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1* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: ˛** Martin locking a nervous surgeon in a cupboard.˛--->'''Martin:''' Would you step in here for moment please?\˛''(The surgeon does so.)''\˛'''Surgeon:''' Is this one of those relaxation things?\˛''(Martin grabs a mop from the cupboard, shuts the doors, and shoves the mop through the handles to jam it shut.)''\˛'''Martin:''' ''(Deadpan)'' No.˛** Martin calling a kid's bluff about turning deaf (to get out of school):˛--->'''Martin:''' Your son has an abnormal buildup of fluid in his ear canals. There's no easy way to say this, his head is going to explode.\˛'''Kid:''' WHAT!?\˛''(His mother slaps him upside the head as realisation dawns.)''˛** At the pharmacy, as Louisa is giving Martin a piece of her mind over his [[MomentKiller suggesting causes of her bad breath after their first kiss]], up pops Mrs Tishell with some [[JerkassHasAPoint bottles of mouthwash]]. ˛* GrowingTheBeard: Getting rid of Elaine Denham improved the show immensely.˛* HoYay: Surprisingly, between Martin and PC Penhale. In the episode with Penhale's brother, Penhale runs around Martin's office and hugs the Doc while shirtless. Later that same episode, Penhale gives Martin a present and mentions their "special relationship."˛* IronyAsSheIsCast: Dr. Martin Ellingham is a stuffy JerkWithAHeartOfGold who considers dogs to be unhygienic menaces at best. Creator/MartinClunes is well-known for his long-standing love of dogs. ˛* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Martin realises that [[spoiler: Louisa]] has a malformation in her brain that no other doctor has spotted. He rushes to the airport and stops her flying to Spain (which would have caused the malformation to bleed) and when she is about to undergo surgery, the very young surgeon is both nervous and star-struck by Martin. Not trusting him to perform the operation, Martin locks him in a cupboard and performs the operation himself. He does it with the utmost professionalism despite the patient being [[spoiler: his wife]] and it's a complete success. When his fear of blood inevitably flares up during the surgery, he takes a few seconds to vomit into a bin, goes back to the operating table, and carries on after first ordering someone to change the bin.˛* MoralEventHorizon: Martin's mother was always portrayed as a narcissistic hedonist who somehow managed to have even less empathy toward other people than her son. But after his father dies, she doesn't bother to call to let Martin know, instead turning up unannounced at his house two weeks later and freeloads off him before trying to guilt-trip him into giving her money. After he refuses, she steals his antique clock (maintaining of which seems to be the only thing Martin has that could be called a hobby) in order to sell it.˛* ParanoiaFuel: Some of the medical problems arising from seemingly-innocuous incidents. For example, did your kid fall off the monkey bars at school? ''Make sure he didn't rupture his spleen.''˛* RecycledTheSeries: Kind of an odd example. A character, played by Clunes appeared in a film ''Saving Grace'' and later two prequel miniseries. In making this series, the character was given a ReTool with DoctorJerk added to the character (who was originally just a FishOutOfWater), and his last name was changed to Ellingham (an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of the last name of the show's writer Dominic Minghella).˛** AscendedExtra˛* ReplacementScrappy: Penhale in place of Mylow. While Mylow wasn't brilliant, he was still good at his job, friendly, and generally likable. Penhale is down another ten IQ points, narcoleptic, and unable to effectively do his job due to agoraphobia. He also introduces himself to multiple nicer characters by assuming they've committed some sort of crime.˛* TheScrappy: ˛** The group of teenaged girls who mock and laugh at Dr. Martin in almost every episode. They exist to laugh at the misfortune of others, though it's usually targeted towards the doctor, and each girl has no character of her own other than being [[JerkAss rude to anyone who passes by them for no real reason other than that they can]], and overall they have no real importance to the series whatsoever.˛** Elaine wasn't very well-liked, mainly because she's unbelievably [[{{Jerkass}} rude]] and [[TheDitz stupid]], and absolutely refuses to take her job seriously. It also doesn't help that everyone in town seems to love her for some reason, turning against Martin for firing her even though he had ''every'' reason to do so. (Funnily enough, the only person who seemed to understand Martin's point of view is Elaine's father.) When she left the show after the end of season one, practically no one complained.˛* StrangledByTheRedString: The endless WillTheyOrWontThey between Martin and Louisa, which has gone on for six series [[spoiler:even though they've actually gotten married]]. At some point, two people have just got to admit that it's just not going to ''work''.˛* WhatAnIdiot: The HostageSituation in the Christmas episode. There are multiple times when one of them could have sneaked out a request for help (even if the village didn't have a new policeman yet, one could presumably be summoned from elsewhere). At one point, Martin is left ''alone'' with another character to whom he could easily whisper "there's a mental patient with a gun in my surgery", but he doesn't.˛* TheWoobie: Martin sometimes becomes one, especially when his parents are involved.


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