Valerie just can’t catch a break! (Picture: BBC)

Poor old Valerie Pitman (Sarah Moyle). The surgery’s favourite feline-friendly receptionist has had a tough time of it recently, largely thanks to the recent burglary in her house which saw he briefly captured and tied up while the robber finished the job off.

This week, however, she gets the opportunity to cheer herself up a bit in her new role as Leona, the Commonwealth mascot in the forthcoming Letherbridge Commonwealth Games.

Unfortunately, not everything goes entirely smoothly. Firstly, the photographer walks out early.

Valerie attempts to take matters into her own hands, encouraging public relations agent Jordan Brown (Kathryn Thickett) to an impromptu photo shoot around town, using Valerie’s mobile. All goes well until they encounter Bully the Bull…

Meanwhile, two patients visit Princess (Laura White) on a related matter. The first is Nathan Jones (Geoffrey MacCarthy) is a teenaged boy who has been attacked during a night on the town.

The thing is, Nathan wasn’t supposed to be out that night at all. He thus hasn’t even told his parents about the assault and is feeling very isolated. Later, Gavin (Matt Sutton), a middle-aged street cleaner comes in.

He witnessed the attack on Nathan  but did nothing about it. Initially, Princess seems fairly unsympathetic to both Nathan and Gavin.

This lack of empathy has caused problems for Princess in the past. It certainly doesn’t impress her supervisor Emma (Dido Miles) now and she is already inclined to dislike Princess anyway. Will Princess get a chance to redeem herself?

Doctors airs these scenes w/c Monday May 30 on BBC One.

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