Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama starring Martin Clunes as a doctor whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. Created by Dominic Minghella, it is filmed on location in the fishing village of Port Isaac, North Cornwall, with filming of most interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm.
Clunes plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations.
He makes a life changing decision to retrain as a GP, and applies for a vacant post in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Port Wenn, where he spent childhood holidays.
If the patients are expecting tea and sympathy from their curmudgeonly GP they are going to be disappointed. Despite his surgical brilliance, he has no personal skills, and his understanding of humans is practically non existent.
Dr Ellingham, or Doc Martin, as the locals refer to him, much to his disgust, finds the surgery is in disarray. The medical equipment is beyond repair, and the patients' records are a mess. To top it all he inherits the world's most incompetent receptionist, Elaine Denham, who clearly resents Doc Martin moving in.
The community is united in horror at their foul new GP. Doc Martin soon finds he needs all the allies he can get as he tries to negotiate his way around village life with hilarious consequences.
Martin is joined by a prestigious cast which includes Stephanie Cole as his Aunt Joan, who provides him with emotional support in the face of the disquiet among the villagers.
Caroline Catz plays pretty primary school teacher Louisa Glasson. Doc Martin is attracted to her, but he is hopeless at personal relationships.