No, not the shoes. The British TV series.
Martin is surgeon, 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 Portwenn, where he spent childhood holidays.
Doc Martin is as grumpy, short-tempered and brilliant as House, and while he has no cadre of residents to torture, he does have a town full of varied and wonderful characters to annoy him. And of course, there’s a love interest.
We’ve barely started watching, and already there have been these memorable lines -
Patient – Am I your first official patient?
Doc Martin – You are indeed. Collect a thousand loyalty points and you get a free coffin.
Elderly patient with a cough – Could it be something serious?
Doc Martin (writing a script for medicine) – Yes. Lung cancer.
Patient: And you reckon these will work, do you?
Doc. Martin: No – I just prescribe them for fun.
Doc Martin – Well, there’s the mystery of medicine. Everyone comes to you for an opinion but when you actually give them that opinion nobody really wants it, do they?
I took a bit of umbrage when the only treatment the good doc offered for osteoporosis was an increase in estrogen dosing, but he has the right attitude when it comes to vaccines.
Thanks to Mr TBTAM for discovering this wonderful series in the DVD section of our local library. You can also watch the grumpy Doc on Hulu.
*This blog post was originally published at The Blog That Ate Manhattan*