Doc Martin Series 9: Premiere Date Announced + Where to Watch It

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Doc Martin and Louisa will return to action in Series 9 in 2019

It's now been almost two years since Season 8 of Doc Martin graced our screens, and the long wait for more is finally drawing to an end. As of spring/summer 2019, Season 9 of Doc Martin is in production!

Doc Martin Series 9 Filming Underway…

Traditionally, Doc Martin has released a season every other year, leaving its stars plenty of time to take on other projects in between seasons. It also gives the locals a bit of a break from the Martin Mania that descends upon the area when the stars are in town. 

Season 9 is no exception, and in the spring of 2019, the cast returned to the Cornish village of Port Isaac (aka the fictional Portwenn) to film the new season. They've been filming there off and on since 2004, so cast members have come to know the area and its residents quite well. They even have a fund to give back to the community, ensuring they get a little something back in exchange for the disruption to their otherwise quiet lives. 

Doc Martin Series 9 Premiere Date

In the UK, Doc Martin will premiere on September 25th on ITV. In the US, it will premiere on Acorn TV a day later.

There will be 8 new episodes, and while previous reports indicated it would definitely be the last, there have been some recent rumours that Clunes might be willing to return for one or more seasons.

We've definitely seen some reversals in the past, so you never really know for sure until it's officially announced. 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.

What's in Store for Season 9 of Doc Martin?

Not a lot of details have come out just yet, but we do know that all the main cast members are coming back for the latest season. Doc Martin's wife, Louisa Ellingham, has recently resigned her career as headmistress of the local school in order to pursue a career in child counseling. 

Doc Martin's own career also seems primed for a change. It hangs in the balance when his future as a GP is threatened by complaints about how he handles patients. One does wonder how it took so long to come to that, but it should make for an interesting season. 

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. With Season 8, they released the episodes one at a time, each one appearing a day after its original UK air date.

Where to Watch Season 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

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 Doc Martin 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 Cornish fishing village community in the US? We'll definitely pass on this one.

 

 

185 Comments

  1. I hate it when Americans try to remake classic shows from other countries. Rake was a bomb, and so many others. The Office is the exception. But leave Doc Martin alone!

  2. Doc Martin is a ONE of a kind. Even as nice as it has been, there comes a time to move on. It is in respect for the magic it captured.
    DM stands unique with no equal to it’s style and formula.
    PERIOD.

  3. Actually the US has quaint fishing villages in Nee England and the show would probably translate very well. I love the British version and I don’t think it would be the same- none of those receptionists would last 5 minutes here-but in the right hands it could be good. In the meantime I’ll be rewatching old Doc Martin episodes

    • There are also fishing villages in Alaska, as well as Native villages, where they have clinics that don’t have to go with all the complicated US healthcare rules. It could work there. The humor would have to be different, though.

        • exactly…read my comment 😉

          Well, I think the show is very reminiscent of Northern Exposure which came out in the early 90’s in the US. So for them to remake this show in the US seems redundant. Joel Fleischmann and Maggie O’Connell are basically Doc Martin and Louisa. Dr from a big city NY and he goes to a small town in Alaska. The first episode of Doc Martin is almost identical to Northern Exposure first episode. Esp the similarity between the quirky secretary in Doc Martin and Elaine in Northern Exposure. They both even forced themselves into a job. The both shows had quirky townspeople and eclectic characters. Both doctors had to find a way to deal with the small town mentality.
          BTW Northern Exposure is one of the greatest shows of all time and still stands the test of time. If you have not seen the series you should def check it out.
          I wonder if anyone else picked up on this?

          • Thanks for pointing out that the Brits are the ones who copied an original American program!
            It’s hard to believe that those nasty negative comments about US TV are from authentic American citizens. Americans seldom speak about our country with such vitro.

    • I agree, it’s hard! I’m just glad we got 9 wonderful series of Doc Martin (well, 8 with one more to come). They all have to go eventually, even Last of the Summer Wine (which made it 37 years).

    • Loved The Closer….watching it right now on spectrum 1255. Repeats,but haven’t seen the show in awhile. Still enjoyable.Don’t care for the spinoff without her.

  4. I live in U.S. but, Oh how I love most all of British TV..the characters, the scenery, the plots and the humor. Just hope the American version of DM doesn’t add canned laughter, but know it will be spoiled with commercials anyway. Our shows just can’t compare.

