The final season of Doc Martin arrives next month, bringing to a close the hugely popular series after an 18-year run. Check out the sizzle reel and pics from Season 10.
Stateside Clunatics are preparing to bid a fond farewell to Doc Martin, one of the most popular series from across the pond since its debut in 2004, and Acorn TV is sending it off in grand style.
The British and international streaming service premieres the tenth and final season of Doc Martin on Monday, October 17 — launching it with the first two of nine episodes, followed by one episode per week through the series’ penultimate episode on November 28. Then in December, Acorn TV brings us two momentous programming events: the documentary Doc Martin – A Celebration on December 26, and the premiere of the series’ final episode, a Christmas special, on December 31.
Directed by Stuart Orme and produced by Evie-Bergson-Korn, Doc Martin – A Celebration highlights the longevity and impact, both locally and around the world, of Doc Martin over the years, as well as offering behind-the-scenes moments of the final season with the cast and crew.
For folks who are new to British TV and might not be familiar with Doc Martin and why Anglophile viewers are so gaga about the show, here’s a quick overview:
The acclaimed dramedy series stars Martin Clunes (Manhunt, Men Behaving Badly) as Dr. Martin Ellingham, a surly, self-centered surgeon in London who relocates to the seaside town of Portwenn in Cornwall to be the GP, as his phobia of blood is unworkable for his chosen profession. With his rude bedside manner intact, the curmudgeonly Doc tends to the quirky townspeople’s maladies, gets entangled in their dramas, and develops an on-off love affair with Louisa (Caroline Catz, DCI Banks, Murder in Suburbia), who eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his two children.
At the end of Season 9, Martin decided to resign as Portwenn’s GP after the General Medical Council scrutinized his career because of his phobia. Season 10 sees the Doc beginning to question whether he made the right decision in quitting while making efforts to overcome his fear of blood. With Louisa pursuing her new career as a child counselor in his old surgery, Martin is left babysitting his four-month-old daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and indulging his hobby of repairing clocks on the kitchen table. But does he really want his old job back?
Amongst the series’ veteran cast returning for the final season are Dame Eileen Atkins (Gosford Park) as Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth; Ian McNeice (Dune) as Bert Large; Joe Absolom (EastEnders) as Bert’s son, Al; John Marquez (Britannia) as PC Joe Penhale; Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories) as surgery receptionist Morwenna Newcross; and Selina Cadell (Wild Child) as pharmacist Mrs. Tishell.
Guest stars in the final season of Doc Martin include Fay Ripley (Cold Feet, Suspects), David Hayman (Landscapers, The Nest), Ben Miller (Professor T, Bridgerton), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey, Beecham House), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet, MI-5), Kenneth Cranham (Finding Alice, The Good Karma Hospital), and Rupert Graves (Sherlock, Riviera).
Doc Martin is produced by Philippa Braithwaite and executive produced by Mark Crowdy. The directors are Nigel Cole, Philip John, and Kate Cheeseman, and the writers are Jack Lothian, Andrew Rattenbury, Kevin Cecil, Julian Unthank, and Chris Reddy.
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