Press Clippings - Page 2
Doc Martin (ITV, Wednesday) still is, and at the top of its game. So much so it would put car mechanics out of business. It also has the advantage of only appearing every two years, meaning that the lay off almost makes you forget just how good it was. It's also the only doctor's surgery anyone fancies visiting.
In the opening episode, the Doc was grumpier than ever. For him, this is an "all-life crisis". If he won the lottery, I'm sure he'd throw the ticket in the bin before sticking pins in his eyes.
Does anyone actually behave like this or are they "on the spectrum"? If it is the latter, he's off the scale, but who cares. In real life, you would simply be saying, "Wow, the Doc's hard work. How long do we have to stay?"
To cheer himself up in series eight, he's agreed for wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) to have a dog, which of course, is something else to complain about, and trip over, while banging his head on a low door. If you know a grumpier person than this, please contact a TV company about doing a documentary.
He was ably assisted by PC Penhale (John Marquez) who was told so many times that he was an idiot, I expect an immediate class libel action from the local constabulary to stand up for one of their own.
The village plod was suffering kidney stones: "How often are you passing water?" asked the Doc. He replied: "Bit personal isn't it, Doc?" This prompted the policeman to say, "I'm not an idiot". Oh, yes you are. As the episode closed, Penhale's quest for romance dissolved along with his kidney stones. He seemed more relieved about the latter. Quite right.David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 24th September 2017
PC Penhale's ill-considered wedding to the equally dunderheaded Janice formed the backdrop to this episode.Gerard O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 21st September 2017
The attraction of this series has always escaped me. The Doc is a poor man's Siegfried Farnon, from All Creatures Great And Small - he's an irritable misanthropist, prone to explosions of temper, but without Siegfried's redeeming qualities of forgiveness and generosity.Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 21st September 2017
Toby Earle goes for a check-up in Portwenn.Toby Earle, Evening Standard, 20th September 2017
The summer holidays are over, but the sun almost always shines in Portwenn, albeit sometimes on bittersweet scenes. Here, in a new series, we find reconciled Martin and Louisa raising baby James Henry. Louisa: "Do you think he likes me?" Martin: "Who knows? I didn't like my mother; does it matter?" Elsewhere, daft constable Joe prepares to marry flighty Janice, in a ceremony to be conducted by "a vicar with learner plates on".Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 20th September 2017
As one of TV's most popular dramas returns to our screens, David Stephenson meets the Doc Martin cast on location in Cornwall for its penultimate series.David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 17th September 2017
The actor, 55, on not wanting to break Hollywood, being too big for the set - and missing his cows...The Mirror, 10th September 2017