Series 9 - Episode 8
License to Practice
Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
Director:  Nigel Cole
Writer:  Jack Lothian
Ruth lures Martin to her cottage and puts him through visual therapy to try to prepare him for the
scheduled surgery that’s part of his GMC assessment.  She tells him that his mentor, Bernard Newton,
will be assessing him during the surgery.  Morwenna, Al and Joe are preparing the Platt for the wedding
when she receives a call from her parents saying they will not be able to make it.  Joe takes charge of
finding a substitute officiant and Morwenna asks Martin to walk her down the aisle.  Julia tells Louisa
that Buddy and Sandy have become parents to a litter of puppies and offers half of the litter to her.  As
Martin is heading to the wedding, she appears with a box full of puppies and not only wants to give
some of them to Martin, but also requests that he donate sperm so that she can have another child.  
Martin tells her she is mad.  Louisa and Pippa are decorating the archway for the wedding when Pippa
accidentally cuts off a finger on a bandsaw.  Buddy grabs the bag holding the finger and Louisa and
Pippa chase him all the way to the surgery trying to catch him.  Martin and Bernard are there having
dinner and Bernard assists Martin as he reattaches the finger.  Bernard is impressed with his skill, but
is concerned at the momentary wobble he noticed.  The next day, Bernard observes Martin’s
problematic bedside manner and calls him out on it.  During the surgery, Martin has to take over when
Bernard has difficulty.  Martin has one wobble but handles the emergency with skill, but then turns
away and vomits after the procedure is complete.  A few hours later, Bernard shows up at the surgery to
clear the air.  He admits that he has macular degeneration but wants to continue surgery.  He seems to
want to make a deal that he will pass Martin on the assessment if Martin will not report his vision
problems.  Martin arrives just in time to walk Morwenna down the aisle, and as the ceremony
concludes, Louisa tells Martin that she is pregnant.  Martin is stunned, and tells her that he has
resigned from general practice because they were going to fail him on the assessment.  He tells her
that he is no longer a doctor.  Martin tells her that he loves her and they share a kiss.
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Martin Clunes
Dr Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz
Louisa Glasson
Eileen Atkins
Ruth Ellingham
Ian McNeice
Bert Large
Joe Absolom
Al Large
Jessica Ransom
Morwenna Newcross
John Marquez
PC Joe Penhale
Selina Cadell
Mrs Tishell
Elliott Blake
James Henry
Angela Curran
Caitlin Morgan
Olivia Poulet
Julia Pote
Robyn Addison
Janice Bone
Buffy Davis
Pippa Woodley
Tom Conti
Bernard Newton
Penelope Beaumont
Evelyn Pearce
Ffion Jolly
Melanie Downs
Postwoman Steph