Press Clippings - Page 4
What do you do if a lonely little scruffy dog is stalking you? If you're Doc Martin, after being prevented from giving the mutt a lethal injection, you take it to a hippyish vet, Angela Sim (Caroline Quentin). Chuck in such plot developments as illegal liquor distillation and the perils of self-medication, and that's about as exciting as Doc Martin gets. Impressive, then, that it seems more than the sum of such inconsequential parts, perhaps because the ongoing odd-couple romance between Louisa and Martin anchors the dramedy.Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 5th October 2015
This series has a lively mix of humour, sweetness and action.Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph, 22nd September 2015
10 reasons to be thankful Doc Martin isn't actually your doctor.Emma Daly, Radio Times, 21st September 2015
While the Beeb embraces the implausible world of Doctor Foster - all secrets, lies and readily available GP appointments - ITV keeps it real with its cranky Cornish doc. This week, Martin treats a father and daughter whose ailments are getting in the way of caring for their pigs, simultaneously dodging the demands of a local radio host and trying to mend his relationship with Louisa. Elsewhere, Al is concerned by dad Bert's behaviour and PC Penhale lends Janice a hand when she runs into trouble while babysitting.Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 21st September 2015
Overall, I feel that tonight's episode of Doc Martin represented all that was good and bad about a show which in my opinion is starting to flag after seven series.Matt D., Unreality TV, 14th September 2015
ITV welcomes back everybody's favourite grumpy GP Doc Martin for a seventh series. The big difference in this first episode is the fact that Martin (Martin Clunes) is without his wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) who is currently living in Spain with their son. It's clear that Martin isn't coping well with this temporary separation as he isn't sleeping at all and hasn't even agreed to see a therapist. However the mostly idiotic population of Portwenn are causing him to miss various appointments due to the fact that none of them can seemingly make a good decision. This episode's patient of the week was decorator and lifeboat volunteer Steve (Daniel Ryan) who faked a urine test to garner a medical certificate from Martin. However, later he collapsed at the wheel of his lifeboat after suffering a mini-stroke causing Martin and company to come out to sea to save him. I've found that Doc Martin is a show that you have to just go with in order to enjoy as it's incredibly easy to poke holes in especially when it comes to the poorly-written supporting characters. Luckily, the series is well directed by Nigel Cole who made the lifeboat sequence the star of the show as Martin desperately tried to revive his deceitful patient. Clunes was also on form here especially as he's constantly able to make the audience sympathise with his misanthropic GP. The scenes I particularly enjoyed were the ones in which Martin was visibly trying to hold back the emotional pain that Louisa's departure had caused. I'm also looking forward to the rest of the series due to the fact that the brilliant Emily Bevan has joined the cast as Martin's straight-talking therapist Dr. Rachel Timoney. I do feel that Martin may have met his match in Rachel and I suspect that the scenes between Bevan and Clunes may provide the highlights of this series. Despite a few changes, Doc Martin is pretty much offering the same combination of lovely exterior shots, quirky supporting characters and a brilliant central turn that has kept a loyal audience tuned in for six years. However it does seem that this audience is slowly diminishing so I do wonder if this might be the end for Doc Martin especially if the viewing figures continue to dwindle.Matt, The Custard TV, 13th September 2015
There are few real ratings bankers on television but Doc Martin is one of them. The cranky, haemophobic doc (Martin Clunes) in the chocolate box Cornish village has been around for more than a decade now, and is about as safe-a-source of 9 million viewers as a picture of Kim Kardashian's bottom.
Yet nothing actually happens in Doc Martin. It is a drama that negates drama. This new series opener managed to jemmy in a boat crash that was genuinely shocking, if only because so entirely unexpected. Yet within minutes the tone of gentle gaiety was re-established.
Looking at this week's offerings it occurs to me that there are really just three types of drama on television today - the ones where you know what's going to happen, the ones where you don't, and the ones where nothing happens. I leave you to draw your own conclusions from the fact that the dramas that exist mainly to reassure - New Tricks, Death in Paradise, Doc Martin - are by some way the most popular.Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 12th September 2015
Doc Martin is a good doctor, but the other residents of Portwenn drop their fish and shopping, fail to drop their anchors and crash their boats.Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 8th September 2015
10 of the sweetest and downright dirtiest sentences from sizzling Doc Martin fan fiction (yep, it exists).Rebecca Lewis, Metro, 7th September 2015