Doc Martin TV series

If you like this show, I created it.  If you don’t, it wasn’t me, guv.

I worked on the first two series of Doc Martin for Buffalo Pictures and ITV.   It was and remains a smash hit.  I’m so pleased to see that the show thrives now in my absence.  It’s in its sixth year and plays around the world.

Also delightful is that it is being remade in foreign versions – German, Spanish and French.

Martin Clunes is just fantastic as the grumpy doc, and I hope he never tires of berating the good people of Portwenn.

UPDATE May 2013:

Doc Martin season 6 is shooting now.  I don’t know ANYTHING about the stories, sorry!  But THANK YOU for the wonderful messages from Doc fans around the world.  It really is uplifting to hear your enthusiasm for the show.

 

88 thoughts on “Doc Martin TV series

  1. Mr. Minghella,
    I live in Washington, DC and work for C-SPAN (akin to your BBC Parliament Channel). Full disclosure, I am also a huge fan of “Doc Martin”. Recently SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) has been in the news. The act would make YouTube (and similar sights) libel for the content people post illegally on their sight. I’m curious, as a person this act affects, what do you think about limiting websites like YouTube from airing shows like “Doc Martin”?
    I have to confess since I have been watching DM on Netflix and PBS here in the states I have also watched the latest series on YouTube. My personal feeling is, besides feeling a little guilty for watching online, YT is a great vehicle for bringing in fans to the show. My guess is “Doc Martin” has benefited from it being on YT. I would like your thoughts on this. Does this affect you? Who does it affect?

    Thanks for your time,
    Molly

  2. Hi Molly,

    I ought to have a well-developed line on this, but I don’t.

    I suppose, like most people, I know in my heart it’s wrong to use youtube etc to view programming, but I find it a useful (if patchy) resource. And I like the democracy of it.

    So it’s hard to moralise. On the other hand, I don’t think anybody can seriously argue that advertising and other revenues generated by displaying ill-gotten content are fairly earned. They should be shared among the content-owners. It can be done, eg with PRS and music; it can be done with video too.

    I think there are other issues in the proposed legislation; I’m afraid I haven’t had time to look. Very lazy of me!

    DM

  3. Thank you for responding Mr. Minghella,
    I’m so glad you didn’t go off on me for watching series 5 online.
    You are correct, there are other issues connected with SOPA.
    I feel guilty. This is why I write you.

    It would behoove Buffalo Productions to create a way for their fans to have access on an advertised site – to the latest series especially. I would prefer to support the creator, writers, players and technical folks for bringing me the BEST series I have ever watched through this way rather than “ill-gotten” or “pirated” method. This series has a HUGE, expanding fan base here in America and I think your fans would love to support “Doc Martin” directly but don’t hesitate to watch the pirated versions because we can – it’s not illegal.

    Just so you know I intend on purchasing the entire series when it’s done. But in the meantime I’ll watch Netflix and PBS and get friends and family hooked on it as my contribution to supporting the program.

    C-SPAN’s Washington Journal call in show discussed this issue last month when the topic was hot. Here is a link you might find helpful to educate yourself on the topic. The expert opposed the SOPA legislation.
    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/WJMa
    Sen. Chris Dodd, (MPAA President) who is mentioned in this discussion will be on our Communicators program in the near future. If you would like to pose a question to him let me know and I will give it to the host.

    By the way, I am friendly with Dodd’s assistant, she has purchase the series for her sister.

    Molly

  4. My wife and I love Doc Martin and in fact should probably start a local support group for other addicts such as ourselves. It’s a wonderful blend of comedy and drama and the characters are all so unaffected. It’s also very musical. I’m a composer and I see all these elements in the show that are so much like a musical composition; Doc having something (bird poop, ice cream, meat pies) on his face or body everytime he spoke to the “unctuous platitudinizing eunuch” (one of my favorite insults ever) was like a musical sequence; the repeated motives of the airbag, or the ruined suit that connects episodes together like songs in a cycle. Are you a musician?

    Thanks, David

  5. Mr Minghella,

    Thanks so much for Doc Martin. I discovered it on Hulu last year and have seen all of it since. Your episodes are my favorites. “Erotomania” has the unforgettable Louisa line, “Martin, there are 20 things about you that are crap…. But if you were a stick of rock, you’d be Martin Ellingham all the way through”. The romance is very satisfying, and the Cornwall expressions and accents a delight to my American ears.
    If it were up to me you (and Edana) would write series 6, with Ben Bolt directing. In any case, thanks again for your work.

    Dan

  6. Hi Molly,

    Thanks for spreading the word about the show. Did the thing with the Senator happen already?

    Dominic

  7. Either I have a musical sense of rhythm or, to put it another way, a limited repertoire of ideas! Thank you for choosing the kinder interpretation! How flattering!

    DM

  8. How very kind. I’m really glad to hear that the accents travel – that is quite hard to call. Do you think an all-American version would work?

