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Doc Martin

  • Episode:

    2 of 8

  • Title:

    The Shock of the New

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 02 Oct 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 40 2019 : Sat 28 Sep - Fri 04 Oct

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  • Published:

    Wed 18 Sep 2019

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Series overview

Martin Clunes returns to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new series of Doc Martin for ITV.

He stars as Dr Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of the successful drama produced by Buffalo Pictures, and set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Picturesque Port Isaac provides the beautiful backdrop for the popular series, with all regular members of the cast reprising their roles.

Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling. 

Returning to this ninth series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

They are joined by special guest stars Danny Huston, Conleth Hill, Caroline Quentin and Tom Conti. Danny plays Robert Brooke, a man who is shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs. Caroline returns to the series to star as vet Angela Sim, Conleth plays a GP who comes to assess Martin and Tom Conti plays Bernard  Newton, an eminent surgeon who is also assessing the Doc. 

Episode 2: The Shock of the New 

Dr Martin Ellingham’s GMC report has arrived. He’s required to pass three refresher courses, which will then decide whether he is deemed fit to practice, starting with a phlebotomy course.

Martin (Martin Clunes) finds it a complete waste of time, but both Ruth (Eileen Atkins) and Louisa (Caroline Catz) point out how detrimental the outcome may be if he does not take it seriously. 

Not only is there change for Martin, but for Louisa too. Having resigned as head teacher at Portwenn School, she is focused on her new career path as a child and adolescent counsellor.

James, however, seems to be struggling to socialise at nursery, and Louisa wonders if having a sibling for him might help.  Martin is concerned when Louisa interrupts his phlebotomy course to tell him about a medical emergency; Lorna, (Rosalie Craig),the new head teacher, has collapsed.

At the Crab and Lobster Bert Large’s (Ian McNeice) cousin, Miles (Jeremy Swift) pops in with his fiancé Shirley (Ruth Gemmell)with a proposed new addition to the pub menu: goat’s milk ice cream. Customers are less than keen to try the unusual pudding.

Morwenna Newcross(Jessica Ransom) is disturbed to discover from PC Joe Penhale (John Marquez) that Al Large (Joe Absolom) didn’t mean to propose to her, and demands to know the truth from Al. Al confesses it was an accidental proposal, but that he does want to marry her. It makes him realise he needs to prioritise Morwenna over the pub, which means finding extra staff. Much to Bert’s dismay Al hires Caitlin Morgan,(Angela Curran) who he has been trying to avoid. 

Morwenna is pleased Al is honest with her about the accidental proposal, and that the wedding is still on. But while practicing her First Aid Responder CPR training a little too vigorously on Al, she manages to crack one of his ribs

The episode is written by Ash Ditta, the producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the director is Nigel Cole and the executive producer is Mark Crowdy.