Doctors script
Doctors  Season #18 Episode #A Suitable Alternative (2000)
Synopsis: Doctors is a British medical soap opera which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 26 March 2000. Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined [in the programme] as being in the city of Birmingham, the soap follows the lives of the staff of both a Doctor's surgery and University Campus Surgery as well as their families and friends.

A WHEELCHAIR TO GET AROUND. HE IS PRETTY

IMMOBILE FROM THE WAIST DOWN, HIS HANDS DON’T

WORK TOO WELL, AND HE NEEDS HELP WITH VIRTUALLY

EVERY ASPECT OF PERSONAL CARE – EATING, TOILET,

TRANSFERRING FROM WHEELCHAIR TO CAR OR BED ETC.

HIS WIFE JANICEMID 40’S – IS A CAREWORN

INFINITELY PATIENT WOMAN WHO IS ROB’S MAIN

CARER. SHE IS KNEELING ON THE FLOOR, PUTTING ON

HIS LACE-UP SHOES. SHE’S STRUGGLING TO GET THE

SECOND SHOE ON]

ROB:

For heaven’s sake Janice, be careful can’t you?

JANICE:

Sorry love, nearly there.

[SHE GETS THE SHOE ON AND TIES THE LACES]

JANICE:

We really should get you some slip-ons.

ROB:

I like laces.

JANICE:

I know love, it’s just they’re a bit fiddly.

ROB:

(SARCASTICALLY) How about my bedroom slippers? That’d be nice and

easy for you.

JANICE:

I didn’t mean…

ROB:

And tracksuit bottoms – that’s what the well-dressed cripple is wearing

these days…

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JANICE:

If you’re going to have one of your moods…

ROB:

I am not having ‘one of my moods’. Just because I’m stuck in this thing,

doesn’t mean I can’t dress properly. But if it’s too much trouble…

JANICE:

I’m not saying that…

ROB:

Just leave it will you. We’re going to be late. Get the car.

[JANICE LOOKS LIKE SHE’S GOING TO SAY SOMETHING

BUT THINKS BETTER OF IT. SHE HEADS FOR THE DOOR.

ROB SHIFTS HIMSELF IN HIS CHAIR AND GRIMACES

WITH PAIN]

ROB:

Aaaaah…

[JANICE LOOKS CONCERNED AS ROB TRIES TO HOLD

BACK THE PAIN]

ROB:

Get me the paracetamol…

JANICE:

But you’ve already had two…

ROB:

Just get them will you!

[TIGHT ON JANICE. IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER LONG

DAY]

CUT TO:

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EP105/SC2. EXT. PRACTICE FRONT CAR PARK. DAY 1. 08.40

[CANDY DRIVES INTO THE CAR PARK. SHE HAS A

MASSIVE HANGOVER AND IS LATE FOR WORK. SHE

LOOKS AROUND FOR A PARKING SPACE AND HURRIEDLY

DRIVES INTO THE DISABLED PARKING SPACE. SHE GETS

OUT OF THE CAR AND HEADS FOR THE ENTRANCE. AFTER

A FEW STEPS SHE TURNS AND GOES BACK – SHE’S

FORGOTTEN TO LOCK THE CAR. SHE LOCKS IT AND

HEADS BACK TOWARDS THE ENTRANCE]

CUT TO:

3

EP105/SC3. INT. PRACTICE RECEPTION. DAY 1. 08.43

[CANDY RUSHES INTO RECEPTION. THERE ARE A FEW

PATIENTS WAITING. FAITH IS AT THE RECEPTION DESK,

LOOKING VERY BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL]

FAITH:

Hiya!

CANDY:

Sorry – overslept.

FAITH:

Not surprisedstate you were in last night.

CANDY:

Don’t remind me. What time did you get home?

FAITH:

About three.

[CANDY CAN’T BELIEVE FAITH IS LOOKING SO BRIGHT]

CANDY:

How do you do it?

FAITH:

Practice, girl. You stick with me, you’ll be coming straight to work from

an all-nighter before too long.

CANDY:

Oh... I don’t think Justin would like that.

FAITH:

Joke.

CANDY:

Oh. Right. Can you cover for a couple more minutes? I’ve got to do

something with my hair.

FAITH:

(SMILING) You’re not wrong.

[CANDY HEADS FOR THE STAFF ROOM AS A PATIENT

APPROACHES THE DESK]

FAITH:

(WITH A WELCOMING SMILE) Hello… lovely day isn’t it? How can I help?

CUT TO:

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EP105/SC4. INT. PRACTICE RECEPTION. DAY 1. 09.11

[CANDY IS STILL NOT WITH IT AS CAROLINE TALKS TO

HER]

CAROLINE:

… I’m writing to the hospital, and I need his notes.

CANDY:

Sorry. I was miles away. Who did you want?

CAROLINE:

Mr Billingham. Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

CANDY:

I put them on your desk.

[CAROLINE REACHES OVER AND PICKS UP SOME NOTES

FROM THE DESK]

CAROLINE:

No you didn’t.

CANDY:

No, I didn’t. Sorry.

CAROLINE:

Is everything alright Candy?

CANDY:

Oh yes, fine thanks. Sorry. I’m just a bit… sorry.

[CANDY MOVES AWAY AS FAITH COMES THROUGH

RECEPTION]

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Chris Murray

Chris Murray is a scriptwriter. He created police drama Merseybeat and Doctors and has written for television shows such as', Casualty' Peak Practice, The Bill, Holby City, Waterloo Road and Wild at Heart "Lewis". He was part of the regular writing team on Holby City, 2007–2011, scripting 12 episodes. He enjoys Christmas pudding. more…

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