Doc Martin star Martin Clunes is wrapping up the role of a lifetime as the grouchy local doctor in Portwenn, who dislikes animals, but in everyday life, Clunes is a huge animal lover who has done a documentary series about animals including dogs, and horses, which he keeps on his own farm. This is why Clunes is offering a walk-on role on Doc Martin as a raffle prize for an organization called The Horse Course.
Clunes is a down-to-earth guy who makes his home close to Port Isaac (the real name of the fictional village, Portwenn) when he is filming Doc Martin, according to the Inquisitr. The show is facing its eighth year, which reportedly to be its finale. The character of Doc Martin (Dr. Ellingham to you) plays a fish out of water but Clunes is known for getting involved in his community and helping out when he can.
Martin Clunes has long been a patron of animal related charities, but the Dorset charity, The Horse Course is close to his heart, says Somerset Live. And so in trying to think what he could offer that would raise some real money for the Christmas raffle, Clunes offered for someone to have an incredible day, with a walk-on role on Doc Martin, in what will be its last season.
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The walk-on role will perhaps be as a patient in the doctor’s surgery, and will interact with Clunes. For someone, it will be a special day.
“We can’t wait to see who wins – we will give you a great day on set with the Doc Martin cast and crew and I’ll even check your pulse.”
Win a walk-on part in Doc Martin with Martin Clunes https://t.co/hVzKgiZMZM— Nikki Winter (@nikkiwinter) December 5, 2016
The Henley Standard says that Martin Clunes does not just support animal charities, but organizations for two legged creatures too. Clunes has been a long time patron of HFT, a national charity that benefits those with learning disabilities. Clunes will appear with his Doc Martin co-star, Caroline Catz, who plays his on-screen wife, at a favorite annual event, called The Coming of Christmas.
The Coming of Christmas is a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings, taking place at Dorchester Abbey on Thursday, December 8. The event is in its 22nd year, and the organization is excited to announce that seasonal music will be provided by The Choir of Magdalen College. The abbey will be decorated with hundreds of candles, making it look like you have gone back in time. At the end of the evening, mince pies and mulled wine will be served.
Jenny Hollis, fundraising manager for HFT says that the evening will be a blast.
“Tickets have now gone on sale for this wonderful event, which will be a great way to kick-start your festive season. Come along and help us raise much-needed funds to help Hft to continue to offer these opportunities to more people with learning disabilities throughout Oxfordshire. Our warm thanks go to Martin Clunes OBE, Caroline Catz and The Choir of Magdalen College for giving their time in what I am sure will be another magical evening.”
ITV has not announced a starting date for season eight of Doc Martin, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be earlier than mid-2017, as due to weather, the cast can only shoot for three or four months out of the year.
Do you watch Doc Martin? Would you bid on the walk-on role prize?
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