  9. The door I entered the series through was the thought of observing a small town in a foreign (for me) country. The attention to detail in the production – that the surgery interior matches the exterior shots of the house in terms of surface aging; the detailed shots of the Portwenn streets; the harbor shots with the various boats and different tide levels – draw me into that world. I’m charmed by that place. It surely could just as well be small-town America. Combined with actors who bring such humanity to the characters, a production like that would succeed in any language. But I will always like the Cornwall Doc Martin.

  10. The door I entered the series through was the thought of observing a small town in a foreign (for me) country. The attention to detail in the production – that the surgery interior matches the exterior shots of the house in terms of surface aging; the detailed shots of the Portwenn streets; the harbor shots with the various boats and different tide levels – draw me into that world. I’m charmed by that place. It surely could just as well be small-town America. Combined with actors who bring such humanity to the characters, a production like that would succeed in any language. But I will always like the Cornwall Doc Martin.

  11. Yes, I’m afraid Buffalo Pix recently sold the Americans the rights to produce their own DM version as per a post on the DM forum. We Americans don’t want our version. The British version is just as good as it gets!! The Americans will never put together that fantastic cast, ours will all be Hollywood good looking!! You were right on the mark when you said in a You Tube spot that you felt DM and LG should never get married, my feeling also–it makes the show more intriguing as each series goes forward.

  12. Ha! Well I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. A bit of me can’t wait. I love all the idea of all these different versions.

  13. Hi

    I am a massive fan of Doc Martin. Great great show. thanks

    Doc Martin appears to show signs of Asbergers Syndrome. Is this intentional or just the way the character developed? I am married to a man with Asbergers and watching the series together has been a great help to us both.

    regards
    Maureen

  14. Hi Maureen,

    It was deliberate. I seem to be surrounded by people with aspergic tendencies, and am probably not immune myself. It seemed particularly to suit the concept of Doc Martin: it’s almost as if he knows he has this issue and has deliberately put himself in a place where he will have to improve on his areas of weakness. Anyway, I’m so glad you and your husband are enjoying the show. And thanks for taking the time to write.
    Best wishes
    DM

  15. FIRST, LET ME TELL YOU THAT I REALLY ENJOY DOC MARTIN AND APPRECIATE YOUR WORK IN SUPPLYING THE STORY.. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE A LAUGH.
    ONE OF MY PLEASURES IS FINDING AND SENDING STORIES OR JOKES TO MY FRIENDS WHICH I HAVE CAPTIONED: JOHN’S MORNING SMILES.
    RECENTLY, I FOUND A STORY THAT WOULD BE GREAT FUN TO INCORPORATE IN A DOC MARTIN SKETCH. THE IDEA IS GIVEN FREELY IN APPRECIATION OF ALL THE LAUGHS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.
    CHEERS…

    An 85-year-old man was requested by his Doctor for a sperm count as part of his physical exam.

    The doctor gave the man a jar and said, ‘Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow.’  

    The next day the 85-year-old man reappeared at the doctor’s office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the previous day.  

    The doctor asked what happened and the man explained, ‘Well, doc, it’s like this — first I tried with my right hand, but nothing.  Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing.  

    ‘Then I asked my wife for help.  She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing.  She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out, still nothing.  

    ‘We even called up Arleen, the lady next door and she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she even tried squeezin’ it between her knees, but still nothing..’

    The doctor was shocked!  

    ‘You asked your neighbour?’    
     
    The old man replied,  

    ‘Yep, none of us could get the jar open.’

  16. Hi Dominic:

    I so love Doc Martin, I watch the entire series over and over. I feel the scenery is as much a draw to the show as the characters. An American version would not be as good in my opinion. Hollywood always mucks their shows up and they are quite boring. Life looks a lot simplier in Portwenn, and makes me want to move there. The show offers quite a deversion from everyday life here in the states. Thanks for all of your creativity in putting this show together. Wish you were still involved. Loved the English Patient from Anthony. What a talented family!

    Eileen

  17. Not yet.
    Didn’t realize your web site is SO OPEN. I will let you know when it has been scheduled. Sorry for not getting back to you before now. I gave up DM for Lent. You got thrown in with it. : ) – just saw this response.

  18. Hi Dominic,
    I have chronic pain, and ever since I discovered, “Doc Martin” on Netflix last summer, it has been a wonderful escape for me. Watching “Doc Martin” makes me happy and that helps me forget about my pain for awhile. So, I just wanted to say thank-you for creating the quirky, funny, different and Best tv series ever!
    Renee

  19. I miss Auntie Joan ~ Stephanie Cole made this character so alive and real. Kudos to the rest of the cast and crew.

  20. Hi Dominic, The series is wonderful & addictive. Your script was by the far best. Will you be contributing any more in future series?

  21. thank you Marie.. I wrote much of the first two series but left the show after that, and though I’d never say never, I don’t think I’ll be doing more. So glad you’ve enjoyed the show.
    DM

  22. we love this show and have seen it often and enjoy the series. My wife Leela has some thoughts… wonder we can send you a personal email on that subject.

  23. Sure. I’ll send you an email. But remember the show is now in the hands of others, and has been for years.

  24. My husband and I love Doc Martin. We are addicted to it. All the issues of DM and Louisa are so relative to today’s audience. And Ruth, the new character is fabulous. I do hope there will be a Series 6.