  5. This American loves England (been over yo visit),”Doc Martin” and British/ U.K. television in general.
    Refreshing improvement over horrible American TV. It’s all car chases and gun fights.

  6. This native Texan, me, loves more British tv programs than US
    programs too. Last night, I just finished series 8 of Doc
    Martin on Netflix and enjoyed it immensely. DM has been
    so refreshing to watch! And baby James Henry…so cute
    and sweet!

  7. OK, you all are correct, we Americans have crappy TV. I LOVE the series Doc Martin, what fun. This is a show that cannot be replaced or remade in any country. All actors are perfect for their parts & in the USA it would be a flop. SO I agree w/all you Brits LEAVE DOC MARTIN ALONE. As Doc Martin would say,
    “Shut up & get out.”

  8. I live in the US and have always gravitated towards watching Brittish shows whenever I can. Honestly, they boast better actors that have depth and are incredibly more dynamic.

    We may scoop up a series here and there but I do believe that goes both ways: “The Apprentice,” “Law and Order,” “Saturday Night Live,” ” Jeopardy!,” “That 70s Show” and more. That said, no one could EVER replace Martin Clunes or the intricate chemistry of this show. I only wish we had more rationings to tide us over until the season 9.

  9. We got hooked on Doc Martin purely by accident on PBS in season 3. My friends told me to watch the beginning on Netflix and so we did and got caught up to season 6, 7, & 8 on PBS. What a uniquely, WONDERFUL show!!!! Thursday nights, no matter what, we are home for our Doc Martin FIX!!! Love each character, love that the women wear the same dress from time to time, I mean it is like dropping in through a looking glass into a vital, busy, and diverse village with all the main characters in their very natural and normal life just living it with all the ups and downs and crazy situations that occur. UNIQUE, CHARMING, and DEEEEEEEELIGHTFUL. Perfectly casted, amingingly so, and good ole Joe the police officer is among our favorites, his timing, facial and body expressions are spot on……They are allllll a great group of actors. I would love to see the take outs, they must be hilarious! Best wishes to each member of the show… WELL DONE….GREATLY ENJOYED!!!! THANK YOU!

  10. Shameless, the American version, is a million times better than the UK version.
    Still, I love the cast and scenery of the original Doc Martin and would be pleasantly surprised if we could come close to the original…the odds are against it.

  11. It’s sad though that the few Brittish shows I’ve watched and loved (Doctor Who is a great example) can’t seem to do a new series each year. What is it with waiting an entire year for the next season? Same thing with Doc Martin. This is a great show, but they should commit to the show and follow through on a new season each year. It makes me not want to bother when it finally does come out… But I probably will. Our American TV shows completely suck. It went from family shows (and other types) to reality show featuring ridiculous people in horrible situations. It’s all just ridiculous and sad. (Tossers!) All that I and my family watch now are reruns of all the old but good stuff, including Doc Martin. I know an American version of Doc Martin will suck, but, take heart, it will most likely be cancelled soon enough.

    • The reason it takes a year is the fact the actors may have other work that takes them away so are not always available so they have to wait till they are, plus a lot of the takes are done in a real village where people live so it has to be done around them and also the weather, as sadly its not as sunny everyday as it appears so if weathers bad they have to rearrange things. Perfection cannot be rushed.

    • The reason for it being bi-annual is to give the residents of Port Wen(in reality Port Isaac) a years break between episodes. As a perdon born down there I can assure you, there ain’t much space and when filming is on the place doubles in population withe cast and crew. In this day and age its nice to know that some companies have empathy with communities they invade. It’s also done out of season and rest assured they have to wait a long time for all that sunshine as it rains a lot down there stuck out in the Western Approaches!

    • I certainly agree about all those inane reality shows, and the so-called sitcoms that consist of people yell.ing at each other, I watch PBS mostly and so miss Keeping Up Appearances, Hyacinth was the woman you love to hate. If the British comedies we love are over I hope they will be replaced by new ones just as good. Northern Exposure,however,is my all time favorite show and that was American.

  12. You ever hear of a show called Northern Exposure. So we did do a comedy about a city doctor stuck in a country setting. Give it a try and see if your preconceptions are true.

  13. Cornwall and Port Wenn (Port Isaac) IS one of the characters, and infuses the whole series with a unique atmosphere. Yes, I know there are fishing villages in Alaska and New England,but they are not the same: maybe charming, but different. Different actors, different location- so why even call it the same thing?

