The BEST Episodes of Doc Martin

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: ITV

Make an appointment with the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin. When Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar.

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#1 - Departure

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 21, 2013

Louisa is leaving for Spain, Bert and Jennifer's engagement party goes off with a bang, and Al is hailed as a hero for saving Caroline's life.

star 8.42
235 votes
Sickness and Health

#2 - Sickness and Health

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 2013

Martin and Louisa are about to get married but will it ever happen. Martin is feeling irritated by PC Penhale, who wrongly believes that he is going to be the best man and Louisa is also late for the service. The vicar has serious doubts as to whether she will turn up, leaving Martin on edge. After she finally arrives the couple are married. Things after the wedding don't go as Martin hoped and Ruth has a difficult time looking after James.

star 8.36
278 votes
Nobody Likes Me

#3 - Nobody Likes Me

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 23, 2013

When Martin is talked into taking baby James to playgroup, he is forced to sing along with the other mums. As the parents pair up, one of them says she is worried about her daughter, to which Martin replies that the girl is probably just backward. Al helps Ruth move into a cottage in the village where she meets her new neighbour, a grumpy old man called Moysey. When Moysey goes for a repeat prescription for his asthma, Martin notices that his breathing has got worse - but he takes exception to being poked and prodded. Al admits he would like a girlfriend and asks Morwenna if she has any single friends. Morwenna asks her mate Janice, who is not impressed by the idea. So a desperate Al decides to sign up with Cornish Couples, a dating website.

star 8.24
248 votes
The Wrong Goodbye

#4 - The Wrong Goodbye

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 2009

Dr Martin Ellingham and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before his Surgery closes and he moves to London.

star 8.20
320 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Jack Lothian
The Practice Around the Corner

#5 - The Practice Around the Corner

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 30, 2013

Mrs Tishell returns to the village. Martin has to work out what is wrong with beach comber Lorna. Al and Morwenna have an internet dating disaster, and romance is blossoming for Bert and Jennifer.

star 8.19
253 votes
Happily Ever After

#6 - Happily Ever After

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2007

It's Martin's wedding day and he manages to offend the vicar who is due to conduct the ceremony by suggesting he has a drink problem. When they struggle over a bottle of whisky, the vicar falls over, fracturing his pelvis and Martin has to find a replacement. Pauline suggests the former vicar of Delabole, who strikes a deal. He will conduct the wedding ceremony if Martin will examine his sick pig. Bert and Al are putting the finishing touches to the wedding banquet when disaster strikes. Last in the series. Episode is named "In Sickness And In Health" in the US DVD release.

star 8.16
204 votes
The Holly Bears a Prickle

#7 - The Holly Bears a Prickle

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 2007

Martin and Louisa go on a date, but his usual bluntness ruins a romantic moment, and Louisa ends the struggling relationship. However, a friend of Louisa's visiting from the City, Holly, injures her back on the beach, and is forced to remain in Portween. Martin has to treat her at Louisa's house, while at the same time trying to overcome his own distraction at Louisa's dismissal of him. Episode is named "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" in the US DVD release.

star 8.14
195 votes
Preserve the Romance

#8 - Preserve the Romance

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 2011

The curmudgeonly GP struggles to come to terms with his new role as a father, having planned to resume his career as a consultant in London before the arrival of his and Louisa's as-yet unnamed son. To make matters worse, he begins to have serious doubts about the competency of his replacement Dr Di Dibbs when she misdiagnoses a patient as well as herself. Martin is then dealt a devastating personal blow after hearing his aunt Joan has died. (This Episode Is Rated TV-PG-V)

star 8.13
352 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Ben Bolt
The Departed

#9 - The Departed

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 2009

Dr Martin Ellingham is in London to meet with Robert Dashwood, who is leading the selection process for the prestigious London surgeon’s job that Martin has applied for. Robert can tell that Martin is excited to be back in the world of surgery, and is pleased that Martin has finally conquered his debilitating blood phobia. Robert is confident that Martin will get the job.

star 8.10
297 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Jack Lothian
Ever After

#10 - Ever After

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 2011

Mrs Tishell decides she can no longer hide her love for Martin and, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs, takes drastic action. While James Henry is in her care, she boards a bus out of Portwenn and leaves a message for Dr Ellingham to `meet them at the castle', forcing Martin, Louisa, Ruth and PC Penhale to mount a desperate search for the pair.

star 8.09
266 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Jack Lothian
Hazardous Exposure

#11 - Hazardous Exposure

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 7, 2013

The Doc’s blood phobia is getting worse, as is his consequent insomnia, which is also beginning to disturb his wife Louisa in the marital bed. Maybe it’s time he saw that psychologist his Aunty Ruth recommended, particularly when there’s an unfortunate and very public incident involving Doc Martin, dopey police officer Penhale and a staple-gun. Penhale (John Marquez) causes widespread panic in Portwenn after jumping to conclusions about an asbestos scare.

star 8.08
259 votes
The Doctor Is Out

#12 - The Doctor Is Out

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 2015

Louisa worries Dr Timoney's suggestion that she and Martin aren't meant to be together might have prompted him to leave Portwenn for good. Calling on Ruth, Morwenna and Janice for help, she tries to track the down the missing GP, with no luck. However, what Dr Ellingham's friends and family fail to realise is that he is actually trapped up at the Winton farm, where desperate wife Annie is trying to coerce him into performing a life-saving operation on her terminally ill husband Jim. Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert seek out Al to offer him a proposition regarding the whisky and the B&B.

