Martin Clunes breaks silence on reviving Doc Martin for last ever episode after huge backlash from fans | The Sun

MARTIN Clunes has opened up about reviving Doc Martin in the upcoming festive episode.

The much-loved ITV drama came to an end last month after 10 seasons across 18 years.

Actor Martin joined Love Your Weekend host lan Titchmarsh on Sunday's instalment to discuss the highly-anticipated Christmas special.

Alan asked: “There is a little bit of a cherry on the cake in that we are getting a Christmas special.

“Can you give us any hints as to what might happen in the Christmas one? Is he going to London? Has he changed his mind again?”

TV star Martin replied: "No, we wrapped everything up with the last series so it’s sort of an addendum if you like.


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“There’s a turkey in it, I can tell you that, a real living turkey, no expense spared. Port Isaac is decorated with lights and a huge tree.

“Claire Bloom reprises her role as my mum, in a very special way.”

Fans will see Doc Martin battle with his dislike for Christmas, due to his own experiences as a child where his parents him on Christmas Day to play with nothing but a pencil set and an orange in his Christmas stocking.

Despite being cynical of the festive season, an accident leaves him hallucinating of his mother, and forced to face his past.

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A synopsis for the Christmas special reads: “Martin is called out to see Leonard (Santa) who has had an accident, and as he is anaemic he cannot afford to lose any blood.

“As Martin is driving to Leonard’s house the weather is getting worse and he has an accident, which causes him to hallucinate about his mother (Claire Bloom), prompting some of his own parenting concerns.

“Eventually making it to Leonard’s house and recovering from the cold, he treats Leonard.

"Leonard confides in Martin about the death of his wife and why he celebrates Christmas.

“He challenges Martin to do the same. But will they make it back to the village in time for the Christmas parade Louisa has organised?”

Last month's finale episode saw Doc decide to leave his quaint, idyllic Cornish town for a lucrative position in London.

The GP and his family started to sell off items – including his treasured collection of clocks – for charity, as the residents lamented their impending departure.

They decided to throw him a leaving party but in the meantime, the doc had to rush off to help an inexperienced farmer who had accidentally injected himself with a cow vaccine.

As he tried to prepare himself for leaving, the doc clearly had doubts and almost threw up on a number of occasions.

To top off matters, Chicken the dog had gone missing, but when the farmer rang to say he thought he'd seen the pooch roaming across his field, Martin and Louisa headed off to find him.

They located Chicken in a field near some cows, but as they called to him, the cows started to stampede towards the couple and they had to run and dive over a barbed wire fence.

Unfortunately, Martin caught his arm on the wire and quickly realised he had torn an artery.

Louisa had to help patch him up as blood poured from his arm, before racing for help, and the doc was then rushed to hospital, leaving viewers with their hearts in their mouths.

Thankfully, Martin's surgery was successful, but the hairy moment gave the doc food for thought, and when he returned home, he told his wife he had made a decision about their future.

Viewers were in bits over the episode – which aside from the Christmas Special – is the last ever one.

Taking to Twitter, one person penned: "Can't believe that's it now. The last ever Doc Martin. What a series."

Echoing their comments, someone else said: "Wow. That was emotional, wasn't it?"

While a third added: "Doc Martin will be sorely missed. Roll on Christmas for the special episode."

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