Worst & Best Doc Martin Episodes/List

Title: Doc Martin
Genre: British Comedy Drama
Series: 9
Episodes: 70
Runtime: 50-92 min
First Transmission: 2004-
Channel: ITV

Despite his medical brilliance, Doctor Ellingham is grouchy, abrupt, and lacks social skills.  The series revolves around his interactions with the locals, and his wife Louisa.


Episode Rankings



Best Episode #46

Departure – Louisa decides to leave for Spain with baby James, but when Martin finds the scan of her brain, he spots a malformation and realises that she could suffer a haemorrhage if she gets on the plane. Will the doctor make it to the airport in time? (2013)


Worst Episode #13

Out of the Woods – PC Mark Mylow plans to spend his stag night sleeping rough in the woods with Al Large but gets bitten by an adder. The doctor doesn’t have a clue where they are and his only hope lies with the area’s park ranger. (2005)


Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

#1 Going Bodmin (2004) –
Doc Martin relocates to the seaside town of Portwenn to act as the GP.
#2 Gentlemen Prefer (2004) –
Martin’s first official day on the job may end up to be his last.
#3 Sh*t Happens (2004) –
An epidemic of diarrhea strikes the village.
#4 The Portwenn Effect (2004) –
Doc Martin pays a visit to the forester, who shares his shack with a giant squirrel.
#5 Of All the Harbours in All the Towns (2004) –
An old friend of Aunt Joan’s turns up, stirring up old memories.
#6 Haemophobia (2004) –
Rumours abound about the doctor’s ‘little problem’ with blood and Martin gets closer with Louisa.

Series Two

#7 Old Dogs (2005) –
Doc Martin gets a new receptionist, Pauline.
#8 In Loco (2005) –
Peter Cronk needs a place to stay when his mother goes to hospital.
#9 Blood Is Thicker (2005) –
Martin has to deal with PC Mark Mylow’s sister Sandra, a naturopath who has returned to Portwenn selling her natural remedies.
#10 Aromatherapy (2005) –
Local radio host Caroline Bosman seems to be developing a dependence to alcohol and prescription drugs.
#11 Always on My Mind (2005) –
When Helen Pratt dies at home, her husband Phil blames Martin.
#12 The Family Way (2005) –
Martin’s difficult parents come to visit from their home in Portugal.
#13 Out of the Woods (2005) –
Mark Mylow’s stag night is an overnight camping trip in the woods, but he gets bitten by a snake.
#14 Erotomania (2006) –
Mark Mylow’s medical check-up could mean some bumps in the road as far as his relationship is concerned.
#15 On the Edge (2006) –
A group of birdwatchers descend on the village in search of a rare bird.

Series Three

#16 The Apple Doesn’t Fall (2007) –
A new police constable, Joe Penhale, arrives in Portwenn but seems to have a peculiar medical condition.
#17 Movement (2007) –
Louisa invites Martin for dinner but her plan falls apart when her new cooker doesn’t work properly.
#18 City Slickers (2007) –
Martin and Louisa are still trying to develop their relationship, but their plan for dinner is again disrupted
#19 The Admirer (2007) –
Martin confirms to his aunt Joan that she suffers from osteoporosis.
#20 The Holly Bears a Prickle (2007) –
Martin and Louisa have a decent date but then he ruins it with his clumsy language.
#21 Nowt So Queer (2007) –
Martin and Louisa’s engagement news spreads throughout Portwenn.
#22 Happily Ever After (2007) –
Martin and Louisa’s wedding day finally arrives.

Series Four

#23 Better the Devil (2009) –
Life has become ever more infuriating for Dr Martin Ellingham since his and Louisa’s heart-wrenching decision to call off their wedding.
#24 Uneasy Lies the Head (2009) –
Martin struggles with the news that Louisa is pregnant.
#25 Perish Together as Fools (2009) –
Louisa has a medical scare and the surgery has to be redecorated.
#26 Driving Mr. McLynn (2009) –
Louisa has a dizzy spell and Martin stabs a man in the hand to prove that he is disabled.
#27 The Departed (2009) –
Martin applies for a surgery job in London, now convinced that his blood phobia is cured.
#28 Midwife Crisis (2009) –
The new midwife, Molly O’Brien, arrives in Portwenn and instantly clashes with Martin over the care of Louisa.
#29 Do Not Disturb (2009) –
Pauline works to rule when Martin gives her just an okay reference.
#30 The Wrong Goodbye (2009) –
It’s Martin’s last day in Portwenn and the surgery is packed.

