So Where Is 'Doc Martin' Season Six?

Yes, we're going Bodmin once again. At 8 p.m. tonight, KCET is restarting the cycle of "Doc Martin" seasons -- or series, if you want to be British about it, and if you're a "Doc Martin" fan, then you probably do. And while the first episode of "Doc Martin" is a great piece of TV and the perfect setup for the adventures of the crankpot title character, many longtime fans may be curious to know what's up with the show's sixth season. We were too. Here's what we found:

  • For now, it looks like the new season is expected to air on Britain's ITV in the fall of 2013. The site Tellyspotting guesses that this could put new "Doc Martin" episodes on American TVs around January 2014. But that's just a guess. In March of last year, APT released a statement saying that the sixth season of "Doc Martin" would air in the U.S. in 2013.
  • The new season hasn't been filmed yet, but filming will likely start in spring.
  • The new season will reportedly feature Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz as Martin and Louisa, as well as Eileen Atkins as Ruth, Ian McNeice as Bert, Joe Absolom as Al, John Marquez as PC Penhale and Jessica Ransom as Morwenna, the receptionist who succeeded Pauline (Kathleen Parkinson).
  • Doc Martin Online reports that eight episodes have been commissioned. It also states that the sixth season will most likely be the last.
  • The new season will focus on Martin and Louisa struggling with parenthood. Clunes is quoted here as saying this much: "Our challenge this season will be to force Louisa and the doctor to live together with baby James, which as far as I can see has disaster written all over it... And then there's the dog and Dame Eileen, but not necessarily in that order!" In a different interview, Clunes teased that Martin and Louisa may finally get hitched, saying, "It will be interesting because Louisa and the doctor are finally going to marry, I think. But I don't want to give too much away!"

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In summary, no matter how much you may love "Doc Martin," you may have to wait to find out what's on the horizon for the good doctor. (A safe bet? Things that annoy him.) In the meantime, whet your appetite for all things Portwenn with KCET's regular episodes -- Thursdays at 8PM, Fridays at 2:30PM and Saturday at 7PM -- and be sure to check out our exclusive "Behind the Scenes" tour of the show. Here's the first installment:

And relive your favorite "Doc Martin" episodes with our recaps.

So what do you hope will happen in the new season of the show? Portwenn's most awkward wedding ever? Tell us in the comments.

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Drew Mackie, associate producer of new media, liked shows about old British people before it became fashionable. He also says silly things on Twitter.
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I am anxious to see if season 6 will take up where we left off or if James Henry will be a toddler the next time we visit Port Wenn. I hope he's still a baby, because I don't want to miss a minute of Martin and Louisa figuring out how to make their family work! I hope the doc does "lighten up" a bit so we can see the softer side that we know exists. He actually smiled a couple of times in season 1! I also would like to see a little bit of acceptance towards the people of Port Wenn. An example would be from season 5, episode 1 when PC Penhale pokes his head in the door and the doc says, "Well, come in then". He's going to be a part of the village, so he might as well learn to make the most of it!


Isn't anyone else excited about the 6th season?! They should be filming in Cornwall any day now! Where do you think the wedding will be? It can't be at the church, because Martin doesn't get along with the vicar. Maybe the patio of Bert's restaurant, but Martin would probably think it was un-hygienic!


My friend and are can hardly wait for session 6. We will be watching with gin gimlets in hand!


I hate those sneaky Limeies, they produce some of the best shows of this type in the world. the characters are fantastic and spot on, I'm glad they're on Netflix so I can watch all of them at once. Season 6 cannot get here quicker. I do not know if I can forgive the Limeies for stopping at season 6. I knew they were selfish, that is why they are Shiftless, One has to watch them all the time, they get me addicted and stop my cure,they are you tricky lot


Try the " LAST DETECTIVE ". another sneaky Limey show


My favorite television show of all time. Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz are brilliant. The show could go on forever for the characters become a part of your family and it is wonderful to catch up now and then. Please, please don't end the series. When you live in a small town or village the weird cast of characters never runs dry. I know, I live in one!!


I have enjoyed the series thus far. I hope they produce more after Series 6. It would be interesting to see life in the village in the winter though I doubt we ever see that. Do you think James Henry will be an only child? Wouldn't that be a logistical child care challenge for Louisa and Martin?