  25. My husband and I love DB. We enjoy watching it, each episode, over and over, and catch something new each time we watch it. The issues between DB and Louisa are to timely and relavant to today’s audience.

  26. The writing for seasons 5 and 6 are not the hilarious, character rich creations of previous series. My children are both in medical school . Usually critical of medical theatrics, their laughter was heartfelt and frequent. The three of us have marveled at the skill with which you and your sister have regaled millions of viewers. Please consider returning to Doc Martin. (Could you tell Martin Clunes that he is overdoing the grumpy thing? Right now he’s coming across as a totally narcissistic , cold lout. In previous series he had an appeal that is now completely missing.) Thank you, Robin F.

  27. Thanks for your praise. Regarding talking to Martin, I can’t interfere from the sidelines, but if the opportunity should arise to discuss this, I will remember your point. Many thanks.

  28. Dominic Minghella on june 2012.said :
    I am Delia from Argentina. I love England, his writers,philosofers,artists,and common people.I believe I was there in other life.
    Thanks for your skill to write this wonderful serie, the lovely place , the characters, makes me want to move there.
    I must to thanks a diagnosis that Dr Martin gives to a waiter in a restaurant and follow him to say that he had
    polimialgia reumatic , and it was danger for his eyes .I was suffering the same symptons ,so I realize that I feel that , so I went to my doctor to know that it was correct. Now I have the treatment .Thanks to you and Dr Martin. Please go on with Dr Martin. I miss Aunty Joan, I want to see the baby’ Martin grow old.Thank you very much.Delia Gabrielli.

  29. I just got back from a visit to Port Isaac and it is even more lovely than I expected. Thank you for this brilliant show to which I am addicted.

  30. Hi Dominic, I am a huge fan of Doc Martin, and have had a great idea, I’m sure you have thought of this too, but how about doing a series about Doc Martin when he was a student doctor and his life with his parents and how he reached the top of his profession, then the story of how he ended up in Port When, what do you think?

  31. Good thinking. Did you see the young Inspector Morse recently?

  32. As someone who is married to a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, I can truly appreciate Louisa’s having to get away from the situation. I can relate to her feelings and the realization that her life with Martin is never going to get any better if she stays with him. (I have only seen episodes up to her leaving Martin and taking James Henry to her mother’s, so I don’t know about their relationship after that point.) Louisa obviously isn’t aware of Martin’s having AS, for she truly believes he can change his behavior if he wants to do so. For those with AS, it’s not that simple. They haven’t a clue that their behavior is hurtful to another human being unless someone explains it to them. It’s a long road to change when they can’t even comprehend the reason for it. To them, their behavior is quite normal.

    I enjoy the Doc Martin series tremendously and look forward to it every week. Thank you for some comic relief in dealing with a very serious condition–Asperger’s.

  33. Sono veramente contenta di scoprire che il creatore di Robin Hood – mentirei se dicessi che mi interessa Robin, ma Gisborne e lo sceriffo sono da urlo (per motivi diversi, of course ;-) – e di Doc Martin pubblica foto della mia regione preferita: l’Umbria. Per amore di Doc Martin abbiamo fatto una deviazione dal nostro giro inglese il mese scorso per visitare Portwenn, e il risultato è stato (contaminazione?) la foto di Little Guy con lo sfondo dello studio del dottore :)
    Ah, se non ci fosse la British TV, come farei? Evviva Internet! E grazie per tante ore di piacevole entertainment!
    Mamma_T, also grande fan del mai dimenticato Anthony

  34. Montalbano CHI? ;-P
    Scherzo, Zingaretti è molto bravo, ma la serie ormai è… stanca. Beh, anche Doc Martin ormai ha perso un po’ di smalto: avrebbe bisogno della mano del maestro! Chi glielo dice?
    Buona estate!
    M_T

  35. This is the nub of it: it’s so hard for us to understand why intelligent people can’t change their behaviour. It makes us so mad.

  36. Was Aspberger’s Doc Martin’s diagnosis, or was it sort of left for the audience to conjecture? If so, why was it left that way?

  37. Good question. If I recall correctly, it was left for the audience to decide. I think I didn’t want the initial response to the show (and character) to be a response to a “condition” – I wanted it to be a response to a character, a person, first. Also I prefer the ambiguity; the character is based on a number of real people I know (and love) and it seems to me that in real life there is rarely the clarity of diagnosis.

  38. I recently attended a “summer camp” for adults trying to shed a few pounds and develop a “healthy ” life- style. It was not a chic and elegant spa. The weight loss was achieved by hiking and spartan meals. If you are ever at a loss for a new series, “The New Life Hiking Spa” would provide you with a never- ending list of characters and stories. I have never been so entertained , not even when my step- cousin confessed to being a madam. A beautiful gypsy looking for a mark, a couple who had lost their children, woman with terminal breast cancer, a Jewish liberal employed as a Wall Street banker… I had to relay this idea to you as I would really enjoy seeing your work again.

