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It's been over two years since the premiere of the most recent season of Doc Martin, and many fans have all but given up on the idea of Doc Martin, season 10. There's good news, though. Not only is season 10 happening, but filming begins soon.
What is Doc Martin About?
In case you've been living under a rock for the last 17 years, you've probably heard of Doc Martin. The long-running “dramedy” follows Dr. Martin Ellingham, a hard-to-love doctor in a fictional seaside village in Cornwall. He was a successful vascular surgeon in London until he suddenly developed a fear of blood that required him to leave his post.
The series follows his adaptation to life in a small community. Ellingham is a grumpy man with poor social skills and no real desire to improve them – so living amongst the same small group of people poses all sorts of challenges.
When he's professional and efficient, villagers feel he's brusque and unfriendly. When he helpfully points out the dangers of the villagers' bad habits, they don't appreciate his advice. Still, as time goes on, they all learn to live with one another – and Ellingham even builds relationships and a proper life for himself in the village.
The character was loosely based on the character of Dr. Martin Bamford in the 2000 film Saving Grace, and there are two prequel movies (though they don't really feel anything like the Doc Martin we know and love).
Need to catch up? You can watch the first nine seasons of Doc Martin HERE.
When Does Season 10 of Doc Martin Premiere?
Originally, season 10 was meant to film in 2021, but with the pandemic, it was hard for studios to plan around lockdowns and secure commitments from people who were pulled in all directions after production opened up again. Luckily, they didn't abandon the project, and it's set to go ahead in 2022.
Casting services have only just put out the season 10 casting calls, offering a February 2022 start date for filming. Since filming takes several months and post-production follows that, it seems likely the new season will premiere sometime in late 2022.
Traditionally, new seasons of Doc Martin have aired in early autumn, so that would follow the trend. At this stage, however, it's still too early to have an official premiere date for season 10. That's usually announced within a month or two of when it will air.
Where Can I Watch Season 10 of Doc Martin?
Doc Martin is an ITV series, so in the UK, look for it on ITV (and later, ITV Hub).
In the US, the first 9 seasons have all appeared on Acorn TV. Though we've yet to see official confirmation, it seems very likely they'll be the place to watch season 10 when it premieres.
Who's Returning for Season 10 of Doc Martin?
Obviously, Martin Clunes will be back as Dr. Martin Ellingham in Season 10. Without him, there's no show.
Beyond that, we've yet to get any official confirmation on returning characters. Typically, those details are released sometime between the casting calls and the actual filming dates.
It seems likely we'll see the return of Caroline Catz as Louisa, and we certainly hope all the regulars will be back. It just wouldn't be the same without Ian McNeice as Bert Large, Joe Absolom as Al Large, Selina Cadell as Mrs. Tishell, John Marquez as Joe Penhale, Eileen Atkins as Ruth Ellingham, and Jessica Ransom as Morwenna Newcross.
Will Season 10 be the Last Season of Doc Martin?
Sadly, yes. The producers have mentioned on several occasions that season 10 will be the final season of Doc Martin. Back in 2020, Clunes and his wife, producer Philippa Braithwaite, released a joint statement about the upcoming season:
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.
ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill echoed those sentiments:
I just want to thank Martin and Philippa and everyone involved in Doc Martin, because it’s a brilliant, beautifully made series that has delighted audiences for many years. I am pleased that we are making series 10, and sad this will be the last, but respect their decision to bring it to a close.
We were lucky enough to be able to interview Martin Clunes prior to season 9 (before season 10 was confirmed). We asked what he would miss most if the series didn't return for another season. This is what he said:
Ohhhh, that’s a good question. I’d miss the chance to, you know, it’s quite a silly job, being an actor anyway, so the chance to play that silly game in such a nice place with such a great bunch of talented people across the crew and the cast. Just kind of provides you with a very safe playground to do what we do if you know what I mean.
We’re all quite cool with each other and I think that means that in essence, it’s a rare chance to try and celebrate something in a day, to have some fun with it and make something that’s good rather than just achieve another day of filming and get through the schedule, if you know what I mean. So I’d miss that, because I think it’s possibly the last good job in British TV (laughing).
