Doc Martin: Fans given the chance to buy a walk on part in Martin Clunes' hit show
Doc Martin fans have been given the opportunity to buy a walk on part in the show.
A small background role in the show which stars Martin Clunes was listed as one of the lots at an imminent auction announced by the Dorchester Opportunity Group, a facility for pre-school children with special needs.
Clunes plays surly general practitioner Dr. Martin Ellingham in the ITV hit, whose forthcoming ninth series will be the last.
The rare chance to feature in the background will be announced during the auction by Clunes, who lives in the local area.
‘We’re delighted that Mat has offered to help us again and are greatly indebted to all those who have offered lots for the auction, Dorset Opportunity Group patron Paul Nathanson told the Dorset Echo.
Created by Dominic Minghella – younger brother of the late film director Anthony Minghella – Doc Martin follows a former vascular surgeon who gives up his successful career in London and retreats to rural Cornwall after developing haemophobia, a fear of blood.
The show has gone on to win acclaim all over the world, with overseas fans regularly visiting the sleepy Cornish town in which it is based.
‘The people who visit Port Isaac the whole year round are from all over the world. It has surprised me because I never bargained for it,’ Clunes told Stuff NZ in 2016.
‘The one thing I see constantly, especially with the overseas fans, is that they want to say thank you for creating this show.
‘Doc Martin has created this community which shows they have an appreciation beyond the drama. We now have the ‘Clunatics’ fan club.’
He added: ‘A very nice lady from Hungary left me some M&Ms, some cashew nuts from the Co-op, a big bag of jelly beans and a lovely painted egg.
‘I have a Lego Doc Martin from Holland, complete with doctor’s syringe and dog. You know you’ve made it when you’ve been Lego’d!
‘I was given a Buddha, a medicine bottle, and lots of paintings. I keep them all. It seems rude to throw them away.’