  39. Hi Dominic,
    Congratulations on creating such an engagingly wonderful (and long-running) drama. Thank you for all the laughs. I read that a sixth and (what sounds like) final season of Doc Martin is scheduled to be filmed next year. I assume that the writers will want to finish on the happy concluding note of marriage between Louisa and Martin. I think that the bridge between two so disparate characters could only be realistically crossed with the help of a third-party. My suggestion would be to introduce a character that is a poet – someone who dissects life to understand it (like a surgeon, like Martin), but then uses that understanding for Romantic ends (like Louisa). Most poets know enough about the Freudian theories of childhood psychosexual development issues to be able to recognise them in adults. It could bring the aesthetic and the instrumental elements of the characterisations into a concluding harmony – without being soppy about it!
    If you think this thought is appropriate please feel free to use it. All the best, Andy

  40. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, Andrew. I like your analysis! It’s not for me to decide, alas, as I left the show at the end of Season 2, so what happens next is in the capable hands of Buffalo Pictures and the writing team.

  41. OMG. My husband and adult grandson were searching NetFlix for something that would be equally interesting to them considering the 40-year gap in age. The introduction to the series caught their attention, and I’m eternally greatful, and they watched a couple of the season 1 episodes and well, the rest is history. We greedily watched the episodes 3 and 4 at a time. We were so disappointed when we got to the end of season 4 that we were forced to search on line to see if a season 5 was forthcoming. It was and we were so excited. Then, miraculously season 5 appeared on NetFlix and we just gobbled them down. Once again, returning to the internet, we see that we will now anxiously await season 6. I shared my enthusiasm with co-workers and found that the series is regularly on PBS. YEAH! You are brilliant! The show is brilliant and a bunch more adjectives. t is rare that three generations can equally enjoy and await the next episode of anything that is so interesting, engaging, funny, heart warming, with characters so well developed. Our grandson surfed and found Doc Martin the movie and it was fun to see Martin Clunes with a lighter heart and a more relaxed look. God forbid he was anything like his stiff, arrogant, grumpy character in real life. Bravo! Bravo! Encore! Encore! You are GENIUS! Thank you for so many hours of absolute entertainment!

  42. Ah yes, of course. I notice that your name is still in the credits though – I hope you’re still seeing royalties! All the best, Andy

  43. I think Doc Martin is great–not only because of Martin Clunes but also because of Caroline Catz. (And, of course, foremost, for the wonderful quirky story.) How MC was chosen is obvious, it is his production company. But I am curious how Caroline Catz got chosen for the role of Louisa Glasson. Most of her previous roles were those of a policeman (plus an occasional role as a murder victim), not exactly the prototype for the kind of person that LG is supposed to be. Did Buffalo Pictures seek her out as their first choice? Was she just one of several auditioned for the role? In the latter case, did BP contact her, or did her agent contact BP?

    I think she has added immeasurably to the program–indeed I suspect it altered its course. I have read that you had not initially envisioned a serious romance and the first couple of seasons seem to confirm that (I recall one episode where LG was on screen for only a minute or two). But it has veered heavily into the rocky relationship of DM and LG, and I think that is due almost entirely because of Caroline Catz. (I am not complaining, having become a great fan of her, and could not imagine the program without her.)

    At any rate, my only questions are how she came to be cast on the program.

  44. Hi Paul

    Thanks for your question(s). I love Caroline too, and just to be clear I always wanted the relationship between Martin and Louisa to be the heart of the show. The debate then becomes about how you keep the tension going and keep the audience interested. Any comments you may have seen from me would probably have been me saying Martin and Louisa should NEVER get together! By which I mean of course that the relationship should never be too easy.

    As for casting, it was SO long ago I doubt if even Caroline herself can remember! We’re talking 2003. As you evidently know, sometimes an agent will put someone forward to the casting director, or sometimes an actor will be specifically checked for availability and then auditioned, or sometimes the participants will have worked together before and so the casting process is organic. In the case of Doc Martin I had no producing role and I was busy writing Series 1, so I just don’t know how we got Caroline. But she’s perfect, isn’t she? I really believe her in the role.

    Trivia: she’s called Louisa after my first daughter, and Glasson after some great friends of ours, two strong, gorgeous, independent-minded sisters who could both be mistaken for LG.

  45. Well, reading these posts and your answers explains to me why I liked the first two seasons best — they were your creations. Yes, you may and should feel flattered. The subtlety and leitmotivic echoes of key themes all across any given episode during those seasons raised the achievement of those films to the level of genuine art.

    The later seasons are entertaining enough — season 5 quite certainly the weakest — but can be more properly characterized as “just” TV. The Martin character is less subtle and nuanced, and the lead actor seems at times to be simply doing his Doc Martin number almost as a routine — como se dice “schtick” in italiano? I wish the initial level of creativity could have been maintained all the way across, but I guess perfection is not of this world.

    Also — and I know this is not your doing — the disappearance in season 5 of the aunt and the receptionist gave a feeling of flatness to the human landscape.

    Best of luck to you in whatever enterprise may be yours.