Where Can I Watch Martin Clunes While I Wait for Season 10 of Doc Martin?
Can't get enough of Martin Clunes? In case you missed the news a while back, he recently starred in a second season of the true crime dramatisation Manhunt.
The series follows Clunes in the role of DCI Colin Sutton, a highly successful real-life detective who helped bring in some of the UK's worst criminals. Unlike many true crime stories, it focuses more on the diligent work of police investigators than on the criminals themselves.
You can watch both seasons of Manhunt HERE on Acorn TV.
Where is Doc Martin Filmed? Can I Go Watch?
Doc Martin is filmed in the Cornish village of Port Isaac – so yes, it is a real place you can visit.
It's a small village, and visiting during filming can be very crowded, difficult, and expensive. Still, quite a few people come from miles around to get a peek at the filming process. In the past, Acorn TV has even offered travel packages that include a stop by the filming + a meet and greet.
We don't know if they'll do that this time around, and it's unclear what UK travel restrictions will look like in February and the following months. If you DO decide to plan a trip around the upcoming filming dates, we strongly recommend making sure your trip is fully insured/refundable in the event of new travel restrictions.
Prefer to check out Port Isaac virtually? Check out our virtual tour of the Doc Martin filming location.
Are You Excited for Season 10 of Doc Martin?
While we've heard from a few people who lost interest as the series went on, it seems like the overwhelming majority of fans will be sad to see Doc Martin end – even after 10 seasons and nearly 20 years. We're thrilled there's one more season to look forward to, and we hope they make it a good one. We wish them all the best for their upcoming filming dates.
After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.
Love this series and I am thrilled that there will be another season. Hope Acorn offers another trip, I missed the last one.I have watched all of Martin Clunes other films and documentaries. Great actor.
I came across Do Martin when I was offered a free month of BBC ONE .. I am from Canada . Truly fell in love with the show. The setting, the characters and the drama but funny scenes in each episode. I so hope I will get to see the conclusion of the show . Got to see how they wrap it up .. Thank you all . Great entertainment ! Joaane
I really look forward to Series 10! On the same note, I’m so sad it will be the last of Doc Martin. I started watching it a few years ago and have since watched all from the beginning over and over again. I give it some time in between, but long enough to enjoy it again and again. I keep forgetting it’s not real people and real relationships. I get so caught up in the characters and how wonderfully they compliment each other, they seem so real. A Canadian here and it has helped wile away the winter and covid!! Thanks!!
My wife and I have watched Doc Martin so many times now, we were so fortunate to be able to stay at my cousin’s cottage in Port Isaac ( Quay Cottage) the yellow one next to Nathan Outlaws restaurant on the Platt. It was such a wonderful place to visit for a couple of Canadians and see where it all happened!
It’s not just Doc we’ll miss after season 10. It’s the entire family of delightfully real people continually accepting the quirks of the quirkier ones and caring about each other regardless. Our weeks won’t be the same without Morwenna, Al, Joe, Ruth, Mrs. Tishell, Louiser, Doc, and yes, even Burt.
I.live in the US and we watch alot of British shows. If seen the previews for Doc Martin but never watched it. We recorded one and just watched it, it was crazy so of course it was season 5, we watched all through season 6 it’s funny_then we went back and watched it from season 1 so we knew how he had a baby ECT. I can’t get 7,8,9. So I’m going to buy the complete series 1-9 now and can’t wait for season 10. I hate to see it end. I love British tv. Agatha Crristy, are you being served, I’ve seen Dr. Who.from the beginning, midsomers murders ECT. Thank you. We could learn alt here about good shows.
My sister in law suggested I watch Doc Martin and I’m hooked. Living in Canada I have come to appreciate British tv series and have never been disappointed with the quality of the writers and performances. I have learned a lot of British slang, like tosser (which I had to look up!) and other local expressions. It’s been pure joy to experience Doc Martin’s world.
