Doctors spoilers: Al Haskey and Valerie Pitman compete in Ramadan challenge

Doctors, Al Haskey, Valerie Pitman, Ruhma Carter

Al and Valerie decide to help their colleague Ruhma through the last day of Ramadan by fasting too. But things soon get competitive!

It is the last day of Ramadan and midwife Ruhma Carter is really struggling to keep fasting until the very end. So, in a show of solidarity, both receptionist Valerie Pitman and doctor Al Haskey offer to fast for the day too for moral support. Plus, Al secretly thinks if Valerie can do it, so can he!

However, overconfident Al is soon struggling as he has both coffee and nicotine withdrawal symptoms and is hit by headaches.

Ruhma advises Al to drink some water and take some aspirin. But he refuses to eat or drink anything and let Valerie beat him in the Ramadan challenge! How is Valerie managing to breeze through the day and not even appear hungry?

Meanwhile, Emma Reid is not happy about being stuck with temporary Practice Manager Su 'without an e' Turtle at both work AND home. But could it be that frosty surgery boss Zara Carmichael is starting to warm to Su's ways, leaving Emma both irritated and jealous!

Doctors, Beth Stiles, Ayesha Lee, Sandra Khan

Ayesha clashes with rude Beth while collecting charity donations for refugees. (Picture: BBC)

Elsewhere, nurse Ayesha Lee is out and about in Letherbridge helping charity workers Mansoor Khan and his wife Sandra collect door-to-door donations to help refugees.

But Ayesha is left annoyed when she clashes with a hostile carer, Beth Stiles, who makes it clear charity begins at home and she has no intention of helping those who live abroad.

Doctors continues weekdays at 1:45pm on BBC One

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.