  46. I totally agree with Joel: the first two series were more nuanced, calling on more of a dynamic range from the Doc. We just staged an international conference call of DocMartin fans last week and among the topics was What Went Wrong with Series 5? IMO, they’ve taken the grumpy Doc too far. He has now become the angry/resentful/trapped Doc. He either lashes out or becomes the pent-up victim; not attractive alternatives on which to base an entire series. IMO Martin Clunes acted that series with one emotional hand behind his back, severely limiting his full range of emotions. What a joyless series! And where was the romance – even an occasional touch or look? I am hoping the producers, the writers, and the actors realize they need to course correct for Series 6 and open up the range of possibilities again – so the characters and the actors can play the entire keyboard, not just half of it. I love the show – as I said, I just convened a call with fans from around the world – but I can’t help but wish you could come back to breathe life, vitality, some surprises – and a sense of hope, rather than resignation – back into our favorite characters!

  47. Wow – an international conference call? That sounds serious.

    I have hardly seen Series 5, so I can’t comment, but if there are flaws I blame myself for creating “series architecture” which has boxed the writers and producers in.

    Whether or not that obliges me to heed your hugely flattering call to return, I fear it has just been too long. I do know that Martin and the team take their work, and the show, incredibly seriously, so let’s hope they pull out the full dynamic range of stops for the forthcoming series.

    Best wishes for 2013.

    DM

  48. Joel – thank you so much. It’s this kind of appreciation that keeps me going. Really.

    Very best,
    DM

  49. Thanks much for acknowledging my rant! Re: the international call, it was mostly lots of fun with some smart and funny Doc Martin-philes who converse on a UK internet forum focused on the show.

    I know it’s not your program anymore, although many afficianados wish it were! You say to blame you for the series architecture. May I ask if you planned the baby back in series 1 and 2? And did you decide that the Doc would get increasingly irascible as time went on?

    I must say there is something in your Doc Martin writing which was later mimiced, but it’s never been quite the same. It has to do with rhythm and counterpoint, how things build and ebb even in the silences. At its best, I feel like we’ve been on a journey where the story is advanced, the characters move forward, and, as a viewer, I feel confident I’ve placed myself in good hands.

    Oh, and one more BIG question (you can’t believe how much fans wonder about this!): what’s with the Buddha? It’s prominent, it moves, it proliferates with other “satellite” Buddhas scattered around the Doc’s house from time to time. What, if anything, does it mean?

  50. Dear Mr. Minghella, First , thank you so very much for the hours of happiness you have given me watching Doc Martin. My husband jokes that I was born in the wrong country. Indeed, one of our favorite places to visit is Mousehole.
    I was wondering where I would send an idea for a plot since you are no longer involved. I think they should have an episode take place during a “super moon” (remember that full moon last year that was 14% bigger than
    normal ?). The sea and all of Portwenn would be bathed in a moonlit glow in which all kinds of strange things could happen. I have an idea for opening and closing scenes as well.
    Should I just send my idea to Buffalo Pictures? I hope I’m wrong and they’ve enticed you back to write some
    episodes for Season 6. DON”T let them do an American version-it could never match what you’ve created.
    Thanks for any advice you have, Barbara

  51. Mousehole’s great. Thanks for your lovely comments, and the “super moon” sounds intriguing. Yes, you should send to Buffalo Pictures – you never know, it might just strike a chord.

    Dominic

  52. Hi, Dominic

    I understand you are hard at work on your Puccini project. VERY exciting and best of luck on it!

    For a series like Doc Martin, what kind of writing “structure” works best? Head writer charting the architecture and guiding a team of writers, individual writers for each character a la Frasier, or no head writer, but a different writer or writer for each episode? There have to be special challenges, too, for a series that’s only produced every two years!

    Linda

  53. Hi Dominic,

    I have tweeted with you on twitter. @heylindag. My question for you is in the US the creator of the show usually gets a producing credit and becomes a producer once they stop writing the show. they are still involved in the show or sometimes not but still get a producers credit. From the past post that I have read, it sounds like after the 2nd series you were not part of the writing and creative aspects of Doc Martin. In the UK there are only 1 or 2 producers where as in the US there can be up to 15. What is the biggest difference in producing a show in the US verses the UK? I quite like the way things are done in the UK. Its seams more simpler. However, I think that as a creator of a show you should get a producers credit for your starting it all off! just my thought. I enjoy your work.
    you can IMBD me if you like Linda Gacsko. If you’d rather email me back without posting something, that is fine as well. Best to you and your family. LindaG

  54. I too was married to a GP with AS – I had to leave after 10 years – my heart aches and aches as I watch Louisa’s confusion, frustration, times of ‘insanity’ and at times ‘longing’ for him to say the things she needs him to say. I will come to the UK one day and meet her – her role is faultless and she carries the flag for all neurotypical women in relationship with men who have AS. I hope that she grows old in the role and never leaves – she is my validation.

