Martin Clunes shines in his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in the enormously successful dramedy produced by Buffalo Pictures and set in the idyllic Cornish hamlet of Portwenn.
Thank you Doc Martin fans for joining us for the wonderful 7th season, which aired Wednesdays, December 9, 2015 – Jan. 27, 2016. Reminisce with our pictures from Season 7 below.
Filled with preposterous medical plots, obscure conditions (arsenic poisoning from the wallpaper?), perennial problems with receptionists, dogs and quirky villagers, and even a cameo appearance by Sigourney Weaver, Doc Martin Season 7 is an “unrivalled prescription for those seeking something soothing before bedtime.” – The Telegraph
Take a peek on set and behind the scenes of Doc Martin Season 7
When Doc Martin last ended in 2013 a grey cloud loomed over the picturesque Cornish village of Portwenn.
We start Season 7 back in Portwenn with Martin, but Louisa is not there. After their tumultuous time last series, Louisa has gone for a break to visit her mother in Spain: to have some time to think and get some perspective on their relationship. Martin is faced with the question – will Louisa come back to him; and what can he do to make sure that she does? Martin knows that he needs to try and change for the sake of his marriage, and promised Louisa that he would see a therapist to try and effect this change.
Aunt Ruth manages to find him someone very well qualified to see – Dr Rachel Timoney. However, Martin still can’t get hold of Louisa to understand what she’s thinking and whether she even wants to stay married to him, so is still none the wiser as to what her plans are. Desperate to speak to Louisa, and determined to make his appointment with Dr Timoney, Martin is prevented from doing either of these things by events in Portwenn in the shape of Steve Baker and a Portwenn Lifeboat exercise. Will Martin miss the phone call he is waiting for from Louisa…and his first therapy appointment?
S7E1 – RESCUE ME
With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr. Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor.
S7E2 – THE SHOCK OF THE NEW
Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed, while Bert decides to try to rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme. Morwenna asks Martin for a pay rise, and Louisa has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial. Penhale is excited to receive his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly offer him plenty of opportunities to try it out.
S7E3 – iT’S GOOD TO TALK
Martin makes a decision to give Louisa more space, leaving Mrs Tishell concerned he will not be able to look after himself. Penhale helps Janice babysit, and Al is very concerned when he finds out about Bert’s behaviour and when he hears there are bailiffs at the restaurant.
S7E4 – EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting they would be given homework. Morwenna is not amused when Peter Cronk, who is on work experience starts trying to boss her around in the surgery. Mrs Tishell is surprised when her husband Clive returns and tells her he wants to give things another go, and Louisa has to call Martin when one of her pupils needs help.
S7E5 – CONTROL-ALT-DELETE
Reaching breaking point with being followed around by Buddy, Martin resolves to find a vet to have the dog put down once and for all. Meanwhile, Ruth finds out that Bert has been trying to make his own whisky. Clive is suspicious of Mrs Tishell and who she might be cooking meals for, Penhale makes a hash of asking Janice out, and Louisa and Martin’s therapy homework results in a picnic on the beach, where they are interrupted by an emergency. Special Guest: Caroline Quentin
S7E6 – OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN
Louisa helps out her ex-boyfriend Danny when he brings seven children from London to camp on Ruth’s farm – supervised by Al and Bert – while she and Martin plan a date on the advice of Dr Timoney. However, their night at the restaurant is interrupted…by Danny and another crisis. Things get worse for the couple when Martin uncovers a health scare at James’s first birthday party that makes all the guests leave very quickly.
S7E7 – FACTA NON VERBA
Louisa is not best pleased when her new art teacher Erica wants to try out some rather alternative ideas on the children, while Dr Timoney is involved in an accident. Penhale is confused by a sudden offer, Bert decides to go back to being a handyman, and Louisa and Martin are intrigued when Dr Timoney invites them for an additional therapy session. Special Guests: Sigourney Weaver & Gemma Jones
S7E8 – THE DOCTOR IS OUT
Martin is gone and Louisa worries Dr Timoney’s suggestion caused his disappearance. Calling on Ruth, Morwenna and Janice for help, she tries to track the down the missing GP, with no luck. Where could he be and what might he be up to? Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert seek out Al to offer him a proposition regarding the whisky and the B&B. Special Guest: Gemma Jones