Okay, own up. How many of you watched the new Doctor Who episode yesterday? Come on, I know you medical types will watch anything on TV that has the word 'Doctor' in it, right? It's not just me, right? Right? Hello?
Anyhoo, what made this episode particularly interesting was that the Doctor's new companion is a final-year medical student, and the new episode is set in a hospital. (Granted, the hospital is ripped off the face of the Earth and sent to the moon, but this IS Doctor Who after all. --Editor)
Funnily enough, the level of realism here was quite high in the med student scenes. You've got the nasty consultant, the smug bastard who laughs at you when you can't find heart sounds using your stethoscope, and the crazy patients. And if you've EVER watched Doctor Who before, you'll know the show isn't exactly known for its level of realism.
One exchange particularly made me laugh, just before Nasty But Doting Consultant is killed off by the Villain of The Week, who happened to be a patient previously diagnosed with salt deficiency:
Villain: You see, I was only salt-deficient because I'm so very good at absorbing it. But now I need fire in my veins. And who better than a consultant? With blood full of salty fats and vintage wines and all those Michelin star sauces.
Tells you something about doctors when a sci-fi show gets its medical stereotypes right, doesn't it?