Tom gets too close to a schoolgirl patient

Tom gets too close to a schoolgirl patient
Tom gets too close to a schoolgirl patient (Image credit: BBC)

Teenager Alicia (Ex-EastEnders star Melissa Suffield) is admitted to hospital after fainting at school. Tom recognises her from a previous visit, he the doctor helped her to stand up to her domineering father and asks Zoe if he can take over her treatment. It soon becomes clear to him that she’s not telling him the whole truth and he’s determined to get to the bottom of why the teenager is experiencing stomach spasms which led to her fainting. Meanwhile, Linda and Zoe notice Alicia is developing an unhealthy fixation for Tom, and begin to worry that he’s compromising his position by getting too close to her. When it emerges that Alicia is bulimic and only wants Tom to treat her, he is forced to hand her over to the care of another doctor. Elsewhere, Lloyd and Scarlett disagree when Lloyd flares up after receiving a racist insult. Also this week, in a dramatic one-off ‘red-button’ special, digital viewers travelled back in time to when Dr Sam Nicholls (Charlotte Salt) was an army helicopter medic based at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. In the episode Sam is preparing to return to England, when her team is called out to a suicide bombing at a civilian teahouse where insurgents are still at large. While tending to the wounded, Sam is forced to make a split-second decision that affects the rest of her life!

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.