Doctor At Large is the third of the Doctor series. Like it's two predecessors it's got a script by Nicholas Phipps and it's directed by Ralph Thomas. It's also based on a novel of the same name by Richard Gordon. Unlike the first two films, Richard didn't participate in the script writing.
Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlov, Donald Sinden and James Robertson Justice all return to the cast. Dirk has returned to London, he would have liked the surgeon job St Swithin's, but he lost out to another doctor. He takes a job in an industrial town and has trouble with the other doctor's wife. That's followed by a stint at a Harley Street Doctor's Office and a third job in the country. Donald has been failing his examinations again. He buys a medical degree from a professor in Ireland and takes a post with a rich older lady. Muriel has been trying to become a doctor but she has limited success. When the men's jobs end, they join Muriel and they all take a vacation in France before the next round of job hunting.
Eventually things work out for our doctors. Toss in a bit of romance and a few laughs and you've got a fairly entertaining film. Shirley Eaton, Noel Purcell, George Coulouris, Derek Farr, Lionel Jeffries and Nicholas Phipps are part of the cast. This film did seem more lackadaisical than the previous two and the jokes are pretty low key. Perhaps it's the absence of Richard Gordon. He worked on both previous scripts and they were less sentimental. There were also more jokes. I'd rather have gags than melodrama. There's a commentary with Mariel Pavlov and Donald Sinden, it's hosted by Robert Ross. Like the movie it was pretty low key, they do forget to talk a good bit of the time in the 2nd half of the movie.