Sunday, October 20, 2013
The shocks come thick and fast in the final episode of the comedy drama series. The course of true love hasn’t exactly run smooth for newlyweds Martin (Martin Clunes) and Louisa (Caroline Catz) and after a final knock, Louisa decides to leave for Spain with baby James. But the disheartened doctor has good reason to make her stay when he finds an x-ray scan. Despite many feeling it has run its course, Doc Martin is still attracting viewers. But will this, as rumour has it, be the final episode?
Thursday, October 17, 2013
That cranky carapace cracks just a little as the Doc faces the repercussions of the painful events in the last episode. His marriage looks wounded beyond repair and he’s stuck at home in pretty Portwenn with only his ghastly, grasping, emotionally exploitative mother for company.
It’s the final episode and, as Doc Martin has never been a series that would ever willingly give in to the fervent hopes of its devoted audience (just think how long it took Martin and Louisa to marry) fans must brace themselves. Pour a stiff drink, find some worry beads and prepare to hold the hand, mentally, of this most difficult of men. He needs your support.
Martin Clunes is great as Martin and, even if you’re ambivalent about the appeal of his flinty personality, you’ll need a heart of concrete not to feel his every flinch of pain in an unexpectedly touching finale.
Source: HERE at RadioTimes
Can the doc stop his family boarding a flight for Spain?
Louisa has her bags packed and the taxi is booked. She has made up her mind that both she and James will be getting on that flight to Spain without Martin, and although he looks wistful at what's unfolding in front of him, he cannot seem to bring himself to tell her how he's really feeling. She leaves for the airport, and at the same time, Martin receives her brain scans from the hospital after her accident last week. They show up something horribly abnormal and Martin is terrified that if Louisa gets on the plane, it could have disastrous consequences… We're going to miss our weekly dose of the doc and hope that ITV will prescribe a seventh series soon.
Source: What's on TV HERE.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Here's a link to a clip of "that" moment from last nights episode. Don't watch it if you haven't seen the full episode. That'd spoil the surprise.
Fans reeling as car crash horror hits Doc Martin: ...viewers' horror at plot twist in latest instalment of family-friendly show
- Louisa Glasson, played by Caroline Catz, hit by car in last night's show
- Fans turned to Twitter to express their shock at the dramatic plot line
- TV campaigners said it was inappropriate for a show known for its gentle storylines
Fans of family-friendly TV series Doc Martin turned against the programme’s makers after a violent car crash formed a plot twist in the latest instalment of the usually sedate show.
Many of the six million viewers – including children – were left horrified after Doc Martin’s wife was unexpectedly hit by a car, prompting many to vent their distaste on social networking sites.
Following the accident, which left Louisa Glasson, played by Caroline Catz, with a broken collar bone, a viewer wrote: ‘I wasn’t expecting that! Not sure my nerves can take it!’
Another wrote: ‘Louisa getting hit by that car looked so real.’
Others said: ‘That car hitting Louisa made me scream out loud!!’
‘Doc Martin- My heart literally just stopped. Why Louisa?’
It comes a week after Downton Abbey fans were left appalled by a violent rape scene, which critics condemned as a ploy to make the drama more exciting.
Meanwhile TV campaigners said the twist in the episode of Doc Martin was inappropriate for a series that has a reputation for offering inoffensive content suitable for children, even though it was shown after the 9pm watershed.
Pippa Smith, co-chairman of campaign group Safermedia, said: ‘It was far too graphic even if it was on at 9pm. We also know that children will be watching.
'It is not the sort of thing you would expect from this series and seems to be following a recent trend towards harder more unpleasant story lines as we have seen in the normally gentle Downton Abbey.
'This is not entertainment.’
And Vivienne Pattison, director of MediaWatch, urged broadcasters to consider using warnings ahead of unusually graphic scenes.
Last night an ITV spokesman said: ‘Details of the storyline had been trailed in advance of transmission.’
In the show, Louisa Glasson was seen chasing after her husband Doctor Martin Ellingham, played by Martin Clunes, after they had rowed.
Blowing on a plastic whistle and shouting after his retreating figure she is seen running across a country road when a car unexpectedly appears and smashes into her causing her to roll onto the bonnet before tumbling to the ground.
Doc Martin, now in its sixth series, is set in a sleepy Cornish seaside town and stars Martin Clunes in the title role. It airs on Mondays between 9pm and 10pm.
Source: Daily Mail HERE
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
As the series bows out, Louisa prepares to have some time apart from Martin and heads off to Spain with baby James, but when the even more miserable than usual Doc suddenly learns that she has a medical problem that could put her in danger on the flight, can he make it to the airport in time to stop her getting on board?
Meanwhile, after a heart-to-heart with his mother Margaret, Martin discovers her true motivation for turning up in Portwenn... His money! Al has another business pitch up his sleeve for Ruth, while when Bert fails to fix an electrical problem for a party, Caroline picks up a microphone and gets a severe electric shock. But then Al races to get a defibrillator kit!
Louisa is leaving for Spain with baby James and says an awkward goodbye to Martin. Martin goes back to his consultation room, but is distracted and walks out. He goes to find Ruth, who is relieved that he has finally come to ask her for help. She tells him that all his problems stem from his childhood, because his parents never showed him any love. She also tells him that he has the propensity to change.
Al has a meeting with Ruth to pitch her a business idea and needs to get away to finish the presentation, but Bert manages to rope him into helping out. The generator Bert hired isn’t working, so they use extension cords from the restaurant to the beach. Finally Al manages to escape and rushes off to Ruth’s, dropping parts of his presentation en route.
Martin decides to confront his mother and find out why she really came to Portwenn. Margaret tells Martin that she doesn’t want to make the same mistake his father did. On his death bed Christopher, Martin’s father, wished that he could apologise to Martin, tell him he loved him. Martin asks if his father died from a stroke, how could he talk? Margaret realises she has been caught out and reveals the real reason she is there, she needs money. Christopher left her high and dry and she needs a couple of hundred thousand to buy a cottage in the country.
Al meets Ruth at her farm. He pitches her his vision: The farm house is turned into a bed and breakfast for fishermen who fish on the lake/ river running through her land. Ruth is less than impressed with the crumpled bits of paper she is handed. Al knows he has blown it.
Invigorated by confronting his mother, Martin tries to book a flight to Spain to get Louisa back. Whilst on hold he sorts through his mail and finds the scan of Louisa’s brain. He spots a malformation. The pressure in an airplane could trigger it to bleed and Louisa has recently taken anticoagulants. If the malformation were to bleed, she could suffer a brain haemorrhage. Martin tries to call Louisa to tell her not to get on the plane, but she thinks he is just trying to stop her leaving and hangs up on him. Martin has to race to the airport to stop her.
Al is glum and tells Morwenna about his disastrous pitch. Janice, Morwenna’s friend points out to Morwenna that she is always talking about Al, perhaps she fancies him. Ruth approaches Al at the party, she has done her own research and thinks the business plan is a good idea. Al is thrilled and goes to tell his dad, they make up. Bert can’t fix the electrical problem, it keeps tripping. He rams a nail into the circuit board to circumnavigate the trip switch, without repairing the fault. Caroline hears the music come on and pics up her mic to get the party started, but it was the mic that tripped the electricity and a massive electric shock throws her off the music platform. Morwenna checks Caroline’s vital signs-no pulse. They phone the Doc who tells them to get a defibrulator kit. Al races off to the Life Boat Station and comes back with the kit. He shocks Caroline’s heart and saves her life. Morwenna is so impressed with Al that she engineers a date for them that evening.
Meanwhile Louisa has arrived at the airport and is struggling with a headache.