Martin Clunes addresses ending of Doc Martin ‘It’s the right time’

Doc Martin: Martin Clunes discusses the end of the show

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Martin Clunes revealed to the Scottish host Lorraine Kelly season 10 is definitely the last of Doc Martin explaining “it is sad, but the right time”. The actor, 60, dialled in from Dorset to virtually join the ITV host and talk about what’s in store for his character and career.

Eighteen years after it first graced our television screens, Doc Martin will not live on after its season 10 outing.

Extremely “excited” for the next season after filming was halted due to Covid, Martin ensured fans this season would be one to remember.

Discussing how it has run his course, the actor opened up on the morning show: “It is sad, but it’s not really, it’s the right time.”

He continued: “I think everyone will appreciate that it’s time to finish, but it feels like a really good time to finish.”

Looking at the positive to their delayed filming start date, the actor said this gave everyone more time to prepare. 

“We’ve had an extra year to work on the script, so it’s a really good, strong Doc Martin series,” he voiced.

The final series will begin filming next month in Port Isaac, Cornwall.

Doc Martin isn’t the only series which won’t be returning once it comes to an end.

The actor confirmed another popular show he is in, ITV’s Manhunt, will not be returning anytime soon. 

Portraying real-life murder detective DCI Colin Sutton, who was involved in two of the UK’s largest manhunts, season two, The Night Stalker was a four-part series which ended at the end of 2021.

While fans of the ITV series may be disappointed by the news, they were given a treat when the Men Behaving Badly star summoned his cocker spaniel Bob-Jackson to join them.

Lorraine, a known dog lover, laughed as Martin played with his pooch during the interview.

Martin’s appearance comes after he gave more insight on the final Doc Martin in a Radio 2 interview.

Speaking to Steve Wright, the actor said: “As I’m reading them, the finished drafts, I’m just beaming when I close the last page thinking, ‘The people who like this programme are going to really like this episode.'”

Fans will be pleased to hear they won’t have to wait too long for the finale season.

He assured fans they will see series ten this year: “I’m guessing autumn this year.”

But in the meantime, if fans are wondering how to fill the Martin Clunes void until the final season has been recorded, he can be seen on screens in a new documentary. 

His next adventure is to explore the colourful and vibrant cultures of the Pacific in Martin Clunes Islands of the Pacific.

Many of his recent adventures have been inspired by a book his father had given to him as a child.

The book was all about the Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific.

Martin Clunes Islands of the Pacific starts tonight at 9pm on ITV. Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV from 9am. 

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