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Doc Martin

  • Episode:

    5 of 8

  • Title:

    Wild West Country

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 23 Oct 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 43 2019 : Sat 19 Oct - Fri 25 Oct

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  • Published:

    Wed 09 Oct 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 5: Wild West Country

Hollywood actor Danny Huston guest stars in this episode as Robert Brooke, a victim of a shooting in Portwenn. PC Penhale(John Marquez) interrupts Martin’s consultation with Emily Burnett (Sally Messham) to rush him to the scene of the crime, where they discover local farmer Dennis Thorpe (Keith Bartlett) has shot a camper, Robert, after he took some of his eggs. Martin takes Robert back to the surgery to give him some stitches, but uncovers other worrying symptoms and tells him to make an appointment for the following day.

Penhale is keen to look after his ‘star witness’ Robert, and is desperate to clinch a conviction.

Louisa (Caroline Catz) is starting to feel more like Martin’s patient than his wife in their quest for another child. She suggests it may be best if they see a fertility specialist. Meanwhile James has his first playdate with Arthur, Julia Pote’s (Olivia Poulet) son. Nursery owner Mel (Rosie Ede) offers her premises when Louisa, not that keen on Julia, suggests they can’t have the playdate at the surgery or the funeral parlour. It doesn’t go well when Julia has an allergic reaction to a slice of banana bread, and Mel accidentally stabs Louisa with an adrenaline pen. 

Emily is back at the surgery to see Martin after her acne medication reacts with the sun, even though Martin told her not to sunbathe. It quickly comes to Martin’s attention the symptoms are not side effects of her medication, but something more sinister, which he quickly diagnoses for her.

Following Ken’s death, the Crab and Lobster pub is now for sale. Al (Joe Absolom) and Bert (Ian McNeice) can’t afford to buy it, and Ruth (Eileen Atkins) has no interest in another deal with them, especially after their previous failed business ventures.  A secret bidder buys the pub before Al and Bert have a chance to raise the cash, ending their ownership aspirations.

This episode is written by Alastair Galbraith, the producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the director is Charlie Palmer and the executive producer is Mark Crowdy.