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It's been nearly a year since Season 9 of Doc Martin premiered, and many of our readers are starting to ask about whether there will be a Season 10 of Doc Martin.
There were rumours that Season 9 would be the final season, but could it really be true? Would ITV really end a show so many have grown to love?
Is Season 9 the Last Season of Doc Martin?
In spite of what some sites have suggested, there's no confirmed evidence that Season 9 was the last season of Doc Martin. ITV has never come out to officially say it's the end, and none of the cast and crew who've spoken out have said it's a done deal – in either direction.
Given the ending of Season 9 (we're not going to include a spoiler here), many have wondered how Doc Martin could possibly continue as the same show. Luckily, British screenwriters are full of ideas, and we're sure they'll find a way to make it work if and when another season is officially given the green light.
Good Signs for Those Wondering, “Will There Be a Season 10 of Doc Martin?”
Though we've yet to see any officially-released ITV statement about Season 10 of Doc Martin, there are some good signs.
Until we see a release from ITV, we want to be excessively cautious about getting anyone's hopes up, but there are some VERY good reasons to suspect it's really happening.
- When we interviewed Martin Clunes ahead of the Series 9 premiere, he said, “Well if we’re lucky, we’ll get to do a tenth Doc Martin – and then I’ll probably retire.”
- In an interview with Cornwall Film Festival, Doc Martin director Nigel Cole said, “There will be a series ten. We're working on it. It's official, we are doing it.”
- Recently, the actors got together (virtually) to do a special Doc Martin short to thank the NHS for their hard work during the current health crisis. It's a great sign that perhaps the actors aren't quite ready to give up those roles.
So, while we've not seen a press release from ITV, and we're likely still quite far off from a potential premiere date, it's looking very good for a Season 10 of Doc Martin.
The only reason we're remaining slightly cautious is that there have been a few cases where someone involved in production talked about an upcoming season, only to have network bosses kill the show later. Many of us were sorely disappointed after No Offence creator talked about working on Season 4 ideas, only to have the show cancelled by Channel 4 bosses.
We're similarly optimistic but slightly wary about the heavily publicised Season 3 of Life on Mars announcement.
When Will Season 10 of Doc Martin Premiere?
It's far too soon for anyone to give a premiere date, but if they stick with the current pattern, I'd say you should keep an eye on September 2021. They've been releasing new seasons every two years, partly because it's a lot of work and many of the actors enjoy pursuing other projects, and partly because it's very disruptive to the real village of Port Isaac in Cornwall.
Of course, given the current shutdown, there's always a chance that many of our favourite shows (British and otherwise) will be knocked out of their usual schedules. Depending on how long the situation continues, there might be major production backlogs and schedule conflicts to work around.
Our best guess for a Season 10 premiere date would be sometime in late 2021 or even 2022, but at this point, no one can be sure.
Where Will Season 10 of Doc Martin Premiere?
Again, we want to stress that there's been no official announcement, so this is merely an educated guess. Given that Doc Martin has always been an ITV show, however, we don't see any reason why it wouldn't continue to be an ITV series – so in the UK, you'd expect to see it on ITV.
In the US, Acorn TV has always been the exclusive premiere location for the series. While we certainly don't know the details of their contracts with ITV, we've seen nothing to suggest that Acorn TV wouldn't be the premiere outlet for a Season 10 of Doc Martin.
After premiering on Acorn TV, Doc Martin has frequently been found on PBS – so it seems likely that if there IS a Season 10 of Doc Martin, it would eventually find its way over to PBS (but you could probably earn an entire degree in between now and when that might actually happen).
Where Can I Watch Season 9 of Doc Martin?
If you're not yet caught up on Doc Martin, you can watch Season 1 through 9 on Acorn TV.
For PBS, remember that each major viewing area has its own schedule. You'll need to check your local listings to see if it's available where you are.
What About the US Doc Martin Adaptation?
A while back, it was announced that Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman would be heading up a US adaptation of Doc Martin. We haven't heard anything about this in ages, so we aren't sure if it's in production, if it's been shelved, etc. When we know more, we'll be sure to update.