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Doc Martin star Martin Clunes teases 'terribly dramatic' ending to ITV show

The actor plays the cantankerous doctor in the series


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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
September 1, 2022
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Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has revealed that the tenth and final series of the popular ITV drama will have a "terribly dramatic" ending.

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Appearing on Thursday's edition of Good Morning Britain, the actor teased what fans can expect from the upcoming season. 

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"I'm not a doctor at the beginning as you saw and Louisa's taken over my practice, but I don't think it's a spoiler to say that I will see patients again later in the series," he explained. 

"It really builds to a terribly dramatic conclusion, really dramatic. Then the series finishes and then a few weeks later we have our Christmas episode."

The beloved medical drama, which first began airing in 2004, is coming to an end after 18 years. 

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Chatting about the reasons behind the series finishing, the 60-year-old admitted that inventing 18 years' worth of storylines for a character "who doesn't like anyone" has been "tough" for his wife Philippa Braithwaite, who writes and produces the show. 

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Martin revealed that the show's ending will be "terribly dramatic"

Appearing on This Morning earlier this month, Martin was asked by presenters Ruth Langsford and Rylan Clark why the show is ending after the tenth series. He said: "It's just a good time to end. Poor Philippa, she's worked on every single script, 84 of them and none of them are easy because you've got a main protagonist who doesn't like anybody and nobody likes him and go from there. 

"It hasn't been easy, it's been tough. We don't want to repeat ourselves," he added. 

As for Martin's future plans for after the series ends, fans can expect to see him in a new drama which focuses on the County Lines drug supply model in Wales. 

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Martin's wife, Philippa, writes and produces the show

Chatting to Ruth and Rylan about the upcoming series, he said: "It's about the County Lines drug-selling business model in rural Wales," the actor explained. "That's something we're commissioned and we've got a few scripts in place but we will shoot that next year, next summer."

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