Doc Martin 2017 cast, start time and spoilers for new series with Martin Clunes

Doc Martin cast

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Doc Martin's new 2017 series concludes tonight on ITV but who's on the cast and what else do we know?

A new run of eight episodes finishes this evening on Wednesday, November 8 at 9PM on ITV with the final instalemnt.

Martin Clunes returns to Cornwall to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic for the latest series.

Filming took place earlier this year on location in picturesque Port Isaac with all regular members of the cast returning to the popular series.

Doc Martin cast

Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham while Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife and local school headmistress, Louisa Ellingham.

Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, with Ian McNeice as Bert Large and Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is back as Portwenn PC Joe Penhale, with Jessica Ransom as the Doc’s receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, and Selina Cadell as pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

After having therapy to save their marriage in the last series, they face the challenge of living happily together with their baby James Henry.

Martin Clunes said: “I’m thrilled to be back on the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series eight of Doc Martin. The Doc is as obstinate as ever, but he is trying his best to be a better husband and father.”

Returning to the series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, who is beginning to doubt the wisdom of going into business with Bert Large and his son Al.

Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom son Al. Bert is desperate to make his home distilled whisky a success, but there’s a shortage of customers willing to buy. Meanwhile guests are not exactly flocking to Al’s bed and breakfast, and he fears he will have to close the doors for good.

Doc Martin spoilers

In tonight's final episode, following the complaint to the medical authorities by a patient the Doc was treating he has been advised by Chris Parsons (Vincent Franklin) not to practice for a week before his hearing.

However this does not stop patients asking for his help. Bill Potter (Tom Mothersdale), a local potter, approaches Martin with a suspected ganglion. Martin sends him to a surgery in Wadebridge, but Bill decides against it – he has too much work on.

Meanwhile, American tourist Beth Traywick (Sigourney Weaver) returns to Portwenn to do some research into her family tree. She manages to flatter Mrs Tishell into sharing her local knowledge.

Martin, on his way to the hearing, is forced to take a detour when Mrs Tishell calls with an emergency: Beth has collapsed. Now late for the hearing, Martin rushes in, only for the hearing to be interrupted again by Penhale and Bill. Bill’s ganglion was a radial artery aneurysm, which has now burst and needs an emergency procedure to save his hand...

Doc Martin airs Wednesday nights at 9PM on ITV.

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