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Even though Series 8 of Doc Martin just came out last autumn, eager fans are already wondering when the next one will be arriving on our screens. Unfortunately, it seems we'll be waiting a while yet before we get another season to enjoy.
Doc Martin Series 9 Premiere Date
While an official release date hasn't been set, we can expect Doc Martin Series 9 to come out in the autumn of 2019. Filming will begin in the spring, as with previous seasons. There were some reports of it filming and airing in 2018, but the most recent reports place it in 2019. Traditionally, there has been a new season every other year, so this is in keeping with past releases.
Sadly, Series 9 will be the final season of Doc Martin. Although there were some rumors that Series 7 or 8 would be the last, everything we've seen and heard indicates that Series 9 will be the last. Of course, we've seen some reversals in the past, so I suppose you never really know for sure. Some shows have even come back after long absences, like Jonathan Creek or Lovejoy. Mackenzie Crook didn't expect to do a Series 2 of Detectorists, but he ended up doing 3.
Where to Watch Series 9 of Doc Martin
If you're in the UK, you'll be able to watch Doc Martin on ITV. Over here in the United States, I expect we'll see it pop up first on Acorn TV in the fall, just as with the last series. Last year, they released the episodes one at a time, each one appearing a day after its original UK air date.
Where to Watch Series 8 of Doc Martin
If you haven't yet watched Series 8 of Doc Martin (or even Series 7), you'll be delighted to know they're both ready to enjoy on Acorn TV. While Netflix does have Doc Martin on the menu, they only have seasons 1-6. I imagine they'll get the others at some point, but it could be years, considering they still don't have Series 7. There are also a couple of made-for-TV movies that pre-date the show itself, and you can watch those here. The village name is different, but it's the same lovely scenery. You'll also be treated to a fine guest appearance from Pam Ferris of Rosemary & Thyme.
A US Remake is in the Works
Unfortunately, the US can't seem to keep its hands off successful British shows. At present, there's a US-remake of Doc Martin in the works, headed up by one of the co-creators of Friends, Marta Kaufmann. We're not optimistic.
Can you imagine grumpy Dr. Martin Ellingham operating a practice that has to deal with the American healthcare system? With insurance and Medicaid and all the extra paperwork? With not being able to treat someone properly because insurance won't cover it and they don't have the funds?More importantly, do you really think anyone could recapture the magic of a Cornwall fishing village community in the US? We'll definitely pass on this one.