts walking across an open field toward the village in the distance.
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The entire village finds out about Martin's haemophobia, and several of the villagers taunt him and pull a prank.   His blood issue is even
broadcast on Radio Portwenn.   He first suspects that Roger Fenn spilled the beans, but eventually discovers that Adrian Pitts, former
medical student of his, told the villagers when he was in town at the pub.
Peter Cronk doesn't want to participate in PE - especially the team games - because he doesn't fit in with the rest of the students.  He ends
up falling and hurting himself.  Louisa takes him to the hospital but they diagnose an intercostal sprain.  That night he becomes extremely ill
with a punctured spleen and Martin & Louisa rush him to the hospital.  Martin saves his life in the ambulance.
Peter has noticed Louisa's interest in the Doc.  Early in the episode when she tells him that he is her "project", he asks if that means she's
given up on the Doc?  Later, when she is taking Peter to the hospital, he asks, "Do you love him?"  Louisa immediately says,"No.  Who?"  
Peter gives her a look and Louisa tells him to mind his own business.  Louisa confronts Martin over the fact that he did not reveal his blood
issue during his job interview, and the conversation becomes quote contentious.  In the middle of the night, when Louisa realizes Peter is in
trouble and calls Martin, he hears her voice on the answering machine, but it turns into a dream that he is kissing Louisa.  He wakes up
kissing the dog.  As they arrive at the hospital, Louisa grabs Martin's hand as Peter is wheeled into surgery and Martin is a little sheepish
when he notices.  While sitting in the hospital waiting for word on Peter's condition, Louisa sleeps with her head on Martin's shoulder and he
seems disappointed when she wakes up.  In the taxi home, his hand edges toward hers on the seat between them, he pulls it back, but then
finds the courage to touch her hand and Louisa grabs him for a passionate kiss.  Martin spoils it all by suggesting that she either has bad
breath or some type of medical issue.  Louisa throws him out of the taxi on a rural road.
The Platt - sunbathers
The Surgery
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School (see Main Locations)
Crab & Lobster (see S1 Locations)
Aunt Joan's farm (see Main Locations)
Roger Fenn's house
Hospital
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Radio Portwenn (see S1 Locations)
Ice Cream Truck
Fish and Chip Shop
Cronk house
(see S1 Locations)
Drive down to beach
Ambulance drive to hospital
Drive back to Portwenn
Walking down hill toward village
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Links to location websites in green
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The two ties changed back
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during these scenes. (Oops!)
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The Platt - sunbathers
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In the opening scene, Martin walks by a pair of sunbathers and closely examines a mole on the chest of one of the women.  
They are not amused with his attention and Louisa, who is sitting inside the pub reading a newspaper, calls Martin to the
door to try to smooth things over.  

This is an interestingly shot scene.  The women are sitting on a bench just outside of the door to The Mote and we see Martin
walk to the door and look into the pub/restaurant to talk to Louisa.  But Louisa is actually sitting at the bar in The Golden Lion,
which is around the corner and up one story from the entrance to The Mote.  So Martin's portion of the scene was shot on
the Platt in front of The Mote, and Louisa's portion of the scene was shot around the corner inside The Golden Lion.
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The bench is a few yards from the door of The
Mote (circled).  You walk up the hill and around
the corner to get to The Golden Lion where the
Louisa part of the scene was filmed.
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door to The
Golden Lion.
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After walking in the door, the red arrow leads to the main part
of the pub.  There is another auxiliary bar to the side (circled)
and that is where Louisa was filmed.  In the screenshot
above you can see through the door behind her to the main
bar area.  Just to the left of her face is the door that opens
to the outside balcony.
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Below is a picture of the main bar area of the
pub.  The red arrow is pointing to the auxiliary
bar area where Louisa was sitting - with the
doorway between the two areas behind her.  

The picture to the left is of the auxiliary bar.  
Louisa would be sitting just to the right of
the taps.
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On the satellite view below, the red circle is the area on The Platt and the doorway to The Mote where
Martin and the sunbathers were filmed.

The yellow circle is The Golden Lion Pub where Louisa was filmed.
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Roger Fenn's house
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Martin drives out to Roger's house to accuse
him of disclosing Martin's blood issue to the
village.  Roger's house is just south of the small
village of Trevalga, which is just west of Boscstle.  
This is now a private home, but it was originally a
Methodist Chapel called Trevalga Chapel.
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Ice Cream Truck
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The ice cream truck is located in the village car
park near the top of the village.  This series was
filmed in 2004, and when I visited Port Isaac in
2016, the Kelly's Ice Cream truck was parked in
that same car park every day.
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Fish and Chip Shop
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Mrs Cronk's Fish and Chip Shop is located right around
the corner from the Cronk home on Fore Street, right next
to the building that was used for the Chemist in Series 1.  
The building they used is actually a fish and chip shop
called The Takeaway.  It's also directly across the road
from the building used as the school.

In Series 2 they will be in a different shop - one that is
assumed to be in Portwenn but was actually
filmed on Fore Street in Boscastle.
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Drive down to beach
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The Cronk house is located on Fore Street, just around the bend from where Fore Street turns away
from the harbour to the northeast.  When Peter, Martin and Louisa were in Mark's police vehicle
they went right by the cottage at the bend, past the row of cottages that includes the one where
Louisa will live in Series 3, and then onto The Platt right near The Mote restaurant.
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This is the route taken by Mark from behind
the Cronk's cottage (circled in red), past the
cottage at the bend and then the row of
cottages (yellow circles) and then down to
The Platt (blue circle).
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Ambulance drive to hospital
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In this shot of the ambulance racing Peter to the
hospital, we can see the silhouette of a church
behind them.  This is The Collegiate Church of
St Endellion.  

In the map below the red circle shows the location
of the ambulance, the yellow circle is the location
of the church, and the red arrow indicates that the
ambulance is actually headed toward Port Isaac
and not away from the village.  The hospital in
Truro is far to the south and east of this location.
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Drive back to Portwenn
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As they drive back to Portwenn, in this shot you
can see the St Endellion church in the
background, so it is almost in the same spot
where we saw the ambulance on the way to the
hospital.  You can match the exact spot on the
road with the church and the road sign.
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In the maps below you can see the church at St Endellion and the location of the taxi in the blue circles.  The blue
arrow shows the direction the taxi is driving, which would be correct as they are heading to Port Isaac (yellow star).  
The yellow arrows indicate where the taxi would make the left turn to head to the village.  But the red circles and
arrows show the actual direction that the taxi is traveling and turning as they did the filming.  I'm sure it was done
that way so the crew did not need to block the main access road to Port Isaac for the filming.   
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Just as they are turning off the main road you
can see this gate on the side of the road.

Right after the gate they leave the main road
to turn left on to this road.
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Walking down hill toward village
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After Louisa throws Martin out of the
taxi, he climbs up to the field adjacent
to the road, is greeted by the shaggy
dog, and sets off across the beautiful
countryside toward the village.

In the maps below you can see the
approximate area where Martin is
walking.  At the bottom of one of the
maps, the red circle and arrow show
the location and direction of the car as
it left the main road.  The exact place
where the taxi stops remains a mystery
since there is nothing along that
stretch of the road that would give a
clue to the location.
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Don
Mole Removal
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Bert
Fake Accident
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Mrs Hayton
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Mrs Cronk
Panic Attack
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Peter Cronk
Injured in fall at school
Ruptured Spleen
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Neville
Ear Infection
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