For me, the can’t-wait-gotta-see-it TV series event of 2019 was the ninth series of “Doc Martin” purportedly the last series boo-hoo, after 15 years in production. Having only discovered the series by chance in 2013, we were surprised to find out that the series had been around since 2004. However, we quickly caught up. We ordered the series box set via Amazon U.K., then fired up our all-region DVD player and binged on the show that soon became our obsession to the point where one year we visited the seaside village of Port Isaac in Cornwall, hoping to catch them filming, which somehow miraculously we did. Well, we weren’t the only ones. The series has fans around the world and thousands make the pilgrimage to Port Isaac whether they’re filming or not since the location is as breathtakingly beautiful as it appears onscreen.
Anyhow, they’ve been making noise for years about ending the series, saying they didn’t want to run out of storylines, wanted to go out on a high, etc. To a fan like me, it seems impossible for them to run out of story or decline in quality, so I couldn’t take any of the talk seriously.
And as expected, the new series didn’t disappoint. Stupid townspeople collapsed, the Doc’s hemophobia caused more problems, Louisa worried her son was turning out like Martin, Al and Bert struggled with their latest venture, and Cornwall proved to be even more gorgeous than ever. But there were surprises, with some of the characters put into new situations, allowing them to show more dimensions. What’s not to love?
Series Nine began airing in September (on ITV in the U.K. and Acorn TV in the U.S.), with episodes coming each week, too slow and too fast at the same time, and then it was over, way too soon. With a cliffhanger!
Well, it could be seen as an end, but I saw it as a cliffhanger. I don’t want to spoil it for those who are waiting for the show to air on PBS, but just know that the ending opens up so many possibilities for more episodes.
The series must be profitable, given the fact it airs all over the world, so the only reason for them to end the series would be that the cast and crew want to move onto other projects. Why? What have the cast members of “Friends” done that has ever equaled that series (although they’re richer than God and don’t need to ever work again)?
Or how about a spin-off? Bert and Al’s Next Failed Venture? PC Penhale in the Big Smoke? Little Doc Martin?
Or a series of movies? Christmas Specials? Give us something, please?
Fans all around the world need to make noise, let ITV and the producers know how much they love the series and want it to continue. Let’s get to work!