What happens when a big-city doctor finds himself at the beck and call of small-town villagers who know no boundaries? A hilarious series from British network ITV, Doc Martin is full of colorful characters, beautiful scenery and, of course, unrequited love. The shenanigans never end in the scenic and sleepy Cornish town of Portwenn, so scroll down to meet some of the eclectic personalities that make up this popular UK show.
|Dr. Martin Ellingham
The namesake of this popular British comedy series, Dr. Martin Ellingham was once a brilliant vascular surgeon in London, but after developing haemophobia -- an intense fear of blood -- he is forced to retrain as a general practitioner. He takes a post as the town doctor of sleepy Cornish village Portwenn, where he finds both facilities and patients that are quite a far cry from his former job in the big city.
Portrayed by: Martin Clunes
Pretty Portwenn primary school teacher Louisa takes an immediate dislike to Dr. Ellingham's presence, but after realizing his talent as a doctor her revulsion turns to curious attraction. Although it's clear that Dr. Ellingham finds Louisa attractive, his social awkwardness and inability to express emotion causes problems in their budding relationship.
Portrayed by: Caroline Catz
Dr. Ellingham's widowed aunt Joan is the only resident of Portwenn who knows him on a more intimate level. She is often the voice of reason and support when Dr. Ellingham's behavior causes disquiet amongst the townspeople.
Portrayed by: Stephanie Cole
The jolly and enterprising town plumber is often a source of useful information for Dr. Ellingham. He's a bit of a prankster, but he means well at heart. While he acts like Al needs him around to survive, it's really Bert that relies on his son's company and skills.
Portrayed by: Ian McNeice
Al is a computer whiz who yearns to leave the quiet Cornish town of Portwenn and go off to college. Martin often employs Al to fix his office equipment. Al's had his heart broken by Elaine, but he seems to be on the mend: He likes Pauline quite a bit.
Portrayed by: Joe Absolom
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The socially awkward town police officer is blighted by personal problems that make him unlucky in love.
Portrayed by: Stewart Wright
She of the blond dreadlocks and unsatisfactory message-taking abilities, Elaine works as Martin's receptionist in the show's first season. She's selfish and dim. In case you're wondering why Martin didn't fire her, he did. It just didn't take -- and that's okay, because she leaves Portwenn at the end of the first season anyway.
Pauline is Elaine's cousin. She takes over the receptionist position at Martin's practice, adding some much-needed spunk to the office. Pauline is also a member of the boat crew, which is basically Portwenn's coast guard. She takes an interest in Al Large early on.
Portrayed by: Kathleen Parkinson
As Portwenn's only pharmacist, Mrs. Tishell runs her shop all by herself. Unlike most the town, she loves Martin and swears by him as a doctor. It seems she's got a bit of a crush on Mr. Ellingham.
Portrayed by: Selina Cadell
This mutt is the bane of Martin's existence. No one knows where he came from or whom he belongs to, but the dog makes a point to sit in front of Martin's practice all the time. At one point, he spread an illness throughout the town. You can imagine how happy that made the doctor.