Doctor Luke Durville is a highly respected anaesthetist.
He works as a locum in the Auckland region.
Calm in a crisis and even tempered, Doctor Durville is a sought after anaesthetist.
But despite his professional cache, Dr Durville chooses not to socialise with his colleagues, preferring to spend his time alone.
His pale, slightly Gothic appearance adds to the enigma surrounding this private and insular man.
As well as an apartment in town, Doctor Durville owns a house in the country. Considered to be something of a leader in his field, he spends a lot of time overseas, speaking at conferences. When he's away he rents out his house.
Fascinated by the occult, Doctor Durville has studied the history of witchcraft and necromancy, and he is also an amateur taxidermist.
Doctor Durville left town for a while after Joey Henderson's demise. He found the experience of being a suspect both insulting and damaging.
He has been travelling to visit family overseas and stopped off in Haiti on his way back to New Zealand to study their culture of black magic and voodoo, in relation to traditional healing.
He intends to write a paper on it for the University and hopes to lecture on "Health, healing and the supernatural" on a part time basis for the Department of Anthropology. This is obviously a sideline to his day job.
Durville has gone back and forth between Central and Shortland Street over the years, popping up at the Ferndale hospital many times over the last five years.
In the entire time that Luke has been around Ferndale, the one consistent thing has been Luke's desired to find a lady friend with a similar interests and passions.
No one was more surprised than his close friend Bella when he returned to Ferndale again in 2011 with a Romanian fiancé, Zlata Waldheim.
Despite appearing to have very little in common, the pair seem close, although Bella is still not completely convinced that Zlata is the right man for Luke.
Luke finally realised that Bella was the one for him and he left Zlata to be with her but had to save Bella from Zlata's father Costel who tried to kill her.
Luke and moved in with Bella and her family, but they
decided they needed their own space.
Luke supported Bella through her parents marriage break up.
After a mix up where Bella thought Luke was about to propose, while Luke was secretly organising art classes for Bella, Luke decided to actually propose and after a moment of worry, Bella finally accepted.
The engaged couple began planning their wedding but wedding stress soon got to Luke and he started having headaches.
He discovered that his chronic headaches were actually an inoperable brain tumour and he broke the news to Bella the night before the wedding.
He was unsure if the wedding should go ahead but he was relieved when Bella finally arrived for the ceremony and they married in a moving ceremony.
But with his brain tumour, the couple now face an uncertain