Series Five

#31 Preserve the Romance (2011) –
Martin’s plans to resume his career as a consultant in London are put on hold and his aunt Joan dies of a heart attack.
#32 Dry Your Tears (2011) –
Portwenn gathers to pay its last respects to Martin’s aunt Joan.
#33 Born with a Shotgun (2011) –
Doc Martin gets a new receptionist, Morwenna.
#34 Mother Knows Best (2011) –
The first Portwenn charity fun run leads to casualties and a price war between Bert and publican Mark Bridge.
#35 Remember Me (2011) –
Joe Penhale is shocked when his ex-wife Maggie arrives in Portwenn still believing that they are married.
#36 Don’t Let Go (2011) –
Maggie regains her memory and the schoolchildren fall prey to a mysterious illness.
#37 Cats & Sharks (2011) –
Al is shocked to hear that his father is in debt to loan shark Alistair Tonken and his menacing son Norman.
#38 Ever After (2011) –
The pharmacist, Mrs Tishell, has a mental breakdown fuelled by a cocktail of drugs and kidnaps Doc Martin’s son believing that he is hers.

Series Six

#39 Sickness and Health (2013) –
Martin finally marries Louisa, with Joe Penhale as best man.
#40 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (2013) –
Martin is dubious about the new child-minder, Mel, as she is constantly scratching.
#41 The Tameness of a Wolf (2013) –
Martin examines a mystery man found collapsed on the beach.
#42 Nobody Likes Me (2013) –
Louisa wants Martin to engage more with James, so she arranges for him to take their baby to playgroup.
#43 The Practice Around the Corner (2013) –
Mrs Tishell returns to the village but is annoyed when Martin refuses to pass her fit for work. Also, Joe Penhale shoots himself in the foot.
#44 Hazardous Exposure (2013) –
The village becomes panic-stricken due to an asbestos scare.
#45 Listen with Mother (2013) –
Two military policemen turn up trying to track down Baby James’s babysitter, Mike Pruddy.
#46 Departure (2013) –
Louisa decides to leave for Spain with baby James, but when Martin finds the scan of her brain, he spots a malformation and realises that she could have a haemorrhage if she gets on the plane.

Series Seven

#47 Rescue Me (2015) –
Martin sees a therapist in order to win back Louisa.
#48 The Shock of the New (2015) –
Louisa returns and has to find a new babysitter for James.
#49 It’s Good to Talk (2015) –
Martin decides to move out of the Surgery to give Louisa space.
#50 Education, Education, Education (2015) –
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together and Mrs Tishell’s husband, Clive, returns.
#51 Control-Alt-Delete (2015) –
Louisa and Martin’s therapy homework results in a picnic on the beach, where they are interrupted by local vet Angela Sim – who appears to be hallucinating.
#52 Other People’s Children (2015) –
Louisa helps out her ex-boyfriend Danny as he brings seven children from London to camp on Ruth’s farm.
#53 Facta Non Verba (2015) –
New art teacher Erica perturbs Louisa with her unorthodox methods.
#54 The Doctor Is Out (2015) –
Louisa and Martin decide to make a go of it, starting with a conciliatory dinner but Louisa is concerned when Martin fails to show up.

Series Eight

#55 Mysterious Ways (2017) –
Louisa and Martin are living together again, but Louisa finds herself with too many responsibilities/ It’s Joe Penhale’s wedding.
#56 Sons and Lovers (2017) –
Martin and Louisa need to find a daycare for James when Janice leaves.
#57 Farewell My Lovely (2017) –
Louisa gets stressed when she takes a group of students on a sailing trip.
#58 Faith (2017) –
Morwenna’s missionary parents pay her a surprise visit and are taken aback by her relationship with Al.
#59 From the Mouths of Babes (2017) –
Martin and Louisa are desperate for more sleep while James is teething.
#60 Accidental Hero (2017) –
Penhale decides to have a police open house to raise community awareness, but nobody turns up.
#61 Blade on the Feather (2017) –
Martin’s blood phobia causes him trouble, and Louisa buys a new car.
#62 All My Trials (2017) –
Martin stops practicing the week before his hearing, but patients continue to ask for his advice.

Series Nine

#63 To the Lighthouse (2019) –
Martin’s medical career remains under scrutiny/ Al accidentally proposes to Morwenna.
#64 The Shock of the New (2019) –
Martin is forced to do some refresher courses/ Louisa begins a new career.
#65 S.W.A.L.K (2019) –
Louisa organises a special evening for Martin’s birthday.
#66 Paint it Black (2019) –
Martin has his second GMC assessment/ Penhale nose is put out of joint when Mark Mylow arrives and tries to take charge.
#67 Wild West Country (2019) –
Someone has been shot and Penhale is keen to work out who is responsible.
#68 Equilibrium (2019) –
Martin and Louisa have their first fertility appointment.
#69 Single White Bevy (2019) –
Mrs Tishell’s young cousin shadows her for some work experience.
#70 Licence to Practice (2019) –
Morwenna and Al’s wedding day arrives.