I have just recently been introduced to this show and I’ve decided to start this blog because I am convinced that the Doc Martin TV show is the most well-written and acted show about a doctor that I’ve ever seen on TV. I feel qualified to say this because I have my Ph.D in Comparative Literature with a special interest in literature and medicine (in particular psychology) and I have written about and taught this subject. Also, my husband is a physician and a great diagnostician and practiced in a small town in North Carolina. His specialty is neurology, but during his years of practice he called himself a primary care neurologist because he so frequently ended up diagnosing medical problems that were not neurological-he had to remind referring doctors to check for diabetes or blood pressure issues or recognize tumors that went unnoticed, etc. My literature and medicine background provides me with many novels and stories from many countries that contain medical developments and disorders. My personal life gives me insight into what it’s like to live with a doctor in a small town who’s the only physician who can determine the best course of treatment for many patients. Our town was not quite as small as Portwenn, but it was certainly similar in many ways. Watching Doc Martin not only reminded me of the days when we had those experiences, but also whetted my literary analytical skills. I am excited to write down my thoughts and see what others think. I love character driven shows and see Doc Martin as a cross between House and Northern Exposure, with the exception that I am much more enticed by these characters and this story line than I ever was with those shows.