His aunt Joan, a wise woman seems to be the one of the only people able to call Martin on his rather gruff and off-putting behavior. Local school teacher Louisa, with whom Martin gets off on the wrong foot at the series start provides a smart, attractive female foil. But there is also mutual attraction there, however inept Martin is at expressing it.
Martin’s office is run by Elaine, a daft young woman who somehow manages to keep things (barely) organized. He’d love to get rid of her, especially at the beginning, but his patients vociferously protest, boycotting his practice when he actually fires her in an early Season 1 episode.
Doc Martin is an enjoyable British comedy with some poignant moments. Clunes is great as the stiff, neurotic surgeon trying to cope with living among people who are his opposite in every way imaginable. As you get to know Martin, Auntie Joan, Elaine, Louisa and the rest of the townsfolk, you will laugh with them (and sometimes cry with them), but they will all leave you wanting more. The set includes 30 episodes on nine discs. Features include photo galleries and cast filmographies.