- Funny Moments: 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.
- Grows the Beard: Getting rid of Elaine Denham improved the show immensely.
- Ho Yay: 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."
- Irony as She Is Cast: Dr. Martin Ellingham is a stuffy Jerk with a Heart of Gold who considers dogs to be unhygienic menaces at best. Martin Clunes is well-known for his long-standing love of dogs.
- Moment of Awesome: Martin realises that 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 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.
- Moral Event Horizon: 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.
- Paranoia Fuel: Some of the medical problems arrising from seemingly-innocuous incidents. For example, did your kid fall off the monkey bars at school? Make sure he didn't rupture his spleen.
- Recycled: The Series: 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 Doctor Jerk added to the character (who was originally just a Fish out of Water), and his last name was changed to Ellingham (an anagram of the last name of the show's writer Dominic Minghella).
- Replacement Scrappy: 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.
- The Scrappy:
- The group of teenaged girls who mocks 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 girls have no character of their own other than being 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 rude and 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.
- Strangled by the Red String: The endless Will They or Won't They? between Martin and Louisa, which has gone on for six series 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.
- What an Idiot!: The Hostage Situation 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.
- The Woobie: Martin, sometimes becomes one especially when his parents are involved.
YMMV / Doc Martin