- The setting - Every time I see the gorgeous Cornish seaside, I want to pack my bags and move there immediately.
- The characters - From the Doc himself, played brilliantly by Martin Clunes (I loved him in William and Mary, as well), to the local plumber turned restaurateur and constant get-rich-quick schemer Al Large, played to perfection by the incomparable Ian McNiece, each character is quirkier and funnier than the next.
- The premise - A stuffy London surgeon develops a blood phobia and is forced to relocate and become the local GP in a sleepy seaside town full of oddballs for whom he has not the least bit of patience. Hilarity ensues. Trust me.
- The story lines - The Doc is part physician, part detective, as each episode he sets out to solve the mystery of some new illness or catastrophe. (Side note - According to a behind-the-scenes piece I saw recently, there is a real Doc Martin who consults for the show, and all of the cases featured are based on his real experiences.)
- The niceties - So much about the show, from the humour to the music, is just... nice. And I mean that in the best way possible. I like shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter just as much as the next person, but sometimes I just need a fix of lovely, and nice, and simple, and that's what Doc Martin provides.