    • We went to Port Isaac in October on a trip to England and it was the same quaint village , harbor and “surgery” that we see on tv. Sooo fabulous! Waited for Bert and Martin and Louisa to appear but sadly they weren’t there!

      • Did u take pictures? Wish I could see them. I have watched every series and reruns over and over.A clean show without vulgarity,unnecessary sexual innuendo s, and gratuitous sexual situations.I want More seasons past, season 9.leave Doc Martin in Britain.obly they can do the show Justice.

  14. I do not think they should do Doc Martin in the US. It would be like the UK doing a version of ‘Friends…it just will not work as you would always be comparing them and it would not be the same. I shall miss the Doc when it finishes. Martin Clunes is one of the UK’s finest actors.

  15. We already had our version of Doc Martin, “Becker” starring Ted Danson. No, not a direct Doc Martin rip-off but similar enough and a very funny program. A new remake will just be awful, based on 99% of American sitcoms these days. Lazy, vulgar writing and not slightly amusing.

  16. So when will Australia get season 9 of Doc Martin? We seem to constantly the last country to get information about what is happening to the shows that we love.

  17. What’s with Acorn? On my Roku they are listing Season 9 as a single episode retrospective and and Season 10 episode which, when clicked, link to Season 8 episodes. It’s version 3.4 build 181022. Curious.

  18. I am an American but I really enjoy the new imagination and creation from the British TV. Now if the American are thinking in remaking Doc Martin that will suck;excuse the language. I don’t think that stealing ideas from one country and remaking as if they can make it better than other country. NOT!!!! That is why I always enjoy the Indie films from each Country and Culture where I really admire and the creation of Stories and Films that some have won the Awards. That could never and I say never will be replaced by an American. There were few Series that I enjoyed like Friends but now a days it is being lame and not so much interesting. Sorry, I am an American but I really enjoy the multi-culture of films and I see it how it is. Sorry

  19. I’m an American and watched this new series on Acorn British TV subscription when it came out in the Fall. Whoever is writing the article has apparently no heard the old news that there is definitely another series to be made. I heard this last Spring from one of the actors.

  20. Watched the first show for season 9. I was disappointed. Not only did the “Doc” check the curate’s pulse incorrectly once but he did it again the second time. Where was the medical advisor when those scenes were filmed? Louisa’s character came across as a air-head. And the policeman is a complete ditz, an embarrassment to the uniform. The only good acting was from Buddy. I hope this is the last season.

    • Why don’t you watch reruns of “House” then? There’s a British actor playing a flawed Yank doctor who gets it all wrong for 35 minutes and then right for the last 5…lots of ditzes and airheads, too!

    • Who cares whether the pulse was checked correctly. The show works because of the quirkiness of the characters. I love everything about the show. No “F” Bombs, which seems to be the every other word of choice here in the states. And during Family viewing. What is being shown on TV now was XX Rated at the movies some years ago. What has happened to our morals.

  21. Doc Martin is the best! It will be sadly missed, but please don’t try to replicate it here in America. Let’s just feel good about what the Brits have given us__without being sad.

  22. There is only ONE Doc Martin, just like there was only one Maigret with Bruno Cremer as Maigret. Others tried to imitate that series and it was total nonsense. I’m American, of Welsh heritage, but I’d never waste my time watching a redo of an series that can never be replicated with any other actor as Doc Martin, other than Martin Clunes. Martin we love you here in the USA, please reconsider ending the series in 2019.

  23. Well, I think the show is very reminiscent of Northern Exposure which came out in the early 90’s in the US. So for them to remake this show in the US seems redundant. Joel Fleischmann and Maggie O’Connell are basically Doc Martin and Louisa. Dr from a big city NY and he goes to a small town in Alaska. The first episode of Doc Martin is almost identical to Northern Exposure first episode. Esp the similarity between the quirky secretary in Doc Martin and Elaine in Northern Exposure. They both even forced themselves into a job. The both shows had quirky townspeople and eclectic characters. Both doctors had to find a way to deal with the small town mentality.
    BTW Northern Exposure is one of the greatest shows of all time and still stands the test of time. If you have not seen the series you should def check it out.
    I wonder if anyone else picked up on this?