star 8.06
326 votes
Directors: Ben Gregor
Writers: Jack Lothian
Uneasy Lies the Head

#13 - Uneasy Lies the Head

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2009

Dr Martin Ellingham struggles to deal with Louisa’s news. But Louisa is adamant she does not want Martin involved.

star 8.05
267 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Ben Bolt
City Slickers

#14 - City Slickers

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2007

Anthony and Terri Oakwood move in next door to Louisa with their son, Sam, who is given extreme freedom by his parents to express himself. The new arrivals interrupt a planned dinner between Louisa and Martin, and Martin leaves abruptly. Episode is named "Love Thy Neighbor" in the US DVD release.

star 8.05
240 votes
Listen with Mother

#15 - Listen with Mother

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 14, 2013

During an examination, Mrs Tishell is smitten by Martin holding her hands and staring into her eyes, and falls head-over-heels in love with him again. Two military policemen call at the police station looking for Mike Pruddy. Al pretends not to know Mike, then goes to warn him the army are looking for him. Louisa has shocking news for Martin.

star 8.05
235 votes
All My Trials

#16 - All My Trials

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 2017

Martin prepares to face his hearing, but despite having closed the practice, he finds all his patients are trying to make appointments. An American tourist who visited Portwenn previously returns to the town, hoping to research her family tree. However, she also has a medical issue, and comes to the troubled doctor seeking his advice. Louisa goes to see Chris to find out how serious the situation is, while the townsfolk take steps to show Martin how much he is appreciated. Sigourney Weaver reprises her guest role from the previous series. Last in the series.

star 8.02
272 votes
Directors: Nigel Cole
Writers: Jack Lothian
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

#17 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 9, 2013

The GP is left holding the baby after upsetting the new childminder, but luckily Mike agrees to look after James at short notice. However, Louisa is not happy with the arrangement and an argument erupts between the newlyweds just as their guests arrive for dinner - and that's only the first of the evening's problems.

star 8.02
293 votes
Directors: Nigel Cole
Writers: Ben Bolt
The Tameness of a Wolf

#18 - The Tameness of a Wolf

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 16, 2013

A stranger stops dead in his tracks when he sees Ruth in the village, and later he spies on her when she is having a coffee with Caroline. Ruth is not sure why, but she starts feeling uneasy. One of Louisa's pupils blames an upset stomach on a meal she ate at Bert's restaurant and writes about it in the school magazine. Bert and Al are furious, and they go to see Louisa wanting something to be done.

star 7.99
281 votes
Dry Your Tears

#19 - Dry Your Tears

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 2011

The GP returns to his former post at the surgery after the departure of Dr Dibbs, agreeing to stay until a replacement is found. He persuades a reluctant Louisa to move into his house so he can help raise their son, and suggests they could all move to London together in the future. Martin then delivers the eulogy at his aunt Joan's funeral and speaks to her sister Ruth, who proves to be just as cantankerous as he is.

star 7.99
332 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Richard Stoneman
Old Dogs

#20 - Old Dogs

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 10, 2005

Season Premiere. Dr Ellingham visits an elderly patient in the villiage, but has to contend with her irate son, who turns out to be one of Louisa's ex-boyfriends. Things become even more complicated when he meets the new receptionist and sees a patient who claims he was injured while being mugged but refuses to give a statement to the police.

star 7.99
314 votes
Licence to Practice

#21 - Licence to Practice

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2019

Martin rushes to Ruth's for a medical emergency, and preparations for Morwenna and Al's wedding do not go to plan. Elsewhere, Martin takes his final GMC assessment under the watchful eye of eminent surgeon Bernard Newton, who monitors Martin's skills in assisted surgery. Last in the series.

star 7.98
124 votes
Do Not Disturb

#22 - Do Not Disturb

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 2009

Dr Martin Ellingham seeks out Louisa to talk about his new surgeon’s job in London, but they are interrupted by Bert, who wants to plan a baby shower for Louisa.

star 7.97
261 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Richard Stoneman
Perish Together as Fools

#23 - Perish Together as Fools

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2009

Dr Martin Ellingham is shocked to find Louisa and Aunt Joan knocking at his door before the Surgery has opened. Louisa has had a medical scare and wants Martin’s reassurance that everything is fine.

star 7.96
268 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Richard Stoneman
Rescue Me

#24 - Rescue Me

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 2015

With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor. Will he get back in time for his first session?

star 7.96
377 votes
Directors: Nigel Cole
Writers: Jack Lothian
Boho With A Shotgun

#25 - Boho With A Shotgun

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 2011

New receptionist Morwenna Newcross gets off to a bad start after arriving late on her first day, and her hyperactive behaviour leads Martin to believe she is high on drugs. Ruth tries to deal with an intruder on the farm who has stolen the hub caps from her car, and the sleepless nights begin to take their toll on Martin and Louisa, who are running out of ways to comfort their constantly wailing baby.

star 7.96
331 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Jack Lothian