Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) guest stars in the episode as Dr Edward Mullen, who arrives at the surgery for Dr Martin Ellingham’s (Martin Clunes) his second GMC assessment.
A mock surgery has been arranged with patients suffering fake illnesses for the Doc to diagnose. But it is a complete shambles, with Mrs Tishell (Selina Cadell) revealing to Martin one of the pretend illnesses, another patient not remembering hers, and the third patient Martin diagnosing with a real medical condition. The assessment comes to an abrupt end with Martin dismissing Dr. Mullen and focusing on his real patients.
Meanwhile, Al(Joe Absolom) and Bert (Ian McNeice) are preparing the pub ahead of owner Ken Hollister’s (Clive Russell) return after recovering from a major operation. They are surprised to learn that he wants to sell the pub. They negotiate a deal with Ken to continue to manage the pub, but before it can be secured Ken dies.
Penhale (John Marquez) is taken by surprise when Mark Mylow, (Stewart Wright) his predecessor, returns and tries to take charge. There is a spate of farming robberies across the South West, which Mark is overseeing from Exeter, and he has been sent down to investigate. This isn’t the main motivation for his visit though; Mark has a medical condition he is only willing to see the Doc about.
Buddy has gone missing and Louisa is scouring the village to try to find him. She’s relieved to discover he’s taken up residence with the new Funeral Director, Julia Pote,( Olivia Poulet) and her dog Shelly.
Doc Martin – Wednesday at 9.00pm on ITV.