Jump to content
Forums forums
PRIMETIMER
David T. Cole

Doc Martin

Recommended Posts

Thanks guys for the education on the receptionists.  Pauline was the one I really liked.  Loved it when she asked about his desk.  But the third one has really grown on me.  I like what they have done with her character.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Poor Rosie.  I wonder if she'll be a recurring character.

Penhale is SUCH a goofball.

The Doc with a dog.  Will wonders never cease.

Share this post


Link to post

In the midst of a Doc Martin binge from the beginning - now up to Season 6. (I haven't read through this thread yet because I don't want to be spoiled.)

Some thoughts:

I like the growing friendship between Al and Ruth. While I liked Joan, Ruth is a better character given her psychiatry background. I think that her introduction added a lot to the show. 

I liked Pauline - and Al/Pauline - and am sorry that she left the show.

PC Penhale is one of the most annoying characters on television. The saving grace is that the other characters realize what an idiot he is. 

Couldn't stand Martin's ex-fiancee (the OB/GYN) who tried to get back with him. 

I just passed the episode where Mrs. Tishell self-medicated and had her psychotic break. I usually find Mrs. Tishell to be good comic relief. Curious to see if and how she is re-integrated into the village. 

I like Louisa. She knows Martin, she understands Martin (even when he drives her nuts) and she loves him. 

As for Martin, IRL I would likely want to kill him if he was my doctor - regardless of his genius. He has to be one of the surliest characters ever on television - reminds me a bit of Dr. House. His personality is easy to overlook because of how much he cares and what a fantastically skilled doctor he is. Over the 5 seasons so far, I've seen only one real crack in his facade - when he opened up to Louisa as he was talking Mrs. Tishell and the baby down from the castle. 

I love seeing Martin saving all of these people in emergency situations using only his brain and the items at hand. 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
9 hours ago, LisaM said:

I like the growing friendship between Al and Ruth. While I liked Joan, Ruth is a better character given her psychiatry background. I think that her introduction added a lot to the show. 

I like Ruth better than Joan, too, because she seems more like Martin and seems to understand him better. Plus she makes me laugh!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
17 minutes ago, ForReal said:

I like Ruth better than Joan, too, because she seems more like Martin and seems to understand him better. Plus she makes me laugh!

I like them both, to be honest.  Such different personalities but neither of them let Martin get away with anything.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I've been watching this show on Acorn and not going on the board because a lot of the posters were way ahead of me before now.  I won't reveal any spoilers, but I do have one question - after seeing the finale of Season 9, does anyone know if there will be a Season 10?  I'll just say that inquiring minds want to know.

I do think that Al and Morwenna are a cute couple and Morwenna especially was allowed to mature after acting rather clueless in the beginning, that was good to see.  I have to agree about Joe Penhale, it's hard to blame the actor when the character is so consistently dumb and self-absorbed, but I wish he didn't get so much screen time.   Bert is kind of annoying in his con-man way also, it always makes me sorry when poor Al is caught in the middle between him and Ruth.   To be honest I couldn't stand Mrs. Tishell either for the longest time, and after her breakdown I was hoping they'd write her out but strangely after 

Spoiler

her husband Clive suddenly died

I felt a lot more sympathetic about her, maybe it made her more three dimensional although her hero-worship of Martin didn't really go away.

I saw a behind the scenes piece on Acorn with all the actors talking and it was hilarious to see Martin Clunes smiling so much!  What a change.  And loving all the dogs!   I do feel for both Martin and Louisa, he has issues relating to people and she has issues trying to understand him but they have made progress.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

8 minutes ago, roseha said:

I'll just say that inquiring minds want to know.

I think that's a huge question complicated by the dearth of filming of anything during the pandemic.  From what I have read there is a possibility and the fans certainly want it but it's up to ITV and the availability of the cast members,

I thought the extra features were great, what a difference Martin Clunes is in "real" life.  The way he can turn into a completely different person is a testament to his acting ability. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

That is wonderful news.  I wonder when they'll be able to start filming.  We may not see Season 10 until 2022. ☹️

 

Share this post


Link to post
10 minutes ago, DonnaMae said:

That is wonderful news.  I wonder when they'll be able to start filming.  We may not see Season 10 until 2022. ☹️

 

It will be a long wait but it will be totally worth it if it really does happen!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
7 hours ago, ForReal said:

I follow a FB page on Acorn TV/Doc Martin, and they say a tenth season has been confirmed.

Plus this:

https://www.newsroom24.co.uk/2020/04/11/doc-martin-series-10-is-officially-going-ahead-details/

Thanks so much @ForReal, and for sharing that story.  I'm so glad the renewal has been confirmed, even though we will all have to wait until it's safe for them to film, understandably of course.  I wonder if they will be getting an older child or children to play James at that point?

I was cracking up when James was still an infant and was saying to myself "that's not the same baby".  It was cute the way they originally were listing maybe half a dozen children as baby James.  Of course there are strict limitations on babies being filmed naturally.

I'd love to see that special video the cast made to celebrate the health care workers but it wouldn't play in the US, I wonder if it's on Youtube?

Edited by roseha
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I in the midst of Season 8.

Mrs. Tishell -- and her unrequited love for Martin - continues to crack me up. The character of Ruth was such a good addition to the show; I liked Joan but Ruth being a psychiatrist adds a lot as does her ongoing relationship with the Large men. I also like Morwenna better than Pauline - who was eons above the first receptionist played by Lucy Punch. 

