Since there’s already a fan site that you can view to learn about the characters, the setting, the episodes for the first 5 seasons, and more, my plan is to provide an analysis of the themes I have found running through the series. The show is called Doc Martin and he is certainly a key character, but I was surprised to discover that beyond Doctor Martin Ellingham and his medical expertise and personality traits, the role of women in the show is quite prominent. As a result, I plan to discuss the kinds of women and the sorts of women’s issues the show brings up. This includes the many strong female figures in the show, romance and sexuality, pregnancy issues, parenting issues,and even how doctors relate to women. Of course, a doctor show involves many medical conditions. Therefore, the themes I will write about will necessarily be about how this doctor handles his medical practice. In Doc Martin the medical is significantly intertwined with the psychological and that interests me deeply. I also plan to write about fathers, couples, and what it means to be a family. If you are interested in reading more about these subjects, please click on the categories listed on the right side of the screen.
Naturally this blog should discuss the practice of medicine. Doc Martin is a highly regarded vascular surgeon working in London who has decided to move to a small town in Cornwall to be the GP. In my world, that would be a dramatic change and quite out of the ordinary. Of course, that’s somewhat the point and contributes to both the comedic aspects of the series as well as the dramatic ones. But this doctor’s vast knowledge of medicine coupled with his tremendous dedication to his profession is worth having a dialogue about. Indeed all the aspects of his practice deserve some mention, from his receptionists to his interactions with patients and even his access to emergency care and hospitals.
This show invites us to consider what mental illness is and what sort of impact it can have on people who have to deal with being on the continuum of mild to serious mental illness. We are also encouraged to recognize how medical conditions can be confused with psychological ones, and we are shown the value of being tolerant and open-minded toward the people afflicted with these maladies. Perhaps a small town is more likely to absorb the idiosyncratic behaviors of its community. There’s much room for discussion.