What Is the Series "Doc Martin" About?

The series “Doc Martin” is a British comedy drama about the life of Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a successful vascular surgeon who develops haemophobia, causing him to quit his career. He then moves to the Cornish village of Portwenn to serve as the area's lone general practitioner. During his stay there, Doc Martin, as the locals call him, exhibits poor social skills that result in a sour relationship between him and the locals.

Despite being an excellent doctor, Doc Martin is ill-tempered, bad-mannered and without social skills. The villages take offense in his direct and emotionless attitude. The doc’s poor bedside manner often leaves patients unsatisfied; however, the doc views his approach as professionalism and sees himself as serving by-the-book. Doc Martin views chatting with the villagers as unnecessary. The doc is extremely formal, dressing in a business suit irrespective of the weather and occasion. For instance, he never removes his jacket, even when delivering babies. The doc is a non-smoker who frequently points out the dangers of unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking.

With time, the neighbors come to respect Doc Martin and his excellent medical skills, despite discovering his fear of blood. The Doc’s poor social skills, however, do not help his love life; as he is unable to profess his feelings for Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), a local primary school teacher with whom he falls in love.