Which Beloved Character Won't Be Returning for Doc Martin Series 5?

In a recent interview with NPR, Doc Martin star Martin Clunes dropped a surprising bombshell regarding the show's recently filmed fifth series: one beloved character won't be returning. Martin's Auntie Joan (Stephanie Cole) won't be returning to the show in series 5, he confirmed, though he promised an explanation for her absence.

Departing characters are nothing new to the series. Actress Lucy Punch, who played the ferociously incompetent receptionist Elaine Denham, departed the series after the first series, and was replaced in the second series by her character's cousin, Pauline Lamb (Katherine Parkinson). Parkinson is reportedly not returning for the show's fifth series either, and will be replaced by Jessica Ransom as new receptionist Morwenna Newcross. Read More...


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