I have come down with an acute case of Doc Martinitis. I first caught this condition when I discovered the show on our local PBS station. Since then I’ve watched every season on Netflix. Here’s the definition of the clinical description as found at Doc Martin Online.
About a week ago an email arrived in my Inbox from Netflix, alerting me new episodes were now online and available for viewing. Yay! I couldn’t wait to watch them.
I had to postpone watching until I had several hours one evening because I knew once I began watching, I wouldn’t be able to stop. I actually did split my Doc Martin marathon into two viewings. I watch very little TV, maybe 15-30 minutes a day during a quick lunch. But I do enjoy a lot of the British comedies. Do you watch those? If so, do you have a favorite?
Brief Synopsis (very brief)
If you haven’t seen Doc Martin, the main character is Dr. Martin Ellingham, played by Martin Clunes. Dr. Ellingham, called Doc Martin by all his patients, has come to practice medicine in the tiny, fictional seaside village, Portwenn. Doc Martin is brilliant in the ways of medicine but he is sadly lacking in social skills. He says exactly what he thinks and it always makes for some very interesting moments throughout the show. (Pic below from Wikipedia)
The village residents are quirky, somewhat eccentric characters (think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil or At Home in Mitford) and Doc Martin’s interaction with them is always entertaining. There’s also an on again, off again love story that runs throughout all the shows. I’m happy to say the latest season (Season 5) ended with it on again, and I think this time it’s for good. Season 6 will be filmed in the spring of 2013, so I’ll have to wait a long, long time for my next Doc Martin fix.
As mentioned, the show is set in the fictional village of Portwenn. All the filming actually takes place in the Cornish fishing village of Port Issac in the United Kingdom. The views of the village are absolutely dreamy, like something from a fairy tale. (Pic below from Wikipedia) Port Issac made it into the post I wrote back in January titled: Dream Towns, Fantasy and Real
Part of the last episode of Season 5 takes place in a tiny hamlet called Port Quin. I was shocked when I read the history of Port Quin online at Wikipedia. Apparently, back in the 1600’s it was a thriving fishing village but a huge storm came along in 1698 and destroyed the entire fishing fleet, killing approximately 24 fisherman. All their widows and family left and moved to Port Issac, so the cove of Port Quin was completely abandoned. It basically became a ghost
(Pic above and below from Wikipedia)
The final scene of the 5th season was filmed at this wonderfully romantic mini-castle called Doyden Castle, located in Port Quin, Cornwall. It has a Facebook page: Doyden Castle on Facebook (Photo below from Doyden Castle on Facebook) In the show, Doc Martin, the castle is called Pentire Castle.
Doyden castle was built in 1830 by Samuel Symons who it’s reported loved to party and gamble big time. He built the castle as a retreat for himself and his businessmen friends. The castle was also used in the BBC drama Poldark. I’m not familiar with that one.
I captured a few scenes from that last episode of season five to share with you and guess what! You can actually rent the castle and stay there overnight! I about had a fit when I Googled and found this.
If I did the currency conversion right (which is highly questionable) I think it rents for around $400+ American dollars per night. Truthfully, that was less than I had expected. Now getting there would be quite the feat from Georgia. I don’t want to think about how much that would cost. You’ll find more info about renting Doyden Castle at National Trust Cottages
Here are a few views from the last scene of the last episode of season 5 of Doc Martin. (Note: I’ve watermarked these to prevent scraping, but the shots are from the last episode of Doc Martin.)
In the last episode, the village pharmacist, Mrs. Tishall has totally gone off her rocker and she has taken Doc Martin and Louisa’s baby to the castle where she hopes to have a romantic rendezvous with the Doc. She’s imagining the baby is now hers and Doc Martin’s.
In this scene she is holding the baby and is looking down at Doc Martin, a scene she has imagined to be straight from Romeo and Juliette.
This is the only view we get inside the castle. Don’t you love the Gothic arched window! So wish we had been able to see more.
A few more views as Doc Martin and Louisa walk away, hand-in-hand with their baby safe in Louisa’s arms.
So, would you spend a night in this wee castle?
The views are positively breathtaking! Just don’t go when a storm is on the way, although a castle would probably be the safest place to weather a storm. Dreamy, isn’t it? Let’s go!