List of Doctors characters (2007)

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Doctors is a British medical soap opera which began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 March 2000.[1] Set in the fictional West Midlands town of Letherbridge, the soap follows the lives of the staff and patients of the Mill Health Centre, a fictional NHS doctor's surgery, as well as its sister surgery located at a nearby university campus. The following is a list of characters that first appeared in Doctors in 2007, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the programme's executive producer, Will Trotter. Vivien March (Anita Carey) was introduced in May, as well as Vera Corrigan (Doña Croll). July saw the arrival of both Daniel Granger (Matthew Chambers) and Melody Bell (Elizabeth Bower). Archie Hallam (Matt Kennard) and Eva Moore (Angela Lonsdale) were introduced later in the year.

Vivien MarchEdit

Vivien March
Doctors character
Portrayed byAnita Carey
First appearance"Shadows"
17 May 2007 (2007-05-17)
Last appearance"The Right Time"
20 March 2009 (2009-03-20)
Introduced byWill Trotter
ClassificationFormer; regular

Vivien March, portrayed by Anita Carey, first appeared on 17 May 2007, and made her final appearance on 20 March 2009.[2] Vivien was formerly a matron until her mother fell ill; she then looks after her ailing mother until her death. When Vivien decides she wants to start driving again because she is fed up with using buses, she persuadea Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan) to help her choose a car at an auction. Vivien gets several people from the surgery to teach how her to drive, but they all get fed up with her, so she turns to Jimmi again, who helps her to pass. On 16 June 2008, Vivien's house was broken into by two young men, one of whom, Ryan Parker (Richard Clarke), rapes her. On 7 July, Vivien reveals to Jimmi that she was raped, and tells him not to tell anyone as she is ashamed. Jimmi offers to let her stay at his house, but she turns him down. Jimmi tells Vivien that he could tell girlfriend Eva Moore (Angela Lonsdale) about what happened, but she is adamant that she does not want the police involved. Vivien later discovers another victim of the pair, which prompts her to become a witness for the prosecution in their trial, on 18 November 2008. However, after feeling the pressure of being a witness in court, she feels that she could not cope with the line of questioning and refuses to continue. Vivien made her regular final appearance on 20 March 2009, when she decides she wanted to be with her ex boyfriend in Bermuda. She is seen a week later on a DVD message to George (Stirling Gallacher) and Ronnie Woodson (Seán Gleeson), saying that she is enjoying Bermuda and passes her best wishes to them both.

After the storyline which saw Vivien getting raped, March received the award for Best Female Dramatic Performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards. The storyline also won Best Storyline, and episode in which she confessed the rape to Jimmi won Best Episode.[3] In 2018, the storyline was once again recognised at the British Soap Awards, getting nominated for Greatest Moment.[4]

Vera CorriganEdit

Vera Corrigan (also Wallis), portrayed by Doña Croll, first appeared on 10 May 2007, and made her last appearance on 14 June 2007. Croll reprised her role in 2010, making one appearance in January, and another in August. Vera and Tony Corrigan (Ian Blower) are the parents of Michelle Corrigan (Donnaleigh Bailey), who becomes a nurse at The Mill in 2006. Tony dies on their 30th wedding anniversary in 2007, so Vera left Letherbridge a few later. When she returned in January 2010, she began suffering from pains. Michelle thinks it is cancer but does not want to believe it, especially after Vera's mother, Diane, died of cancer. Michelle asks colleagues Heston Carter (Owen Brenman) and Lily Hassan (Seeta Indrani) for their medical opinion, to which they both say it could be cancer. Vera was set to have results from St. Phil's hospital that day and Michelle went with her, where it was discovered it was not cancer, but just general pains.

Daniel GrangerEdit

Dr. Daniel Granger, portrayed by Matthew Chambers, was introduced as a general practitioner at The Mill on 9 July 2007.[5][6] For his portrayal of Daniel, Chambers has been nominated for a variety of awards, including Best Daytime Star at the Inside Soap Awards,[7] and Best Actor at The British Soap Awards.[8]

Melody BellEdit

Dr. Melody Bell, portrayed by Elizabeth Bower, first appeared on 31 July 2007, and made her final appearance on 4 June 2009.[9] Melody arrives at The Mill as the new GP Registrar. Her friend and colleague Ruth Pearce (Selina Chilton) is suffering from a nervous breakdown, so she refers Ruth to a mental health facility, where she is later sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Melody then has to assess Ruth to see if she was well enough to come back to work, and Ruth passes the assessment. When Melody is on a call overnight, she is held hostage alongside a patient giving birth. Upon her escape, Melody confirms acceptance of a new job, and she departs from The Mill.

Bower was longlisted for Sexiest Female at the 2009 British Soap Awards.[10]

Archie HallamEdit

Archie Hallam, portrayed by Matt Kennard, first appeared on 21 August 2007,[9] and made his last appearance was on 27 April 2009. Archie is a good friend of Michelle Corrigan (Donnaleigh Bailey), and she helps Archie to get his job at The Mill. In January 2008, he starts a relationship with Melody Bell (Elizabeth Bower), but the pair split up with her after he told the police about her brother dealing drugs from her apartment. In 2009, Archie finds out information regarding the Trelawney Wells Drug Trials along with his girlfriend, and he is suspended from The Mill by Julia Parsons (Diane Keen).

Kennard was longlisted for Sexiest Male at the 2009 British Soap Awards.[11]

Eva MooreEdit

DI Eva Moore, portrayed by Angela Lonsdale, made her first appearance on 18 October 2007. Eva left on 21 October 2008 to enter witness protection, but she returned for a brief stint in September 2011. Eva is the girlfriend of Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan), and is a Detective Inspector with Letherbridge Police. She becomes pregnant with Jimmi's baby, but soon miscarries and the pair separate afterwards. Months later, they get back together. In October 2008, she is shot by criminals who persistently cause trouble for her. She returns to Letherbridge on 9 September 2011 at The Mill and meets up with Jimmi, but realises he had moved on.


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