Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has revealed the reason he's calling time on the ITV show.
The comedy-drama series about a squeamish surgeon in a sleepy village, which first aired 16 years ago, is set to return for its 10th and final series in spring 2021.
Appearing on Loose Women today (September 8) via video link, Clunes explained why he felt now was the right time to end the show.
"All good things have to come to an end, and I'm sure there are lots of people who aren't fans of the show who think it's terribly repetitive anyway. But we're at huge pains not to repeat ourselves," he said.
"I just think we've sort of done everything. I mean, it would be so great to just sort of carry on, but I don't think we can keep it as good."
He added: "We've got such a lovely cast, and it's been 16 years. We all sort of bump into each other's children every two years and watch them growing up and flourishing, and just being down there [Cornwell, where the show is filmed] is heavenly."
In a joint announcement about the show's final series, Clunes and his producer wife Philippa Braithwaite said: "We have loved making nine series of Doc Martin. When we launched the series in 2004 we could never have imagined how much our loyal viewers would take to the grumpy Doc like they have.
"The series has avid fans both in the UK and throughout the world and we are thrilled that Doc Martin has topped the ratings every time.
"However, after 16 years we now feel that the time has come to say goodbye to Portwenn. We will be making the 10th and final series in 2021 and we are very much looking forward to returning to Cornwall to film it."
Some fans feared that the show had come to an end after that series nine cliffhanger, which saw Martin give up his career as a doctor, just as his wife Louisa dropped the news that she's pregnant again.
They'll now be glad to know we're returning to Portwenn one last time.
Doc Martin and Loose Women both air on ITV.
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