Doc Martin

Season 1 Episode 5

Of All the Harbours in All the Towns

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2004 on ITV
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An old friend of Joan's arrives in Portwenn, and Martin gains an unwanted admirer.

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  • A truly excellent episode where Martin shows his sensitive side,on two fronts at least,and Joan confronts an old flame.But this is Portwenn and nothing is as simple as it seems!

    There are two main storylines involving Martin in this delightful episode that features veteran actor John Alderton in a totally believable guest star turn.

    Martin has to deal with John Slater (Alderton),an old flame of Joan's,both medically and emotionally.John sails into Portwenn looking to rekindle an old relationship with Joan but has to face up to the reality that he is dying.Martin has to convey to his Aunt the awful truth about John's illness as John once again sails off into the sunset.

    John Slater is both charming and annoying as we never get to the real truth as to the nature and circumstance of his relationship with Joan and Joan is left in tears as she comes to terms with John's illness and his shady past.Martin does an excellent job in picking up the pieces.

    Martin also has to deal with Melanie Gibson,one of the bevy of beauties who giggle outside Martin's surgery.After the good doctor snaps Melanie's dislocated shoulder back into place,she develops a serious infatuation with Martin baking him a cake,sending him a thank you card and eventually ends up in Martin's bed to surprise him! (Martin isn't in his bed at the time)

    Martin deals with this awkward and potentially damaging situation with uncharacteristic sensitivity as Melanie's father comes looking for the doc,but only to thank him for his patience and understanding and to ask for the return of Melanie's mothers' cake tin!

    This is a wonderful episode that highlights what many viewers have thought all along that deep down,in spite of his gruff and ill-tempered exterior,Martin is a decent and caring man.moreless

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