Only one more season of Doc Martin? No, say it isn’t so. Season 7 just wrapped up, and according to the network, season 8 will be it for Doc Martin, but how will fans cope. And how will the writers wrap up the relationships on Port Wenn? And what about the suggestion that Doc Martin is all out of story ideas.
According to the Inquisitr, Doc Martin is slowly being embraced by American audiences who really seem to love Martin Clunes. And what’s not to love? There is a true novelty to seeing what life is like in a Cornish fishing village. For season 7, Signorney Weaver, who is a big fan of Doc Martin, made a guest appearance on the show, and ratings shot up, and Doc Martin got even more American press.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that season 8 will be the final season for Doc Martin. Frank Behrens, reviewer for the Reformer, believes that it is time for Doc Martin to end.
“Some shows grow so popular that the producers cannot dream of bringing them to a conclusion. I am afraid that Doc Martin is a case in point. Now in its 7th season, on the screen and in a boxed set of 2 DVDs from Acorn, the plots are showing the strain of the necessary changes any long-going series needs.”
Behrens believes that Doc Martin has lost it’s humor.
“The big problem is that the show simply has lost most of its humor. Where Doc Martin’s quirks were funny in the first season or two, they are simply taken for granted now, all the more because we know he cannot change or the series would lose its major premise. I would be sorry if this series closed; but I feel the producers had better come up with something new or return to the lighthearted atmosphere of the first few seasons.”
The Mirror said that though many feared Doc Martin was about to be canceled, they are relieved that instead, the series will at least plan to make one more season. Ian McNeice, who plays Bert Large, said that they got the news at an ITV dinner.
“We were all invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we have had in October and November and they were the best we have had so far with seven million viewers — on a par with Downton Abbey and everybody was thrilled about that.”
That is when they found out they would be returning for one more season.
“Everybody in the cast was there and then the Head of ITV gets up and says ‘We love Doc Martin and as a vote of confidence we would like to give you one more show’. So there will be series eight and we will make it in the year 2017 because we always have a break in between. The future is rosy. We would all like to do more with Martin and God bless them ITV have said they are going to do more.”
McNeice said that he and Clunes feared that the show was over, so they had a really big party after shooting wrapped for season 7.
“At the end of the series we had a wrap party with the best drinks and food ever and we were thinking this is looking pretty — is this a goodbye? We were getting a little nervous. Then we had a cast and crew photograph and we had never had that before, and it was slightly unnerving that the end of this series we wrap things up nicely. But it is not over and we are thrilled.”
McNeice said working with Clunes in Port Isaac has been the “best job ever in television.”
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