I will miss Doc Martin and the cast. All the aforementioned comments have already expressed what I wanted to ‘say’
Hands down, the best series on tv. I’ve seen it so many times and it never gets old. It’s a high quality show… a perfect mix of comedy and drama. Martin Clunes is brilliant!! I will truly miss the Doc…. Season 10 will be bittersweet.
Like the show saw all series wish there were more coming
Very happy to hear there will be a season 10 for this wonderful show. I would watch every episode if it went on for 10 more years. Brilliant acting, such interesting plots, it has become my very favorite show. Martin Clunes is brilliant and has an extremely talented support cast. So glad I stumbled across it one sleepless night on Acorn TV.
I knew my guy was a keeper because like me he loves Doc. I think that is because he gets the docs no nonsense personality. I am over the moon there will be a season 10 …Thank you to everyone who supports it.
I have watched all of Doc Martin series. Over and over…it’s my fix before I go to bed every night…makes me happy.SO GLAD anithe4 series is being put together.Have watched the movie a couple times. Very good but not THE DOC,.so is th3 new series going to be Feb. 2022? I love the fact that he really does love dogs…and throughly enjoy his Island series in Australia and America..IM HOOKED ON TGE DOC🥰❤️
Love love Doc Martin. I’m on my 3rd round and just read that Season 10 will be out and sooner or later I will get to see it in USA. Every character is the best at their position. I look forward to 10 but sad it will be the end. British tv shows are the best.
A heartfelt thank you to all those who had a part in bringing Doc Martin to a world of devoted followers. Doc Martin has claimed its place as one of the most beloved series ever made, and one that will be revisited time and time again. It has been a pleasure “knowing” all of you!!
Absolutely adore all the medical part of this show! Doc Martin is a scream on how he figured out to treat patients in all kinds of life threatening situations, yet be overwhelmed by the sight of blood! Can’t wait for season 10!
Love the whole cast of Doc Martin. Been waiting for a new season to come on and am so sad it will be the last season. Please reconsider.
A GREAT PROGRAMME I HAVE NEVER MISSED AN EPISODE,BEST OF LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS ,cannot wait for it to start again.
I was delightfully surprised to read the final season was to begin filming. It is a charming series that I have so enjoyed watching. Very funny! I look forward to season 10 in the near (hopefully) future!
Love the show. Wonderful acting in a beautiful place.
Doc Martin is unequivocally the ABSOLUTE BEST television series ever filmed anywhere! My husband and I discovered it by accident a few years ago when I caught an episode late at night on our local PBS station, Anchorage, AK in the US. Unfortunately they stopped carrying it but we purchased all of the series that had been released at the time and continued to purchase them as each one was released. We are so happy and looking forward to the season 10 release. Can’t get enough of Martin Clunes. We have also watched all of the other series and movies that he has been in. Great versatile actor! Thanks England for sharing him with us.
Love the show ,there is such a realistic, life events and an honest free emotions bad and good displaying true human behavior, and how some people in this little town react and interacting with Doc Martin . And each other . It’s humble . Funny dramatic at times , no pretense, I love it , my Son introduced me to it , while visiting us from France Thank you to all for such good and pleasant show , best wishes for the new 10 th Season
This is welcome and wonderful news. My wife and I were fortunate enough to stay in Newquay for three nights in the summer of 2015, and visit Port Issac. We love the show and the town, and all of Cornwall.
My husband and I have come to Doc Martin quite late. We watch on PBS in Kentucky, USA. We love him and everyone. Going to try to get everything Martin is in.
I love Dr Martin and really looking forward to season 10. Hope to visit Port Isaac in the future.
Overjoyed (“if you know what I mean”) to see season 10 will really happen. We have watched the first 9 seasons three times already. Thanks to all of the cast and crew for such a monumental accomplishment. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors. I would love to watch the filming, but the time/money might stop me, unless I can sneak out of the house for a few weeks without being noticed.
I loved Doc. MARTIN WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT I CAN’T SEE IT ANYMORE ON CHANNEL 25 ON DISH NETWORK. I HOPE TO PURCHASE ALL 10 SEASONS ON DVD.