Doctor Martin Ellingham has been forced to give up his career as an eminent surgeon, and retrain as a GP, after developing a phobia to blood. A vacancy arises in the Cornish hamlet of Portwenn following the death of the local GP. Martin has fond memories of the little fishing port where he spent happy childhood holidays with his Aunt Joan.
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The surgeon struggles to dissuade the locals from using his surgery as a drop-in centre and finds himself forced to deliver bad news to a former teacher already bitter at losing his job to Louisa. Adding to his woes, the decision to sack incompetent receptionist Elaine results in the entire village ostracising him.
The residents of Portwenn are struck down by a nasty stomach bug, prompting Martin to suspect the village's water supply could be contaminated - but when he gives voice to his fears in a radio broadcast, his already shaky popularity takes another knock. Louisa tries to make amends with the grumpy GP by inviting him out for a drink, but local bobby Mark ruins the occasion by tagging along.
Unsociable Martin turns down Louisa's invitation to the Portwenn Players' dance, so she asks Mark to be her date instead - prompting him to approach the GP for advice on dealing with the opposite sex. On the professional front, Louisa has her hands full when a rebellious 10-year-old causes chaos on a school wildlife trip, and a park ranger introduces Martin to his unusual friend - a 6ft squirrel.
An old flame of Joan’s sails back into her life and whisks her off her feet. But John Slater is seriously ill with a life threatening heart condition, as Doc Martin discovers when he insists on running tests on John.
An influx of holiday makers to Portwenn annoys Martin, and his efforts to point out the dangers of sunbathing to a scantily clad woman prove unpopular. He is also the target of a practical joke in the pub after his blood phobia becomes common knowledge, and grows closer to Louisa when one of her pupils, Peter Cronk, has a serious accident that lands him in hospital.