Watching Martin continually hit his head on the door soffit, trip over the dog, get sideswiped by cars, etc.... will never get old. 

OTOH, Joe Penhale is exhausting. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post

On 5/18/2020 at 10:44 AM, ForReal said:

I follow a FB page on Acorn TV/Doc Martin, and they say a tenth season has been confirmed.

Wow, I really had the sense that the

Spoiler

unsatisfactory

ending of series 9 was the end of the whole show.  And that made me very unhappy.  Thanks so much! 

Share this post


Link to post

Finally finished my binge watch of the entire series to date. I am already missing it! So glad to hear that Season 10 is in the works because the dual cliffhangers were too much! 

Spoiler

I think that we will find out that Martin resigned rather than agree to a quid pro quo to cover up his mentor's failing eyesight. 

Spoiler
Spoiler

Also curious if Bert and Caitlin are becoming an item after the night together in the basement. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post

This has been my husband's and my quarantine binge and we adore it--we are finally into season 9.  I'm glad to hear that there will be a season 10...sometime.  I have, however, read conflicting articles--one (which I'm frantically trying to find) saying that season 10 will be the last as Clunes wants to retire from acting and others (such as this one) that say that the show may continue past 10, but keep to the 2 year (which I'm guessing will be 2+ year until season 10, thanks to covid) plan.

Share this post


Link to post

He wants to retire?  What a loss to his many fans.  I guess we'll have to be thankful for one more season.

Share this post


Link to post
16 minutes ago, DonnaMae said:

He wants to retire?  What a loss to his many fans.  I guess we'll have to be thankful for one more season.

Maybe.  As I said, I read conflicting stories on it.  In the one that said he wanted to retire, he said he wanted time to do nothing.  Since then, we’ve had the covid situation, so maybe he had had enough of that now!

  • Like 2
  • Useful 1

Share this post


Link to post
5 hours ago, OtterMommy said:

I'm glad to hear that there will be a season 10...sometime.  I have, however, read conflicting articles--one (which I'm frantically trying to find) saying that season 10 will be the last as Clunes wants to retire from acting and others (such as this one) that say that the show may continue past 10, but keep to the 2 year (which I'm guessing will be 2+ year until season 10, thanks to covid) plan.

I can't find any info that he wants to retire.  He actually started two new series last year.  One didn't get a second season but another did--granted the one that did is only three episodes long.

I keep seeing him talk about "retiring" the doctor and I wonder if that leads to some misleading stories/headlines.  BTW, I remember reading season 9 was absolutely going to be the last until it wasn't.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

On 6/14/2020 at 4:28 PM, OtterMommy said:

Maybe.  As I said, I read conflicting stories on it.  In the one that said he wanted to retire, he said he wanted time to do nothing.  Since then, we’ve had the covid situation, so maybe he had had enough of that now!

This is a little like an opera singer on her fifth "farewell" tour.  I have followed this show and loved it for years, but there have been several points,  as far back as season six, where Clunes has said, "one more season, and that will be the end." And I think they meant it.  Then the lure of employment pulled them back.  I do hope for season ten.  The show deserves a better ending than the finale of season nine.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I think Season Nine was not meant to be the finale.  If so, the ending was a slap in the face to the fans.  

Share this post


Link to post
12 minutes ago, DonnaMae said:

I think Season Nine was not meant to be the finale.  If so, the ending was a slap in the face to the fans.  

I hope against hope there will be a 10.  WAY too much left hanging.

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, Kohola3 said:

I hope against hope there will be a 10.  WAY too much left hanging.

There will definitely be a season 10, although we don't know when.  It was supposed to be in 2021, but I'm sure that is now pushed back.  The question was whether there will be a season 11 (and beyond).  Clunes has changed his tune on that and now it sounds like there will be.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
On 5/30/2020 at 7:32 PM, freddi said:

And that made me very unhappy.  

We finally got to see Season 9. (Covid trapped the library copy of the videos at somebody's home for five months).  I was so glad to see eps 1 and 2.  Husband and I were really pleased with the way the characters continued to be themselves thanks to well written scipts. 

Then came the rest of the eps. Rushed and less well timed in my opinion.  The interplay between his aunt and doc deserved much more set up and work.  And how could he cut up a dog (was it?) with no ill effects?  

Share this post


Link to post

I've been able to borrow Doc Martin DVDs from the library- try that.  We're waiting for S9, whether from the library, or PBS.

Share this post


Link to post

13 minutes ago, momo said:

I've been able to borrow Doc Martin DVDs from the library- try that.  We're waiting for S9, whether from the library, or PBS.

If your library system partners with Hoopla, you can view Season 9 on that.

Share this post


Link to post

I was watching Episode 1 of Jonathan Creek (from the 1990s) and recognized a voice coming from a minor background player. Sure enough, it was John Marquez who plays the cop in Doc Martin. 

Share this post


Link to post

@peacheslatour. Sorry, it's been awhile.  I believe the dog, Doc & Louisa shelter, used to belong to Martin's Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole).  If it's the same dog, his name is Buddy.  Imaginative, I know.  He's a sweet dog.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

6 hours ago, Jacks-Son said:

@peacheslatour. Sorry, it's been awhile.  I believe the dog, Doc & Louisa shelter, used to belong to Martin's Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole).  If it's the same dog, his name is Buddy.  Imaginative, I know.  He's a sweet dog.

He sure is. Thanks for the info!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Customize font-size