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Dr Neil Bolton

Neil
David Michaels as Dr Neil Bolton

Episodes

29

First Episode

What the Butler Saw

Last Episode

Fire and Ashes

Family

James Bolton (Son, deceased)

Sam Bolton (Son)

Relationships

Nurse Maggie Bolton (wife)

Dr Neil Bolton (deceased), was played by David Michaels. He appeared in 29 episodes from 1997 - 1999.

BiographyEdit

Dr Neil Bolton first appeared in the Heartbeat series seven episode, "What the Butler Saw" where he'd previously been working for the Red Cross overseas and to work at Ashfordly General Hospital. It was revealed that he'd already walked out on his wife, Nurse Maggie Bolton, many years previously after they'd lost their baby son, James, to cot death. At first Maggie didn't want to see him; she shunned him out but they eventually got back together in the episode "Love Me Do" - which was the series finale of series seven. When he first appeared, what he really wanted was his own village practice with a house and decided to reopen Dr Kate Rowan's old practice - which Jo showed him round before her and Nick's departure. Neil's final appearance was in the episode "Fire and Ashes" where he ended up dying in a fire whilst trying to save a child from a burning building. The child had already been brought out unseen by the crowd of observers through the back door by his stepbrother, Julian Stephens and so tragically, Neil perished and no-one was able to save him. In the same episode, it was revealed that Maggie was pregnant again and had went on holiday with barmaid Gina Ward for company. She was unaware that Neil had died and was met off the train by PC Mike Bradley, who told her what had happened. After his death, Maggie went onto have a son called Sam. According to The Heartbeat Chronicles, Dr Bolton arrived in the spring of 1968 and the date on the top of the article about his death is 1969. In Give a Dog a Bad Name, it was Neil who found out that his the cause of his patients suffering from flee bites was due to Claude Jeremiah Greengrass and David Stockwell selling sheepskins rugs - adviced that Claude give Alfred a spring clean - due to the fact that the lurcher had been sitting on them at the time.

Personality and appearanceEdit

Neil is a young doctor and has been described by Nicholas Rhea, the author of the Constable series on which Heartbeat was based as serious and aloof and hoped that he would become less snooty. He said, "The doctors who have appeared in my books have usually been fairly senior G.P.s who have lived and worked in Aidensfield for many years. Neil Bolton, a rather serious and somewhat aloof young doctor, has now come to work in the area but his arrival did cause some concern, not least in his estranged wife, Nurse Maggie. In a village like Aidensfield, the doctor is very much a part of the community just like the vicar, the nurse and the policeman and I am delighted that Heartbeat continues to feature a doctor after the death of doctor Kate Rowan."

"I think David Michaels plays a very interesting part and we're all wondering whether he will soften and become less snooty as he settles into the village routine."

RelationshipsEdit

Nurse Maggie BoltonEdit

Nurse Maggie Bolton was Neil's wife; it was discovered during series seven that some years earlier that he'd walked out on her after the death of their baby son James, It was revealed he'd died of cot death. The pair were first seen together in the episode, What the Butler Saw when he turned up out of the blue and forced Maggie to confront what had happened. Maggie didn't want to know and shunned him out. In Local Knowledge, Jo Rowan revealed to Maggie that Neil was planning to reopen Kate's old practice - but she made it clear that she wasn't very happy about it.

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