It is official: Doctor Martin is over. Or at least it’s about to. After almost two decades on the air, ten seasons on television, over seventy-five episodes and two made-for-TV movies, Martin Ellingham is finally hanging up his proverbial stethoscope. Streamer Acorn TV has announced that Season 10 will premiere exclusively on the platform this October, closing the book on one of its most successful series to date.
The series stars Martin Clunes as the titular short-tempered family doctor, often rude at bedside and afraid of blood, as he moves to the quirky seaside town of Portwenn after being discharged, trying to survive life alongside his charmingly odd new neighbors. The series originally premiered in 2004, and with its scathing humor, memorable characters and recurring romance between the doctor and the local schoolteacher, Louisa (Caroline Catz). It’s become an institution in the UK on ITV and here in America, thanks to a long tradition of public television channels airing its earlier seasons. But finally the story is ready to end things.
After Martin stepped down as GP at the end of last season, he’s starting to wonder if he made the right decision in retiring. While Louisa happily pursues her new career as a child counselor at his old practice, the Doc is literally holding the baby and indulging in his hobby of repairing clocks on the kitchen table. But does he really want his old job back?
As well as Clunes and Catz, most of the other Portwenn fan favorites will be back for the final hooray of the series including Mrs. Eileen Atkins as Doc Martin’s impressive Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice as a town plumber to the innkeeper Bert Groß, and Joe Absolom as Bert’s son Al. John Marquez is also back as PC Joe Penhale, along with Jessica Ransom as receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell as local pharmacist and neighborhood gossip woman Tishell.
A handful of intriguing guest stars have been confirmed for the show’s final season, including Fay Ripley (Cold feet), David Hayman (The boy in the striped pajamas), Ben Miller (Professor T), Lesley Nicole (Downton Abbey), Hermione Norris (MI-5), Kenneth Cranham (Find Alice) and Rupert Graves (sherlock).
Acorn TV confirmed earlier this year that season 10 will premiere in the US this fall, but we now have an exact date: October 17th, which means US airing should begin right when the UK is about to is coming to an end. (Aside from the long-awaited ones, of course Doctor Martin Christmas special that will serve as the actual series finale and that everyone will have to wait until the holidays.)
“We have some great storylines and amazing guest actors for the new series,” Clunes said in a statement earlier this summer. “We will miss the place and all the people we made the series with, but it’s a perfect time to say thank you for making the back cover of the book.” Doctor Martin, and try something new. Oh, and then there’s a Christmas special that’s really special and a great collectible for our fans.”
Season 10 will premiere on Acorn TV beginning Monday, October 17th and will release two episodes weekly through November 7th.