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Doc Martin

  • Episode:

    8 of 8

  • Title:

    Licence to Practice

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 13 Nov 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 46 2019 : Sat 09 Nov - Fri 15 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Mon 28 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 8: Licence to Practice

Tom Conti guest stars in this last episode as Bernard Newton, an eminent surgeon who is assessing Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) in the final part of the General Medical Council scrutiny, monitoring his skills in assisted surgery.

Bernard Newton is leading the surgery, which puts Martin at ease given he was his tutor, colleague and old friend. 

Wedding bells are ringing in Portwenn with the preparations for Morwenna (Jessica Ransom) and Al’s( Joe Absolom) wedding. But some last minute hitches threaten to jeopardise their big day. 

There’s an awkward meeting for PC Penhale (John Marquez) when his ex fiancé Janice Bone, (Robyn Addison) returns for the wedding. She left him standing at the altar, and he now wonders if she’s back because she still has feelings for him.