Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: ITV.

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama about village life. 70 episodes (9 series), 2004 - 2019. Stars Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom and others.

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Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: ITV.

Series 9, Episode 1 - To The Lighthouse

Martin's medical career remains under scrutiny as a GMC representative has come to assess him and his surgery. Meanwhile, Al accidentally proposes to Morwenna, and Mrs Tishell has a new lease on life.

Further details

Dr Marrtin Ellingham's career is hanging in the balance. His future as a GP is under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his irascible approach to patients, and his blood phobia.

A representative from the GMC, Rebecca Hedden has come to assess both Martin and his surgery. The Doc thinks the assessment is a complete waste of time and is quick to make his views clear to Dr Hedden.

Meanwhile his wife Louisa is pursuing a new career as a child counsellor. She is also concerned that their son James Henry is becoming too much like his father, and considers whether they should try for a little brother or sister. But is now the right time with her career change and Martin under review?

Morwenna is helping out at the pub, the Crab and Lobster, while Al tries to find extra staff. Morwenna feels taken for granted, and in an attempt to show her his appreciation, Al accidentally proposes to her, setting the village buzzing with their wedding plans.

Mrs Tishell decides to go on a date with Donald, whom she met at Book Club. But their trip to a lighthouse turns to disaster when Mrs Tishell suffers a terrible accident. The Doc has to commission a fishing boat, with PC Joe Penhale, to sail out to the lighthouse to treat her. Dr Hedden insists on joining them to monitor the Doc at work, but faces a life threatening situation herself.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on ITV Hub

Date
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
Ian McNeice Bert Large
Joe Absolom Al Large
Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell
John Marquez PC Penhale
Eileen Atkins Aunt Ruth Ellingham
Jessica Ransom Morwenna Newcross
Rosie Ede Mel Hendy
Guest cast
Rory Wilton Chippy Miller
Jason Baughan Fisherman Gus
Hermione Gulliford Dr Rebecca Hedden
Simon Chandler Donald Abbott
Elizabeth Rider Lamorna Hammond
Hugh Coles Gerry Hammond
Boyd Rogers Fireman
Dan Ball Paramedic
Miguel Brooking Lifeguard
Elliott Blake James Henry
Writing team
Jack Lothian Writer
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Matthew Cooper 1st Assistant Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Sandy Poustie Associate Producer
Nick McPhee Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Jane Broomfield Production Designer
Toby Whale Casting Director
Simon Archer Director of Photography
Colin Towns Composer
Stewart Meachem Costume Designer
Alice Hopkins Make-up Designer
Jack Lothian Creative Consultant Producer

Press

Doc Martin review

It's been two years since we were last in the village of Portwenn, but in a ninth series, Martin Clunes's doctor is as grumpy as ever.

Sarah Hughes, i Newspaper, 26th September 2019

Doc Martin review

Overall, the whole thing is like an advert for Ginsters pasties, and just a bit too twee and Cornish, like Poldark with a stethoscope.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 26th September 2019
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