At long last, the new season of mega-popular British comedy Doc Martin is almost here. After two long years of waiting, fans will finally get to go back to Portwenn. And ITV has released a clip from the first episode of Season 8!
Martin Clunes is, of course, back as everyone’s favorite grumpy medic, along the rest of the regular cast, including Caroline Catz as his Martin’s long-suffering love interest Louisa, and Dame Eileen Atkins as his acerbic Aunt Ruth.
Season 8 is widely expected to be the penultimate outing for the series, with the comedy’s ninth season – expected to air at some point in 2019 or 2020. So there’s a lot of emotion for fans surrounding this season’s premiere. (It’s also probably why we don’t actually know much about what to expect from the new episodes.)
What we do know so far is that Season 8 will find Martin and Louisa, after having had therapy to save their marriage last season, facing up to the challenge of living happy together with their (now toddler) son James. Elsewhere, PC Joe Penhale is looking forward to married life with Martin’s nanny Janice, Bert Large is struggling to make his whisky business successful. And Martin’s receptionist Morwenna gets some devastating news when her parents arrive in Portwenn unexpectedly.
ITV hasn’t actually released a proper trailer for Season 8. It’s a little bit weird, if you ask me, but maybe at this point they know they don’t really need to. They did, however, release a clip teasing a scene from PC Penhale’s wedding, which is as silly and uncomfortable as you might expect.
Watch for yourselves below:.
Doc Martin Season 8 will kick off in the UK this week, on September 20. Acorn TV’s subscription streaming service has first crack at the American rights, and will have the new season up on its site beginning September 21.. (That’s a marvelously quick turnaround, and definitely earlier than expected.)
Those of us who watch Doc Martin via our local public television stations will have to wait a bit longer to see the comedy come to terrestrial TV. But my best guess is early next year, if only because that’s roughly what happened with Season 7 a couple of years ago. Fingers crossed.
Are you excited about finally getting more Doc Martin? What’s on your wishlist for Season 8?