  24. I don’t think I’d enjoy an American Doc Martin. He’s irreplaceable. Nevertheless, we have plenty of charming seaside and lakeside towns and villages. England does not have a corner on that. Try Door County in Wisconsin, Williams Bay or Fontana on Lake Geneva in the same state, or Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks, not to mention beautiful villages on the Maine coast.

  25. I can’t imagine Doc Martin as an American show at all… It would have to be set in a small town, very rural in the middle of nowhere, like an outpost in Texas or Alaska! I could maybe see it if they combined some of the elements of Doc Martin and The Heart Guy/Doctor Doctor, but there are so many medical dramas in the States now. Maybe they think the personality of Doc Martin could be comparable to a shorter, comedy based version of House… But I don’t see it working. I really don’t. I’d love to be proven wrong, but the successful dynamic of the Doc Martin program really relies on the setting and culture of England.

  26. I love British TV. Adore Doc Martin! So many great programs and I love Midsommer Murders, although liked John Nettles as DCI Barnaby! And Sherlock! LOVE LOVE LOVE that one, but alas it is no more.

  27. Hubby and I love so much of the English shows..New Tricks wasn’t mentioned and we loved it along with so many of the Brit’s detective ones, Midsomer Mysteries, Father Brown, Death in Paradise, Poirot, etc. They used the little gray cells not loud music and mayhem up front….thanks Britain!!!

  28. Really? Here’s some of the shows that the Americans made work: All In the Family, Sanford And Son, Three’s Company, House of Cards, Too Close for Comfort, The Office, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Veep, Weakest Link, Who Wants to Be a Millionare, Wife Swap/Trading Spouses, The X Factor.

  29. Now, to be fair, movies like Four Weddings & a Funeral, & Love Actually go way over-board on the F-bombs too.. I wish all TV & movies – American & Brit alike, would clean up the language so you could watch shows as a family

  30. I love Doc Martin very much also. I like how the British don’t have to play music, usually loud, in the background like all of the American shows. But I think they are doing it a little more now than they used to. I remember how nice it was to hear the sound of the gravel under their feet when they walked. British shows are ever so much better than America has to offer. I will say, however, shows like our “Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes” are exceptionally good, but in a different way.

  31. I’m an Ohio American born and raised. Started watching Doc Martin years ago when Netflix suggested it because I love Northern Exposure. It was about that time that I developed a fetish for British telly, so I was ecstatic to find Acorn TV. The truth, guys, is gifted creators come in a nationalities. Having watched American television for 50+ years, I’m just bored with most of it. Is it possible for an American to do Doc Martin justice? Any thing is possible given the proper combination of gifted writers, directors and actors. But finding that combination is the challenge. Doc Martin is just a superb example of that phenomenon. Some of us, like myself are just seasoned critics and it just takes a special something to really impress me and hold my attention. That’s why I love Acorn TV! It provides the best of at least 9 English speaking countries. More talent to choose from! Let’s celebrate common strong points, shall we?

  32. Fantastic series and quite disappointed to see the show end after 9 seasons. I bought the entire series on DVD for my husband (and myself), since he’d never seen it and he’s so very much like the Doc Martin character, and also a doctor.
    The best programs for the past ten years that we’ve seen have all been British: Doc Martin, Endeavour, Line of Duty, New Tricks, Death in Paradise, Sherlock, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Maigret (Rowan Atkinson), Luther, Inspector George Gently. We don’t watch American television, ever. What would be the point?

  33. Good TV??? The Brunetti series from the books written by Donna Leon, an AMERICAN. Too bad it took the Germans to make good TV out of them. BTW you US hating Australians whatever happened to Dr. Blake? Richard Tuck

  34. lets see what the yanks have to offer,after all, if it is not up to scratch just look at what one of the other channels have to offer,with what these useless repeat repeat repeat repeat are giving us here in Australia I would think even the worst shows from any where in the world would be better,you have to live here in ozzy to believe just how bad it really is,

  35. Doc Martin is just lovely. Lovely, jolly show. American’s make raunch! I never saw the episodes where he met his wife etc…don’t have netflix n all that this far out…sad. PBS is currently popping around with different series. Would love to see all the episodes
    Debbie Towle

  36. Arguably Northern Exposure was the best comedy series we ever made. Sadly, it ended well before its time. The piano catipult(sp) scene was as good as it gets.

