Doc Martin: Martin Clunes says it 'feels like a good time to stop'
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Doc Martin fans are looking forward to the 10th and final season of the medical comedy-drama. The ITV series last aired in 2019 and it has been a long time coming for the new episodes. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the final season.
When is Doc Martin back on?
Doc Martin made its debut back in 2004 and Martin Clunes stars as Doctor Martin Ellingham.
His character is based on Doctor Martin Bamford from the 2000 film, Saving Grace.
Fans are looking forward to revisiting the characters in Portwenn, Cornwell, after a two-year hiatus.
The final series is due to air this year, 2022, although no release date has been given.
Filming was supposed to start in 2021 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Casting calls have now been made, offering a February 2022 start date for filming.
Filming can take several months to complete, with post-production still to follow.
With this in mind, it seems the final season could premiere in late 2022.
Doc Martin usually airs in the early autumn, and Express.co.uk will update this story when more information comes to light.
Back in 2020, Clunes and his wife, producer Philippa Braithwaite, released a statement about the final season.
They said: “We have loved making nine series of Doc Martin. When we launched the series in 2004 we could never have imagined how much our loyal viewers would take to the grumpy Doc like they have.
“The series has avid fans both in the UK and throughout the world and we are thrilled that Doc Martin has topped the ratings every time.
“However, after sixteen years we now feel that the time has come to say goodbye to Portwenn.
“We will be making the tenth and final series in 2021 and we are very much looking forward to returning to Cornwall to film it.”
Of course, this was before they realised the pandemic would impact production.
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Clunes appeared on Lorraine earlier in January 2022 to discuss his new show, Islands of the Pacific.
He also talked about the end of Doc Martin, saying it was the right time to end the journey.
The star said: “It is sad, but it’s not really, it’s the right time.”
“I think everyone will appreciate that it’s time to finish, but it feels like a really good time to finish.”
Due to the delayed filming date, Clunes said he had a lot more time to prepare the scripts.
This means the series will definitely be going out with a bang, with much stronger storylines.
Speaking on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show, the actor said: “I’m really looking forward to going down because we didn’t get there last year as we should have.
“But it’s given us another year to get some really cracking scripts.”
When asked when season 10 could air, he said: “I’m guessing autumn this year.”
Martin Clunes Islands of the Pacific airs on ITV at 9pm.
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