  55. I’m so glad the characters speak to you; that makes the effort worthwhile – you are MY validation.

  56. I am a huge fan of DM – thank you for creating this wonderful show!! Is there any chance to get in contact with Buffalo Pictures respectively Mr. Clunes/Mrs. Braithwaite to ask a question relating to the production this summer? I’ve searched the whole internet for a way to get in contact… Your website is the nearest I could get so far – and I love reading all the interesting comments from fans all over. Sadly, they don’t air DM in Germany, so I bought all the DVD’s. I think, our own German version is by far not as good as your original (and they only produced series 1 & 2 because of falling viewing rates). So, if there’s any chance to write the two gorgeous people I mentioned above, I would be pleased to get any hints from you! It would mean ‘something’ to me.

  57. Thanks for your kind words and for buying the DVDs! What I saw of the German production seemed really good, and VERY similar to the British version, so I’m surprised that you prefer the English one. Anyhow, I can’t give out Buffalo’s details but I do know that their public address is
    Address: 1 Lyric Square
    Town:London
    Postcode:W6 0NB
    Give ‘em a try!

    DM

  58. Dear Mr. Minghella,
    Your writing, creating the “architecture” for Doc Martin, moves and inspires me. Viewers feel Martin and Louisa’s relationship deeply. Congratulations on the beautiful work. I just can’t get their dialogue and situations off my mind. I am a novelist. My current work involves romance, so in a way, you have screwed me up. I’ll get over it and be the better for having immersed myself in your work.
    To that end, I have published a children’s story in “American Girl” magazine and would like to send it to Caroline Catz for her children. Would you by any chance be willing to email me contact information for her agent or publicist?
    The title of my story is “Soft Horse Eyes.”. It has been well received by children and grown-ups, according to “American Girl.”. I would love to send you a copy as well, if you are interested.
    Thank you for this consideration.
    May you be we’ll.
    Charles Burdge

  59. Dear Charles,

    Thank you for your very kind words. They are much appreciated, especially as they come from a fellow writer. I’m sorry to have screwed you up and very much hope that that is only a temporary phase! Congratulations on the success of your story. By all means send me a copy and I will have a read. I’m pretty sure Caroline Catz is with United Agents in Lexington Street, London.

    All best
    Dominic

  60. I most appreciate the Doc Martin series for the excellent writing, acting, setting and compelling story line. The tension between Martin and Louisa, whether caused by themselves, or by the Fates conspiring against them, is a modern retelling of every love-lorn set of couples. Haven’t we all stared across a room and been frozen from action by our own insecurities? Martin and Louisa are like each of us at various times in our lives; so we are vicariously living in Portwenn with them. While each has their own endearing qualities they too have emotions and behaviors that can get in the way of ‘getting on’ much as in the real world.

    So why does Doc Martin work? Hm… Real characterizations, strengths and faults, like us all. So maybe there is a little of Martin and Louisa in all of us? It is a a fairy tale at times, but it’s not all fluff or soapy stuff – for we are so drawn into the story and so we care about them. That is why it ‘works!’

    All this of course set against the beautiful backdrop of Port Isaac and Cornwall, making me want to visit there some day and of course to think ‘on this spot Doc or Louisa did such and such.’

    Bravo to the producers, cast, crew and you Mr. Minghella, for capturing our hearts so charmingly with this brilliant drama/comedy/romance! And thanks as well for the chat on 23 Feb!

  61. Thank you so very much, Mr. Minghella.
    I will certainly mail my little story out to you tomorrow with great pleasure. Thank for your interest.
    I could email it to you idirectly if that would be better for you.
    Much obliged,
    Charles Burdge

  62. Hi – I’m new to the wonderful show you created – Doc Martin. This is the best thing the English have given us since the Beatles! We’re nearing the end of season 4 with season 5 following right away, I hope. So we are a little behnd. I’ve been wondering why Martin and Louisa keep so much physical distance when they kiss, with the exception of a few caresses on the cheek and the kiss under the tree. Most lovers embrace frequently. I know this love affair is like no other, but it seems pretty noticable. Also, please use your influence to get more of your shows to our PBS stations. You are so talented. Thank you for this gem.

  63. I like many other Americans have fallen in LOVE with the Doc Martin series. It is so well done. Everything is first rate! The scenery, the music score, the the writing, the actors. Season 1 was amazing. I loved the episode Of All The Harbors In All The Towns, was wonderful, very poignant. Hemophobia was fabulous! The Family Way …The speech Martin’s mother gives and Martins face just stopped me in my tracks. It was heartbreaking. When Martin tells his father that Joan does not have to thank him or pay him back because she is family and his father tells Martin that he is living in a novel. It is priceless. Erotomania is a gem! The Kiss! The morning after with Martin sleeping with the dog and his hangover and finally telling Louisa she is delusional is the cherry on top. I thought series 3 was lovely, season 4 was joyless and season 5 was fine. I feel season 5 was quite realistic with their relationship, it was a huge change for both of them having a child and also trying to make life together is not going to magically happen. The introduction of Louisa’s mother and their relationship just showed that both of them did not have good role models to learn from. I feel the show is so well received because it does not resort to harsh language or gratuitous violence like so many shows on television. It is refreshing and such a release from the everyday reality of t he economy and the wars other issues of the day. I use call it my therapy. If you do a search on you tube for Doc Martin, Martin andLouisa, there are hundreds of videos devoted to the series. A lot of them are set to beautiful songs. Thank you Mr. Minghella for creating this series!

