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Friday, September 20, 2019


(Martin Clunes & Buddy)

Martin Clunes returns to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new series of Doc Martin for ITV Choice (Channel 123) starting on September 30 at 20h00.

In this hugely popular show, Clunes stars as Dr Martin Ellingham, a GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, while Caroline Catz plays the his wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has since resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.

Also returning for this ninth series is Dame Eileen Atkins, who plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth; Ian McNeice who plays Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al; John Marquez as PC Joe Penhale; Jessica Ransom as the doctor’s  receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell as pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

The regular cast are joined in this series by special guest stars Danny Huston, who plays a man shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs; Conleth Hill (who some might recognise as Lord Varys in Game of Thrones), a GP who comes to assess the Doc; Caroline Quentin as vet Angela Sim and Tom Conti who plays an eminent surgeon who is also assessing the Doc.

Says Clunes of his character: “When we left the Doc at the end of the last series he was under investigation by the General Medical Council. Now he is in deep water having to pass an assessment to see if he is competent if he wants to carry on practising as a GP."

Also in the new series - without giving too much away - the Doc has to go on a phlebotomy course to try and cure his blood phobia; the Doc and Louisa discuss whether the time is right to try for a baby brother or sister for their three year-old son James and Buddy the dog goes missing, and it turns out he has fallen in love with Shelly - the dog owned by Julia, the local undertaker.

Fun and games and a bit of drama - just as the millions of Doc Martin fans like it!