If you are a fan of House, MD and are tired of the summer’s reruns, give Doc Martin a try. This BBC series has a British version of a neurotic and tortured physician. He’s rude, socially awkward, and funny-looking – yet still lovable.
The series takes place in Portwenn in Cornwall, England, and has beautiful scenery of the Cornish coast and village and lots of local color. In the first episode, Doc Martin (Martin Clunes) leaves his London practice because of a phobia of blood and becomes the general practitioner for the village where he had stayed as a boy with his Aunt Joan.
There is no telling who is the more the eccentric – Doc or the villagers. The pharmacist always wears a neck brace. The plumber can’t seem to fix anything, so he goes into the restaurant business, does bird tours, and sells magic water, alongside of the forest ranger who has an invisible friend and the romantically-challenged police constable. Then there’s the lovely Louisa (Catherine Catz), the principal at the local school and Doc Martin’s love interest.
Doc strides through town in an impeccable suit and manages to insult everybody yet he does help them – although sometimes, through some mishap, he causes the diseases he cures! Follow the lives of Doc Martin and the villagers. Our library has four seasons of the series. Watch in each episode for the teenagers of the village who pass through like a Greek chorus and comment on the action.