  64. Any chance you might get Katherine Parkinson back as Pauline for season 6?
    Can’t think how you ever let her go. She’s extraordinary ~ talented, warm, sexy, gorgeous,
    funny, authentic, etc. PERFECT foil for the doc!!
    I do miss her lots!
    Please?

  65. Dominic, you’re a genius!!! i have a unique perspective in life, was with the cappuccino friars for twenty years, then left, married and raised six kids, traded “Father with a hood” for real old-fashioned, wild, crazy, noisy fatherhood, but have stuck with my Catholic Church through it all…despite all the dysfunctions. i’ve written a book called “squeaky kneeler.” YOU have given me my best answer to WHY i have stayed with this motley
    community. When asked, i say – and i have written in my book (hope that is ok with you), The answer to why
    I stay with my Catholic Church is the same reason I keep watching “Doc Martin”, the British TV show created by Dominic Minghella. The Doc – and just about everybody in his beautiful little village, are so, so, so, so, (you can’t
    say enough so’s) pathetically, perfectly, beautifully dysfunctional (sometimes downright sickening), but I just cannot resist or stop watching episode after episode. I even want to watch them over and over and over, like some mental case!! LOL! Doc is like so many priests I know,utter geniuses in their field of theology, yet with hardly a clue as to how to love. So sadly pathetic!! Maybe they were just like poor poor Martin, never loved or able to learn how. There were glimpses, as in Auntie Joans, but too few and far between! Oh, they, like he, have been able to do such amazing things, absolute supermen, saving so many souls, ready to give themselves totally to a person on the verge of death…but a moment later showing such selfishness, such stupidity, such rottenness that it makes us scream, WHY AM I COMING BACK TO THIS MAN?
    They tell us the percentage of functional persons in the world is small, and growing minute. Ten years ago it was at 7%, now it’s 4 or 5%. In Portwenn it’s even less. In fact, I only know of two healthy persons, Louisa and Auntie Joan, and with Joanie gone that leaves Louisa. One God Left. And we keep coming back – at least I do, because of Joan and Louisa who knew, and know, that there is still something good, something wonderful in each and every one, something lovable underneath it all. That is my Church – rightly so, made up of humans.
    Oh, they are supposed to know better, be better, do better, but we are all so very broken and beaten and battered, there should be no surprises as to what we might do…as long as we are ready for MERCY, ready to
    make a LIFE out of APOLOGY and FORGIVENESS. In the end what matters most in life is a good hearty sense of humor, of not taking ourselves too seriously. We’re all in trouble, but those are the ones in the worst trouble of all, eh, Doc? Strange as it is to say, the ability to LAUGH will be our salvation. Thank you, Dominic, for your wonderful SPIRITUAL direction

  66. Thanks Michael, but are you saying my characters are dysfunctional? How dare you?

    Just kidding – thanks so much for your appreciation. (“Only say those words and I shall be thrilled.”)

    DM

  67. Ha, ha! i’m the THRILLED one to hear from you. What a mind to have created such a crew! i doubt that there’s any dysfunction around you personally. LOL!
    My wife is pure Italian…with a very wacky family, just like my own English-Irish. She thinks we have the wierdest sense of humor, we Celts, but i think it’s our greatest quality,
    however odd. Life is odd. Thanks so much for all you have agiven us, Dominic. Absolutely priceless. A lifetime of praise.
    i can only repay you by pointing people to you to share you.

  68. Domenic, I’m gonna send a copy of my book to you (a squeaky kneeler). It contains many separate little stories from my life, one which I think would make a wonderful movie. I sent it to Roberto Benigni (as it would be an Italian movie), but he hasn’t answered.
    I know you have projects to keep you busy for years, but maybe some rainy day you’ll get a chance to check it out. It would only take a few minutes…Thanks again for your Italo-Anglo Humor that keeps us trudging…michael robinson

  69. HI Dominic,

    Ditto on all rave reviews of your work. You did the initial scripts and really got the ball rolling for a unique and refreshing show! Helped get me thru chemo!

    Question: Do you think Buffalo Prod. would read donated, fully released scripts? I put 2 DM scripts together and would love to get something into production to establish street cred. Deconstructed the DM episodes, added Brit terms and med situations (thanks to Dr. friend). Believe them to be production worthy.
    Thanks for your time, Dominic! – Rebecca

  70. Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks and it’s so good to know you enjoyed the show at a difficult time in your life. I can’t speak for Buffalo of course, so you just have to try them. I think they are a PACT company so you can find their details that way. It would be an unusual way to get scripts produced – but who knows!?

    All best,
    DM

  71. Thanks million, Dominic, for thanking the time to respond! I will fish the scripts across the pond and see what happens! Hoping chalk and cheese, M and L, keep working at it to continue the DM fun. And looking forward to seeing lots more of your mucho creative talents on the screen!

