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Dr. Forbes
1202 Dr. Forbes (James McGowan)
Actor James McGowan
Seen Operation: Murder
Murdoch Without Borders
Sins of the Father
Bad Pennies
The Killing Dose
Gender Male
Status Living
Job Doctor of Medicine

Dr. Forbes is the attending staff physician at the University of Toronto School of Medicine and Dr. Ogden’s supervising Chief Surgeon during her residency at Toronto Mercy Hospital, introduced in Season 12 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by James McGowan.

Appearances and Mentions

Operation: Murder

  • Dr. Forbes, head of surgeon of Toronto Mercy Hospital, tells Dr. Ogden, "...it is my responsibility to ask you: are you a coroner or are you a surgeon?" after she had sent Mrs. Quigley's body to the City Morgue, meeting her responsibility as City Coroner, which resulted in Martin Quigley threatening to sue the hospital and him personally.

Murdoch Without Borders

  • At the Toronto Mercy Hospital, when Dr. Ogden asks Dr. Forbes why they are not treating Jakub Czarnecki whose leg may need to be amputated to save his life, she is informed that "If he were a patient, we might be able to do something; but all we can do is keep him comfortable until they come for him." Ogden asks if he has committed a crime to which Forbes replies, "Apparently his wound qualifies him as a burden on the country, which is enough to deport him. That's all I've been told".

Sins of the Father

Troublemakers (mention)

Bad Pennies

  • Dr. Forbes does not take offence when Dr. Ogden argues that, "And I am as accomplished as any man in this hospital," immediately correcting herself, "Well, not any man."
  • As Chief Surgeon, Dr. Forbes honors the patient's request and informs Dr. Ogden that his decision has been made; He have already briefed Doctor Dixon on Mr. Fitzgerald's condition and he will be performing the operation.
  • Dr. Forbes instructs her to stay away from the patient.

The Killing Dose

  • Dr. Ogden shares with Dr. Forbes that she had hoped when the cerebral swelling reduced, there would be some brain response. Examining Jane Cooper's records, the Chief Surgeon states, "It's only deteriorated." While it is tragic to see all this damage in a woman so young, there are no additional measures he can recommend, "You are doing everything you can."
  • Disappointing Dr. Ogden with no prognosis for a recovery, Dr. Forbes turns to her, "I know you do not readily accept the limitations of our profession, Dr. Ogden. It is one of the qualities that makes you a good physician." There are no experimental treatments and it is time for the good Doctor "to prepare the family for the likelihood that Miss Cooper won't survive," he places a gentle hand on her shoulder before leaving Dr. Ogden alone with her dying patient.

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Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeBea Santos as Louise CherryPeter Keleghan as Terrence Meyers • Siobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordPeter Stebbings as James PendrickErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Nigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle
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