  37. Please bring back Doc Martin,we so love to watch this show.We no longer watch our american shows because of the language,nudity,etc. If we do watch anything,we record it first,great way of skipping the stupid commercials! We need a good clean,funny show like this one! Please,pretty please,bring him back!

  38. I only get internet service so I can stream shows on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Amazon has channels you can subscribe to. I subscribed to Acorn first and a few months later I checked out Britbox and subscribed to it also. I think Acorn is $5.99 a month and Britbox is $6.99 a month. Very reasonable I think. American actors are horrible. They couldn’t act if their life depended on it!!! I like to be pulled into programs and become a part of it. With the British shows I get that. I was surprised I like Lucifer on Netflix. Tom Ellis was the star and the best actor in the show. Imagine that!!! He managed to keep me wanting to watch the all 4 seasons. Doc Martin is a great show and had me captivated from the start. American actors would kill the show. America can’t even redo American shows and get it right!!!! By the way I read that Doc Martin will be aired in September. I hope so. He is such a great actor. The rest of the cast is great too!!!

  39. So this Doc Martin series is remade in a lot of other countries using their own actors from said different countries but the US could not do the same as Americans would ruin it…I guess those other countries have ruined it then. But why is it so popular in those other countries? I am sure the US could find another arrogant a$$ to play Doc Martiin.

  40. I’m not American or British, but a genuine Dutchman from The Netherlands. I discovered Doc Martin because there have been 5 series so far called “Doctor Tinus”, set in a rural country town and superbly translated with very good Dutch actors. But, as popular as it is, I prefer the original!

  41. I’ll give an American Doc Martin a chance- for a few episodes at least. I love both versions of the Office. We did ivent the English language, so it’ll be great!

  42. I dont think any American could play Dr Martin on an American show, Martin Clune is so uniques as is the town and other characters. But I really loved the American tv series of The Office in America. I still watch reruns and laugh. I did not like the british version, but Im glad the US got the idea from you all!! I ❤ Doc Martin. My 23&me genetic test said my family is from Cornwall. I hope to go there someday. Would have loved to haveseen the cast filming. Everyone there visiting is so lucky?

  43. Let’s not knock the Americans. There have been many brilliant American TV comedy series that I, as an Englishman, have absolutely loved – Cheers, Friends, Frasier, Big Bang Theory, Third Rock from the Sun, etc. They are all superb – as good as any of the classic British Comedy series (although my favourites are stil British, I’m afraid – Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers and One Foot in the Grave.
    The problem is the American remakes of British comedies – in my humble opinion they are never as good as the originals, and sometimes cringingly worse. Leave them alone, please, and keep on making superb American comedies!

  44. This stream of who is better, the British or the Americans is almost laughable. First of all, like it or not, there has been and will be, plenty of great British work as well as great American productions. Our problem in America is we have too many broadcast platforms that create too much material to fill all the time to keep schedules full 24/7. I’ve enjoyed many fine American comedies over my years, as well as wonderfully funny British ones. Couple that with the fact that most American productions consider a “season” as 22 shows. In British television, a season is more like 7-9 shows. With having to carry that humor on for so long can be wearing on both American writers and American viewers. And then, perhaps most importantly, is that we EACH like what we like. I hated Monty Python. I love Downton Abby, Doc Martin, Endeavor and my list of British productions could go on and on. But I also liked Will & Grace, Frazier, Seinfeld, Cheers and many more American comedies. Let’s not try to say that British productions are better than American ones because it is worthless stream of opinion. Both have had their great moments and both have had their flops. And each one of us like what we like and that is, and should be, personal….not generalized. Thank you British television for bringing some great productions to the American TV audience and, I trust, some of you have enjoyed some of what gets produced over here. Besides, right now, neither one of us can claim too much when it comes to government leadership. Maybe we should focus on setting our countries overall values right and then we can have the luxury to wag our tongues about tv productions. I love my British heritage!

  45. There’s been remakes of everything. So many writers and new talent out there turned away.
    Too lazy to put the work in to get something new.
    I love some British shows, but I’m not bashing my country.the people on here claiming to be Americans Sickens me. I watch
    You Tube. The lack of content on TV is due to greed not lack of talent

  46. @Jo
    Not true or else he wouldn’t have been elected. And, the “news” doesnt portray anything correctly or truthful. Watching the “news” is a waste of time.

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