    Thanks again! – Rebecca

  72. Dominic:

    Hello from Buffalo, NY USA. Just this past month I came across the Doc Martin series and purchased all the DVDs. The show is fantastic. The scenery, actors, writing and story line are superb. I am a 59 year old educator and have never written to a celebrity of any kind. So this is a first for me. Is there an address that I can use to write to any actors on the series? I have not been able to find addresses via the Internet. I am particularly enthralled with Caroline Catz’s portrayal of Louisa. She is an outstanding actress. Thank you for you fine work and I am looking forward to series six.

    Steve

  73. What a lovely messsage. Thank you, Steve. I don’t know the best way to get comments to cast. Have you checked out Doc Martin Online? I hear they read it! Very best, Dominic

  74. Thank you. I will check there. I am looking forward to series six. Best of luck to you.

    Steve

  75. Hello Dominic,

    Enlightenment on proper script formatting for DM would be so appreciated. Have spent excessive research time, finding many contradictions. A link somewhere trustworthy or info on basics like 2-hole punch top or side, brads or Acco fasteners…..name on front cover or no…..New Courier 12 okay or not….driving me mad….well almost. Script archive sample available? Thank you again for any info tossed my way….indeed!! Rebecca

  76. Hi Rebecca,

    I don’t think formatting matters! Any script program will give you a ‘default TV’ setting which I am sure would do. A bigger hurdle is to get a producer to read an unsolicited script – I genuinely have no idea whether Buffalo (who make Doc Martin) can read unsolicited material…. It’s tough!

  77. Dear Sir,
    You’ve heard it all before again and again so this won’t be anything new. But I can tell you that I am a fat (well at the very least, chubby), fiftyish, fair-haired (dye job of course) Emergency room nurse from Canada who loves your show, Port Wenn and all it’s quirky inhabitants so much I am considering selling my beach front home and everything in it to move to the vacant house down the street from the surgery so that I can push Morwenna out of her job and be a part of it all. The only other show in my lifetime that came close to offering me the same fly-on-the-wall vantage point to see how people in a different world from me live their day to day lives was M.A.S.H; of which I watched every episode at least a dozen times. If you ever have to cancel DM due to the lack of a flunky to carry your briefcase call me. I’d be happy to pitch in. Oh and thank god there is going to be Season 7. Just thank god. That’s it. Hugs, Cathi

  78. Howdy Dom — I have come late to DM – having seen the first one in Feb ’14 and LOVE it/them/all things DM beyond belief. Very surprised that no one has mentioned the “D ” word… as in Dickens….. in writing about the DM phenom. I think your creation falls into the category of 21st century Dickens and I thank you and all involved!!! I don’t know if you’re still reading and replying to this strand of emails but – what is the meaning of his Buddha? It was asked once before on this site and you dodged the answer but what were you thinking its role for him was to be?

  79. Dear Dominic,
    I just started watching Doc Martin a few weeks ago. It kind of grows on you. As a teacher and writer, I appreciate the subtleties and undertones, which often are funnier and more engaging that the in-your-face element.
    I read that the 2015 scripts may be the last, due to a paucity of ideas. Not to sound delusion or too off-the-wall, but I have an idea that I think might be acceptable, if it hasn’t already been done. It centers on Doc’s childhood, and how idiosyncratic, eccentric, and ODD he really was.
    Anyway, just thought I’d drop you a line regarding Doc Martin. It is a special program in many ways.

    God bless,
    Jack

  80. Dominic, I’m writing this time on behalf of my 13 year old, Molly, who, though she is sooooo angry about the two year intervals between seasons, and though we know that you aren’t even part of it anymore, she knows that you created this Modern “Frankenstein.” LOL. You have told us so much recently about your precious mother. Your adoration for her has brought us many a chill up the spine and has made us look again and again – and tell our own mothers how much we love them!!! Doc Martin is the perfect example of the wreckage life would be to be in this world without a mother’s love. One might have an IQ of 200 and might discover a cure for cancer or something like that….but still be just about dead inside. The crew that took over your helm there is doing you great justice with the awful reality of that ultimate life of hell, to live without a mother’s love. Molly and I want to thank you for such a creation. We saw tears come out of the poor man, sign of hope, but don’t really know if redemption is in store. For now we will just hug and love our mothers more tenderly, thanks to you!

  81. Dear Mr Minghella,
    I would like to thank you for writing the series Doc Martin. I found it on my PBS station here in Columbus, Ohio, U S A. I never miss this show , it has made me so happy. I ordered all 7 DVD’s so that I can watch whenever I need to smile. I’ve heard that 2015 will be the last season, I’m hoping that is not true. The story line is really awesome and the actors are brilliant . The scenery is so breath -taking that I’m trying to plan a trip to Port Issac. (Also please have Martin and Louisa end up together, they seem so in love)
    Again thanks for the brilliant writing and would love to see this show go on and on. ( not sure what the actors would say, but they seem to enjoy working with each other) GREAT S H O W! GREAT WRITING! GREAT ACTORS! GREAT MUSIC and SCENERY! Thanks
    ,

  82. Molly,

    Doc Martin series 1 through 6 can be seen on Acorn TV streaming subscription on the ROKU. They also have a lot of other British programs we have enjoyed. Acorn TV seems like their Netflix.

    Angelo

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